Our new art world boo is Casey Jane Ellison! We are happy to be a part of Touching the Art - Episode 2 - Postmodernism, post-Net & The Art Market on Ovation!
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We're happy to be in the fall ART issue of Salon Magazine and included in their Art Radar 2014. If you're in Europe pick up a copy!!
"Papillion, located in the up and coming area of Leimert Park, has a strong programme for emerging artists and a stylish woman at its helm."
Reading Rainbow has a kickstarter that began a month ago and I was one of the early contributors that pledged with in the first 24 hours. When the campaign launched the goal to reach was 1 million. After the campaign went live they surpassed the million dollar mark in just a few hours. By day 2 they had surpassed the 2 mill mark and by day 3 they surpassed the 3 mill mark. The raised their goal to 5 million and are just half a million shy. At just over 91,000 backers it is the largest crowd sourced campaign in history. I gave because Reading Rainbow was one of the television shows that I was most excited by when I was a child. The way they used art, music, dance and theater to make reading seem cool are one of the main reasons why I love reading and the arts!
They have a little under 47 hours left so get to it!
World Cup has come around again and we've been caught up in Futbol Fever...so far were rooting for USA and Nigeria...
LACMA's FUTBOL the Beautiful Game exhibition is on point with its look at the world's biggest sport.
LA's Biennial is coming! I see you Danielle Dean...
Danielle was one of the artists in our inagural group exhibition O P E N, we had "Baby Girl" featured in our Video Room.
Hugo McCloud is having the best 2014 ever! With successful showings in Italy, NY and our gallery here in LA its understandable that he get recoginized for his great works and work ethic.
We'll be showing new works by Hugo in a solo show at the top of 2015...stay tuned
Inter-disciplinary artist Kenyatta AC Hinkle has something special going on with the Kentrifican project. Watch the video and click the link!
Kenturah Davis was commissioned to do her first public art project. Watch her awesome time lapse of making the hand written mural drawings.
Commissioned by Alliance Francaise d'Accra, 2014.
Drawn by writing this Audre Lorde quote in repetition:
"I AM DELIBERATE AND AFRAID OF NOTHING."
I arrived in Ghana November, 2013. I found myself listening to a lot of Nina Simone, so when the opportunity came to propose a mural for International Women's Day, I immediately thought of Simone's "Four Women." The emotion of this song intensified my experiences as I traveled throughout the country, visiting the slave castles in and grappling with the history of the African diaspora. The theme Alliance Francaise selected for the mural, "Women of the World", encouraged me to consider subjects of today. Using Simone's song as a point of departure, I identified four African women who live in Accra and were doing interesting work that contributes to the community. It was important that they not be "famous"; rather, i tried to find a balance between anonymity and admirability.Ultimately, I wanted to create a work of art that portrayed accomplished women with very different personal stories and are tied to the strength and resiliency that Nina Simone conveys in her lyrical narratives. They are symbols of the many more amazing women I've encountered in Ghana.
Integral to the process of making the drawing, I had to also identify a text that I would use to render the four women. I finally selected one suggested by a friend; a quote by feminist, Audre Lorde: "I AM DELIBERATE AND AFRAID OF NOTHING." This simple, yet potent phrase served the dual purpose of declaring their sense of purpose and functioning as a meditation by which i could absorb its meaning for my own benefit. The process of writing a text in repetition to compose the portrait was a metaphor for the way that we acquire and inhabit language. It extended the work into the realm of a performative act, in which the process of making it is as important as the finished piece.Understanding that the advent of the written word arrived as the capacity of human memory deteriorated situates the portraits as a kind of documentation that might extend the reach of collective memory and historical consciousness.
Alliance Francaise d'Accra
Keni and Mildred Davis
Lila Macqueen Djaba
Akosua Adoma Owusu
Nana Oforiatta Ayim
Thank you Los Angeles Times for the prominent feature in today's Business section! The story speaks about our perspective and vision on Leimert Park and how we think art can transform the community. Peep the Noah Davis "Temptations" painting and the Lisa C Soto sculpture, the photo was taken in our private upstairs gallery :-) Click the CONTACT tab to inquire about these available works.
Pick up a copy of this week's LA Weekly. Its a wonderful, informed article about us and our position in the LA Artworld. It also goes into the history of the neighborhood and our vision for what we'd like to contribute to it.
We had a crazy successful opening last month when we finally debuted in Leimert Park!!! And word has gotten around town, check out our re-cap and press from a recent newsletter:
"We opened our doors February 15th in Leimert Park and nearly 500 people showed up to make it a complete success! The group exhibition titled OPEN features work by 8 emerging artist who should be taken note of: Painter, Hugo McCloud; Designer/Drawer, Kenturah Davis; Sculptor, Raksha Parkeh; Video & Installation artist, Danielle Dean; Painter & Sculptor, Nzuji de Magalhaes; Sculptor/Drawer, David Sigmund; Painter, Derek Fordjour and Abstract artist Samuel Levi Jones represent the burst of great talent the emerging art scene has to offer. Its an exciting time for Los Angeles and the artist community and I feel OPEN represents a little of this excitement.
There were some great write ups about the show. KCET Artbound, Intersections South LA and Morningside Park Chronicle all covered our opening while LA WEEKLY just named us as one of the "5 Artsy Things to do in LA". There are some great quotes from Mark Bradford, Eileen Harris Norton and Jeffrey Deitch who attended the opening and had beautiful things to share.
We are still recovering from Art Basel Miami Beach 2013...it was an amazing time at the fairs and the parties were never ending. There will be a full follow up post coming but for now here is a bit about designer/architect Ifeanyi Ogunwa from London is the creator of Expand Design and showed at Miami Design.
From his website:
Founded by Ifeanyi Oganwu in 2008 and incorporated in 2009, Expand Design Ltd is a London-based studio engaging in architecture and furniture design by investigating the correlation between history, base materials and opportunities presented by state-of-the-art fabrication techniques. Through our projects, we unearth unidentified typologies that are inspired by the past, grounded in the present, and on a journey to a new aesthetic domain.
Lakwena's wall in Wynwood Arts District...and the pop up gallery Women on the Walls is up at Wynwood Walls for another month.
Danielle Dean was one of my favorite studio visits this year. She makes drawings and performance/video art.
Excerpt from Are you working? Various colored forms are caressed, rubbed and pushed together by hands with red nail polish.
Love this site specific installation by LA based artist Sean Shim-Boyle..if in town its a must see!
From the press release:
"Installing 100 beams to the existing architecture alludes, in part, to the forests of his childhood home in British Columbia. By lowering the existing rafters, this transformation compresses the space. The intervention alters the sensory relationship the viewer may have to the building. Towards the rear of the space is a set of automatic sliding glass doors, a variety commonly used in commercial premises. Placed in too-close proximity to one another, the sensors designed to open and close the doors are compromised, leaving the doors locked in endless standoff. The arrested movement of the doors creates an apparent passageway that is neither accessible nor secure."
My latest obsession is with Brooklyn based shooter Andre Wagner.
"Brooklyn based, originally from Omaha, Nebraska. I received my BFA in Social Work and Digital Media in 2010 and now focus my passion on portrait and street documentary photography. My work is a juxtaposition of finding ways to preserve the sensitive moments of life that take me back to my social work roots, while capturing the richness of the human experience.
My photos are poetic and show images of human beings in a vulnerable yet strong way. The love I have for film is not solely based on the tangible textures and grains, but in the reality of shooting individuals who have different backgrounds, and expressions and using a medium of photography that is just as unpredictable as people are."