Entries in Papillion Institute of Art (19)


ARTE: Kentrifican Museum debuts at P.I.A. Projects

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle will debut her Kentrifican Museum project next month at our downtown space P.I.A. Projects.  Our original home (Papillion Institute of Art) is being relaunched and reopened to the public next month as a project space.  P.I.A. Projects will invite an artist to come and activate the 1200sq ft store front space with a new or continued idea that can be developed, executed and/or completed with in a year.

Hinkle's expansive and long term Kentrifica Project and the diaspoiric Kentrifican Museum of Culture will take up residence.  The Kentrifica Project is based upon the continent of her ancestral origins that has a melange of cultures and influences, including a close connection to her familial lineage in Kentucky and parts of West Africa.  The project is a meditation on what can and cannot be mapped when dealing with constructions of cultural identity and belonging.  It is a project that blurs ficition and reality in which the artist presents lectures, curates exhibitions, and performs.  She will use the storefront as an open workspace in which visitors can see behind the scenes re-creation of Kentrifican artifacts and research.  Visitors can also collaborate and add to the ever evolving archive of Kentrifican knowledge via participation in events and workshops that will be held periodically in the space.



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Urs Fischer sculpture in front of the GeffenSnap shot of an Antonio Lopez illustrationCollage of Kathie Foley Meyer's work at LA ArtcoreSnap shot of a piece of a larger mural in Estrada Courts




ARTE: Moments of sonder: Space, Time, Performative

Regarding space, time and performative acts:

The Sonder exhibition represents the synthesis of my pursuits to work more sculpturally and engage time and space in the work. I have embraced the idea of making these text portraits as performative acts. The process of writing a text in repetition over time is a metaphor for the ways that we accumulate information. A pivotal moment that prompted a deeper examination of this idea was during the process of creating my first large-scale drawing installation in 2011. After rendering the portrait with a hand-written text, I destroyed the drawing at the close of the exhibition in front of an audience. This experienced directed me toward making another large scale work that physically engaged an audience in the making/completion of a drawing.

Sonder became a work that not only engaged the audience, but transitioned people into being participants that become a part of the work. The large installation is composed of three layers of translucent textiles, suspended from the ceiling, several feet apart from one another. The transparency of the material allows the viewer to see through parts of the first panel, into the second, while the distance between them allows the viewer to traverse inside the installation. The installation is in a constant state of flux as people move about the space and in between the panels. It is also designed to iterate the very definition of the word sonderand its emphasis on noticing strangers.

***this blog was taken from kenturah's micro-site for sonder...moments of sonder


ARTE: Moments of sonder: Binary Code

Regarding binary code:


Working with the written language, I’ve become increasingly engaged with the history of writing. Understanding that the advent of written information arrived as the capacity of the human memory deteriorated situates my portraits as a kind of record. 

Over a year ago I began thinking about the binary number system and how I might make a drawing using a code. I had an interest in deconstructing text into the most reduced expression as possible. As the idea for Sonder developed into a multi-layered artwork it became important to explore the possibility of working with different kinds of information across the three panels. As a result, the second panel of the installation is composed by converting the definition of the word sonder into binary code and stamping that onto the textile. The tapestry of binary number elicits a reading that is not comprehended in a literal sense; rather, it presents itself as a coded matrix that references the evolution of an ancient mathematical concept into its modern application in computer technology.


***this blog was taken from kenturah's micro-site for sonder...moments of sonder


ARTE: Moments of sonder: QR CODE

Regarding the QR code:

After deciding to draw the second panel with binary code, I knew that a third panel should be an extension of the first two panels that pushed the content of the work into another form to convey information. After converting the original text of the first panel to binary code on the second panel, it made sense to complete the piece by making a final conversion for a third panel. I chose to use a Quick Response code, a matrix barcode, because it technologically relies on the binary system to pass information through cyberspace. QR codes can be scanned by someone’s mobile devices and them to a website. So, I set up a website whose purpose would be to show documentation about the creation of the Sonder exhibit. I then generated a QR code for the URL of the website and ordered a rubber stamp customized with the code. As a result I was able to draw the last panel with a stamp that engages technology in a self-reflexive look at the content of the work, by linking the viewer to this microsite with ongoing documentation about the project (momentsofsonder.tumblr.com).

***this blog was taken from kenturah's micro-site for sonder...moments of sonder



Instagram seems to be the way to keep track of all the photos being snapped at our events!  Check out what some instagrammers were posting about the AFRICA FASHION WEEK LA and ZALEZ STUDIO fashion show for the SS 13 collection Bloom Galaxy.

Video for both coming soon!





The designers and the host Kelly Love in the middle


ARTE: SF'SS: Films 4 Peace

We are excited about our next installment of SF'SS a collaboration with Puma Peace and curated by Melanie Edmunds.  You are invited to Films 4 Peace featuring short films by Isaac Julien, Peterson Kamwathi, Nandipha Mntambo, Yang Fudong and a collaboration between Hank Willis Thomas and Terence Nance. September 21, 2012 doors open at 7pm films start at 8pm sharp! RSVP here on facebook

Artists Statements:

Isaac Julien

“Mazu is a 16th century deity from the Fujian Province in South China, who is called upon by fishermen and sailors looking for peace and protection. In this short visual meditation, I have reworked the Mazu Myth, liberating her from this original context. Here, alone in these distilled film frames, we focus on the famous Chinese screen idol Maggie Cheung’s gestural performance, as she makes her haunting plea for peace and reconciliation. ‘Peace’ is often understood as an antonym of ‘war’ but it also has a broader meaning as freedom from disturbance. This is the peace longed for by the different generations of fishermen, cockle pickers, worldly travelers and migrants depicted in my film installations, such as Ten Thousand Waves, where Maggie Cheung first played the role of Mazu. People all over the word risk their lives daily in treacherous journeys, trying to reach difficult destinations, escaping famine and war, or improving their living conditions: risking everything to achieve a better life. I see this piece as Mazu serenading them all for peace. It is for those weary souls, who hopefully one day will receive the peace they deserve.”

Peterson Kamwathi

 “In my work I have attempted to look at the anatomy and psychology of queues within modern society. Queues, while geared towards circumventing chaos, also emerge as manifestations of social, political, economic and cultural upheavals or shifts. In 2009 I embarked on a small project aimed at illustrating peace. This was linked to a residency at Art Omi. In this I attempted to come up with what I thought then were universally accepted symbols of peace. In this process I learnt that peace is a state whose identity and form is relative and will vary according to the cultural, political, religious, economic and/or intellectual standpoint of an individual or group. In this animation I attempt to illustrate the relativity and possible duality of contexts for peace, where the individual has to negotiate with the communal. The setting for both scenes is a street where a person tries to exist in his space notwithstanding the environment. The individual can be anyone in the visually chaotic street.”

Nandipha Mntambo

“When I began to think about the subject of peace, the words that came to mind were harmony and cohesion. With this concept in place, the naturally occurring phenomenon of flocking of birds caught my attention. A flock’s movement is governed by rules of alignment, separation and cohesion. Flocks of birds move in an extremely coordinated way, creating complex motion and multifaceted patterns that form undulating shapes in the sky. The rules of attraction and repulsion keep the flock together—flying in unison. Playing with light and shadow, attraction and repulsion I have created a film that explores the boundary of reality and fiction. Using the Gariep Dam as a backdrop for the video, I have created a piece that is composed of a flock of origami swallows that are animated to a ninety second solo piano piece by composer and musician Clare Loveday. This work is an interesting extension of the ‘push and pull’ between peace and war.”

Hank Willis Thomas & Terence Nance

“For our film, we traveled to the woods in Maine to put ourselves in a serene environment that would communicate a sense of peacefulness to the viewer. We used the natural elements of the forest (trees, rocks, earth, water and light) to articulate the harmony of the landscape, and the relationship of the earth to the human body as the sustainer of life. The male characters represent the body in conflict, divided against itself, in what appears to be an unsuccessful attempt to overpower the landscape with brute force. The female characters are the custodians of the forest, observing the males in their struggles, and ultimately relinquishing them from their torment. Peace.”

Yang Fudong

"For my work for films4peace, I considered certain visual metaphors. Compared with the eternity of the universe, human life is short, very short. Our existence is like a grain of sand in a desert or a speck of stone on the rock that makes the world. Conflict and destruction seems absurd if you consider the insignificance of our time on earth. Let us distance ourselves from oppression and slaughter. The creation of world peace is more important for all humankind. In my film, huge boulders slowly rise up amidst a chaotic noise that drifts in and out. Human life is not always beautiful, more often than not, we are simply trying to survive, allowing our lives to continue and nothing more."



Photographer Eric Berry took some photos at our anniversary party! Special thanks to Shafiq Husayn and the Dove Society, Johnny Polygon and DJ Nattu for keeping the festivites bubbly!



ARTE: WERE 2!!!!!


Its been 2 amazing years here in LA and we could not have done it with out you!!! We look forward to presenting more exhibitions, screenings, preformances, installations, lectures and artists talks through our on going dialogue between us and our audience.  We thank you and you should thank yourselves!

We also share this special day with Elizabeth Catlett, she would have been celebrating her 97th birthday today!


ARTE: 2 YEARS!!!!!

We can't even believe 2 years have come and gone, we have had some amazing memorable experiences in the space and its all because of you LA! We owe you everything... Join us Thursday night as we celebrate turning 2 at our Pre-Coachalla ARTE PARTY! Featuring Shafiq Husayn and the Dove Society plus other special guests!  You don't want to miss this.


ARTE: Be Beautiful Project video recap

Love all the beautiful people that turned out and are posting things like this! Not sure who made it but THANK U to kingjaythree


ARTE: With Love from P.I.A.


ARTE: Twitter Files PT 4 Biggie x Barron x JuJu x Nomas

jujugold and nomastomas at the opening of "Do You hear Us" pose in front of Barron Caliborne's Biggie & Guns photo.



1year ago today we opened our doors with The Hello Show we can not find the words to say how grateful we are for all of the support we have received during the last 12 months.  THANK YOU to LA and every where else around the globe, we look forward to many many more years to come with you all!



The work of painter/actor Ernest Waddell opens today ARTE:PARTY:4 starts at 7pm.


ARTE: Broccolli City x P.I.A.


ARTE: MJP x P.I.A. x Edge Magazine

Edge Magazine published an interview with Michelle Joan Papillion today.  We love the photo of her in front of Lakwena Suit's work.

 Photo by Ashley Nguyen




The gallery has its own YouTube channel now. Papillion Institute of Art




All are welcome.

The photo is by AFRIKAN BAZAAR artist Cassi Amanda Gibson