CONTEMPORARY ART

Art Openings in LA: July 28, 2015 - August 1, 2015 by Maya Alexis

Featuring the work of 47 photographers, painters, and graphic designers, hot in here sheds light on artists who Adi feels are often excluded from or tokenized in the more established gallery scene. "Too often, exhibitions exclusively feature male artists, and when they do so, nobody asks the curator why he chose to show the work of forty-seven men," Adi said. "With this show, we wanted to disrupt and question that -- to compel work as the products of talented, young artists first, and women second." emily manning.

 "L.A.'s Coolest Feminist Art Exhibit" - *Hot in here sunday summer show *hot in here* sunday summer show

Sunday - 4308 Burns Ave, Los Angeles, California 90029 Open Until Aug 5

*or if you're just feeling the fuschia


Honor Fraser has done it again with this jumbo instillation by Victoria Fu. Featuring neon drawings, video, and oscillating projections across three great rooms of their gallery; Victoria Fu explores the virtual space of moving images and our haptic engagement with digital images." She has incorporated internet clips and 16 mm film in conjunction with the various electronic media "to address the physical and visual experience of digital images and touch screens. 

TUESDAY — SATURDAY
10AM — 6PM
2622 S. LA CIENEGA BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90034

Victoria Fu's solo exhibition will be open until August 27, 2015. Be sure to stop by Honor Fraser as well as the gallery next door, (you'll probably see me working). 


We had an amazing opening for our newest group show at the gallery I intern. My dad came all the way from San Franisco. He asked me questions like, "and how does cost $12,000?" and "is this made of coat hangers?" The artist list includes my crush Klaus Dauven, Chris Engman | Fatherless | Heyward Hart | Anne Guro Larsmon | Kevin Cooley & Phillip Andrew Lewis | neverhitsend | Emily Shanahan | Colin Patrick Smith |They Are Here | Samira Yamin | Curated by Ann Harezlak 

Our verbose press release begins with...  "The ephemeral as archivable (material or process) reveals physicality, authority and locality – manifesting as indexable with constructed permanence. Hierarchies of temporality, fashioned by aesthetic considerations, when valued within a common architecture commence an Archive: a topography produced through reframing but also regeneration." - Ann Harezlak ... all you really need to know is that the show is about the significance and variation within 'the archive.'

This unique show features two sonic pieces, three videos (silent, vhs, and LED) three interactive pieces, and one live printing performance. Check this show out at the Sonce Alexander Gallery. 2634 S La Cienega Blvd Open Tues - Sat 10 - 6. Open until August 31 

graphic design: a different side of the bpp by Maya Alexis

I've written a few papers investigating the effects of the Black Panther media for two different courses. I relied almost entirely on primary sources, specifically the online archive of BPP publications (@SUSANBOGAS).

This past June, a video titled "the Man Behind the Art of the Black Panther Party," was released. This film exposed some of the history behind the critical publications. The narrator discusses the creative and graphic design elements of the articles; illuminating the actual art components of the publications. Emory Douglous is  responsible for the poignant illustrations and type faces that define the Black Panthers 

"The production company Dress Code used archival footage and conversations with Douglas to share his story alongside the rise and fall of the Panthers. 'My art is about enlightening and informing people about issues,' he says in the film. 'We were creating the culture—the culture of resistance, the culture of defiance, the culture of self-determination."


Fatherless Takeover Next Weekend by Maya Alexis

 Fatherless will be taking over our gallery next Friday, July 31, 3-6 pm and Saturday, August 1, 4-9 pm! They will create a giant installation during their live printing performance. After the show these very rare, one of a kind, 14 x 19 prints will be for sale. 

 "...[they're] finished pieces aim to mirror the chaotic and detached sense that is communicated in our current consumer driven social climate. A good portion of our imagery is decontextualized from our current throw away culture to create a finished piece." -Fatherless

Each Fatherless edition has been worked on at some point by each of the 5.5 artists in the group.   

 

Sonce Alexander Gallery

Fri, July 31, 3-6 pm and Sat, August 1, 4-9 pm

 2634 S La Cienaga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90034

Visit our site for more information!

‘THE RISE OF SNEAKER CULTURE’ @ BROOKLYN MUSEUM by Maya Alexis

JUXTAPOZ // Friday, 17 Jul 2015

Shoes, but especially sneakers, have been a favorite obsession for long while, and now there’s a show that celebrates this. The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first exhibition of its kind, investigating the history and significance of the most popular type of footwear. The exhibition, which includes approximately 150 pairs of sneakers, looks at the evolution of the sneaker from its beginnings to its current role as status symbol and urban icon. Included are works from the archives of manufacturers such as Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, and Reebok as well as private collectors such as hip-hop legend Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia, and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. 

Sarah Cain at Honor Fraiser by Maya Alexis

2622 South La Cienaga Boulevard, 

Los Angeles, CA, 90034

 

Must see! Sarah Cain's solo show Bow Down is located right next door to the gallery where I work. During my lunch break, I ran in to see the exhibition. The pieces were breath-taking, bold, and innovative to say the least. 

Honor Fraiser’s gallery is about four times the size of the average gallery and frankly Sarah Cain's exhibition shits on most of the work I've seen lately. The bright white walls and the abundance of natural light really give her pieces character and create the illusion of a glow around the gallery. At the core of her giant abstract installations are bright and bold colors as well as recycled materials. 

Honor Fraser Gallery, 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, (310) 837-0191, through July 11. Closed Sun. and Mon. www.honorfraser.com 

Meet and Greet/Juxtapoz Sarah Cain 

at the Geffen by Maya Alexis

Tomorrow, June 28, 2015 is the last day to check out William Pope L. Trinket.

"Installed in the soaring spaces of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA< the exhibition explores the impact of American history and politics on the social and psychological body in an ensemble grouping got large-scale installations, videos, paintings, photography, and performing works, including a new performance and sculpture work made especially for the exhibition." -MOCA

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One installation (above) consists of hundreds of decorated onions, it even has all of the less practical elements (rotting, growth, bugs, and odors) you could expect from a thousand painted vegetables sitting out for four months. I saw the exhibition in May and can only imagine the progressions of the rotting onions as different for every wave of visitors. The oozing brown liquid, the smell of the rotting onions, and the clusters of dead bugs both trigger new senses and arouse responses we don't often see, feel, or smell in museums settings. 

Be sure to check out the video installation on the second floor: a stair case, a mirrored pit, and one screen make up this psychedelic film. The 5 minute loop of random footage coupled with a kaleidoscope effect is reminiscent of some of Flying Lotus' videos. (You could always just skip downtown's parking drama and just watch FlyLo videos )

 William Pope's L Trinket will be up at the Geffen until June 28!!

The Broad by Maya Alexis

Mark your calendars for September 20, 2015, we'll be celebrating the opening of Downtown LA’s newest museum. “The Broad will be home to one of the most prominent and important collections of postwar and contemporary art.” Its private collection includes works from an extensive list of artists including Jeff Koons, Jean Micheal Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Mark Bradford, and Andreas Gursky.

"The vault is enveloped by the “veil,” a porous, exterior structure that spans across the block-long building and provides filtered natural daylight. The museum’s “veil” lifts at the corners, welcoming visitors into an active lobby. The public is then drawn upwards via escalator, tunneling through the vault, arriving onto nearly an acre of column-free gallery space bathed in diffuse light. The gallery has 23-foot- high ceilings, and the roof is supported by 7-foot-deep steel girders. Departure from the third floor gallery space is a return trip through the vault via a winding central stair that offers glimpses into the vast holdings of the collection." - the broad

Honey Comb Interior (also visible from exterior)

Honey Comb Interior (also visible from exterior)

We are so excited about the building's natural design elements like the outdoor plaza and gardens. The incorporation of natural light and the porous nature of the museum channel light into the galleries and even allow visitors to view into archive storage from various locations.

Check out the museums twitter for updates on the construction, art, and opening events. Hope to see you there! 

"A Vanishing Art" by Maya Alexis

Before the proliferation of cheap vinyl printing, signage was created by artisans and sign-makers, and their work was naturally grounded in the local visual culture
— Moly the Creater, Vernacular Typography

One of my favorite visual elements of Los Angeles is the noticeable presence of hand painted signs. Unlike the Bay Area, most of the businesses here still use original artwork and vernacular typography to advertise. Some local typography...

    

 

 

Vernacular Typography attempts to archive this fading art form: "One vanishing art that can still be studied in the interstices of the assault of global retail is vernacular typography. All over the world, there are cities and towns that retain their rich traditions of vernacular signage. Unfortunately, the fate of these typographic havens is being threatened by the uniformity of corporate advertising, which ignores and subverts local history and tradition. This website seeks to collect and document examples of these vanishing symbols of art and culture." -Molly Woodward                                                                                              

The archive includes small details and subtle nuances of everyday scenes we might overlook. Parking signs, graffiti tags, and painted shop awnings are illuminated carefully to show the identities of the buildings they cover. Although the project has not made it out west, I am excited to see the identity of Adams Blvd and especially South Central documented and shared on this online archive.                                                                                         

Check out some other cool local vernacular blah 


*A similar initiative was launched by M+ to create a digital exhibition documenting the disappearing neon signs integral to Hong Kong's aesthetic. 

Carly Rae by Maya Alexis

 

I've been working at a contemporary art gallery here in La for almost a month. Last week one of our resident artists, Carla, joined us for lunch. As always my boss made some gross concoction, cold organic Avocado soup with garlic and lemon. 


These archival pigment prints by Carla Jay Harris demonstrate much of her trademark style: dramatic contrast, heavy saturation, and abstract compositions. Her collaboration of concentrated sunlight and use of office equipment really capture the sadness, emptiness, and ghostly presence of many corporate office buildings (or at least the Oakland Caltrans building). Harris' very rare* and intimate prints will be on view at our gallery later this year. Check back here for more images and information about Carla's solo show this October.

Fuchsia Feature by Maya Alexis

HASSAN HAJJAJ

Paris Photo May 2014

Check out some of his work at the Gusford Gallery's new space opening this fall.