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No More Land West

NO MORE LAND WEST

Visitor Welcome Center presents No More Land West, a series of exhibitions by 40 artists at Arm Gallery, courtesy of John Burtle. As the gallery (gently) seeks a new and accessible location as well as an expansive and inclusive model from which to operate, VWC is continuing 2020’s programming on the left arm of Burtle. After five years on the corner of Koreatown's 7th and Westmoreland, and in the midst of the world taking a break from each others' company, No More Land West asks each artist to take up humility and work small for a moment, with the hopes of when this is all over, each piece and all of us can be together in the same room, once again.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2020

    A One Act Play

    by Hannah Lee and Jordan Ruffin

  • 2020

    Galdona Ghoasts

    by Hannah Kim Varamini

  • 2020

    glass jump rope

    by Laub

  • 2020

    Mourning Ware (Funeral Fringe)

    by Anna Mayer

  • 2020

    Souvenir from Pioneer Village

    by Michael Zahn

  • 2020

    Spring Fish

    by Liz Ahn

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Julia M Leonard

JULIA M LEONARD

Julia M. Leonard in an artist based in Los Angeles. Leonard is known for her alternative space/project Either Way LA in addition to her outdoor exhibitions and collaborations throughout Los Angeles.

Julia M. Leonard’s works are featured in the “Mistake” issue of the LARB Quarterly Journal.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2020

    Main Public Library Fire

    Ink on paper

  • 2020

    Car in Pool, West Hollywood

    Ink on paper

  • 2020

    Bridge to Nowhere

    Ink on paper

  • 2020

    Car in Sinkhole, Cypress Park

    Ink on paper

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B. Wurtz

B. WURTZ

For nearly five decades New York–based artist B. Wurtz (born 1948) has transformed humble materials and discarded objects into humorous and wryly beautiful works of art. Pan Paintings, a full-color, Swiss-bound monograph published by Hunters Point Press, focuses on the artist’s iconic series of ”pan paintings” made on disposable aluminum roasting pans and to-go containers. In 1990, Wurtz discovered patterns stamped in the bottom of these mass-produced products and grasped their potential as “readymade abstract paintings.” In the three decades since, he has worked across a wide variety of pan shapes and sizes, applying dazzling combinations of color using the patterns as predetermined compositions. Collected here for the first time, Pan Paintings provides an overview of the various permutations in color and shape that comprise this long-term series. The book includes an essay by art historian and curator Erica Cooke which considers this critically acclaimed body of work and its deep entanglement with the craft-oriented ethos and amateur culture of postwar America.

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SELECTED WORK

  • Untitled (pan painting)

    Acrylic on aluminum

  • Untitled (pan painting)

    Acrylic on aluminum

  • Untitled (pan painting)

    Acrylic on aluminum

  • Untitled (pan painting)

    Acrylic on aluminum

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Jasper Marsalis

JASPER MARSALIS

Through his paintings, sculptures, music and texts, Jasper Marsalis’s work focuses on the role of artist as performer and painting as stage, recognizing the similarities in their interdependent relationships. Citing influences as diverse as Philip Guston, Saidiya Hartman, Paul La Farge, J.M.W. Turner, Tan Lin and Mark Leckey, Marsalis ties ideas of identity, history, aesthetics, and representation into a fractured disco universe that expresses the illusions of spectacle and questions its effect.

Jasper Marsalis (b. 1995, Los Angeles, CA) is an artist and musician based in Los Angeles. His recent exhibitions include A star like any other —, Kristina Kite Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2020); A star like any other —, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN (2019); and Flash blindness, Svetlana, New York, NY (2018). His work was also featured in Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY (2020). Crater Speak, an artist’s book produced in collaboration with Midway Contemporary, was released in 2019. Under the moniker Slauson Malone, Marsalis released the album A Quiet Farwell 2016-2018 in 2019.

Jasper Marsalis’s works are featured in the “Mistake” issue of the LARB Quarterly Journal.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2019

    Event 2

    Oil on canvas
    60 x 48 inches

  • 2020

    Event 3

    Oil on canvas
    60 x 80 inches

  • 2020

    Head

    Bowling ball
    13 x 8 ½ x 11 inches

  • 2020

    Head

    Solder
    12 x 13 x 14 inches

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Queer Correspondence

QUEER CORRESPONDENCE

Queer Correspondence is a mail-art initiative at Cell Project Space, London, that seeks to nurture the indeterminate spaces of possibility that are put forward by subcultural lives. Consisting of monthly commissions, between June and December 2020, artists and writers have been invited to begin correspondences that will establish connections between queer families: those who are already “in a queer time and place” (following the title of Jack Halberstam’s seminal book). By exchanging with peers, friends, loved ones and close community members –as well as with themselves, nature and absent addressees–, through writing, poetry, photographs, and other 2D forms, these responses hope to invoke the intimate and invisible gaps of this moment. Participating artists include: Alex Margo Arden & Casper Heinemann (June), Beatriz Cortez & Kang Seung Lee (July), Ezra Green & Martin Hansen (August), rafa esparza (September), Gelare Khoshgozaran (October), Atiéna Riollet (November) and David Lindert (December). To find out more, please visit: www.cellprojects.org/queer-correspondence.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2020

    Queer Correspondence

    by Beatriz Cortez and Kang Seung Lee, July 2020.
    Commissioned and produced by Cell Project Space, London.
    Image submitted by Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea.

  • 2020

    Queer Correspondence

    by Beatriz Cortez and Kang Seung Lee, July 2020.
    Commissioned and produced by Cell Project Space, London.
    Image submitted by Hyundai Gallery, Seoul, Korea.

  • 2020

    Queer Correspondence (Vs.1)

    by Alex Margo Arden and Caspar Heinemann, June 2020. Commissioned and produced by Cell Project Space, London.
    Image submitted by Jonathan Baldock from London, UK.

  • 2020

    Queer Correspondence (Vs. 2)

    by Alex Margo Arden and Caspar Heinemann, June 2020.
    Commissioned and produced by Cell Project Space, London.
    Image submitted by Övül Durmusoglu from Berlin, Germany.

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Charles Garabedian

CHARLES GARABEDIAN

Charles Garabedian: Outside the Gates. (15 July - 31 August) is a collaborative online exhibition presented by L.A. Louver and Betty Cuningham Gallery.

Charles Garabedian embraced grand themes in his idiosyncratic and compelling body of work. Inspired by Armenian manuscripts, Biblical stories, and the epic poetry of ancient Greece, his iconoclastic approach to figuration breathes vibrant, pulsating life into these old tales. His works are populated with warriors and gods, bathing beauties and epic journeys. Abstractions lie unsettlingly at the edge of recognition, seeming to take on the unknowable logic of Olympus. A hallmark of Garabedian’s style is his Mannerist approach to the body. Twisted and elongated figures lounge, bend, and stretch across his compositions. That nearly all of his figures from this period are nude reinforces a feeling of otherworldliness. He treats the body as something malleable, something that can be distorted or even truncated.

Garabedian’s work has been seen internationally, with inclusion in important museum exhibitions including the Whitney Muse-um of American Art Biennial, 1975 and 1985; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, 1976; the Venice Biennale, 1976 (also 1982, ’84 and ’85); “Bad” Painting, curated by Marcia Tucker, New Museum of Art, New York, NY, 1978; The High Museum Atlanta, GA, 1980; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1984; Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY, 1989; the Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, 1991; the Corcoran Biennial, Washington, D.C., 1993; and in the Getty Museum initiative Pacific Standard Time exhibitions: L.A. Raw: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, from Rico LeBrun to Paul McCarthy, Pasadena Museum of California Art, 2011, and Under the Big Black Sun: California Art, 1974-81, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, 2011. He was also included in Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, 2015. Garabedian received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1977, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1979, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters award in 2000.  Garabedi-and has also been honored with several solo museum exhibitions: The La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art presented a survey of Garabedian’s work in 1981; and in 1983, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Massachusetts held a mid-career retrospec-tive. In 2003/2004, a survey exhibition of works on paper was presented at the Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles (traveled). A retrospective of his works, curated by Julie Joyce, was presented by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA in early 2011.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 1985

    Detail of Willie Snake

    by Charles Garabedian
    Acrylic on canvas (three panels)
    Overall: 7 feet 6 1/2 inches x 33 feet 6 inches

  • 2001

    Odalisque

    by Charles Garabedian
    Acrylic on canvas
    28 5/8 x 56 1/8 inches

  • 2006

    Shadrack, Mishack and Abdendigo

    by Charles Garabedian
    Watercolor on paper
    Paper: 24 x 18 inches
    Framed: 32 1/2 x 26 1/4 x 2 inches

  • 1992

    Study for the Iliad (4 warriors)

    by Charles Garabedian
    Acrylic on paper
    14 x 42 inches

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Kayla Ephros

KAYLA EPHROS

New Poems ft. Chimes, is an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Los Angeles artist Kayla Ephros, at in lieu in Los Angeles. The exhibition also features new wind chime sculptures by Ephros' close friend and collaborator, Livia Charman.

Kayla Ephros (b. 1992) is a visual artist and writer who lives and works in Los Angeles. She received a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2017. She has had solo presentations at From The Desk of Lucy Bull (Los Angeles), Et. al (San Francisco), and in lieu (Los Angeles). Ephros is the leader of the September Spring writer’s workshop at Kesey Farm Project (Eugene, OR) and founder of Poetry Club at 2727 California Street (Berkeley). She regularly hosts writing and poetry workshops.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2020

    Installation view of New Poems ft. Chimes

  • 2020

    Installation View of New Poems ft. Chimes

  • 2020

    Poem 52

    by Kayla Ephros
    Pencil on paper
    33 x 25 inches

  • 2020

    Chime 2

    by Livia Charman
    Mixed media (beeswax, chain, imitation pearls, disco ball ornament, wire, aluminum chimes)
    12 x 4 x 4 inches

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Gaga & Reena Spaulings LA

GAGA & REENA SPAULINGS LA

Gaga & Reena Spaulings LA presented an online exhibition for Gallery Platform Los Angeles (July  16 – 23) with works by Peter Fischli, Juan José Gurrola, Fernando Palma Rodríguez, Emily Sundblad, Juliana Huxtable, Klara Liden, and Mayo Thompson.

Peter Fischli’s sculptures and pedestals are made of cardboard, then concealed with newspaper (Neue Zürcher Zeitung 1914, Neue Presse 1967/68, Migros Zeitung 2016/17) and construction paper. All sculptures are untitled, although some have “studio titles“ or nicknames. Some of the sculptures are based on a memory of artworks made for a movie shot in Los Angeles in 1981. One could say: the better the prop, the closer we come to the real possibility of sculpture. And: the more convincing the sculpture, the more successful the little miracle of making an artist appear too.

Michin huan quimichtin continues Fernando Palma Rodríguez’s exploration and theories on pre-Hispanic codices. The cat bullying the mouse (Michin huan quimichtin) image speaks to the enormous amount of abuse of power in Mexico. 

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SELECTED WORK

  • 1989

    La última pintura de Juan José Gurrola

    by Juan José Gurrola
    Acrylic on canvas
    40 1/2 × 32 7/8 × 2 3/4 inches

  • 2017

    Big red Hibiscus (Ter ehe van P.M.)

    by Mayo Thompson
    Gouache on W/PVA sized linen
    37 7/16 × 37 43/64 × 3/4 inches

  • 2016

    Michin huan quimichtin

    by Fernando Palma Rodríguez
    Automative paint and acrylic on MDF
    31 1/4 × 31 1/4 × 1 inches

  • Cans, Bags & Boxes (Installation view)

    by Peter Fischli

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In Plain Sight

IN PLAIN SIGHT

Initiated by artists Cassils and rafa esparza, In Plain Sight is a coalition of 80 artists united to create an artwork dedicated to the abolition of immigrant detention and the United States culture of incarceration.

Among the artists involved are the likes of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse CullorsEmory Douglas, former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party; trans activist Zackary Drucker; Dread Scott; Beatriz Cortez; and many more.

 A highly orchestrated mediagenic spectacle and poetic action, this project is conceived in five parts -- a poetic elegy enacted on a national scale, an interactive website, an anthology docuseries, accessible actions for the public to take to join the movement against immigrant detention, and cultural partnerships producing arts-related education and engagement.

Over Independence Day weekend 2020, In Plain Sight launched skytyping fleets to spell out artist-generated messages in water vapor, legible for miles. These messages were typed in the sky over detention facilities, immigration courts, borders, and other sites of historic relevance. They made visible in the sky what is too often unseen and unspoken on the ground: the appalling, profoundly immoral, imprisonment of immigrants. 

In Plain Sight aims to amplify the voices organizing on the inside and outside of detention centers, bringing together artist interventions and direct support for those urgently working towards immigrant justice.

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SELECTED WORK

  • Photograph by Emily Jaschke for In Plain Sight

    ABOLISH ICE & CBP

    by DJ Sizzle Fantastic
    Located in Texas - Houston Contract Detention Facility on July 3rd

  • 2020

    PROTECT IMMIGRANTS

    by Karen Y. Martinez
    Located in Texas - Houston Field Office on July 3rd

  • Photograph by Charles Hickey for In Plain Sight

    RESISTIR ES VIVIR

    by (F)empower MIA
    Located in Georgia - Folkston ICE Processing Centre on July 6th

  • 2020

    T.Q.M. MI CIELO #XMAP

    by Gala Porras-Kim
    Located in Texas at the Rio Grande Detention Center, San Antonio Field Office on July 3rd

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John Martin

JOHN MARTIN

John Martin creates drawings that synthesize his memories of a family farm in Mississippi with his modern life in Oakland. John’s fascination with tools and trucks has informed his oeuvre since 1987, when he started making artwork at Creative Growth. His work both describes their function and subverts practicality through his outrageous animal mash-ups, oversized Leatherman tools, and mysterious text: fish become knives, alligators become saws, John becomes a Nokia phone, a multitool is splayed open to show grinning sharks. His wry and practical sense of humor is evident in all of his compositions, translating utilitarian imagery into his graphic and animated aesthetic.

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SELECTED WORK

  • Untitled

    by John Martin

  • Untitled

    by John Martin

  • Untitled

    by John Martin

  • Untitled

    by John Martin

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