FEATURED ARTIST

Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga

EDDY KAMUANGA ILUNGA

Born in 1991 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, where he currently lives and work, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga graduated from the Institute of Fine Art, Kinshasa in 2009. He then joined the Academy of Fine Arts, Kinshasa but soon sought emancipation from the Academy in establishing the studio "M'Pongo," a collective of young artists in Kinshasa looking for a creative and individual style. At the same time he took part in several exhibitions in the DRC and abroad, including an exhibition at the French Institute Gallery, Brazzaville, Congo, and Dak'Art OFF, Dak'Art: The Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Senegal, 2014. He has exhibited most recently at Saatchi Gallery, London as part of Pangaea II. Kamuanga draws from the structural complexity of his hometown and revisits the traditional culture of the Mangbetu people. Referencing different forms of advertising and photography as well as traditional aesthetics, his paintings are an amalgam of complementary pop cultural forms, including music, fashion and dance.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2016

    Oubliez le passé et vous perdez les deux yeux

    Acrylic on canvas
    200 x 200 cm

  • 2016

    Liboke

    Acrylic and oil on canvas
    170 x 150 cm

  • 2015

    No Identity, No Evolution

    Acrylic and oil on canvas
    200 x 200 cm

  • 2016

    No Identity, False Memories

    Acrylic and oil on canvas
    220 x 200 cm

FEATURED ARTIST

Becky Kolsrud

BECKY KOLSRUD

Becky Kolsrud was born in 1984 in Los Angeles, where she currently lives and works. She has mounted solo shows at JTT (New York), Tif Sigfrids (Los Angeles) and Karma (New York) and been included in group shows at Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco), Foxy Production (New York), Maccarone (New York), Capital (San Francisco), Brand New Gallery (Milan), Inman Gallery (Houston), Public Access Gallery (Chicago), Galerie Lefebvre (Paris) and 356 S. Misson Rd (Los Angeles), among others. Kolsrud has been mentioned in Modern Painters, The New York Times, Cultered Magazine, Double Magazine, L.A. Weekly, Artnet, and Mousse Magazine. Kolsrud received a BS from NYU in 2006 and an MFA from UCLA in 2012.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2017

    Clear Boot Diptych

    Oil on canvas,
    Each panel: 56 x 44 inches

  • 2017

    Allegory of a Nude II

    Oil on canvas
    76 x 90 inches

  • 2017

    Three Women

    Oil on canvas
    76 x 90 inches

FEATURED ARTIST

Nevine Mahmoud

NEVINE MAHMOUD

Nevine Mahmoud’s works are often described as arousing, particularly of the erotic kind. What they also awaken in the viewer is a new perspective on sensations of the palpable in an innocence that in no way nears naiveté. It brings one back to a state of purity—Nevine’s sculptural forms, while complex and inundated with intricate symbolism, heighten the simplicity of its material and form. Nevine Mahmoud (b. 1988, London, UK) received her MFA from the University of Southern California in 2014. She has had a solo exhibition at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles and been awarded several grants and residencies including the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant Winner in 2016, a Residency with Miroslaw Balka School of Fine Art, Poznan, Poland in 2011, and the Catherine Brewer Craft Award in 2008. Mahmoud has also exhibited with Josh Lilley Gallery in London, Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, White Cube in London, The Pit in Los Angeles, the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, and Blood Gallery in New York amongst others. She has a forthcoming exhibition at Reyes Projects in Detroit and Arturo Bandini in Los Angeles. Mahmoud currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She is represented by M+B Gallery, Los Angeles.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2018

    Breast

  • 2017

    Slick Slice

    Calcite and glass
    5 x 9.5 x 2.5 inches
    M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, image courtesy of Marten Elder

  • 2017

    Dumb Tongue

    Portuguese marble
    9 x 5 x 3 inches
    M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, image courtesy of Marten Elder

  • 2017

    Putte

    Alabaster, steel and cast iron
    8 x 8 x 3 inches
    M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, image courtesy of Jeff McLane

  • 2016

    Still Life with Peach

    Calcite, steel, and aluminum
    10 x 8 x 4.25 inches
    M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, image courtesy of Jeff McLane.

FEATURED ARTIST

Megan Cotts

MEGAN COTTS

Megan Cotts (b. 1979, New York, NY) received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2009. She has exhibited her solo work at Klowden Mann, Dan Graham, and Compact Space in Los Angeles; Junior Projects, False Flag, AIR Gallery, and New Release in New York; TSA in Brooklyn; I-A-M Gallery and Atelierhof Kreuzberg in Berlin, Germany; and SIA Gallery in Sheffield, England. She has participated in the Terra Summer Residency in Giverny, France, the Vermont Studio Center, the GlogauAIR Artist in Residence Program in Berlin, Germany and the I-A-M Artist in Residence Program in Berlin, Germany. Cotts has also performed and exhibited with D3 at Machine Project and Human Resources in Los Angeles, CCS Gallery at UC Santa Barbara, and Central Trak Gallery in Dallas. Her exhibition, Proprius, is on view at Klowden Mann through May 12, 2018.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2018

    Untitled

    Tempera and ground glass on linen
    28 x 38 inches

  • 2017

    Untitled

    Tempera and ground glass on linen
    32 x 32 inches

  • 2018

    Untitled

    Tempera and ground glass on linen
    32 x 26 inches

  • 2018

    Untitled

    Tempera and ground glass on linen
    38 x 44 inches

FEATURED ARTIST

Plato in LA

PLATO IN LA

Plato is one of the founding figures of Western civilization. His legacy encompasses ethics, politics, theology, and poetics. In this exhibition at the Getty Villa, a museum exploring classical art and culture, some of today’s most celebrated artists consider Plato’s impact on the contemporary world. In the form of sculptures, paintings, drawings, and large-scale installations, they respond to his contribution to philosophy — from defining the ideal to understanding the human condition — while fostering the ultimate Platonic experience: contemplation. Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists’ Visions is an exhibition at the Getty Villa from April 18-September 3, 2018.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2014

    Raymond Pettibon

    No Title (Art, truth, and…)
    Ink, gouache, graphite, and acrylic
    22 1/8 × 30 inches
    Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/Hong Kong and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

  • 2018

    Whitney McVeigh

    Divine Rules
    Books
    17 ft. 6 in. × 5 ft. 11 in.

  • 1992

    Raymond Pettibon

    No Title (Oh Socrates, compose…)
    Pen and ink
    8.5 × 16 inches
    Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/Hong Kong and Regen Projects, Los Angeles

  • 2009

    Huang Yong Ping

    Caverne
    Resin
    Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris. Photo: Marc Domage

FEATURED ARTIST

Marisa Takal

MARISA TAKAL

Marisa Takal (b. Montclair, NJ, 1991) received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2013. Takal has since shown in numerous solo, duo, and group shows at such venues as: Night Gallery and SADE in Los Angeles; Alter Space, San Francisco; Jeffrey Stark, New York; and Interstate Projects, Brooklyn. In 2016, she was named the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Award and the Stanley Hollander Award. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2017

    How to Enter on an Empty Stomach Empty Plumoch, Empty Rumoch Rupert Murdoch Docking Pay to Play For...

  • 2017

    If the "Invisible" I Mean, "See Through," I mean, "Glass" Refrigerator is the Ultimate Peak, Then What Are We Waiting For_ How do You Want to Die my Friend_ Where's the Valley

  • 2017

    Only Friend a Place for Safety Safe Friend Only, Always I'm Looking out of the Car Window There She Goes... Flying, fun. She's from the 80s but Born Around '96, Don't Know her Name but it Doesn't Really Matter

  • 2016

    You Didn't Even Know My Shit's Sliced Open...

FEATURED ARTIST

Katinka Matson

KATINKA MATSON

Katinka Matson is an artist and a literary agent. She is President of Brockman, Inc., a leading international literary agency; co-founder of the prestigious online salon Edge, called "The world's smartest website" by The Guardian; and co-founder and a director of Edge Foundation, Inc. She is the author of The Psychology Today Omnibook of Personal Development; Short Lives: Artists in Pursuit of Self-Destruction; The Working Actor: A Guide to the Profession; and co-editor (with John Brockman) of How Things Are: A Science Tool-Kit for the Mind. The featured image in this week's newsletter is, Spiders, 2013. “The process involves scanning flowers and other natural objects on an open-top scanner from underneath the objects with a slow-moving sensor. This technique allows for unusual opportunities to explore new ideas involving light, time, and rhythm.”

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2013

    Spiders

    C-print on HD G-Fuji Crystal Archive Matte
    48 × 72 inches
    Editions 1-9 of 9

  • 2017

    Peonies

    C-print on HD G-Fuji Crystal Archive Matte
    27 × 36 inches
    Editions 2-9 of 9

  • 2017

    Cyclamen

    C-print on HD G-Fuji Crystal Archive Matte
    28 × 36 inches
    Editions 1-9 of 9

  • 2011

    Chysanthemum

    C-print on HD G-Fuji Crystal Archive Matte
    36 × 36 inches
    Editions 1-9 of 9

FEATURED ARTIST

Jane Fogarty

JANE FOGARTY

Painting and its ontology are central to Jane Fogarty's creative process. She is interested in the various ways in which we interpret and understand the passing of time and how this translates into visual language. Analogous to time, a painting can be interpreted as an accumulation of moments. Though the work is an exploration of painting, her artistic output has for the most part been sculptural. Working in three-dimensions is a means to explore the individual components of a painting. These include surface, support, structure, materiality, time, composition and colour. Fogarty often applies creative parameters to her working methods, these can be temporal, material or conceptual prerequisites. Within the work, individual components create a larger narrative. The finished works are physical manifestations of the artistic decision-making process. Fogarty avoids illusion and illustration and works in a completely abstract fashion. Positioning such works in a contemporary context demands the viewer to resist associations. Viewers are forced to focus on the real, tangible object confronting them. Paintings with recognisable elements demand the use of verbal or written language. The content and forms are recognisable as X. With abstraction, the paint and form become the language. Jane Fogarty is a visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland. In 2010 Jane graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Dublin Institute of Technology. She has been included in many national and international exhibitions including three solo exhibitions. Jane has been awarded the ‘Individual Artists Bursary’ from South Dublin County Council 2016, the ‘Most Promising Graduate Award’ from the Talbot Gallery 2010, the RDS ‘Lewis Crosby Award for Painting’ 2010, ‘The Project Award’ 2012 and the Travel and Training Award 2015 from the Arts Council, Ireland. Her work is part of the state art collection of the OPW and private collections. In addition to her artistic practice, she has been involved in numerous educational projects since 2007. These have included the Rua Red young curators project, with the OPW, Art Trolley in Rua Red, Artist in school with ‘Art school’, a project by curator Jennie Guy and artist in the community with Clondalkin youth service.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2016

    Paperwork #2

    Paper, crepe paper, wallpaper paste, plaster of Paris, watercolour painting printed on copy paper

  • 2016

    Paperwork #5

    Paper, crepe paper, wallpaper paste, plaster of Paris, watercolour painting printed on copy paper

  • 2016

    Paperwork #1

    Paper, crepe paper, wallpaper paste, plaster of Paris, watercolour painting printed on copy paper

  • 2016

    Paperwork Entity #3

    Paper, crepe paper, wallpaper paste, plaster of Paris

FEATURED ARTIST

Martin Kersels

MARTIN KERSELS

Martin Kersels’ performative practice spans sculpture, photography, installation, and action. He is best known for his laughter-inducing works that consider the dichotomies of humor and pathos within the human condition. Interested in pushing themes of scale, tension, and the effects of gravity into more conceptual directions, Kersels injects a playfulness in his work to reveal the awkwardness associated with not belonging. Documentation of performances through photography and video, which shows the artist experimenting within his own body in a series of simple actions— tossing, falling, hugging, smacking, tripping, and whirling— and his performative objects and installations uncover the darker absurdities of the body, space, and movement. Born in 1960 in Los Angeles, Kersels currently lives and works in New Haven, CT. He received from UCLA both his BA in 1984 and MFA in 1995. He is the featured artist on the cover of the Winter ’18 Comedy issue of our Quarterly Journal.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2008

    Fat Iggy 1

    Black and white C-print
    13 x 19 inches
    Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY.

  • 2010

    Flotsam (Arms Scapula)

    Pencil on paper
    22 x 30 inches
    Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY.

  • 1996

    Tossing a Friend (Melinda 3)

    C-print
    26 ½ x 39 ½ inches
    Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY.

  • 1996

    Tossing a Friend (Melinda 2)

    C-print
    26 1/2 x 39 1/2 inches
    Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY.

FEATURED ARTIST

Carmen Argote

CARMEN ARGOTE

Carmen Argote (b. 1981 in Guadalajara, Mexico) is a Los Angeles-based artist focusing on the exploration of personal history through architecture and the spaces that she inhabits. Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Commonwealth & Council (2016), MAK Center for Art and Architecture (2015), Adjunct Positions (2015), and Human Resources (2014) in Los Angeles, Shulamit Nazarian Gallery in Venice (2016), and the Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College (2013). In 2016, she completed an MTA commission for the Metro Expo Line station at 17th and Colorado in Santa Monica, adjacent to 18SAC and Santa Monica College. Argote received her MFA from UCLA in 2007, and was an artist-in-residence at Skowhegan in 2009. Argote was recently included in the prestigious 2018 Made in L.A. biennial exhibition at the Hammer Museum, curated by Anne Ellegood and Erin Christovale. Argote's current exhibition, If only it were that easy... is on view at the Main Gallery at 18th Street Arts Center through March 23, 2018.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2018

    If it were only that easy...

    Moto Guzzi V11 motorcycle in Guadalajara, in the artist's father's house.
    Image courtesy of the artist

  • 2018

    If it were only that easy...

    Moto Guzzi V11 motorcycle in Guadalajara, in the artist's father's house.
    Image courtesy of the artist

  • 2018

    If it were only that easy...

    Floorplans of the artist’s father’s house in Guadalajara.
    Image courtesy of the artist.

  • 2018

    If it were only that easy...

    The artist preparing to ride
    Image courtesy of the artist.

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