Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Unfinished Paintings" at L.A.C.E. Hollywood, California

Unfinished Paintings is a provocative curatorial project organized by Los Angeles artists Kristin Calabrese and Joshua Aster. The headlining exhibition for our 2011 summer season, Unfinished Paintings is an exhibition of 38 medium sized paintings by 38 artists, hung alphabetically by the artist’s first name.  This show is meant to dissect and turn contemporary painting inside-out. Works-in-progress will be put on view and offered as a point of entry into each painter’s respective creative world.
Artists and audience members alike will stand in front of the works, wondering why the artist decided it was unfinished, and what would make it finished? The organizing principal of this show is meant to provoke a healthy ambivalence and seed the desire for dialog and feedback. These are critical junctures in the art making experience. Calabrese and Aster now invite the public to engage in this part of the painter’s practice too.
Unfinished Paintings features work by Lisa Adams, Joshua Aster, Nina Bovasso, Delia Brown, Kristin Calabrese, Sarah Cromarty, Sydney Croskery, Noah Davis, Gerald Davis, Mark Dutcher, Mari Eastman, Brad Eberhard, Bart Exposito, Michelle Grabner, Alex Grey, James Hayward, Salomon Huerta, Xylor Jane, Valerie Jaudon, Chris Johanson, Annie Lapin, Jose Lerma, Caitlin Lonegan, Dan McCleary, Shiri Mordechay, Loren Munk, Laurie Nye, Eamon Ore-Giron, Susie Rosmarin, Frank Ryan, David Ryan, Katia SantibaƱez, Kenny Scharf, Cary Smith, Linda Stark, Don Suggs, Mitchell Wright, and Brenna Youngblood.

Kristin Calabrese has had numerous solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, The Orange County Museum of Art and the San Francisco Art Institute and in solo exhibitions at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills and Brennan & Griffin in New York, among others. Calabrese’s artworks are held in prestigious collections such as the Neuberger Berman and The Armand Hammer Museum. Calabrese has an upcoming solo show at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.  She received her MFA from UCLA and her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute.

Joshua Aster has been featured in exhibitions throughout the U.S., with solo shows at Carl Berg Gallery in Los Angeles and Salt Lake Art Center in Utah. His work has been included in exhibitions at Roberts & Tilton, Daniel Weinberg Gallery in Los Angeles and Plane Space in New York. Aster is a member of the artist collective OJO, which has had solo projects at MOCA, Los Angeles and LA>< ART and was recently featured in ANP Quarterly. With OJO, Aster will be participating in LOS ANGELES GOES LIVE: Performance Art in Southern California 1970-1983, an exhibition, performance series and publication project that explores the histories and legacies of performance art in Southern California in the 1970s and early 80s. Los Angeles Goes Live is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, an initiative by the Getty Foundation that includes 60 arts and cultural organizations throughout Southern California.

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