September is the beginning of the gallery season. After a long and (still) hot summer, I am ready to begin this season. On Saturday, September 8th, galleries at Bergamont Station, Culver City and Mid Wilshire open.
Here are all the opening receptions that will happen. Enjoy some good art. It's going to be a great night. See you there.
Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto
Loyola Marymount University (Marina del Rey)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Japanese artist
Motoi Yamamoto, who is known for creating temporary, intricate,
large-scale installations out of salt. Return to the Sea
features an on-site installation in the gallery and also includes salt
drawings, photographs, and a video documenting Yamamoto’s process and
inspiration. On view through December 8, 2012.
George Billis Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Wes Hempel.
The paintings in this collection re-envision the depiction of
masculinity in contemporary art. On view through October 6, 2012.
International Art Objects Galleries (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of works by Los Angeles-based
artist JP Munro. This collection features a series of paintings. On view
through October 20, 2012.
Carmichael Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists Carlos Mare, Rae Martini, Remi/Rough, and Sixeart. Inspired by street art, the works in Disambiguation are contemporary abstract interpretations of the traditional graffiti form. On view through October 6, 2012.
Serban Savu: Overview
Mihai Nicodim Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of works by Romanian artist Serban Savu. The paintings in Overview
explore the daily realities of life in Romania after the end of Cold
War and offer a glimpse into the lives of present-day Romanians. On view
through October 20, 2012.
Yumiko Kayukawa: Hakuryuu – White Dragon
LeBasse Projects (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of works by Japanese artist
Yumiko Kayukawa. The manga-influenced paintings in Hakuryuu, (the
Japanese word for “white dragon” a symbol of good fortune), are a
reaction to the earthquake that hit Japan in 2011 and explore coping
mechanisms in the aftermath of the tragedy. On view through October 6,
Federico Solmi: Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth
Luis de Jesus (Culver City)
Opening reception for Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth,
a new animated film by video artist Federico Solmi. The film is the
next chapter in Solmi’s ongoing exploration of the the self-destructive
nature of mankind through commentary on contemporary culture. This ten
minute film is on view through October 20, 2012.
Seth Weiner: Twitter Carrier Pigeons
Venice 6114 (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Seth Weiner. Twitter Carrier Pigeons is curated by Sergio Bromberg. On view through October 8, 2012.
Thomas Lawson: In the Belly of the Beast
David Kordansky Gallery (Culver City)
In the Shadow of the Beast features a series of new paintings by
artist Thomas Lawson. Consisting of medium and large scale canvases, the
show presents the latest developments in Lawson’s ongoing investigation
of allegory and the human figure. On view through October 20, 2012.
Andy Freeberg: Art Fare and Alexandra Bellissimo: Simulations
Kopekin Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for two shows. Art Fare features a collection of photographs by artist Andy Freeberg. Alexandra Bellissimo’s Simulations
features a collection of photo collages which depict psychological and
emotional states by merging the human figure with natural elements. Both
shows on view through October 27, 2012.
Friedrich Kunath: Lacan’s Haircut
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of works by Los Angeles-based artist Friedrich Kunath. Lacan’s Haircut features a series of new paintings and also includes sculpture, floor coverings, video, and an accompanying book entitled You Owe Me a Feeling with text by David Berman. On view through October 27, 2012.
Melodie Mousset: Impulsive Control
Susanne Vielmetter Projects (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Melodie Mousset. Impulsive Control
is a multidisciplinary show centered around the recording of a
performance piece Mousset privately performed in her studio in
collaboration with the ceramist Christopher Miller. On view through
October 20, 2012.
Andrea Bowers: Help the Work Along
Susanne Vielmetter (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition of new works by Andrea Bowers. Focused around three large-scale drawings, Help the Work Along
is a feminist-centric celebration of workers’ rights movements,
highlighting nonhierarchical labor organizing strategies and the use of
craft, artistry, and pageantry as political tools. On view through
October 20, 2012.
April Street: Portraits and Ropes
Carter & Citizen (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of mixed media works by artist April Street. On view through October 13, 2012.
Candice Lin: It Makes the Patient See Pictures
Francois Ghebaly Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of sculptural works by artist Candice Lin that explore
the concept of power through the subjects of food and sexuality.
Incorporated materials include dried and carved root vegetables, a
tarred black pig, a field of corn, and recreations of historical objects
of culture recreated as silicone dildos. On view through October 13,
Sarah Cain: Freedom is a Prime Number
Honor Fraser Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of work by Los Angeles-based artist Sarah Cain. Freedom Is a Prime Number
is Cain’s first Los Angeles solo exhibition and features site-specific
paintings created in the gallery as a reaction to that particular
space. On view through October 13, 2012.
Tomokazu Matsuyama: New Work
Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by Japanese artist
Tomokazu Matsuyama. This exhibition features seven new compositions and
one small-scale sculpture showcasing Matsuyama’s complex combination of
graphic sensibility and Japanese iconography. On view through October
Thomas Burke: New Paintings
Western Project (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by painter Thomas
Burke. This exhibition continues Burke’s interest in systems,
minimalism, Op Art from the 1960s and 70s as well as contemporary
graphic design, digital technology, and the history of abstract
geometric painting. On view through October 6, 2012.
Aaron Garber Maikovska: Counter-Moves
Greene Exhibitions (Culver City)
Opening reception for an immersive exhibition by artist Aaron Garber-Maikovska. Counter Moves
features video, painting, drawing, and installation that promote
creative play. Artist-led practices and performances of these techniques
will occur throughout the run of Counter-Moves. On view through October 13, 2012.
Joel Otterson: Domestic Partners
Maloney Fine Art (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition by artist Joel Otterson. The sculptures in Domestic Partners
combine aspects of domestic handicraft with traditional sculptural
materials including copper pipe, wood, pottery, porcelain, china,
earthenware, concrete, marble, stained glass, and lace. On view through
October 18, 2012.
Daniel Joseph Martinez: I Am a Verb
Roberts & Tilton (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition by artist Daniel Joseph Martinez. The works in I Am a Verb
are influenced by the concept of living in a world informed by the
notion of chaos. This is Martinez’ first gallery show in Los Angeles in
ten years. On view through October 20, 2012.
CHG Circa (Culver City)
The inaugural exhibition at CHG Circa features works by artist Lola. The paintings in Haro are inspired by the artist’s recent move from Southern California to England. On view through October 6, 2012.
Jacci Den Hartog: Come and Show Me The Way
Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
Come and Show Me the Way features a series of paintings
incorporating Den Hartog’s signature desert landscape. A variety of
works from Den Hartog’s early career in Los Angeles also be included. On
view through October 6, 2012.
Michael Light: Two Sublimes, Idaho and Pamela Kendall: Yosemite
Craig Krull Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for two shows. Michael Light’s Two Sublimes, Idaho features two interrelated bodies of work made from his micro-light aircraft in the summer of 2009. Pamela Kendall’s Yosemite features paintings of Yosemite National Park. Both shows on view through October 13, 2012.
Kelly Reemtsen: Paper and Chalk
Skidmore Contemporary Art (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Kelly Reemtsen. Paper and Chalk
features works of pastels on paper and the debut of works in woodcut, a
new medium for Reemtsen. These works incorporate Reemtsen’s signature
image of a solitary female figure in a vintage party dress carrying a
tool that is traditionally associated with physical tasks performed by
men. On view through October 6, 2012.
Peter Wegner: Buildings Made of Sky
Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Peter Wegner.
In addition to the photographs in Buildings Made of Sky, Wegner will
also exhibit O/N/E/T/H/I/N/G/L/E/A/D/S/T/O/A/N/O/T/H/E/R/, a sequence of 69 photographs installed in a single line encircling one room of the gallery. On view through October 27, 2012.
Bill Barminski: This Side Up
B7 Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a solo show by Los Angeles-based artist and UCLA lecturer Bill Barminski. This Side Up
features a pair of large scale video installations and a series of
cardboard sculptures that play with the concepts of consumer-culture,
mass media, and the nostalgia people feel towards “classic” products of
the postwar era including guns, spray-paint cans, and skateboards.
Devin Troy Strother: Front, Back, Side to Side
Richard Heller Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by Los Angeles-based artist Devin Strother. Front, Back, Side to Side
features a series of paintings that experiment with perspective. The
show’s concept was inspired by the lyrics to a song by rapper Ice T. On
view through November 3, 2012.
Bleicher Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Linda Smith.
Smith’s paintings and ceramics incorporate bright colors and graphic
styles and reflect both the artist’s personal life and present day
social issues. On view through September 25, 2012.
LUX / EROS (Venice)
Opening reception for a group show curated by Joslin Van Arsdale. Second Self
features works by artists Artists Mathieu Grac, Erin M. RIley, Brendan
George Ko, Brendan Donnely, Tasmen Wojtanowski, and Michael Zachary.
Works by this international group of artists focuses on the ways in
which we create online identity in the 21st century. On view through
October 1, 2012.
The Planter Show: Indigo Dying Workshop
ForYourArt @6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
This workshop teaches how to transform textiles with the natural
blue dye derived from the Indigo plant. Bring light-colored cotton
textiles to wrap, fold, twist, bend, bunch and then dip into the
collective vat of dye. Led by artist and sustainable horticulturist, Kim
Kelly, the workshop will cover all the basics of the technique. RSVP
to firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
Penelope Gottlieb: Gone and Ruth Pastine: Counterpoint
Edward Cella Art + Architecture (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for two shows. Penelope Gottlieb’s GONE
features a series of paint and ink based works on canvas, panel, and
paper that explore the concept of ecological crisis and botanical
extinction. Ruth Pastine’s Counterpoint features a new series of pastel works on paper. Both shows on view through October 27, 2012.
ACME. (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for a collection of works by Los Angeles-based
artist Tomory Dodge. This exhibition features a series of abstract
paintings. On view through October 6, 2012.
Sounding: Simone Forti
The Box Gallery (Downtown)
After being closed for the summer, The Box reopens with an installation by Simone Forti. Sounding
presents a wide-ranging installation by Forti that features a
retrospective of pieces with a central element of sound. The pieces
presented individually in the gallery’s open area will occasionally
overlap and interact in the space. On view through September 20, 2012.
Alice Tippit: Imagine That You Are Embracing a Statue
Jancar Jones Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Chicago-based artist Alice Tippit. The paintings in Imagine That You Are Embracing a Statue
include found imagery and text that create a body of work centered on
the concept of ambiguous language. On view through October 13, 2012.
Jonathan Zawada: Free Roam Above the Mist
PRISM (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Jonathan Zawada. Free Roam Above the Mist
features a series of oil paintings depicting digital rendering of the
Elbe Sandstone Mountainscapes, a topography most significant as a site
represented by 19th century landscape painter Caspar David Friedrich. On
view through October 6, 2012.
Out of the Racks: Non-Recent Acquisitions
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts (Mid-City)
This group show features more than 100 works by artists including
Max Beckmann, Norman Bluhm, Marc Chagall, George Condo, Richard
Diebenkorn, Max Ernst, Claire Falkenstein, Arshile Gorky, Francisco
Goya, David Hockney, Hundertwasser, Käthe Kollwitz, Jasper Johns, Jack
Levine, Roy Lichtenstein, and Joan Miró. Out of the Racks is presented in conjunction with the gallery’s current exhibition Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe. On view through October 27, 2012.
Rafaël Rozendaal: Everything Always Everywhere and Justin B. Hansch: Girls & Grils
Steve Turner Contemporary (Mid-City)
Opening reception for Everything Always Everywhere, artist
Rafaël Rozendaal’s exhibition of digital paintings, websites as
individual works of art, and installations featuring oscillating lights
and reflections. Justin B. Hansch’s Girls and Grils features still lifes
and figure paintings inspired by surf magazine pinups, beer commercials
and the artist’s memories of being a teenager. On view through October
Alex Becerra: It’s Not a Normal Office Job
Artist Curated Projects (Hollywood)
Opening reception for an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Los Angeles-based artist Alex Becerra. The pieces in It’s Not a Normal Office Job use humor to escape the realities of daily life. On view through September 30, 2012.
Swinghouse Studios (Hollywood)
Opening reception for a group show of photography show featuring
works by thirteen Los Angeles-based photographers including Eliot Lee
Hazel, Tamar Levine, David Uzzardi, William Rot, Jason Alvino. This show
is presented by the Dirty Lights Collective, Filter Magazine,
Dilettante, Photoculture and Swing House Studios.
Rero: Image Not Available
Fabien Castanier Gallery (Studio City)
Opening reception for an exhibition by French artist RERO. The works
in Image Not Available are influenced by Rero’s street art roots and
incorporate the use of typography to explore concepts of copyright and
destruction. On view through October 7, 2012.
Carlos Almaraz: A Life Recalled
Vincent Price Art Museum (Monterey Park)
Opening reception for a retrospective show featuring the work of Mexican artist Carlos Almaraz. A Life Recalled
traces Almarez’s career from his upbringing in East LA to his years in
New York and participation in the Chicano street arts movement. On view
through December 8, 2012.
Machine Project (Echo Park)
Machine Project presents an event inspired by the story of Álvar
Núñez Cabeza de Vaca’s voyage from Spain to North America in the 16th
Century. The evening will feature a group weeping and laughter ceremony,
a clothing optional, english subtitled screening of the 1991 feature
film Cabeza De Vaca, a series of special guests, and imported Spanish
ham. Suggested donations of $50 or more can be made online.
The Distance Project
Favorite Goods (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a group show featuring an international group
of artists including Amy Balkin, Bjarki Bragason, Joe Hoyt, Steve Kado,
Louise Menzies, and Michala Paludan. Curated by Amy Howden-Chapman, The
Distance Plan features works dealing with the philosophical complexities
of climate change. A catalogue with new writing from curator Abby
Cunnane, poet Airini Beautrais, and artist and urban planner Biddy
Livesey accompanies the exhibition.
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