Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Art: Vampire Edition

Happy Halloween!

Monastery Graveyard in the Snow, ca. 1817-1819
Caspar David Friedrich
Oil on canvas, 121 x 170 cm
Date destroyed or lost: 1945

Dante and Virgil in Hell (Dante et Virgile au Enfers)
William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Odilon Redon

The actor Max Schreck on the set of "Nosferatu."

Pleasure, 1927
Rene Magritte

Vampire, 1895
Edvard Munch

"Irma Vep"

Großer Vampire, Vampirus spectrum L., 1927
Eduard O. Schmidt
Portrait of Lady Mary Rogers Harington, 1585-1590
artist unknown

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Group Show " Dear Geometry" at Jancar Jones, Los Angeles, California

Dear Geometry: Anissa Mack, Nate Boyce, Rick Caruso
October 20, 2012 - November 24, 2012
An exhibit arranged by Bill Jenkins.
opening Saturday, October 20th, 6-9pm

Jancar Jones Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit arranged by New York-based artist Bill Jenkins. The show will include three pieces by three artists; Anissa Mack, Nate Boyce, and Rick Caruso that consider geometric forms as mediated by context, process of construction, and visuality.

At the turn of the twentieth century, within the visual arts, mimeses began to be superseded and abstracted, ultimately producing an interest in the use of non-representational geometric form. Over time, dreams of uncovering the essence of these forms came and went. As social and physical context became increasingly important as a means to make and see art, geometry was returned to a representational role. Now looking at objects that display angular enclosed forms, singular or repeated, in and out of patterns it’s hard not to be aware of the wider web of connections and circumstances that condition them.

The artists in this show study these shifts through works that incorporate both the social and the material contexts of geometric abstract forms. Each of the works in their own way remember when geometry could be declared pure form, but don’t look back through any one clear frame. The memory becomes an evolving version of itself as the recollection has been reprogrammed, reimagined, and reprocessed over time. Through the layering of histories, materials, and methods of representation, these three works tunnel through generations of geometric form and display the mediations and interferences they acquire along the way.

Anissa Mack lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her work was recently featured in a solo exhibit at Laurel Gitlen in New York. She has been included in numerous museum exhibitions including group exhibitions at the CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France; ICA Philadelphia; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, NY; and solo exhibitions at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, OR; and the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, CA.

Nate Boyce lives and works in San Francisco. His work was included in the 2010 California Biennial and has had recent solo shows at Altman Siegel, San Francisco and IMO, Copenhagen. He participated in group shows at Vilma Gold, London; Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco; Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles; the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha; Landings Project Space, Oslo (Curated by Will Bradley); Deitch Projects, New York, (curated by Takeshi Murata); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Galerie Neue Alte Bruecke, Frankfurt; Center for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; California College for the Arts, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose.

Rick Caruso lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2011, his work was included in the exhibition Heat Island curated by Natalie Campbell at Smack Mellon and he participated in the 2010 exhibition Underwater New York at Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn. In 2010, he was granted a Governor's Island Swing Space residency by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and in 2011, he was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

For more information please contact Eric Renehan Jones or Ava Jancar at or visit Jancar Jones Gallery is located at 1031 N. Broadway in Chinatown, Los Angeles. The gallery is open Thursday 4-7pm, Friday-Saturday noon-5pm, and by appointment.

EMAIL: info[at]jancarjones[dot]com
PHONE: 213-259-3770

Nate Boyce

Anissa Mack

Rick Caruso (detail)

Rick Caruso

Friday, October 26, 2012

Clare Rojas "Pith" at Prism, Los Angeles, California

Clare Rojas
October 19, 2012 — November 3, 2012
8746 W. Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
T 310 289 1301
F 310 289 1302

Tuesday – Saturday: 11-6

Entitled 'Pith,' this body of paintings signals a further exploration for Rojas, in respect to both subject and materiality. In this exhibition, we observe the artist’s concentration on abstract space and the blurring between architectural dimensionality and geometric flatness. Rojas intentionally generates surfaces that describe both an architectural and psychological site of interiority ― a pictorial space that is indeterminate enough to operate on an emotive and sensory level.

The removal of the figure from this recent body of work is a purposed decision, as the artist elects to concentrate on the atmospheric possibilities of painting. These works are ambient, spatially open and emotionally drenched ― re-directed away from a character-driven narrative, Rojas proposes a psycho-spatial realm. Whereas once her paintings were played out with actors and props, these paintings appear like the sets where the dramatic sequences might occur.

Electing to use oils over acrylic, which she had preferenced for years, Rojas has necessarily altered her strategy towards the interaction of colour and light, while building more saturated surfaces. Rojas’ strong and familiar palette, which tends towards saturated yellows, reds and greys, is dominant in the exhibition, while she also invites their interaction with gentler tonal registers.

Rojas (1976) was born in Columbus, Ohio and lives and works in San Francisco. She has held solo exhibitions at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, León, Spain; Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands; San Francisco Art Institute and Riverside Art Museum, California; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee; Modern Art, London; Deitch Projects, New York; and Kavi Gupta, Chicago.

An opening reception for Pith will be held at PRISM from 6 - 8pm on Friday 19 October, 2012. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, available from the gallery.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Group Show "Drown Me in Pictures" at Latned Astar, Los Angeles, California

Drown Me in Pictures
Amir H Fallah
Alexander Kroll
Christopher Pate

Opening Reception: Saturday October 20th, 2012, 7-10pm.

"Drown me in pictures like Marsden, make me a radical artist in the conventional sense.
Give me the intelligence of a Wells. God, Ford is so far beyond him that what Wells says really sounds sensible.
Must it be a civilization of fatigued spirits? Then give me Ford. My God it is too disgusting."
-William Carlos Williams, from The Great American Novel

latned atsär
3222 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

Christopher Pate

Alexander Kroll

Amir H Fallah

Amir H Fallah

Christopher Pate

Amir H Fallah

Alexander Kroll

Amir H Fallah

Alexander Kroll

Christopher Pate

Christopher Pate

Christopher Pate

Alexander Kroll

Installation view with Amir H Fallah work

Installation view with works by Christopher Pate and Amir H Fallah

Amir H Fallah

Amir H Fallah

Amir H Fallah

Installation View

Installation View

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