November Women Around Town

Item Date: 
Sat, 11/01/2014 - 1:00am
End Date: 
Sun, 11/30/2014 - 1:00am

WOMEN AROUND TOWN by Karen Schifman

IN THE GALLERIES
"There's a Shape in These Hills I Know" is an exhibition of new work by San Francisco based artist Amber Jean Young at Subliminal Projects on Sunset Blvd. The exhibit features fabrics, sculptures, quilts and wall hangings. Young combines photography and quilting featuring imagery of her rural home in Northern California and its environs. The work speaks of memory, nostalgia and the dismantling of the familiar. Thru 11/15/14.

Drawings by Lisa Solomon are on exhibit in Gallery 2 at Walter Maciel Gallery in Culver City. Runs 11/8-12/20/14.

Charlie James Gallery in Chinatown presents "Kind of Blue," an exhibition of paintings by LA-based artist Michelle Andrade. This series features acrylic-on-linen paintings that have poetic and diaristic qualities of the artist's earlier Notebook drawing series. Here we find the mundane, the poetic and the confessional amidst a swirl of brightly colored, nostalgic graphic forms. In addition to the paintings, Andrade will debut two new screenprint editions developed with LA-based Gray Area Print and two ink on paper drawings. Thru 12/20/14.

The Platt and Borstein Galleries at American Jewish University present "Threads That Bind: A Cultural Identity." The exhibition features works by Andi Arnovits, Vicki Reikes Fox (image right), Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga, Connie Rohman and Gwen Samuels. These talented artists have created works that reflect a verse from Exodus: "All the skilled workers spun with their own hands and they brought what they had spun in blue, purple and crimson yarns and in fine linen." Thru 12/21/14.

Once again the sculptural fantasies of Jeanne Silverthorne are exhibited at Shoshana Wayne Gallery. This new work is entitled "Down the Hole and into the Grain." Silverthorne uses rubber as her primary medium and continually is looking for "lost things." She says, "When you are looking for something that has been lost, you look everywhere and you look closely. You look minutely, microscopically. And once you start looking so intently, you lose all sense of proportion. Like Alice pursuing her fleeing rabbit down the rabbit hole, apparitions flit, fear and nonsense rule. Hallucinations ensue. Scale shifts, forms stretch and shrink. Anything can happen now. Emotions are at a hysterical pitch--off with her head." There are posthumous portraits as well as three portraits of the artist dismembered, trapped and finally as a wingless fly with tennis shoes. Here are scraps of casting debris--drips and excrescences from molds--saved, enlarged, and incidentally referencing classic abstraction. The imagery is dreamlike, nightmarish, humorous and magical. Thru 1/03/15.

The Noah Purifoy Gallery at Watt's Towers is exhibiting recent work by Alison Saar. "Hothouse" addresses the tug of nature on our bodies and psyche. "Foison" and "Fallow," two female figures, pry back their skin to reveal pieces that frame the small theater within their abdomens. In "Foison"(image left) there is a flourishing scene of ripe and fruitful cotton balls, alive with moths, cocoons and caterpillars. "Fallow," however, reveals a dark and somber scene of briers growing through a stillborn fawn. The scope of the work in the show, which examines the fertile and infertile aspects of the feral self, speaks about both the body and the creative impulse. A series of four bronze wall sculptures referencing the "lunar seas" as named by Galileo also look at the fecundity of the female body, with milky roots and bursting fruits. Thru 1/11/15

IN THE MUSEUMS
"Burning Down the House" continues at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and brings together work by three major contemporary female artists for the first time. Long known for using photography to narrative ends, Ellen Brooks, JoAnn Callis and Eilleen Cowin emerged in the 1970s in Southern California. Their works challenge both the role of women and their chosen medium in multi-layered and provocative images. Thru 1/11/15.

"Songs for the Witch Woman" by Cameron (1922-1995) is the current exhibit at MOCA at the Pacific Design Center. This is a comprehensive survey of her work since 1989, including approximately 98 artworks and ephemeral artifacts. She was an artist, performer, poet, occult practitioner and provocateur who lived in LA after World War II and uniquely bridged the city's flourishing spiritual and art worlds. A pivotal though under-recognized figure, she is closely associated with Beat artists such as Wallace Berman, George Herms, and Dennis Hopper et al. She is best known for her paintings and drawings of human and fantastical figures and had a long career, spending her last years in West Hollywood. Thru 1/11/15.

"Home and Away: The Printed Works of Ruth Asawa" continues at the Norton Simon Museum. Thru 1/19/15.

"Variations: Conversations in and around Abstract Painting," a group exhibition at BCAM at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, includes work by Jennie C. Jones, Rachel Lachowicz, Julie Mehretu, Dianna Molzan, Alexandra Olson, Laura Owens, Howardena Pindell, Analia Saban, Diana Thater, Lesley Vance, Mary Weatherford and Lisa Williamson. Thru 3/22/15.