|It's shaping up to be quite an Fall season, weather not withstanding. October is National Arts and Humanities Month, a celebration of culture and the arts. You can add your event to their online listings. Our SCWCA members have been busy making and showing their art. I'm thrilled that our October Members. News is so filled with ArtWalks and Member Shows including the "Day of the Dead Planet," curated by our own Deborah Thomas and featuring members Ulla Barr, Marie Cenkner, Rachel X Hobreigh, Ann Isolde and France White. Past SCWCA President Sandra Mueller is featured in a two-person show at the SCA Project Gallery. And, I too will be building a site-specific installation / solo-show at Gallery 825. To be included in enews announcements be sure to submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.|
Also, please join us for two upcoming programs: a studio visit with artist Samantha Fields on 11/5 and a Walk-thru with Karen Schifman and Elisabeth Sussman of the Hammer Museum's Eva Hesse Exhibition on 11/21.
Wishing you a wonderful and inspired month ahead! I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events!
|SAMANTHA FIELDS STUDIO VISIT: FRI. NOV. 5th|
Santa Fe Art Colony from 11 to 1 PM
Please join SCWCA for a studio tour and discussion with LA based artist, educator and activist, Samantha Fields. Her hauntingly beautiful airbrush and acrylic paintings illustrate the beauty and fury of elemental forces wreaking havoc through natural disaster.
RSVP by Sat. 10/30 as space is limited. Free to members and $15 for non-members. Directions will be sent following RSVP.
BIO: Samantha Fields recieved her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.She is currently a Professor of Art at California State University, Northridge. Her work is represented by Western Project in Los Angeles. She has an extensive exhibition history with shows in Chicago, Los Angles, Detroit, Austin and Vienna. Her work has been widely reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, ArtWeek, Art in America and others. She has also participated in the community based collaborative exhibitions REBEL REBEL and East West Trading Post. With her husband, artist Andre Yi, she co-founded the Los Angeles based website zerodegreesart.com.
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|SCWCA MEMBER ONLY EVENTS|
EcoArts Meets on Thursday, October 14
|All SCWCA members are welcome to bring a lunch and attend the next EcoArtLA meeting in WEST HOLLYWOOD. RACHEL X HOBREIGH is leading this quarter with AVINGER NELSON. RSVP to Rachel X if you are interested in participating and learning more about this ongoing group that focuses on sustainable living and sharing their EcoArt practices.|
Hesse Exhibition Walk-Thru, Sun. 11/21!
Members are invited to meet at the Hammer Museum @ 12:30 pm for a walk-thru of the current exhibition of paintings by Eva Hesse with art historian Karen Schifman. A lecture by Whitney curator and Eva Hesse specialist Elisabeth Sussman will follow at 2 pm. No charge for program or lecture beyond museum admission fee.
| Member News: Exhibitions, Events, Workshops|
|SANDRA MUELLER is featured in a two person show at the SCA Project Gallery in the Pomona Arts Colony, opens 10/9 from 6-9 pm. She will discuss work from her "Eco Emergence: Oil and Water" series (image left) on 11/6.| MARIE CENKNER showed her photography at 2nd City Council Art Gallery, Long Beach where she was awarded first prize. Her work is also on view for Brand 39 Works on Paper opening 10/9 (also awarded a prize).
Members PATRICIA O'NEAL (image right) work was featured in a four person show by La Maison au Donataire in Flavigny s/Ozerain, France and CAROLYN APPLEGATE's work was selected by the Sixth Street Gallery in Vancouver., Canada. Applegate also showed in the LA Municipal Art Gallery Juried show this summer.
The Ahmanson Gallery at Woodbury University hosted "Mind the Gap," an exhibit curated by NIKU KASHEF
and Graham Moore, featuring student photographs, prints, books and a blog
produced during the summer course they taught in London. KASHEF's SOLO show "Under the Eaves," a site-specific installation of hundreds of hand-sculpted monoprints will be at Gallery 825
thru 11/12. Opens 10/16, 6-9pm.
Don't Miss JULIE KORNBLUM at Gallerie Rheeway, Thru 10/30.
In the Community:
Pomona Art Colony hosts on Oct. 9th their Second Saturday ArtWalk. Pasadena Art Night is 10/8 with events at Art Center College of Design, Kidspace, Pasadena Museum of History and more. The Brewery Art Walk on 10/9 and 10/10 at the
Imagining Equality: Women's Art and Activism, Oct. 24-30 @ LMU
Bellarmine Forum 2010 at Loyola Marymount University includes day and evening free events. Check online for full program - selected offerings below:
Mon. 10/25, 7.30 pm Performance/Lecture by the Guerilla Girls
Wed. 10/27, 11 am LA Art Girls presentation
Thurs.10/28 7.30 pm Keynote address by poet Carolyn Forche
Fri 10/29, 4-6 pm Performance by Elia Arce, Reception & Kim Abeles talk
Fri.10/29 7.30 pm "Notions of the Feminine" curated by Ellina Kevorkian
WCA 2011 LIVE SPACE CONFAB: New York City, Feb. 10-14.
Lifetime Achievement Awards gala will take place at the American Museum of Folk Arts. Participation opportunites include:
|WOMEN AROUND TOWN / OCTOBER 2010 |
by Karen J. Schifman
WORKS IN THE GALLERIES
An exhibition of new work by Nancy Jackson at Rosamund Felsen Gallery includes large-scale mobiles that hang from the ceiling as well as drawings, paintings, and sculpture. See the L.A. Times review. Thru 10/9/10. Luis De Jesus gallery is exhibiting "Recreational Systems," a series of abstract paintings by Heather Gwen Martin. Martin, who has been a colorist for DC comics, brings that color sensibility to the series. Her abstract work is influenced by popular culture, particularly comics and television. See below. Thru 10/16/10.
Don't miss seeing the exquisite paintings by the late Joan Mitchell, an important second-generation abstract expressionist artist. This exhibit is now on view at Manny Silverman gallery. Thru 10/16/10.
Lora Schlessinger gallery is featuring new paintings by Cindy Kane. " Cover to Cover" is a series of acrylic paintings in which the artist meticulously recreates magazine covers such as those of The New Yorker and Art in America. Kane decides however what images should grace these covers through subtle gestures of appropriation. Thru 10/16/10.
Project Series 41: Ginny Bishton is on view at the Pomona College Museum of Art in Claremont. Bishton creates photo collages, which are comprised of minimalist, grid based pen and ink drawings and photographs of vibrant vegetable and fruit soups. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition with an essay by critic and curator Sonia Campagnola. Thru 10/17/10.
Mimi Lauter is exhibiting at Marc Selwyn Fine Art. Inspired by biblical stories and Russian folklore, Lauter layers oil paint, pastel and colored pencil resulting in abstract images that are exquisitely textured and tapestry-like. Thru 10/23/10.
Mixed media sculptures by Michelle Segre fill the space at Daniel Weinberg Gallery. Segre assembles wire, rocks, papier-mâché, armatures and recycled materials from past creations into magnificent sculptural forms. Thru 10/23/10.
"Melissa Manfull: Pattern Constraints" is a series of amazing drawings on view at Taylor de Cordoba gallery. Thru 10/23/10.
"Thickening the Plot" is a group exhibition curated by John O'Brien at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro. Featured artists are Ruth Ann Anderson, Holly Boruck, Cusien Chang, Jill D'Agnenica, Libby Gerber, Margaret Lazzari, Jessica Newman-Skrentny, Carolie Parker, Karen Reitzel, Rozene Rockwell, Sharon Suhovy, Noel Korten, Jim Morphesis, Cielo Pessione and Stanton Hunter. This exhibit features a labyrinth built by Ruth Ann Anderson and Jill D'Agnenica that was based on an ancient pagan model.Thru 10/24/10.
Spanish-born artist Ester Partegas' touches on the imagery that we are bombarded with in the mass media. "Less World" at Christopher Grimes Gallery includes images comprised of broken collages and torn images reminding us of the fragmentary nature of visual culture. Thru 10/30/10.
Paintings by Mary Addison Hackett, "Fluid: Elusive Chapters from the Passage of Time" are exhibited at Kristi Engle Gallery. Thru 10/31/10.
"Kim Abeles: Art and Activism" continues at Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University. Thru 11/21/10.
Deborah Thomas curated an exhibit at Avenue 50 Gallery in Highland Park. "Day of the Dead Planet" plays off the Mexican tradition with memorials, stories and ofrendas with the focus on the environment. The exhibit features work by 14 artists working in a variety of media including Ulla Barr (image below), Marie Cenkner, Lani Cupchoy, Jacqueline Dreager, Beth Elliott, Rachel X Hobreigh, Heather Hoggan, Ann Isolde, Denise Seider, and France White. Opens Sat. 10/9, Artists Talk on 10/24 and closes 11/7.
ONGOING MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS:
The Hammer Museum exhibits "Eva Hesse Spectres 1960." Lauded for their "haunted interiority and attempt to embody emotional states in abstract form." Those familiar with Hesse's sculptural work will be intrigued by this showing of oil paintings. Runs 9/25-1/22.
"Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape" at LACMA features portraits of football players juxtaposed with paintings and photographs of athletes by Thomas Eakins.Thru 10/17.
"Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties" at the Getty Center includes work by Susan Meiselas and Mary Ellen Mark Thru 11/14. The Long Beach Museum of Art presents "A Light in the Shadow - Decades of Art by Women" from their permanent collection. Thru 1/2/11.
The "Hammer Contemporary Collection" features 42 significant additions including Kara Walker's 20-part painting installation, "Every Painting Is a Dead Nigger Waiting to Be Born" (2009). Thru 1/30/11.
The recent death of artist, educator and fellow SCWCA member Varnette Honeywood was eulogized in most major newspapers from the LA Times to the New York Times and the Washington Post. My favorite account is a tribute posted online on the L.A. Observed blog by Adrienne Crew.
A graduate of Spelman College with a masters from USC, her work was widely shown and found a national audience during the run of The Cosby Show. Plus, the Cosby's became avid collectors of her work. A catalogue of her work is aptly titled "Traditions: She Who Learns Teaches."
We last saw her welcoming face and colorful artwork at the 2009 Annual Meeting at the Santa Monica Library and last reported on her work in the summer Member News.. Her vibrant work, bold courage and gracious smile live on. ED.
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Lezley Saar's "Autist's Fables"
Lezley Saar's "Autist's Fables" was a moving and enchanting exhibition at Merry Karnowsky gallery. Saar, the mother of an autistic daughter, has a compelling story to tell. Saar weaves her personal story through this tale of a young girl named Geneviève. She translates Geneviève's plight in a sequestered world through fantastical characters and poignant vignettes. The story unfolds in chronological order from the time the beautiful baby girl lost her words, to acceptance of the diagnosis, through the child's difficult and isolated world filled with imaginary friends.
"They're Here, Get Used to It"--the first work you encounter upon entering the gallery--serves as a powerful prelude. The title underscores Saar's main message: we need to accept autistic people as they are. "Autist's Fables" deploys wondrous figures reminiscent of Gothic fairy tales and nineteenth century animal illustrations. Saar's meticulously hand-painted whimsical creatures are collaged with circular photographs adding another dimension to the fables. Wonderful dioramas filled with dolls and miniature objects are encased in vintage wood-framed vitrines. The rear room of the gallery is lined with digital photographs of details from the vignettes placed in antique frames. These serve as counterpoint to a film of the fables, Le Mystère de Geneviève, screening on an opposite wall. The French narration of the film sweetens and softens the story in a gentle and romanticized manner.
Saar is adept at lacing the personal into the universal through the guise of fables. Her carefully crafted tableaux reveal the artist's skill. She has gently brought the viewer into the very intimate and real world of an autistic young girl through magical imagery, yet still keeps us at a distance from the reality.
Note: Show closed 10/2 though much of the exhibit is online at mkgallery.com