More than a formal enlivening of his art, Toledo's use of diverse materials reflects a worldview unbounded by categorization and hierarchy. This exhibition will feature the artist's recent self-portraits.
Join us as we celebrate the holiday season at Bergamot Station Arts Center. Over 30 galleries will be open with exciting new exhibitions, a book signing event, live music, festive food and more! Support local businesses this holiday season--Bergamot Station's creative community boasts limitless gifts for everyone on your list!
Roche's paintings are densely layered, worked in a combination of techniques, including frottage (rubbing), grattage (scraping) and monotype (printing). Roche's paintings explore issues of identity, memory, and our shared vulnerabilities to natural disasters.
SYN CITY is a one night only exploration of merged perception. A pop-up event immersed within the installation Synaesthesia: What is the taste of the color blue? at Building Bridges Art Exchange, SYN CITY melds creative expression with scientific inquiry, inviting the audience to experience
cross-modal perception through sculpture, performance, interactive installation, photography, and visual art. Produced by the UCLA Art | Sci Center in collaboration with Building Bridges Art Exchange and the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists, SYN CITY is a benefit/fundraising celebration focused toward the publication of a book documenting this inaugural large-scale synaesthesia exhibition, symposium, and accompanying performances and author readings -- the first of its kind in the United States.
Victoria Vesna, artist and director of UCLA Art | Sci Center will present on this occasion Octopus Brainstorming: Synesthesia – a performative installation created in collaboration with neuroscientist Mark Cohen. This work utilizes real-time EEG brain waves, video, color, and sound in an illustration of brain-to-brain communication. Performers featured at Building Bridges Art Exchange gallery are Appelusa and Marcos Lutyens, synaesthete artists who currently have their works installed at Building Bridges Art Exchange.
his special event is FREE of charge and OPEN to the public.
Join us for the Opening Reception of David Krovblit "Shells" and John Nyboer "The Real Future: Dancers at The Lot, Los Angeles", Saturday, Novermber 11, 6 - 9pm. Come and meet the artists
Please join us at the opening reception for Jimi Gleason: Reflected & Absorbed.
The Reflected paintings are consistent with the ultra sleek, silver deposit pieces that Gleason has been producing for the past decade, but, in a departure from his previous work, the artist has invoked the grid as a way to re-order and disrupt these luminous surfaces. While the grid marked a radical way for the avant-garde artists of the early 20th century to break free from the tradition of representational painting, Gleason’s interpretation is fascinating because his reflective surfaces actually re-introduce the human figure into these abstractions. Gleason’s multi-textural surfaces are broken up into hard-edge geometric fields that oscillate between blocks of mirror-like sheen and gritty texture. The effect is dazzling - the pieces act as fractured mirrors that simultaneously reflect and obscure the environment around them. The tumbling, rectangular forms shimmering across Gleason’s Untitled, echo the elegantly stacked shapes of Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist compositions, while the asymmetrical checkerboard surface of one of his lustrous silver pieces recalls the reductive constructions of Piet Mondrian, though Gleason’s pieces feel entirely contemporary due to his masterful use of non-traditional materials.
Like the Reflected paintings, the Absorbed pieces are achieved using Gleason’s signature technique of deploying a thin coat of silver nitrate deposit over acrylic on canvas. Diverging from their ultra-gloss predecessors, however, Gleason has mutated the surface of the Absorbed pieces so that the reflective quality of the silver nitrate is transformed into a pearlescent glow. Applying a prismatic array of hues, these paintings become all about color and texture. By obstructing any reflected imagery, these pieces are in essence, pure abstraction. Gleason’s application of thickly impasto acrylic coupled with the delicious spectrum of vaporous jewel tones that seem to float just above the surface delight the senses. The colors appear to shift as the viewer moves around the paintings while the churning surface textures make them appear as if they are perpetually in motion.
Here and around the world, it's been a trying year in many ways. So we're gathering our community to raise the vibrations for one morning, out in the sunshine at Bergamot Station Art Center's outdoor courtyard.
Bring a friend, or make a new one at the event, as we flow and connect through a one hour yoga practice that includes partner poses.
Ashley Rideaux of YogaWorks will lead class, with uplifting sounds by BENDER's resident DJ ~ played over Sound Off wireless headphones. Then we’ll wind down with 30 minutes of guided breath work and meditation to create peace within, and send out some healing vibrations. Stay after class to explore the galleries at Bergamot Station.
Suggested donation is $20-$25 ~ with 100% of proceeds going to the Red Cross to support disaster relief.
Building Bridges Art Exchange is pleased to host a talk and wine tasting with synaesthete sommelier, Jaime Smith, of the Four Seasons in Las Vegas. Jamie sees different color spectrums, shapes, and textures for each wine he tastes as well as color patterns for each scent he experiences. During the event, Jaime will taste various fine wines, talk about his experience, and draw the colors, shapes, and textures he sees for each wine he tastes. Following his presentation, guests will also have the pleasure of tasting the fine wines and drawing their own impressions.
Richard Heller Gallery is proud to present Christian Rex van Minnen, Mourning Wood in Liminal Dawn. This is van Minnen's first solo exhibition with the gallery.
From the artist:
"I am in a liminal space. It is disorienting and bewildering. I'm something, someone, somewhere in between the problem and the solution; the old and the new; asleep and #woke. I am in the darkness of individuation. It is the grieving part. The breaking down part. The humiliating part. Burning all away until what is left is a thin residue of a former self; Caput Mortuum. There is, however, an undeniable excitement about it all. It is sublime. It is an involuntary erection of the spirit. Mourning Wood in Liminal Dawn.
The paintings in this show, like the trickster, are symbolic of liminality itself. Simultaneously specific and ambiguous. The imagery in the work include themes of heads and beheading, phallus and orifice, whimsy and melancholy, fluorescence and gray, penetration and erection, sex and death, power and powerlessness. In part, I am responding to a cultural entreatment to examine heterosexual male identity. This process is a labyrinth of self-deceit, grief, hope and excitement. This work is an attempt to describe the feelings and ideas experienced in this liminal state in between what was and what is becoming. I am motivated by both fear and a desire to love more fully, and at times they seem like the same thing."
~ Christian Rex van Minnen
Join us for Christopher Murphy's Idle and Robert Ginder's Con Fuego artists' receptions on Saturday October 21 from 5 – 7 pm.
Lora Schlesinger Gallery is proud to present Idle, featuring a new series of paintings and drawings by Christopher Murphy. Idle is Murphy’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery.
Lora Schlesinger Gallery also presents Con Fuego, featuring a new series of paintings by Robert Ginder in our east gallery. Con Fuego is Ginder’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery.
Exhibition Dates: October 21 – November 25, 2017
Opening Reception: October 21, 5 – 7 pm
Join us at BBAX for a reception and concert with synaesthete violinist, Kaitlyn Hova. Event sponsored by IASAS.
Richard Heller Gallery will be hosting an artist talk with KAJAHL on Saturday, October 21, at 4:00 p.m. Come meet KAJAHL and hear him talk about his current exhibition, Unearthed Entities, currently on view at the gallery.
Jazz/Not-Jazz selections before and after the talk, between 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., provided by The Nonsemble.
Wine and beer will be served.
Building Bridges Art Exchange is pleased to host a reception, reading and book signing with Dr. Joel Salinas, author of Mirror-Touch: Notes from a doctor who can feel your pain
Beginning in the late 1950's, Fernando de Szyzlo created an abstract language that combined the gestural power of Abstract Expressionism with forms and colors inspired by Peru's Pre-Hispanic cultures. Szyszlo's paintings distill vast areas of culture into a visual language that is his own.
bG Gallery invites you to a final celabration for our Linda Vallejo exhibit Keepin' It Brown. .
Vallejo paints historical figures and contemporary pop personalities brown; revisions white iconic Oscar stars as brown-Mexican; and transforms Latino populations and workforce data into engaging visual representations using brown dots.
Shoshana Wayne Gallery is pleased to present, The Scrolls: Distortion by Dinh Q. Lê. This is the artist’s seventh solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will be on view October 7th through December 23rd, 2017, with an opening reception on Saturday October 7th from 5-7pm.
bG Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit walk-through and question and answer with critic Shana Nys Dambrot and artist Linda Vallejo.
Building Bridges Art Exchange, sponsored by the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists, and in partnership with ArtSci Gallery at UCLA present Synaesthesia: What is the taste of the color blue?, an exhibition of captivating art installations this Autumn in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca. This exhibition will explore how artists who have unique sensory experiences, synesthesia, reveal their experiences of the world through their exquisite art.
Opening Reception Saturday September 23, 2017 from 5-8pm
Exhibition September 9 - October 24, 2017
ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY will be showcasing artworks that the gallery has been showing since 1979 at his first Santa Monica gallery. On view will be select works from two of the important historical exhibitions/books Hispanic Art In the United States: Thirty Contemporary Painters and Sculptors (1987) and Le Demon Des Anges (France, 1989). Works in the exhibition will start from the 1950's with works by Martin Ramírez (in conjunction with RICCO/MARESCA Gallery), then on through the 1960’s with works by Fulgencia F. Corral, then to the 1970's with works by Carlos Almaraz and will go through important works by other Chicana/o and Latino artists including Robert Graham, John Valadez, Frank Romero, Richard Duardo, Harry Gamboa and others up through the 21st century. Also featured from the Hispanic Art in the United States exhibition will be unique works by Cuban artists Paul Sierra and Carlos Alfonzo. Aside from major paintings and works on paper from these seminal artists, the show will include much of the ephemera and documentation of the L.A. Chicana/o artists from the last quarter of the 20th century and on into the 21st century.
A special featured exhibition of the works by Martin Ramirez will be on view courtesy of the Martin Ramirez Estate and RICCO/MARESCA Gallery.
The William Turner Gallery is pleased to present, Javier Pelaez : At the Front Door of a Stone. Based in Mexico City, Javier Pelaez creates work that considers the myriad possibilities involved with the construction and perception of reality. Depicting enigmatic imagery that can be construed as simultaneously materializing and deconstructing, Pelaez’s pictorial language is set in an incessant swing between opposing states of being.
This exhibition will include a number of new paintings on canvas and panel, as well as a series of paintings on paper that Pelaez completed during a recent stay in Los Angeles. Javier Pelaez was born in 1976. His work has been exhibited extensively in Mexico. This exhibition marks his first show with William Turner Gallery, as well as his first show in Los Angeles. He currently lives and works in Mexico City.
The William Turner Gallery is pleased to present, Al Mal Tiempo Buena Cara (A Good Face for Bad Times), an exhibition of recent paintings by San Francisco based artist, Gustavo Ramos Rivera.
Over the past four decades, Ramos Rivera has developed a unique visual language that manifests throughout his paintings, monotypes and collages. His playful and powerful abstract compositions can be read like a visual diary, the expression of which works on both intellectual and emotional levels. Ramos Rivera’s fields of rich color and glyph-like mark making recall both the work of Joan Miro, Paul Klee and Cy Twombly and the iconography of the indigenous cultural heritage of his native Mexico.
Nyet That Type of Girl
"In my self-portraits, I take what is real -myself- and distill it through the prism of what others have learned to think is true about Russians," Catherine Asanov defines her photographs. Her work presents stereotypes - Russian stereotypes. At first, we see purely humor. The pictures exaggerate what is thought and believed about the people and culture of Russia. If we look deeper, though, we can meet the artist, observe more than her basic background, and notice her 'self' in her 'self-portraits.' Asanov first combines others' beliefs in her self-portraits, but she also unites them with her own critique of those ideas.
bG gallery is pleased to present the LA debut of a beautifully brown body of work by artist Linda Vallejo from her Make ‘em All Mexican, Brown Oscars, and Brown Dot Project.
Leslie Sacks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles based artist, Bruce Cohen. Cohen’s alluring interiors and exquisite still lifes continue to captivate in his new body of work. The exhibition will feature a dozen paintings, most on canvas and some on wood panel, ranging in scale from 16 x 16 inches up to 48 x 72 inches.
Bruce Cohen’s singular aesthetic is immediately distinguishable in its refined realism. He has explored the genres of interior and still life paintings for decades, yet his output always feels new and fresh. Nodding to the old masters and his passion for art history, he successfully summons a contemporary feel by way of a polished, yet punchy palette with an almost surreal compression of the picture plane. He executes a mastery of subject matter to his advantage and constantly perfects his painting to stunning effects. Cohen’s motivation and inspiration culminates in an unhurried and meticulous rendering. Similar to artists like Jasper Johns and Jim Dine, who use a lexicon of repeated images as a visual vocabulary, Cohen revisits themes and objects (flowers, vases, books, window sills) finding endless arrangements. Stylistically the work’s central focus of everyday objects found in daily life connects them to the Dutch masters of the 17th century, from whom Cohen derives great influence and inspiration.
Richard Heller Gallery is pleased to announce, Unearthed Entities, a complex, multi-layered presentation of new and recent paintings by New York-based artist KAJAHL. This is KAJAHL’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.
KAJAHL received his BFA in painting from San Francisco State University in 2007. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Florence, Italy, in 2008, and received his MFA in painting from Hunter College in New York in 2012. He received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2013 and, in 2016, was a Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence in New Orleans. KAJAHL lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
KAJAHL will be in attendance at the opening reception on September 9th.