Guggenheim Gallery

Aug 282017
 
 August 28, 2017

Emigdio Vasquez (1939-2014, American). Detail: El Proletariado de Aztlán, 1979, acrylic on plaster, 8’ x 40’.
Chapman University Art Collections, © Emigdio Vasquez Art. Photo: Jessica Bocinski.

 

My Barrio: Emigdio Vasquez and Chicana/o Identity in Orange County

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Ken Gonzales-Day
Ramiro Gomez
Cynthia Herrera
Dulce Soledad Ibarra
Patrick Martinez
Shizu Saldamando
Alejandro Sanchez
Ana Serrano

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 – JANUARY 5, 2018

Please join us for the opening celebration on September 13, 2017

4:00 p.m. – El Proletariado de Aztlán mural, 442 Cypress St.

5:00 p.m. – Guggenheim Gallery, refreshments and music

 

The Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University and the Art collections Department are pleased to announce My Barrio: Emigdio Vasquez and Chicana/o Identity in Orange County.

Emigdio Vasquez (1939-2014) was a prolific artist who painted over 30 public murals in Orange County between 1976 and 2006. His murals celebrated the Chicana/o cultural movement, depicting local people and places alongside imagery from Mexican and Mexican-American history. His 1979 mural, El Proletariado de Aztlán, is located on a Chapman University-owned triplex on North Cypress Street, Orange, and was restored by the artist’s son in 2014.

In addition to his work as a muralist, community leader, and advocate for youth, Vasquez produced a large body of oil paintings which document Chicana/o community life. The Guggenheim Gallery brings together a group of these works alongside contemporary artists. Identifying Vasquez’s mural and related paintings as a bridge shared by the Orange community and Chapman University, the exhibition will nourish dialogues concerning the emergence of Chicana/o politics, identity, and artistic sensibilities in the North Orange County region.

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Feb 092017
 
 February 9, 2017
Jenny Yurshansky; Ricinus from Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Herbarium) (Detail); 2015

EX LIBRIS

Approaches to a research based practice

Katy Herzog with Andrew Choate
Gala Porras-Kim
Candice Lin
Mona Varichon
Jenny Yurshansky

Curated by Marcus Herse

January 30, 2017 – March 5, 2017
Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University
One University Drive, Orange CA 92866

Please join us for the artist reception on March 5, 2016 from 3 – 5 P.M.

 

With the onset of the mass mediated era, a century plus ago, our collections of images and data began to grow exponentially, and so did the curiosity about these alternate realities that would eventually fill the vaults and books. The collage, quickly invented by the cubists, was an early artistic response to this situation, an outlet to deal with the plethora of printed images and texts that could now be found increasingly in magazines and on the cities’ billboards. The collage however was deeply rooted in rather classical painterly questions of pictorial composition and soon the abundant influx of daily fresh material fostered a more objective, removed view of the meaning of these images and text snippets – it became apparent that one way of perceiving this complex of information, its actual content, was inherent in the conditions of its production.

Minimalism and Pop Art deepened the examination of mass-produced base-material, and their experiments with serial and modular arrangements further eroded concerns of composition. Finally by the late 60’s, Conceptual Art formulated the archive as an artistic possibility: A compilation of images, objects or texts that was not first and foremost an aesthetic experience, but a gathering of historical records compiled of modules of information, which could be rearranged or replaced – A democratic endeavor of sorts.

Today grids and lists, once considered subversive, un-artistic forms of representation are not only found in every museum with a modern wing, they are also the reality of our digital lives. The archive in its many forms has become part of the repertoire of contemporary art and the term research has long defected from the sciences. But precisely in undergoing this evolution archives emerge as providers of meta motifs. Working with them allows to address abstract social, economical and political processes that are invisible, but which information helps us to see.

The artists in EX LIBRIS- Approaches to a Research Based Practice present their findings in a variety of media, employing video, photography, collage, sculpture and painting. Grids and lists are still in the mix, but they are part of an undogmatic choreography of styles that embraces a multiplicity of historic influences and their (re-) discovery.

Katie Herzog received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2005. In 2011 she cycled from Copenhagen to Berlin in the inaugural Cycling For Libraries, and she currently serves as a Board Director for the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries.  She has participated in a number of artist residencies including Skowhegan, The Banff Centre, Bblackboxx, Ox-Bow, and Program Initiative for Art and Architecture Collaborations in Berlin, and her work is in the collections of numerous public institutions including The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, The Rhode Island School of Design, and the Tom of Finland Foundation, among others. Her forthcoming solo exhibition, titled Research, opens at Private Places in Portland Oregon in March. Katie Herzog is represented by Klowden Mann Gallery in Culver City, CA.

Andrew Choate is an artist/writer who was born and raised in South Carolina. He studied music and literature at Northwestern University and the California Institute of the Arts. He is the author of several small press books of poetry, photography, and art criticism and has two books forthcoming in 2016: I Love You More (Insert Blanc), a collection of his texts for performance, and Learning (Writ Large), a self-help/mystery collage. His radio plays and sound works have been broadcast on WDR in Germany, Radio Arte Mobile in Italy, Hipersônica in Brazil, Resonance FM in England, and various outlets in the US. As The Unwrinkled Ear, he produces a monthly concert series dedicated to bringing international improvised music to Los Angeles, and hosts a radio show on KCHUNG every other Tuesday from 5-7pm PST. His Instagram page @saintbollard is an index devoted to photographs of bollards and has over forty-seven thousand followers. He has been invited to present his bollard writing and photography around the world: at the Material Art Fair in Mexico City for Bikini Wax gallery; performing at the Kulcsar Haus in Vienna; organizing a bollard tour for Atlas Obscura in Los Angeles; headlining the Dunedin Fringe Festival in New Zealand – where he won the award for Best Visual/Performance Art as well as the Warwick Broadhead Memorial Award. Articles and interviews with him about his bollard project have been featured by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, the Otago Daily Times (New Zealand), and Atlas Obscura.

Gala Porras-Kim (b. 1984, Bogotá, Colombia; lives and works in LA) received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2009); as well as an MA in Latin American Studies (2012), and a BA in Art and Latin American Studies (2007), from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work has been included last year in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A., CURRENT the Public Art Biennial, AÚN, The 44th National Salon of Artists in Colombia, FRAC Pays De La Loire in France. She received a Rema Hort Mann Foundation award in 2017, Joan Mitchell Foundation award in 2016, Creative Capital Grant and Tiffany Foundation award in 2015 and a California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists in 2013. Porras-Kim’s work will be included in upcoming exhibitions at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Otis College of Art and Design and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the Getty Pacific standard time LA/LA, at Commonwealth and Council and LABOR in Mexico City.

Candice Lin received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and her double BA in Visual Arts and Art Semiotics at Brown University in 2001. Her work engages notions of gender, race and sexuality, drawing from postcolonialism, citizen science, anthropology, feminist and queer theory. Lin has been awarded several residencies, grants and fellowships including the Headlands Center for the Arts (2016), the CCF Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015), Fine Arts Work Center residency (2012), the Frankfurter Kunstverein Deutsche Börse Residency (2011), Instituto Sacatar Artist Residency (2011), and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2009).  Lin’s work has been recently exhibited at the Kadist Art Foundation (Paris), La Maison Populaire (Paris), Azkuna Zentroa (Alhondiga Bilbao), Galeria Fortes Vilaça (Sao Paolo), and the Current LA Public Biennial.  She has had recent solo exhibitions at Gasworks (London) and Commonwealth & Council (LA) in 2016 and in 2015 at Francois Ghebaly Gallery (LA), 18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica) and CAAA (Guimarães, Portugal).

Mona Varichon is an artist based in Los Angeles, currently pursuing her MFA at ArtCenter in Pasadena. Originally from Paris, Mona graduated from Paris Descartes University in 2009
with a BA in Sociology and from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2014 with a BFA in Photography. Selected exhibitions and screenings include the Egyptian Theatre, the Echo Park Film Center and Arturo Bandini (Los Angeles), Galerie La Croix (Pasadena), the Cite Internationale des Arts (Paris) and Rod Barton (London).

Jenny Yurshansky is an American artist who was born in Rome. She received her MFA in Visual Art from UC Irvine and was a participant in the post‐graduate Critical Studies course at the Malmö Art Academy. In 2016 she was an Artist-in-Residence at Arts Initiative Tokyo and she was invited by Yiddishkayt to travel as a guest artist to Moldova where she began research on her family’s history there. In 2017 her artist edition book, “Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Recollections)” is being published by Pitzer College Art Galleries, it is the final component of the project she realized there in 2015 as part of the Emerging Artist series curated by Ciara Ennis. This exhibition followed her artist residency at Pitzer College Art Galleries the year prior. In 2015 she was also a Guest Artist Researcher at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, which she concluded with a solo show. In 2012 she was an invited Artist-in-Residence connected to the exhibition Odor Water Limo in northern Norway. In 2010 Yurshansky was the first international artist awarded the Maria Bonnier Stipend from Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm. Yurshansky has also participated in group shows at Bonniers Konsthall, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach Art Museum, MAK Center, and LAXART, the Torrance Art Museum, the Armory Center for the Arts, the 7th Istanbul Biennial, the Hammer Museum, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, and the Toyota Museum. She is the recipient of numerous artist and curatorial grants. She is the co-founder of Persbo Studio an artist residency, sculpture park, and creative space in Sweden.

Oct 182016
 
 October 18, 2016

Daniel Mendel-Black, The Weight of Yellow (Detail), 2016, Acrylic on canvas over wood panel, 60″x40″

Truth Syrup

Josh Atlas
Nicole Van Beek
Richard Bott
Michael Kennedy Costa
Chet Glaze
Daniel Mendel-Black
Florian Morlat
Nora Shields

Curated by Marcus Herse

October 10, 2016 – November 6, 2016
Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University
One University Drive, Orange CA 92866

Please join us for the artist reception on November 6, 2016 from 3 – 5 P.M.

 

I would be at great pains to say ‘where’ is the painting I am looking at. For I do not look at it as a thing; I do not fix it in its place. My gaze wanders in it as in the halos of Being. It is more accurate to say that I see according to it, or with it, than I ‘see it’.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty: Basic Writings

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A painting is an object that is like you and me part of our world. Yet, art historically speaking until recently, we did not primarily perceive it as a thing, because painting’s intrinsic quality, the disruption and displacement of the spatial continuity of the world lies precisely in the fact that real space plays a subsidiary role. It is thought to refer to a world beyond our own. The countless comparisons of painting to the window, the portal and the many paintings that literally show windows and frames seemingly corroborate the view that painting reports an objectivized exterior to the interior of our minds.

With the minimal and post-minimal experiments and their production of objects developed from the concerns of painting, real space was thematized in the context of pictorial thinking. The objects and their critical analysis tied in with the same view that sees the object of art as an exemplary representation of correspondences of form. Figure-ground relationship was transposed from the 2nd into the 3rd dimension and was now a conversation between physical objects and the gallery space, but it did not lead to a qualitative change in the discourse of the reality of painting. It was still seen externally, logically and scientifically.

More recently the influence of poststructuralist discourse emphasizes painting’s status as visual text. Visual idioms are reduced to the model of written discourse, and painting is proposed as a field that produces meaning to communicate ‘legible’ content. If we understand painting in this way we reduce it to a model based on conceptions of instrumental reason and marginalize the act of making in favor of the consumption of meaning.

Here the thinking of French phenomenological philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty presents a radically different view of the objecthood of painting: Rather than seeing the world as a compilation of things in space, which also contains our bodies and which can be ‘reported’ via painting, the emphasis is put on recognizing spaciality as part of our Being. We only ‘have’ space and the things in it because it is our condition as Beings to be physical, corpo-real, and not because we ‘understand’ space abstractly-scientifically from a speculatively proposed outside. Rather than seeking the view into an idealized world or reducing painting to an instrument of logical reason, a carrier of information that can be read, an emphasis is put on the mobility of the body, and how we access the world through it.

In a historically unprecedented moment in which a never-ending stream of digital quasi immaterial images zip through our minds it is this exhibition’s concern to recall that paintings, as the ancestors of these images are things that are made of the same stuff as we are and share our reality. The artists gathered in the exhibition may or may not see themselves first and foremost as painters; Their commonality is an interest in simultaneously rupturing and conciliating the spatial continuity of the art object in relation to our world.

 

Josh Atlas is a sculptor based in Los Angeles. Though the forms and means of creation often change, he is working towards an aesthetic sensibility that emphasizes tenderness, vulnerability, empathy, and humility. Atlas studied art at Carnegie Mellon University, receiving his BFA in 2005. His work has been included in exhibitions at MAMO (Marseilles), Klowden Mann (Los Angeles), Regards (Chicago), and Raid Projects (Los Angeles).

Richard Bott is an artist living in Los Angeles. His production works across genre employing video, performance, media installation, painting, and drawing. His work has been notably presented by the Hammer Museum as part of Made in LA : Los Angeles Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, and a solo show at China Art Objects Los Angeles. Bott is also part of the performance/installation duo, Animal Charm.

Nicole van Beek received her BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, NY in 1998 and her MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007. She received a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting and a 2011 Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited at Geoffrey Young Gallery, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Brian Morris Gallery, Susan Inglett Gallery and in The Last Brucennial, 2014. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Chet Glaze is an LA based artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally.  Recent shows include Island Magic at Patrick Painter Inc, and Second Wave: Aesthetic of the 80′s in today’s Contemporary Art at UC Riverside’s Culver Center of the Arts.  Glaze is represented by Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA.  He is a recent addition to the permanent collection for UC Riverside’s Sweeney Collection.

Michael Kennedy Costa (b. 1982 in Northampton, MA) lives and works in Los Angeles.  He received his BFA from Boston University in 2006 and his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011.  He has participated in numerous exhibitions in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, and elsewhere.   Recent exhibitions include “Bougainvillea Begonia” at Jonathan Hopson Gallery in Houston, and “Raking the Though” at Bikini Wax and No Space in Mexico City.   He has also recently given readings at Motel Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Chin’s Push in Los Angeles, and Central Park Gallery in Los Angeles.

Daniel Mendel-Black has exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad. Recent shows include Pretty Lips Are Red at China Art Objects Galleries in Los Angeles, and André Butzer, Marcel Hüppauff, Daniel Mendel-Black, Philipp Schwalb at Galerie Bernd Kugler in Innsbruck, Austria. Mendel-Black’s work is represented in a number of public collections. In Los Angeles his paintings are included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the UCLA Hammer Museum.

Florian Morlat (B. Munich, Germany) lives and works in Los Angeles.  He attended the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf and received an MFA from the University of California Los Angeles.  He has had solo exhibitions at Cherry and Martin LA, Galerie Ben Kaufmann Berlin, Daniel Hug Gallery LA, and Rowley Kennerk Gallery Chicago, among others.  Recent group exhibitions have included The Pit, 11R NYC, MCA Santa Barbara, and Renwick Gallery NYC.  Modern Painters, the New York Times, and the LA Times have reviewed his work. Morlat will have a solo exhibition with the Pit in early 2017.

Nora Shields (B. Pittsburgh, PA) lives and works in Los Angeles and received a B.A in Art History/ English Literature from the University Of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and an M.F.A from Art Center College Of Design. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at venues such as JB Jurve, Los Angeles, Actual Size, Los Angeles and has recently has had a solo show at The Pit II titled “Int/Ext” in 2016.

Sep 022016
 
 September 2, 2016

Jennifer Sullivan, Window Kitty, 2015, HD Video, Sound, 3:18 min

My Skin is My Krustle (Pink Marble)

Carmen Argote
Lynda Benglis
Young Joon Kwak
Lila de Magalhaes
Jennifer Sullivan
Xina Xurner

curated by Marcus Herse

August 29, 2016 – September 25, 2016
Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University
One University Drive, Orange CA 92866

Please join us for the artist reception and catalog presentation on
September 25, 2016 from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Showing video works at the interstice of self awareness, identity politics and the normative offerings of mass and social media, this exhibition presents a selection of feminine perspectives on the sensual realities of excessive acquisition and collecting (hoarding), appearance enhancement (cosmetics), sexual selection (dating), and free time.

Skin, next to eyes, ears and nose, connects our inner experience to the exterior as one of the body’s sensual boundaries, and is only the first layer within which we live and relate to the world. Our skin gives us an instantaneous impression of our surroundings, and we notice if it’s warm, cold, wet, dry, still or breezy. Through it we understand the broad palette of human interaction, from our parents’ affection to our lovers’ touch. The importance of our largest organ is reflected in a trove of idioms. We feel at home in our skin, my sister is thick skinned and last nights movie got under my skin. We take care of it with baths and lotions, and we use it to communicate our identity, with make up, or using permanent images, wearing Brandings or tattoos.

As we zoom out, and away from the body, clothing and architecture appear as secondary and tertiary layers of protection and identity. While important to one’s well-being, they are not directly part of the body, and successively have more to do with communicating our self image and our status within society; Modes to show one’s convictions, preferences and personality.

The triage of skin, clothing and habitation lies at the core of the individuals’ sense of identity. Navigating between the possibilities and constraints of these forms the works in the exhibition explore notions of home and the meanings of inhabiting any one of these realms. From the contacts we make to the stuff we collect, to the the right place or person that makes you feel at home; Our skins can be krustles indeed.

Carmen Argote is a Los Angeles based artist who’s work focuses on the exploration of personal history through architecture and the spaces that she inhabits.
Argote received her MFA from UCLA in 2007 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009. Argote exhibited at the Vincent Price Museum 2013, and was commissioned for the Metro Expo Line station at 17th/SMC station in Santa Monica.  A Vast Furniture, opened April 2015 at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture and in the desert at a Hight Desert Test Sites location in Wonder Valley. This year, Argote opened two solo exhibitions, Mansion Magnolia at Shulamit Nazarian Gallery and Alex’s Room at Commonwealth and Council. Argote will be featured in Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place at the Denver Art Museum opening 2017Argote’s work will also be included in The Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA  Home-So Different, So Appealing exhibition, which will be held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2017.

Lynda Benglis was first recognized in the late sixties with her poured latex and foam works. Benglis’s work created a perfectly timed retort to the male dominated fusion of painting and sculpture with the advent of Process Art and Minimalism. Known for her exploration of metaphorical and biomorphic shapes, she is deeply concerned with the physicality of form and how it affects the viewer, using a wide range of materials to render dynamic impressions of mass and surface: soft becomes hard, hard becomes soft and gestures are frozen.

Lynda Benglis resides in New York, Santa Fe and Ahmedabad, India. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts grants, among other commendations. Benglis’s work is in extensive public collections including: Guggenheim Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Roberta Smith wrote in The New York Times on February 17, 2011 of Benglis’s retrospective, “Whether you have been watching Ms. Benglis’s varied career for decades or know her primarily from the latex pieces and her star turn in Artforum, this exhibition pulls together and elaborates her remarkable career in a thrilling way. It proves her work to be at once all over the place and very much of a piece, as well as consistently, irrepressibly ahead of its time. This would seem to be every renegade artist’s dream.”

Young Joon Kwak is a LA-based multidisciplinary artist, founder of the performance collaborative Mutant Salon, and lead performer in Xina Xurner. Kwak has had solo exhibitions in Chicago, LA, and South Korea, most recently at Commonwealth and Council (LA, 2014), and has performed and exhibited at venues such as the Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Honor Fraser Gallery, Night Gallery, LACE, the Broad (LA), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Regina Rex and Smack Mellon (NYC), and Pavillon Vendôme Centre d’Art Contemporain (Clichy, France).

Jennifer Sullivan is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist. Solo exhibitions include Revenge Body at Five Car Garage, Los Angeles, CA (2016), House Cat at Arts + Leisure, New York, NY, (2015), Big Girl Paintings, Five Car Garage, Los Angeles, CA (2014), Adult Movie, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, CA (2011), and One-Week Walden, Freight + Volume, New York, NY (2010). Sullivan has also exhibited and performed in exhibitions at PS1, Essex Flowers, Pablo’s Birthday, 247365, Klaus Von Nichtsaggend, and Arthouse. Awards include a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center, and residencies at Skowhegan, Ox-Bow, and Yaddo. Her work has been reviewed in the NY Times, Artforum.com, and Art Papers, and her videos are included in the Geisel Library collection at the University of California in San Diego.

Lila de Magalhaes was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1986. She grew up in Zurich and received her MA at the Glasgow School of Art between 2004-08, where she lived until she relocated to Los Angeles to get her MFA at USC in 2011. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She was recently included in exhibitions at UP STATE, Zurich, Blood Gallery, NY, Freud Museum, London, Chin’s Push, LA, and DIANA, L.A.

Jul 192016
 
 July 19, 2016

Antonio Puleo, Untitled, 2016, wood, plaster, acrylic paint, 46″ x 63″ 

 

The Emblematic

 

Hilary Baker

Nate Fors

Keith Haring

David Kiddie

Elizabeth Murray

R.T. Pece

Antonio Puleo

Ken Price

Anna Sew Hoy

William T. Whiley

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Co organized by Natalie Lawler and Marcus Herse

Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University

July 18, 2016 - August 14, 2016

Please join us for the artist’s reception and catalog release

on August 14, 2016 from 3 – 5 P.M.

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This exhibition brings together work from Chapman University’s Escalette Permanent Collection of Art with recent selections from Los Angeles.

From the exaggerated female shape of the ‚Venus of Willenberg’ some 35.000 years ago and sculptures of genitals found throughout antiquity, to heraldic flags and corporate logos; Abbreviated depictions have always been part of the human world.

Within the last decade their importance has taken on a new dimension. Anyone who owns a smartphone (which in today’s art world is everyone) knows that the ability to navigate your phone fast determines the number of shows you will see, and people you will meet on opening night. Society has been heavily primed for this hyperlexia of signs by over a century of mass media, mass communication and the necessity to simplify the messages of corporate industry and entertainment into quickly comprehensible abstractions.

The whole world at our fingertips’ we effectively spend hours of the day looking at a relatively small excerpt of that very world. Currently at a maximum resolution of 300 pixels per square inch we’re always on the chase for the next connection, linking meanings, people, times and places. And herein lies the trickery of the device, which always only mediates world, but never becomes real itself, even when it is an essential tool to navigate reality. It’s great for administration, not so great for contemplation.

But wasn’t contemplation inextricably tied to the two dimensional surface – and to looking at art more generally speaking – until recently? William Copley said something along these lines: “Paintings are subversive, because they are silently, but insistently showing their hidden messages. They are subversive, because they’re always there.”

It takes the artist focus and time to manipulate his materials, be it on the picture plane or in space, and in some way this has to be mirrored by the onlooker, to unravel the information the artwork contains. It is the opposite of the quick, scanning glance sliding around the smartphone’s display, Netflix’s homepage, or your Instagram feed. The works in the exhibition engage in the idea of emblematic concentration and abbreviated depiction, but at a pace that invites contemplation. So, let’s take it slow this summer, like we used to, and catch our breaths at the Guggenheim Gallery.

 

 

Feb 092016
 
 February 9, 2016

UP-ISH

 

Dewey Ambrosino

Kristi Lippire

Renée Petropoulos

Margo Victor

Jennifer West

organized by Marcus Herse

February 1 – March 11, 2016

Please join us for the artist reception and catalog release on Sunday March 13, 2016 from 4-6 p.m.

Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University

One University Drive

Orange CA

Aside from its meaning as a state of psychological well being, the word ‘high’ implies value and authority. High school, high art, and high culture are respectively the best versions, and prepending ‘high’ to these nouns attests to the quality of their objects. The German term “Hochdeutsch” (High-German) suggests that the most accent-free type of speech is superior to all other dialects, and that there is a right and a wrong way of speaking the language even though grammatically there is no difference. High can also imply unobtainability, a desired result may be out of reach, and of course we must ask– high in relation to what? Naturally, to its counterpart, ‘low’ – Go figure. Deepening this thought, however, we see that when speaking about high versus low culture we ultimately speak about the Judeo-Christian concepts of good and evil, Heaven and Hell, and all their implied value judgments. Through this language we inform our politics, ethics and philosophy and not, at last, our aesthetic decisions.

Well, how do you get high? – By going up.

Up, in contrast, speaks about directionality, and although it could be used to describe how to actually get from Hell to Heaven, the word leaves the destination undeclared. Even when you’re high you can still go up. While up is also situated within the polarity of high and low, it itself is relative to the individual agent’s position within the whole, as opposed to high which suggests an absolute point of reference, the final desired state. Up emphasizes the path, not the outcome, it emphasizes possibility along the way, rather than a value judgment.

Lastly the ‘up’ we are talking about must not be confused with the relentless brutality of the positivism prescribed by the media and the advertising industry. Our ‘up’ leaves questions of superiority and functionality behind, and asks for our position within the whole, the individual within the structures of our world, in which we move in more or less straight lines, upward-ish.

In this sense, up is the direction the artists in the show take, to elevate us and see our world from remote vantage points. Some literally lift the camera into the air or focus their lens onto celestial bodies, while others move up in spiritual ways, placing our understanding of the political, economic and scientific order ‘up and away’, outside of society’s usual lines of vision.
Dewey Ambrosino’s practice examines the presence of absence through subtraction and transmutation.  It explores how action can reveal cultural conditioning when applied to material elements and signifying objects.  It observes how the poetics of aesthetic phenomena combined with our longing for sensation create matrices of imagination and meaning.

Ambrosino exhibits and performs internationally, and is current faculty at Art Center College of Design.  Recent solo exhibitions include: Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Long Beach City College Gallery, Las Cienegas Projects.  Recent group exhibitions include: Sàn Art – Ho Chi Minh City, VietNam, Samuel Freeman Gallery, UCLA Hammer Museum, New Art Center, Newton, Ma, Earmeal Performance Series, 356 Mission Gallery, Picnic Invitational, ReModel Sculpture Symposium @ Claremont Graduate University, Trespass/Parade – LACMA & West of Rome Public Art, LACE, Goethe-Bunker – Denmark, MOCA LA, MOCA Miami, Municipal Art Centre Fundación Astroc – Madrid, Spain, ARCO International Contempoary Fair, Coachella, Nueva Cinema Festival – Laforet Museum Harajuku, Tokyo, Internationale Kurzfilmtage 49 – Oberhausen.

 

Kristi Lippire makes large-scale objects that reference the visual culture that surrounds her every day. Her work explores scale through materiality, skewing moments that emphasize humor within our complex social culture. Lippire received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University and BFA from California State University, Long Beach. Her work was included in the exhibition, Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy that opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and travelled to Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Orange County Museum of Art, and Nasher Museum at Duke University. She has had solo exhibitions with Commonwealth & Council, d.e.n. contemporary art and Ace Gallery and group exhibitions at Torrance Art Museum, Glendale College Art Gallery, and Riverside Art Museum. She recently completed a three-week residency and exhibition at Queiros Galeria in Guanajuato Mexico. Lippire is also an independent curator and recently completed a F.O.C.A. Curator’s Lab project in late Spring of 2015. This spring Lippire will be exhibiting a new outdoor sculpture as part of the Sam Maloof Foundation’s Biennial Garden Exhibition in Mira Loma, CA.

 

Margo Victor is a Los Angeles based filmmaker, visual artist and musician. She has been making 35 & 16 mm avant-garde films, since the mid 90′s. While at the California Institute of the Arts she studied with Michael Asher and Jules Engel. Her films and installations have been exhibited in Los Angeles, NYC, Paris and Cologne; a solo exhibition of film and sculpture was at the Los Angeles Museum of Art (or LAMOA) in 2013 and she maintains a concept band with revolving personnel called Black Flower.

 

Renée Petropoulos has created projects and exhibited internationally. Most recently embarking on the project “Among Nations (Mostly)” with a performance “Analogue” (2012) at the MAK, Venice to Venice (2012)  as part of the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. and “Women in Surrealism” for LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). “Black Star”, begun in 2006, is a performance in continuum in Berlin.  Her most recent installment of “Prototype for the History of Painting: Eingrouping Social Historical” was installed in MARTE San Salvador, El Salvador.  Her recent film, “Two or Three Things I Know About Gas Station Mini Marts” screened at Screening, in Philadelphia.   The outdoor public sculpture project “Bouquet”(Flower Tower) Between Egypt, India, Iraq, the United States, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Mexico”, situated in Santa Monica, California at a street and pedestrian intersection was completed in spring, 2014.   An exhibit of related subject, “Bouquet(Flower Girl) Between Libya, the United States and Scotland”, was installed at LAMOA in Eagle Rock in May 2014.  Petropoulos’ monument drawings were also included in “Forms of the Formless” at Beijing Moca, curated by Marlena Donahue.

This past fall she presented a new project, From the United States to Mexico/ From Mexico to the Untied States, at Commonwealth and Council which included a choreographed performance. She is currently exhibiting Monument 1 – conjugation, with the Proxy Gallery in Paris. In 2016, a cd of sound work, Between Libya, the United States and Scotland, created with composer Greg Lenczycki, will be released.  In the fall of 2016 a new work will be performed with the Isaura String Quartet. She just returned from Naples Italy where she has been working on a collaborative project, with Neopolitan scholar, Denise Spampinato.

 

Jennifer West is an artist, who for over ten years, has gained international recognition for her explorations of materialism in film.  Significant commissions include High Line Art, New York and the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, London, Aspen Art Museum, among others.   Her work is included in numerous public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California; the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio; the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France, and San Francisco, California; the Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom; the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida; the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Australia; the Zabludowicz Collection, London, United Kingdom.  West’s solo exhibitions include Lisa Cooley Gallery, NYC; Focal Point Gallery, Essex, UL; S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; Kunstverein Nürnberg, Germany; Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK; White Columns, New York; Vilma Gold Gallery, London and Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles.  She is currently a resident at EMPAC, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, and was an MIT List Visual Arts Center resident in 2011.  West’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions internationally at such venues as Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA; Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt, Germany; Saatchi Gallery, London, UK; Drawing Center, New York, NY, to name a few.  She has lectured widely at such venues at the Tate Modern; ICA, London; LACMA; Jewish Museum, New York, NY, among many others.  West’s writings have been published in Artforum, she has produced ten artist books and her work is the subject of a monograph   West is represented by Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York; Vilma Gold Gallery, London and Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles.  West received her MFA from Art Center in Pasadena and her BA from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.  She is an Asst. Professor of Fine Arts Practice at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design, Los Angeles.   Upcoming, she has solo exhibitions at Tramway Art in Glasgow Scotland and Seattle Art Museum in fall of 2016 and she will be staging an interactive film performance for Art Night presented by ICA London.