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November 29, 2013

"Framed: Tijuana Painter Hugo Crosthwaite Imagines a Sci-fi Future for Mexican Youth", November 29, 2013

In the small gallery space on the ground floor of the Mexican Consulate, the works of Tijuana’s future art stars line the walls. The MacArthur Park-adjacent building is home to Tijuana Makes Me Happy, a showcase of works by artists from the border city.

Tijuana has experienced a radical transformation in the last few years. A reduction in violence and a growing middle class have fostered the explosion of the local art scene, and the work it has produced is some of the most exciting in North America.   more

Former tourist-trap stalls around Pasaje Rodriguez are being converted into gallery spaces like 206 Arte Contemporaneo, Nodo Galeria, and Espacio Freelance. It’s a quantum leap for the Mexican government to acknowledge the progress with an art show in Los Angeles that’s open to the public. [ VISIT SITE ]

November 25, 2013

hugo crosthwaite featured in "Tijuana Art Comes to Los Angeles", KCET, November 25, 2013

The Mexican cultural critic Rafael Saavedra once wrote that "Tijuana moves faster than its artists and critics." The city certainly has inhabited many roles. Raffish border town. Frat guy party zone. Ground zero for spectacular acts of narco-violence. Lately, "la city" -- as Tijuana is affectionately called -- has taken on a new guise: percolating arts lab. In the last couple of years, the homicide rate has plummeted, but tourism remains relatively low, making plenty of fallow real estate on and off Avenida RevoluciĆ³n affordable to the creative classes.   more

Artists, musicians, writers, designers and innovative chefs have set up shop in moribund commercial alleyways, empty bars and shuttered clubs for a cultural boomlet that has drawn notice on both sides of the border [ VISIT SITE ]

November 23, 2013

margie livingston featured in: "Lynda Benglis And 6 Contemporary Artists Sculpt With Paint"

Lynda Benglis emerged decades ago as an artist breaking barriers and shifting paradigms. Pouring neon paints in exhibition spaces served not only as an action on the figure of the artist, but while these pieces created installations, the poured paint was also viewed and handled by Benglis as an object, and preserved as such.   more

Years later her poured paint artworks are preserved and installed in their original format- which presents a transformative dynamic that the artist established.

Paint has historically been used to create imagery on a foundation- canvas, wood, paper, etc. In this common format the paint becomes an object of art only after joined with a substrate. Benglis was a forerunner in breaking away from this. Today there are a number of artists pushing forward on this notion, and breaking away further in the development of their bodies of work. Artists Linda Besemer, Margie Livingston, Ryan Peter Miller, Laura Moriarty, David Allan Peters and Leah Rosenberg all create works that demonstrate the vast spectrum with which paint as a medium has been torn from the substrate and presented conceptually and physically as a substance that can be molded.

Margie Livingston recently presented a new body of work in her solo exhibit “Objectified”at Luis De Jesus Gallery in Culver City. Having spent years casting and sculpting paint, Livingston’s portfolio demonstrates an evolved investigation into forms and space, substance and the function of the object. In her newest work she casts and sculpts acrylic paint alone into slabs that appear as wood planks, the patterning of hues reminiscent of wood grain. The wood-like planks, sheets and stumps are then used in the formation of minimalist sculpture. [ READ ON ]

November 16, 2013

MARTIN DURAZO featured in "Pretty Vacant", Westwood, CA, November 16, 2013 - ongoing

A site-specific project in a vacant pre-demo Westwood home. Participating artists: Kristin Calabrese , Joshua Aster, Walpa D'mark, Martin Durazo, Mark Dutcher, Chuck Feesago, Yvette Gellis, Micol Hebron, Kelly Mclane, Megan Madzoeff, Constance Mallinson, Jared Pankin, Christopher Pate, Eve Wood, Alexis Zot
Westwood, CA

November 16, 2013 - present
By appointment: prettyvacanthouse@gmail.com
 

November 14, 2013

2014 whitney biennial announced: zackary drucker and rhys ernst to participate

The 2014 Whitney Biennial will take a bold new form as three curators from outside the Museum—Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA), Anthony Elms (Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), and Michelle Grabner (artist and Professor in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago)—each oversee one floor, representing a range of geographic vantages and curatorial methodologies.   more



Donna De Salvo, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs at the Whitney, noted: “The 2014 Biennial brings together the findings of three curators with very distinct points of view. There is little overlap in the artists they have selected and yet there is common ground. This can be seen in their choice of artists working in interdisciplinary ways, artists working collectively, and artists from a variety of generations. Together, the 103 participants offer one of the broadest and most diverse takes on art in the United States that the Whitney has offered in many years.”
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October 20, 2013

martin durazo featured in "Heavy Metal Art: Banks Violette And Seven Other Artists On The Spectrum Of Dark And Gritty"

This weekend on Beautiful Decay we want to welcome you over to the dark side, where a vast amount of artists are churning out contemporary art fueled by the fire of Metal. A multitude of artists these days are making art inspired by the crushing sounds and dark spirit of Heavy Metal, Death Metal and Doom music, all of which weave in and out of several other genres.

I’ve been a huge fan for a while now of the work made by artists Skinner, Ben Venom and Martin Durazo, which are strongly informed by Heavy Metal.   more

This past week after chatting with artist and Beautiful Decay owner, Amir H. Fallah and artist Skinner and reaching out on Facebook to learn more about artists tied into this music scene, I was turned onto a breadth of incredible artists. A lot of artists working with metal as inspiration have strong crossover into design and illustration, album art, posters (especially for the band Mastadon), band merch and murals. There’s also a strong genre of work that explores dark spiritual matter, mythology and death that is absolutely captivating. You can expect upcoming coverage of these sub-genres in coming weeks. [ VISIT SITE ]

October 19, 2013

MIYOSHI BAROSH to participate in "Women, War, and Industry" at San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA;
October 19 through February 18, 2014

This exhibition examines the myriad ways in which women have been represented in relation to war and industry in modern and contemporary art created in the United States. During the twentieth century, both the advent of war and increased industrialization, have led to major changes in the lives of women: their roles in their families, the way in which they dress, and the manner in which they are perceived in the public sphere.   more

Bringing together work created in diverse media, this exhibition examines the iconic, historical, and fictional ways in which women have been represented in relation to the complicated and related factors of war and industry. [ READ ON ]

October 17, 2013

margie livingston featured in "The Object of Beauty: This Artweek.LA"

Margie Livingston: Objectified | Livingston is first and foremost a painter. Her desire to liberate painting from illusion and free herself from the limitations of traditional painting pushed her to articulate and embrace an entirely new approach to making work. Employing strategies and methods associated with the construction and carpentry trade, she builds three-dimensional paint objects that are made entirely out of acrylic paint, allowing her to directly translate the phenomena of space, light, color and gravity upon these hybrid structures.   more

Solid blocks and logs of paint and sheets of paint reconstituted into "wood" products, such as waferboard and paneling, investigate the properties of paint pushed into three-dimensions.  [ READ ON ]

October 16, 2013

Zackary Drucker at Forum Lounge | Contemporary Arts Forum Walks on the Wild Side

WHO’S THAT LADY? Heather Jeno Silva’s Forum Lounge, which has been running at the Contemporary Arts Forum on 1st Thursdays for several years now, continues to be the city’s edgiest and most experimental venue for performance. Just two days before CAF’s annual fundraiser, Forum Lounge hosted Zackary Drucker, an up-and-coming artist from Los Angeles who has, along with her partner, Rhys Ernst, all the signs of becoming a major star on the international contemporary art scene.   more

A graduate of both Cal Arts (MFA in photography and media, 2007) and New York’s School of the Visual Arts (BFA in photography, 2005), Drucker presented a pair of recent works, one a spoken-word piece with projected slides called “Bring Your Own Body: The Story of Lynn Harris,” and the other a short film called She Gone Rogue, which was directed by Ernst and stars Drucker.

With her medium-length, super-straight dirty-blonde bob, subtle makeup, and slim frame, Drucker makes quite an impression, especially when you consider that she was born a biological male. Likewise, her partner, Ernst — who was also present — cuts an enigmatic figure with his short, black hair and boyish frame, again especially given that he was born a biological woman. Together, the two constitute what they have termed a “reverse heterosexual” couple, a mind-bending state of affairs that provides the point of departure for much of their stylish, witty, and deeply subversive art.

Drucker kicked off the evening with “Bring Your Own Body,” a tribute/biographical monologue to the late transgender figure Lynn Elizabeth Harris. Harris, who was born a hermaphrodite in Orange County in 1950, was raised as a female through high school and beyond by parents who never reconsidered his gender identity, even when, at age 5, Harris developed male genitals. Harris’s mother and father were doting parents, and, through the auspices of a Los Angeles archive of gay and transgender documents and memorabilia, Drucker has come into possession of an extraordinary array of baby photos, family pictures, school reports, driver’s licenses, and other images and documents. By projecting an array of these images on a screen behind her while she recites the details of Harris’s odyssey, Drucker weaves a deeply disorienting tale. What is one to make of a life story that includes both beauty-contest wins as a woman (Costa Mesa Junior Miss, 1968), and an eventual and rapid self-transformation in 1983 at age 33 into the mustachioed man called Lynn Edward Harris? For Drucker, Harris remains both a cautionary tale — his life was sensationalized in painful ways by the tabloids and shock television — and a boundary-busting hero. Her final words sum up these mixed feelings in a simple question and answer: “Cause of death? Not enough love.”

SHE GONE ROGUE: After the mostly tragic narrative of Lynn Harris, the recent film that followed was more in the vein of comic relief. She Gone Rogue was commissioned for the 2012 Los Angeles Biennial and screened at the Hammer Museum in July. It’s a witty, anarchic romp through the twisted sensibilities of both its director and its star. Drucker plays Darling, a hapless waif wandering through a disorienting fantasy world that owes much to such queer film icons as John Waters, Andy Warhol, and Kenneth Anger. After receiving some psychic advice from the “Whoracle of Delphi,” Darling finds true love with Ernst, Drucker’s actual lover and the film’s director. Along the way, there are chattering novelty false teeth, an aging aunt played by Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn, and plenty of weird bling, including a rhinestone bedazzled walker. Crisp cinematography, clever banter, and dynamic editing all contribute to the film’s zippy, unconventional appeal. While none of this is for everyone, none of it is for no one either, and the more people who do try to wrap their heads around Drucker’s unorthodox approach to gender, the better, at least as far as tolerance and understanding are concerned. 

October 16, 2013

MARGIE LIVINGSTON | OBJECTIFIED
October 19 - November 23, 2013
Reception: Saturday, October 19, 6-9 PM

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to present MARGIE LIVINGSTON: OBJECTIFIED, an exhibition of new "Paint Objects", on view from October 19 thru November 23, 2013. An artist's reception will be held on Saturday, October 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. This will be the artist's second solo exhibition with the gallery. The gallery has also presented her work in group exhibitions, two-person projects and art fairs in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Miami.

Margie Livingston is first and foremost a painter.   more

Her desire to free herself from the limitations of traditional painting pushed her to articulate and embrace an entirely new approach to making work. Employing strategies and methods associated with the construction and carpentry trade, she builds threedimensional paint objects that are made entirely out of acrylic paint, allowing her to directly translate the phenomena of space, light, color and gravity upon these hybrid structures. Solid blocks and logs of paint and sheets of paint reconstituted into "wood" products, such as waferboard and paneling, investigate the properties of paint pushed into three-dimensions.

Inevitably layered with personal history, Livingston's work also has art-historical connections. In the case of the paint objects -- simulacra of building products that experiment with paint's materiality, render the conventions of minimalism in three-dimensional painted form, push paint into the domain of sculpture, nod to the ready-made, and use nonmimetic color to highlight their own artificiality -- the obvious links are not just with Frank Stella's paintings but also with the work of Jackson Pollock, Donald Judd, Carl Andre, and Lynda Benglis.

Livingston's paint objects also subvert, challenge, and recontextualize this history. The gesture of individual expression, the "mythic/heroic", and even the autobiographical and craft bias of much historical feminist artwork is sliced by industrial machinery or obliterated by layers of accident, collaboration, and carpentry skills that draw attention away from the hand of the artist and toward the process itself. And, yet, these objects' indebtedness to earlier artists and late-modernist art movements is only one of their collective dimensions. Another is their evocation, however oblique, of the natural world's ravaged state.

Margie Livingston has been nominated for the 2013 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award. She received her M.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2001, a period she spent living and working in Berlin. Other awards include a 2011 Artist-in-Residence at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), the 2010 Neddy Fellowship from the Benkhe Foundation and the 2010 Arts Innovator Award from Artist Trust (funded by the Chihuly Foundation), a 2008 Artist-in-Residence at the Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, and the 2006 Betty Bowen Memorial Award. She has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum, Washington State; Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, China: Kunstruimte 09, Groningen, The Netherlands; PROGR Zentrum fur Kulturproduktion, Bern, Switzerland; and Amerika Haus-Berlin, Germany, among others. Margie Livingston's work is included in the permanent collections of the Shenzhen Fine Art Institute, Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Eugenio Lopez Collection, Joel and Zoe Dictrow Collection, and numerous other private and public collections.

For further information, please call 310-838-6000 or email gallery@luisdejesus.com.