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March 09, 2015

KEN GONZALES-DAY: RUN UP, OPENS APRIL 4 - MAY 9, 2015

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce the forthcoming premiere of Ken Gonzales-Day's newest series of photographs and his first film: RUN UP, on view at the Gallery from April 4 through May 9, 2015. RUN UP is a project of Creative Capital, which Gonzales-Day was awarded in 2012.   more

RUN UP is the latest chapter in Ken Gonzales-Day's acclaimed Erased Lynching series, selections of which have been acquired by the Smithsonian Institution and the Norton Museum of Art and have also been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Vienna, Mexico City, and Bogota, among others.

The central work in the exhibition will be a new short film and still images from a restaging of a 1920 lynching of a Latino in California. Gonzales-Day created the film and related photographic series to bring greater visibility to the presence of Latino's in the history of lynching and to draw parallels between the past and the present. Unlike previous bodies of work in which Gonzales-Day used found or archival imagery, the contemporary restaging highlights not only the history of lynching nationwide, but draws clear parallels with contemporary events like Ferguson. [ READ MORE ]

March 08, 2015

KEN GONZALES-DAY: RUN UP - 1920s Incident Inspires Film with Related Works from Ferguson Photography to Staged Die-ins

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles will premiere LA-based photographer Ken Gonzales-Day's newest series of photographs and his first film: RUN UP, on view at the gallery from April 4 through May 9, 2015.   more

RUN UP is a project of Creative Capital, which Gonzales-Day was awarded in 2012.

RUN UP is the latest chapter in Ken Gonzales-Day's acclaimed Erased Lynching series, selections of which have been acquired by the Smithsonian Institution and the Norton Museum of Art and have also been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Vienna, Mexico City, and Bogota, among others. [ READ ON ]

March 06, 2015

KEN GONZALES-DAY FEATURE > Angle of View: History in Sharp Focus

Our memories sometimes work against us. Recollections of dates, times, and names fade with each passing moment. Erasing painful images or pretending oppression does not exist will not eradicate social injustice. Feigning that inequity and bias do not exist will not inherently make them disappear. To promote a more just society, we need to acknowledge our outrage and pain, both personal and collective, precisely because we don't want any unjust act to pass unrecorded. As an artist, I hope to contribute my own voice to our struggle by creating something visual.   more

It could be a record, a document, or an image, but my art always calls attention to these important moments of our anguished history.

As a photographer, I make quick decisions on whether to record the faces of anger, loss, and pain, or to consider others ways to visually tell the story.  [ READ MORE ]

March 05, 2015

WUM NEWS L.A. "CATCH-22 X TWO" by American-born Artist Dennis Koch at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

On view through March 28th, 2015 at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is an exhibition entitled "CATCH-22 X TWO" by American artist Dennis Koch (BFA Studio Art, BA Political Science) showcasing new large scale works at both gallery spaces. Working primarily in the medium of drawing and sculpture, Dennis Koch makes meticulously structured abstract works inspired by the scientific fields of physics, cosmology, dimensional mathematics, parapsychology, and altered states of consciousness.   more



"CATCH-22 X TWO" marks the tensegritic enfoldment of two concurrent bodies of work by Koch: his large amorphous Scrambled Channel drawings, which are abstract impressions generated from exercises in remote viewing, and the more Euclidean Versor Parallel drawings, which are circular geometric structures analogous to a Buckminster Fuller tensegrity sphere.  [ READ MORE ]

March 04, 2015

JOSH REAMES FEATURED > VOLTA NY Turns Up the Power

"I completely believe we're going to double attendance this year," from about 20,000 to 40,000, says VOLTA NY director Amanda Coulson in a video on the show's website. She is talking about the fair's new location at Pier 90, on the far west side of Manhattan, steps away from the behemoth Armory Show, which takes place at Piers 92 and 94. "But I don't think the fair is going to change that much," she adds.   more

(See VOLTA Announces Exhibitor List, New Venue.) That's a good thing for art lovers who have come to prize VOLTA for its carefully curated, invitation-only, and largely single-artist booths. [ READ MORE ]

March 03, 2015

MARGIE LIVINGSTON FEATURED > SPACE INVASION: Painting’s Sculptural Presence

Think about the differences between the long-standing practices of painting and sculpture, and clichés persist: Painting is “flat,” sculpture is not; paintings go on a wall, sculptures do not. In contemporary art these separate paths often intersect; some notable mid-20th century examples being Jasper Johns’ encaustic and plaster paintings, Lucio Fontana’s stabbed canvases, Robert Rauschenberg’s Combines and Lee Bontecou’s wire-and-fabric wall sculptures.   more

Try to determine the edges where one medium leaves off and the other begins, and you end up in a circuitous thought process. [ READ MORE ]

February 28, 2015

Now representing Josh Reames

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to announce the representation of Josh Reames. The gallery will present a solo presentation of new paintings at VOLTA NY, Booth B8, from March 5-8, 2015.

In his paintings, Josh Reames mines his generation's proclivity toward social media while disrupting the traditional function of formal space, structure, and narrative in painting. His work considers abstraction and painting in relation to the internet, and is informed by the strange space where a majority of viewership takes place online through blogs and websites.   more

Reames’ conceptual framework functions as a kind of filtration device for cultural byproduct—his object-filled canvases reference a vocabulary of transient emojis and digital signs, untethered in space, that jettison all notions of hierarchies. In these paintings, depth, dimension, and the artist's hand are typically lost in translation from object to image, allowing the information to exist as it might appear on a digital screen.





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February 18, 2015

MCA Talk
Zackary Drucker, The Skew / Wed, Feb 18, 2015, 6–7:30 pm

Artist Zackary Drucker orchestrates a performative panel to explore issues of “identity” as a theme in contemporary art, transgender representation, and the illusory nature of celebrity culture. Thinking critically about the structure of the diversity talk, Drucker appropriates the format of women-centered, roundtable talk shows.   more

The panel of trans* women invited by Drucker to participate in the program include actor Van Barnes; Precious Davis, community activist and Assistant Director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives at Columbia College; Jen Richards, Codirector of The Trans 100 and creator of We Happy Trans; and Angelica Ross, Executive Director and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprise. [ READ MORE ]

February 15, 2015

Dennis koch featured > Catch 22 X Two — Gallery Luis De Jesus

In this new & terrible year, it has been my delight to assist in the creation of a catalog for the upcoming showing of Dennis Koch at Luis de Jesus, L.A. on February 21st. Dennis is a pretty boss multi-media artist who is attracting some all-seeing type attention from disparate corners of the Great Cubic Matrix of Art 'n' Shizz. For me, this collaboration was all that & a bag of 64 gig hot-cheddar Frito-Lazzles, my brothers & sisters. A memory I will keep close. Thanks, Dennis. Below is a selection from my contribution to the catalog.  [ READ MORE ]

February 10, 2015

ken gonzales-day featured: Latino Lynchings, Police Brutality, And The Challenges Of Minority Law-Enforcement

Discovering a Hidden History
Professor Ken Gonzales-Day hadn’t meant to write a book about lynching until he stumbled across a placid portrait of Rodolfo Silvas, an epically-bearded man who lived in California in the 1880s . When he turned over the card, he found a note identifying Silvas as the last man hanged in Los Angeles.

“I got the idea to find out what [that] actually meant,” said Gonzales-Day, in a phone interview with the Latin Times.   more

The professor’s curiosity led to the writing of Lynching in the West: 1850-1935, a well-researched tome that treats both lynchings and their representations in photography. He also produced an art exhibition on those subjects. In one story from his book, which he says is typical, vigilantes in Santa Rosa lynched 3 men around midnight on December 10th, 1920. [ READ MORE ]