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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 ]

February 06, 2015

hugo crosthwaite featured: VISUAL ESSAY ON ZONA MACO ART FAIR, MEXICO CITY

SCROLL TO SEE EXHIBITORS BOOTHS. [ READ MORE ]

February 05, 2015

kate bonner featured > Uncharted perceptions: a look into the pool of contemporary art

Our world abounds with millions of visionaries and creators who are blessed with the ability to take their unique perceptions and portray them in a visual form. However, the pathfinding artists of modern society are often overlooked for more mainstream creative outlets, and their work does not always receive the amount of acknowledgment it clearly deserves.   more

Below are a few names to watch in the world of visual media and art:

1) Kate Bonner: A flat photograph can do a powerful job of enhancing a subject and enlightening a viewer, but the angular abstraction of Kate Bonner’s work adds an entirely new dimension to the medium. In fact, it is difficult to categorize her creations into one set medium or title, and this intentional ambiguity is what sets her apart as an artist. It is also what makes her work so beautifully difficult to put into words. Her photos can be cut, stretched, bound or shifted in a number of ways to fit the dynamic shape of the medium that holds them.  [ READ MORE ]

January 05, 2015

lily stockman featured > CRITIC’S PICKS: 2014 Top 10 Lists

LOS ANGELES / By Shana Nys Dambrot

4) Luis De Jesus: Lily Stockman “Women”
Quirky patterns flaunting assonant palettes are actually reductive portraits, mapped opinions, and feminist landscapes. [ READ MORE ]

December 09, 2014

NICHOLAS GRENIER and LILY STOCKMAN at Luis de jesus, culver city.

In many ways Nicolas Grenier and Lily Stockman's paintings are perfect complements. They share formal qualities as well as political ideologies, yet the two artists present their concerns in quite different ways.

Grenier's paintings reference visual maps of information that merge abstraction with polemics. They take their cues from data visualizations where gradients are often used to depict transitions from one state to another, often with arrows that flow in multiple directions indicating the different ways that information can move.   more

Under the title "One Day Mismatched Anthems Will Be Shouted in Tune" Grenier creates a suite of paintings in which colors are mixed to form earth-toned gradients sharing space with cryptic texts and looping arrows. Concentric rectangles and broad stripes of color gradations divide the paintings into sections. These sections become "rings of pleasant colors," as one painting proclaims. [ READ ON ]