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Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405
April 13 – June 1, 2013
ArtScene Review / Art Talk KCRW Review
Freeway Studies is a multi-year, contemporary art-focused curatorial project organized by Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, with the assistance of Jeseca Dawson, 2012-2014 Curatorial Fellow.
This Side of the 405 features work by 33 contemporary artists whose studios are west of the 405, north of the 105 and south of the 10 freeways in Los Angeles. The impetus for this curatorial endeavor was and continues to be an effort to survey, one studio at a time, the neighborhoods and networks of artists working in Los Angeles. Over a six-month period, Linton and Dawson visited 85 studios and met with more than 100 artists in the designated area, documenting each visit on a blog. They will update the blog as they visit more artists to plan the subsequent Freeway Studies exhibitions focusing on other neighborhoods.
Artists: Charles Arnoldi, Natalie Arnoldi, Alex Becerra ('11), Larry Bell, Karen Carson, Meg Cranston, Greg Colson, Tony de los Reyes, Steve Galloway, Joe Goode, Scott Grieger, Deborah Hede, Tom Knechtel, Lies Kraal, Rachel Lachowicz, Lauren Marsolier, Renée Petropoulos, Phranc, Vincent Ramos ('02), Lucas Reiner ('85), Liza Ryan, Kim Schoenstadt, Kiki Seror, Alexis Smith, Barbara T. Smith, Jim Starrett, Jon Swihart, Shirley Tse, Sam Watters ('02 MFA), Chris Wilder, Pontus Willfors, Suzan Woodruff, and Jody Zellen
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 13, 4pm-6pm, Free
Reception for the artists with SOUNDSCAPESSSSSZZZZZ performance by Paige Tighe and musical selections by MX Farina, Robots and Friends
Bus Tours: Saturdays, April 20 (#15417) & June 1 (#25439), 9am-3pm, $25
Curator led bus tours of local studios: Peter Alexander, Angie Bray, Carla Danes, Chris Danes, Drew Dominick, Marc Fichou, DJ Hall, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Jeremy Kidd, Linda King, Cindy Kolodziejski, Blue McRight, Tia Pulitzer, Sarah Vanderlip. To Register: (310) 665 6950 or www.otis.edu/ce
Reading: Writing This Side of the 405
Saturday, May 18, 4pm, Free. Press Release
A live and live-streamed poetry and prose reading by local writers who also live/work in the This Side of the 405 neighborhoods of Venice, Marina del Rey, and Westchester.
Alicia Gaspar del Alba
Dottie Grossman (via recordings)
Rachel McLeod Kaminer*
Michelle Kholos Brooks*
Philomene Long (read by Pegarty Long)
Stuart Perkoff (read by Paul Vangelisti)
*OTIS MFA Writing Alumni
Venice Art Walk & Auctions: A benefit for the Venice Family Clinic. Many of the artists in This Side of the 405 are participating. Information and Registration: www.veniceartwalk.org
Billboard Project: Three artist billboards will be installed in Los Angeles during the run of the exhibition. Billboard locations may change in early May 2013. Check here for updates. Billboards sponsored by Summit Media LLC.
Scott Grieger, TOO MANY, 2013 (Lincoln Blvd northbound, north of Venice Blvd)
Jeremy Kidd, Chrysler 2, 2006 (Jefferson Blvd eastbound, at Centinela Ave)
Sandy Rodriguez, Fire Tornado, 2007 (Centinela Ave northbound, north of Jefferson Blvd)
June 22 – August 30, 2013
3 Solo Projects: Audrey Chan, Elana Mann, Chan & Mann
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 22, 4-6pm
Chan & Mann, Chan & Mann’s New Fantasy (The Video), production still, HD video, 2013
This multidisciplinary exhibition features the poignant and political work of two artists in three parts:
Audrey Chan, Elana Mann, and the collaborative artwork they create under the name Chan & Mann. It incorporates video, performance, public engagement, sound, painting, drawing, photography, and installation.
This exhibition is the third in a successful series called 3 Solo Projects that began in 2004 in an effort to highlight and support new work by Southern California based artists. The Ben Maltz Gallery is divided into three equal parts to create a project space for each artist. The nature of the series 3 Solo Projects is to give artists full reign of the space to experiment and develop new work over a one-year period.
"Chan is an artist, writer and educator whose work addresses civic discourse, rhetoric,
and the feminist construct of the 'personal is the political.' Mann's multidisciplinary artwork explores alternative economies, empathetic exchange, and the politics of resistance. Chan and Mann's collaborative work asks important and honest questions about feminism, acknowledges the still prevalent influence of past feminists, and fuels the hope and action of current feminists.Through the production of significant conferences, symposia, and performative events around the country (and soon the world), the duo's projects boast an inclusive and discursive dialogue."
-- Micol Hebron, Putting the Words Back into the F-Word. An Interview with Audrey Chan and Elana Mann, ArtPulse Magazine
Saturday, June 22, 4pm-6pm, Free
8 Mondays, June 24-August 12, 6:30pm-10:00pm (class fee applies)
Performative Painting: A Class with Elana Mann
Learn about the age-old tradition of telling stories with paintings and also new innovative approaches merging painting with performance. Non-Credit: $395 (#25460); Certificate Credit: $430 (#25461); College Credit: $1,220 (#25462). Register / (310) 665 6950 / www.otis.edu/ce
Saturday, July 20, 9am-3pm, $25
Artists Tour with Chan & Mann
Chan & Mann lead a personal exploration of Chinese and Jewish culture with a tour of Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic at the Autry Museum, Chinatown, and Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Tour includes transportation, lunch and entry to museum. Non-Credit (#25449). Register / (310) 665 6950 / www.otis.edu/ce
Saturday, August 24, 11am, Free
Gallery Tour with artists Audrey Chan, Elana Mann, and director Meg Linton
L-R: Audrey Chan, Walk of Cunts (Study After Judy Chicago), performance on Sunset Boulevard, 2012 (Photo by Jason Pierre); Elana Mann, Eternal Network News (ENN), 2010; Audrey Chan, Chinatown Abecedario: A Folk Taxonomy of L.A.’s Chinatown, video still, HD video, 2012; Chan & Mann,
June 22 – August 28, 2013
Glued to the Seat: Revealing Hidden Realities
Curator: Jeseca Dawson ('12)
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 22, 4-6pm
Channing Martinez, Untitled; Aunt Jemima, 2012, Inkjet print, 26”x40”
Glued to the Seat presents the work of six artists who use narrative elements to reveal hidden truths and confront deep-rooted stereotypes.Through the guise of history, cultural traditions or personal experience, these provocative artists use authorship to expose oppressive stigmas and question sources.
Artists in the Exhibition:
Lili Bernard (’14 Otis MFA Public Practice), Channing Martinez (’13 Otis Fine Arts), Jessica Minckley (’13 Otis MFA Fine Arts), Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz (’13 Otis MFA Public Practice), Hyung min Rhee (’13 Otis MFA Fine Arts), and Susan Slade Sanchez (’13 Otis MFA Public Practice).
On March 2, 1955, fifteen year-old Claudette Colvin was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama; nine months before Rosa Parks. When recently asked why she didn’t get up, Claudette Colvin replied, “I could not move, because history had me glued to the seat. It felt like Sojourner Truth’s hands were pushing me down on one shoulder and Harriet Tubman’s hands were pushing me down on the other." These six artists are glued to their seats in present day America and are finding their power to change the tide.
Lili Bernard: “The generational struggle of my family and Afro-Indigenous Caribbean ancestors, coupled with my own personal experiences as a mixed-heritage, Black Cuban immigrant in the United States of America, informs my exploration of the diasporic stain of racism, born of colonialism, and of the unconquerable nature of the human spirit.”
Channing Martinez: “I’m interested in using myself as a tool to create conversation, if not contradiction of many of the useless constructions that mainstream media would like us to all fit into…the fact still remains that the African American male body still raises prominent social questions, especially when that body isn’t represented in the typical masculine fashion that it ‘should be’… As a gay man I see it as my duty to raise questions of the community I help to support when I’m faced with homophobia.”
Jessica Minckley works with the idea personal agency - where and how power is activated - and its absence; resulting in hopelessness, futility, immobilization and thus, failure. This investigation insists on representation of, or the implication of, a figure, the image of a live body (always inherently a site for potential violence) as a foundational element, which stems from Minckley's background in observational drawing.
Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz: “Talk is cheap, I know it, you know it, we all know it. As a matter of fact it is so cheap it is practically free! And yet, sometimes we pay a steep price when we misspeak... TALK IS CHEAP: Unincorporated Language Laboratories has set out on the mission of researching and experimenting with this magnificently rich and affordable medium. T.I.C. is comprised of various laboratories that, through questions about language and miscommunication, explore issues dealing with hybrid and continuously evolving practices present in the immigrant community.”
Hyung min Rhee: “When one's value and interest collide with those of others, a translation is bound to be a failure. Metaphors are read differently, symbols bear different meanings, poetries fall apart and the most tragically, jokes fail. Cultural differences are symptoms, not the causes. My current works focus on failure and humor that is unavoidable in translation.”
Susan Slade Sanchez: “At this moment in history, LGBTQ rights are being voted on, debated, over turned, passed and put under a microscope. Many LGBTQ couples have had to hide their relationships with family, neighbors, co-workers and others. I want to give a voice, or better, a face to what a long-term LGBTQ couple looks like in 2013. There has been a lack of role models, especially for LGBTQ youth, a lack of a modern Lucy & Ricky or Mr. & Mrs. Brady in the media and in the world.”
Public Programming all events are free and open to the public:
Saturday, June 22, 4-6pm: Opening Reception, with performative reading of "Losing What You Didn't Know You Had," by Jessica Minckley
Saturday, July 13, 2pm: Performance & Reading with MFA candidates Hyung min Rhee and Jessica Minckley
Saturday, August 24, 12:30pm: Curator and artists led gallery tour
Jeseca Dawson is the Ben Maltz Gallery 2012/14 Curatorial Fellow, and is a recent graduate of the Otis MFA Public Practice program ('12). She is a video performance artist and photographer who explores issues of systemic violence in American culture. Her recent work, Home of the Braver, questions the blind patriotism of our time, focusing specifically on classism, patriarchy and xenophobia.
Jessica Minckley, disappear, verb, 2013, Video still
Lili Bernard, The Sale of Venus, 2011, Oil on canvas, 72”x96”