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keeping

KEEPING

keeping, rafa esparza’s first solo presentation at Commonwealth and Council, brings together shivers of our shared cultural memory, persons in chosen families, limning sites of our coexistence—of at times violent struggles as well as of solidarity—out of earth lifted from the ground, garments vivified. esparza probes the forces shaping these encounters, keeping in mind his broader community, particularly of Brown Angelenos: a network bound together by shared moments of generosity, care, and pleasure, adversity too. In this new body of work, esparza populates spaces with the human and nonhuman, deceased and living, creating a place of respite where things precious and mundane can mingle and accumulate, preserved out of time yet grounded by touchstones of underlooked histories.

rafa esparza (b.1981, Los Angeles) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work reveals his interests in history, personal narratives, and kinship, his own relationship to colonization, and the disrupted genealogies that it produces. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at MASS MoCA (2019); Ballroom Marfa (2017); and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2015) amongst others. esparza has performed at art institutions including Performance Space New York and the Ellipse, Washington, D.C. (2019); Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2018); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2018); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017).

All images: Installation view of rafa esparza’s keeping, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles. Image courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council. Photo: Ruben Diaz.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2021

    Chalino

    Acrylic on adobe
    71.5 x 49 x 1.5 inches

  • 2021

    Taquero

    Acrylic on adobe
    75 x 45.5 x 1.5 inches

  • 2021

    Tayhana

    Acrylic on adobe
    70.75 x 48 x 1.5 inches (approx.)
    Installation dimensions variable

  • 2021

    cruising

    Acrylic on adobe
    71 x 48 x 1.5 inches (approx.)
    Installation dimensions variable

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Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art

FALL RIVER MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art (FR MoCA) is a newly established contemporary art museum located on the ground floor of the present day Merrow building, one of the mills of the historic granite mills located on Bedford street in Fall River Massachusetts. 

The museum aims to exist in a perpetual state of experimentation with a primary concern being how Art institutions can best serve their host communities. The museum’s programming works in tandem with(in) the social ecology of its diverse city and regional histories. FR MoCa’S inaugural show, Group Exhibition #1,​ featured works from Allyson Vieira, Brittni Ann Harvey, Faith Wilding, Flannery Silva, Gregory Kalliche, Jeffrey Alan Scudder, Michael Assiff, Shuriya Davis, Susan Mohl Powers, and Zach Martin.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2019 

    Gran Pantanal (Great Swamp)

    By Faith Wilding 
    WC,ink, collage, on  papyrus
    4.5 x 3 feet

  • 2020

    St. Pauli Girl on Ice Poster

    By Flannery Silva 
    Poster Print 36 x 48 inches
    Edition of 4 

  • 2020 

    Butterfly Cosplayer Whistlegraph Score

    Drawn by Jesse Sullivan 
    By Jeffrey Alan Scutter 
    Hagoromo chalk on porcelain coated blackboard
    48 x 48 inches

  • 2000

    Untitled

    By Susan Mohl Powers 
    22.5 x 22.5 inches

  • 2020

    Anne Angel

    By Brittni Ann Harvey 
    Embroidery on Jacquard  woven, polyfil, plywood,  cast bronze 20.25 x  10.5 x 9 inches 

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Asuka Anastacia Ogawa at Blum & Poe

ASUKA ANASTACIA OGAWA AT BLUM & POE

Asuka Anastacia Ogawa’s second solo presentation with Los Angeles and Tokyo gallery Blum & Poe will open on March 23, 2021. Anastacia Ogawa’s large figurative paintings feature children engaged in reverie and play, in scenes that are both autobiographical and dream-spun. With large almond-shaped eyes, these subjects look out of the canvas with mysterious radiance and wisdom. Full of cryptic symbols from mirrors to garlic bulbs, Ogawa’s paintings are marked by references to the artist’s Japanese and Afro-Brazilian ancestral lineage. 

 

Ogawa’s works spark a journey through hereditary dreams that exist in the collective consciousness. In one picture, a child is portrayed kneeling on the ground with their hands concealed in a large, tangerine-hued bowl, as if caught in a domestic ritual. Two guardian-like figures dressed in white hold a pastel-pink banner over the child in a heraldic gesture of protection. Another painting features a figure brandishing a bird toy in one hand, and a basket full of reeds in another, cushioning two children from a shadowy character on horseback.

 

Asuka Anastacia Ogawa (b. 1988, Tokyo, Japan) received her BFA from Central Saint Martins, London, UK. After having her first solo show at Henry Taylor’s studio in Los Angeles in 2017, she had a solo show at Blum & Poe Tokyo in 2020, and was featured in the group exhibition 5,471 miles at Blum & Poe Los Angeles in 2020. Her work is in the collection of X Museum, Beijing, China. She is currently based in New York and Los Angeles.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2021

    Untitled

    Acrylic on canvas
    72 x 96 x 2 1/2 inches
    © Asuka Anastacia Ogawa, Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo

  • 2021

    Untitled

    Acrylic on canvas
    72 x 72 x 2 1/2 inches

  • 2021

    Untitled

    Acrylic on canvas
    80 x 90 x 2 inches

  • 2021

    Untitled

    Acrylic on canvas
    95 x 85 x 2 inches

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Leon Kossoff: Drawn from Revelry

LEON KOSSOFF: DRAWN FROM REVELRY

Leon Kossoff: Drawn from Revelry is an exhibition of Leon Kossoff’s drawings on view online at L.A. Louver in Los Angeles.

Leon Kossoff had a lifelong practice of drawing from the Old Masters, most often in the galleries of London’s National Gallery. The focus in this presentation is on The Triumph of Pan and Bacchanal Before a Herm, two series of images that grew from Kossoff’s close viewing of a major exhibition of the work of Nicholas Poussin that took place at London’s Royal Academy in 1995. In these works, Kossoff captures the Dionysian revelry and compositional rigor of the classical master, all channeled through his own particular style of loose abstraction via urgent, energetic drawing.

Kossoff’s collaborations on these subjects with printmakers Ann Dowker and Mark Balakjian produced distinct, lyric prints that capture the energy and compositional solidity of Poussin with an urgency of line that is all his own. Working with the two different printers allowed exploration of divergent aspects of Kossoff’s experience with Poussin. Balakjian produced consistent results with tightly drawn, concise images, while Dowker, a fellow artist rather than a professional printmaker, retained the freshness and immediacy of Kossoff’s drawings. Kossoff delighted in experi-mentation with her, using unique Artist Proofs to see the variation produced by different colored inks, diverse papers, and various wipings on the plates to evoke a classical quality that is very much related to his drawings.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 1998

    The Triumph of Pan No. 4

    Etching
    Plate: 17 15/16 x 21 1/2 inches
    Paper: 22 1/2 x 29 7/8 inches

  • 1998

    Bacchanal Before a Herm II

    Unique artist's proof
    Plate: 11 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches
    Paper: 22 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches

  • 1998

    Bacchanal before a Herm of Pan by Poussin No. 2

    Oil on board
    39 x 57 inches

  • 1998

    The Triumph of Pan (From a Poussin Drawing II)

    Unique artist's proof
    Plate: 3 7/8 x 4 9/16 inches
    Paper: 15 7/8 x 14 3/8 inches

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Stanley Whitney

STANLEY WHITNEY

Stanley Whitney: How Black is That Blue is Whitney’s first full-scale exhibition in Los Angeles at Matthew Marks Gallery. The exhibition features nine large-scale oil on linen paintings boasting Whitney's signature use of bold color and gesture, along with two works in gouache on paper. Though Whitney has only made square paintings since the mid-1990s, one rare exception is "Twenty twenty," which, at 8 feet tall and 10 feet wide, is the exhibition’s largest work.

Over the past four decades Stanley Whitney has relentlessly explored the nature of color, touch, and structure, producing a complex and visually engaging body of work. He has employed the same organizing system within his paintings for almost twenty years — blocks of color divided by thin horizontal lines on a square canvas — allowing him infinite possibilities to create paintings within paintings. Alive to the world around him, Whitney’s personal experiences are ingrained in his abstractions, as his wide-ranging titles suggest.

Stanley Whitney: How Black is That Blue is on view now through April 10 by appointment and online at the gallery's dedicated virtual exhibition space.

All images © Stanley Whitney, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2020

    Memory Garden

    Oil on linen
    72 x 72 inches

  • 2020

    Stay Song 78

    Oil on linen
    40 x 40 inches

  • 2020

    Untitled

    Gouache on paper
    22 x 30 inches

  • 2020

    Untitled

    Gouache on paper
    22 x 30 inches

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Manuel Álvarez Bravo

MANUEL ÁLVAREZ BRAVO

Manuel Álvarez Bravo is generally recognized as the most significant artist in Mexico working in the late 20th century and as one of the great modern masters of the photographic medium. His lyric temperament has elevated many of his images into icons that capture the unexpected combinations of everyday existence in urban and rural Mexico. His lifelong work has lent aesthetic insight into Mexico’s actual and imaginative headwaters of history, landscape, and contemporary reality. Born at the beginning of the 20th century, in the historic center of Mexico City, Álvarez Bravo was influenced early on by the fusion of indigenous tradition and looming modernity. His method and technique began with early formalist constructions or abstract perspectives, then developed into his singular style of the 1930s and 1940s. From his earliest days as a photographer, under the encouragement of such greats as Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, until his last, Álvarez Bravo’s photographs created a concise vision of Mexico as an actual and symbolic landscape peopled with subjects and life forms detained in a dreamworld tableaux of longing, solitude, candor, and foreboding, or as social testimonies to timeliness and possibility.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 1935

    Retrato de lo Eterno

  • 1931

    El Ensueño

  • 1957

    La Quema

  • 1972

    Paisaje Inventado

  • 1931

    El Soñador

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IN COLOR

IN COLOR

Quotidian and Klowden Mann as transformative arts present IN COLOR, an exhibition that invites viewers to embrace the art of slow looking through an immersive experience in color rich paintings, collage and sculptures.

Always in the act of weaving together community through expressive and necessary visual language, IN COLOR offers a deeply satisfying moment connecting to Joe Davidson, Mae Engron, Iva Gueorguieva, David Lloyd and Manuel Lopez and Rosalyn Myles. Each artist showcases their unique approach to making, yet all arrive in a generous site of texture, form, and—most importantly for the dialogic between works—intense color palettes.

Mae Engron (1942-2007) inspired this gathering of some of transformative arts’ favorite artists. Engron's paintings suggest tapestries, African American quilting traditions and the unburdening of emotion through gesture and, most importantly, color. With a desire to engage her "love language" in a moment when it seems needed most, the show tapped into artists' works that investigate, employ and ultimately embrace color.

The show runs through February 28, 2021 with both in person (by appointment) and digital viewing.

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SELECTED WORK

  • Untitled

    by Mae Engron
    Oil on canvas
    53.75 by 57.5 inches

  • Untitled

    by Mae Engron
    Oil on canvas
    56.5 x 60.5 inches

  • 2017

    Untitled

    by David Lloyd
    Acrylic and encaustic on wood
    48 x 36 inches

  • 2017

    Untitled

    by David Lloyd
    Acrylic and encaustic on wood
    48 x 24 inches

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Punto Lairs inc

PUNTO LAIRS INC

Punto Lairs inc  is a project in a yard in Silverlake by artist Gabriel Garza. Last year, Garza brought together artists whose likeminded work and proximity in their lives to being friends, coworkers, and collaborators was supported through a program of two-person exhibitions. Serendipitous connection unfolded to create pairings that were sensible and sensitive, installations were processed in person when possible to fulfill dialogue between the artists.

Punto Lairs inc has now moved into their second set of shows, which has a strong focus on family and showing artists who share home, love, relation, and ideas, but haven't often exhibited their work together. The first in this program is Theresa Chavez and Oscar Garza, Garza’s parents, who are showing work from 1985-86. The works were made before they knew each other, yet still share material value as well as insight into their commitments of careers in journalism and performance/theater.

Photos of past exhibitions can be found on their website, puntolairsinc.com, and their email newsletter also features special collaborations and information related to programming, via puntolairsinc@gmail.com.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 1985-1986

    Installation by Oscar Garza

  • 1985-1986

    Installation by Oscar Garza

  • 1985-1986

    Untitled

    by Theresa Chavez

  • 1985-1986

    Untitled

    by Theresa Chavez

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Amia Yokoyama

AMIA YOKOYAMA

Midst of Bliss is an exhibition of new ceramic and video work by Amia Yokoyama at In Lieu in Los Angeles. This marks Yokoyama’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Amia Yokoyama is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on animation and video. She lives and works in Los Angeles. She received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2017 and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2017. She has participated in exhibitions at Brand Art Center (Glendale, CA), Dread Lounge (Los Angeles), Drawing Center (New York), ltd (Los Angeles), in lieu (Los Angeles) and participated in screenings at Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles), REDCAT (Los Angeles), UCCA Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), Anthology Film Archives (New York), among many others. She has been artist in residence at Kesey Farm Project (Eugene, OR), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), Flux Factory (Queens, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (Joshua Tree, CA), and La Fragua (Belelcazar, ES).

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2020

    Falling in Pursuit of Unruly

    Ceramic, glaze, and oil on wood panel
    24 x 18 x 4 inches

  • 2020

    Through World and New Worlds

    Porcelain, glaze
    17.5 x 17 x 6 inches

  • Installation view of Midst of Bliss

  • Installation view of Midst of Bliss

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Hend Samir

HEND SAMIR

Hend Samir (b. 1986) is a visual artist who lives and works in Cairo. She experiments with numerous techniques, including painting, printmaking, mixed media, video and installation art. Samir’s work destabilizes familiar systems within the matrixial of repulsion and attraction and other supposed boundaries. Her work has been exhibited internationally and was most recently featured on Gallery Platform Los Angeles via Real Pain Fine Arts. In the feature, Samir is in conversation with artist Tala Madani on her practice and process.

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SELECTED WORK

  • 2018

    Reality vs. Expectations

    19.5 x 23.5 inches
    Acrylic on canvas

  • 2020

    Young Love Story

    17 x 21 inches
    Acrylic on canvas

  • 2018

    Dinner in Bed

    17 x 21 inches
    Acrylic on canvas

  • 2018

    Hide and Seek

    15 x 15 inches
    Acrylic on canvas

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