How About Now
a group exhibition curated by Dane Johnson.
July 17 - August 14, 2010
Opening Reception - July 17, 6-9pm
How About Now gathers Artworks from Berlin, London, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Christopher Baird, Sophie Erlund, j.frede, Leslie Kulesh, Chris Lux, Nathan Peter and Charlie Woolley which share a sensibility and understanding of location and its history in both their materials and their artistic practice. They tangle images, objects and sounds to create works activated by the time and place specific to cities, neighborhoods and countries that the artists call home. As the works leave their points of creation and are presented as a group they unite in a gathering of the uprooted and seem to find pleasure in the comradery of a Los Angeles vacation.
Christopher Baird’s recovered polyethylene tarps are stretched to the effect of color field painting but implant a sensibility where theory rides close but takes a back seat to a personal narrative that runs throughout his work. Baird received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and was recently exhibited in a solo show at Baer Ridgway in San Francisco where he lives and works.
Danish Artist, Sophie Erlund’s delicate sculptures and drawings investigate architecture as a direct embodiment of situation and emotion. With an interest in the sensory properties of materials, Erlund’s homes shelter primal emotions at their most impulsive and abstract. Sophie Erlund received a BA Fine Art degree with honors from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London in 2003.
She lives and works in Berlin where she is represented by PSM.
As the sole Los Angeles resident, j.frede, presents photographs that examine two uniquely Angeleno sights: the helicopter chase and the artificial lights of the Hollywood film set. His images consider the thousands of eyes that stare back at the solitary searching lights of these two ever-present elements of the LA infrastructure.
Moving from city to city, Leslie Kulesh’s itinerant lifestyle has found consistency in a global digital culture united by the internet. Kulesh takes recognizable sounds, images and objects from an increasingly high tech culture and manipulates them through lo-fi means. Xeroxing, taping and tying together grounds the ephemeral in contemporary culture in an embrace of the physical. Kulesh received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005 and has shown extensively in the United States and Internationally. She currently lives and works in London.
Chris Lux’s collages and assemblages step outside of the expected and the explicit. His work re-examines the history of cultural output by twisting multiple timelines into a double helix. In each piece, Lux’s relationship to time allows images, ideas, and events to cross-pollinate. Subsequently, the unlikely juxtapositions find a place side by side as if they were never apart. Lux’s fluidity within the linear story of art making is made concrete by his deliberate and nimble aesthetic. Equal parts Flea Markets and Museums, Record Shops and Libraries, Traveling and Trespassing, Lux’s work uses a multiplicity of lens’, infused with his uniquely Post Beat, Bay Area mentality. He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002 and is represented by Jancar Jones Gallery in San Francisco.
American born and Berlin based Artist, Nathan Peter, explores issues of national identity and historical contradictions in his paintings of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. These reductive paintings complete themselves only as Peter removes layers of paint to reveal ghostlike images that are more exploratory than explanatory. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003.
Charlie Woolley’s work takes the form of juxtaposing bits of video, photographs and found materials. The addition and removal of these elements produces a simple but considered poetry to Woolley’s work that explores language, politics and culture. He is the host of Radio Show; a Podcast produced by ArtReview Magazine and is the Co-editor of the quarterly journal, Knight’s Move. He lives and works in London and is represented by David Risley Gallery in Denmark.
How About Now runs from July 17 through August 14, 2010.
There will be an opening reception July 17 from 6 to 9 pm.
For further inquiries please contact Dane Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (213) 620-9404.
PRESS: Read an article about the work of Christopher Baird at The Citrus Repot