Thursday, May 27, 2010

Coming in September...

This coming fall is already shaping up to be a very busy and exciting one. I am working on brand new pieces that will be shown in some very dynamic exhibitions - including a wonderful group show organized by the very energetic Sophia Louisa Lee of Sophia Louisa Projects:

September 11 - November 6, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 11, 6:00–9:00 pm

Sophia Louisa Projects
5412 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12-5 pm

39NOW unites thirty-nine exceptional artists, from the emerging to the well-established, living in and around Los Angeles. Each has been asked to create a new and individual piece expressly for this show. Curated by Sophia Louisa Lee, the exhibition is inspired in part by Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, which included the same number of artists. 39NOW contemplates how “now” is different than “then,” how art embraces the evolution of technology and how it survives the impact of the economy. Ultimately, this exhibition explores a compelling segment of the explosive Los Angeles contemporary art scene.

Lee reached out to artists she knew and to those she wanted to know: Abbey Dubin, Alexandra Grant, Andrea Bowers, Anne Martens, Carol Powell, Daena Title, Fumiko Amano, Gina Stepaniuk, Glynnis Reed, Gul Cagin, Heather Cantrell, Jennifer Celio, Joyce Aiken, Katy Unger, Kim Abeles, Kimber Berry, Kristina Faragher, Lacey Terrell, Leigh Salgado, Leora Lutz, Lita Albuquerque, Marnie Weber, Marika Krissman Tsircou, Mary Heebner, Nancy Braver, Nancy Buchanan, Nikki Nash, Paige Wery, Patssi Valdez, Rebecca Lowry, Rebecca Niederlander, Sandy Rodriguez, Simone Gad, Snezana Petrovic, Sophia Allison, Tulsa Kinney, Vivian Flynn, YaYa Chou, and Yun Bai.

A series of programming will be held in conjunction with 39NOW, including an open forum discussion on Saturday, October 16th at 7:00 pm during the Miracle Mile Art Walk, scheduled performance art, and panel discussions. For more information, please contact Sophia Louisa Lee at 310.773.1460, or visit

Sophia Louisa Lee opened Sophia Louisa Projects in October 2009 on a “temporarily permanent” basis, in association with Phantom Galleries LA (PGLA) which places temporary art installations in vacant storefront windows throughout Los Angeles County. PGLA transforms un-utilized space into 24/7 public art galleries.

I am working on a new sculpture for this show and will post images as the work develops!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Me at the PDC

A picture of me with my installation at d.e.n. contemporary art's opening last Thursday. Taken by the wonderful intern Jennifer.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Not in My Backyard

I am excited to have work included in the exhibiton Not In My Backyard, a group show opening May 20th, running through June 30th at den contemporary art at the Pacific Design Center.
den contemporary art along with Sam Lee Gallery will present simultaneous group shows focusing on the common theme of “backyard.”

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 20 from 5-8pm.

d.e.n. contemporary art
Pacific Design Center, Blue Building
8587 Melrose Avenue, #B275, 2d floor
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Sophia Allison, Bernadette DiPietro, Christine Gray,Hacer, Linda King, Christine Morla, and Ruby Osorio

Press Release
den contemporary art is pleased to present Not In My Backyard, featuring paintings, drawings, photography, and sculpture by seven artists whose works take us to that psychological place which forms the idea of “our” territory, with imagery associated with the backyard and its boundaries, as well as with works that evoke childhood memories of the backyard – foreboding or treasured.

“Not in my backyard” – a statement made by residents expressing an unfavorable response to projected conditions or changes to their neighborhood. The process by which one determines their personal space or territory is often formed during early experiences learning the physical boundaries between family and the people on the other side of the fence.

As opposed to the interior home surroundings, it is within the backyard that often offers one’s first experience with a sense of freedom: activities in the open air, the opportunity to connect with nature, and to explore both with uninhibited imagination. With the safety and comfort of “home” extended to the outdoors, memories are formed and a sense of privacy and security is developed. One defines and will defend against threats contrary to preserving personal space, property, community, territory –that which is the concept of “my backyard.”

Extending beyond the backyard to also include surrounding landscape, Sophia Allison and Christine Morla create works inspired by their respective childhood environment. Allison’s house installation and sewn thread “drawings” are literal depictions of the family property nestled among a dense wooded area in North Carolina. In “Strawberry Fields,” Morla meticulously weaves strips of multicolored packaging paper into geometric, semi-abstract floral shapes, representing the bountiful fields in her hometown neighborhood in Ventura County.

Gerardo Hacer and Linda King’s works are associated with subjects of a more personal attachment such as pets and gardens: kept life forms within safe containment. King’s large abstract paintings have botanical references, through which dual forces of positive/negative planes and fluid fields of color inside hard-edged geometric outlines, represent change, transformation in nature. Hacer’s sculpture explores one’s relationship to the formative process of childhood, represented in “Foxy,” the artist’s intimate family pet as an origami Pomeranian dog made of powder-coated steel.

Bernadette DiPietro’s series of color photographs suggests private and utilitarian use of the yard with images of laundry hanging next to homes located in various countries.

Representing the freedom to explore, Christine Gray and Ruby Osorio create works depicting animaginary environment where fantastical narratives are set in nature. Gray’s use of electric hues in her paintings evoke drama in a backyard setting, where mysterious objects combining natural and man-made materials are used in the search of meaning with our relationship to nature. Osorio’s drawings/paintings include cultural and gender references in the rituals and dark games played out in the context of pastoral scenery.

With the exception of Christine Gray from Virginia, all artists live and work in southern California.

Not In My Backyard will be on view through June 30, 2010. den contemporary art is located in the Pacific Design Center Blue Building, 8687 Melrose Avenue, 2nd Floor #B275, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

Hours are Monday – Friday from 12-5pm and by appointment.For information and visual material, please contact the gallery at (323)422-6340,, mailing address: P.O. Box 6602, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.