American artist William Lemon III presents Forces, an "exhibition within the exhibition" in the central gallery space, where he will perform a special musical piece on opening night. During his stint as an art handler, Lemon III (shown in our previous exhibition, Absurdism) searches for the proper artistic alchemic ingredients in order to create what he calls his "voodoo collages."
Exposed to famous works of art that were left to sit in warehouses, he secretly cut slivers off the back edge of some canvases and integrated these fragments into his multimedia collages, which gave the entombed art life again and hence proffered a metaphor of the commercialization and coveting of art and objects. The results are stunning pieces, which combine their sacred dimension with Lemon's own visual symbolism. Lemon's Forces show at HiE features other works from the past and present, creating fluid sentences of block prints, drawings and tapestries.
Massachusetts native Joshua von Nonn began drawing and painting in 2007, with the motivational support of his friend, James McLeod. "I attempt a spontaneous connection to the canvas to try and capture the internal thought. A word that arbitrarily pops in my head, from a book, song, newspaper article or conversation will influence the direction I take. A color scheme which I find fitting may then develop. When form appears early on it tends to disrupt the stream of consciousness. In turn I paint over the form wholly or partially, reasserting the n on linear movement of thought."
presents her mask/written portrait and David Quadrini presents a new painting that was created specifically for this exhibition.
photographic works by Mark Laita. Laita travelled across the lower 48 states of the USA over a seven‐year period to create his initial body of work. Using an 8x10 camera, he created memorable portraits of people who are each uniquely representative of their characters. These works are cumulated in a fascinating body of photos and resulting book,
entitled Created Equal from which a selection of ten pieces is presented at HiE. Laita continually adds onto this body of work to this very day. Vanessa Atlan, whose works were previously shown at HiE, returns to the gallery with her "Homage to Miralda." The photographic abstractions of director Pen Densham reveal their subtle poetry with
underlying natural patterns.
presents a selection of his astonishing portraits of the singer Grace Jones.
Here is Elsewhere is a project space dedicated to exploring the hidden history that links artists from "Here" (Southern California) with artists from "Elsewhere" (the rest of the world).
Los Angeles has become in the last decades one of the world capitals of the arts. If Angeleno artists are now at the top of the art scene, their perception and influence abroad is still to be researched, understood and exhibited in its full length. Hence the idea of Here is Elsewhere: to (re)create, stimulate and increase the dialogue between artists from here and from elsewhere and from different fields and from different generations. Exhibitions, presentations, talks and performances will be organized at the end of each project as a result of these original collaborations, and in collaboration with cultural institutions, museums and galleries.
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