SCWCA member Nurit Avesar will be exhibiting a new series of work at the Neurtra Institute Museum of Silver Lake. The show, “Elemental Energies” is curated by Dulce Stein. Avesar was born in Israel and came to the U.S. in the 1970s. She began her career as a figurative artist, focusing on illustration and graphic design professionally. After taking a break for motherhood, she returned to complete her college education and obtained her MA at Cal State University, Northridge. She continued in the figurative medium, focusing on portraiture and then gradually began to incorporate various media in to her paintings leaning more and more toward abstraction.
Mei Xian Qiu’s video, “I Love You” is on view at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. Thru 2/20/16.
Merry Karnowsky Gallery on La Brea is exhibiting mesmerizing photographs by Vivian Maier from the Maloof Collection. Thru 2/26/16.
Ruth Bachofner Gallery is showing “Scholar Books” by Jean Edelstein (below left) and “Leaf in the Light” by her daughter, Barbara Edelstein (below right). Over the past three decades, Jean Edelstein has worked with dancers on stage, translating the movement in real time to painted lines and color. She draws on her performative experience while working in Chinese Scholar accordion books. This series is inspired by the Chinese tradition of painted handscrolls. Edelstein draws with quick, expressive gestures to convey the immediacy of performative energy. Barbara Edelstein brings together photographs, ink drawings and silicone rubber leaf sculptures to create these ethereal images on paper. The work as a whole expresses the importance of integrating nature into our everyday lives in order to preserve it. “This series,” Barbara states, “is a conversation between my inner reflections on Nature and the details of Nature that we rarely perceive . . . Created with different artistic media, these artworks form a poetic dialog between themselves for the viewer to contemplate. Thru 2/27/16.
The Craft and Folk Art Museum presents a solo exhibition of recent work by Los Angeles based Keiko Fukazawa (image left). This work was created during her residencies in collaboration with local artisans in Jingdezhen, China. The results are quite remarkable and demonstrate the myriad of materials available to ceramic artists in Jingdezhen. These ceramics are not only exquisite, they also provide commentary on consumerism in China and beyond. Thru 5/8/16.