Wishing you an artful holiday season!
IN THE GALLERIES
BG Gallery presents Ellen Schinderman, “What I Did Last Summer”. Schinderman is a feminist and her art practice involves an abundance of stitched works. This exhibit focuses on works she created during the pandemic here in Los Angeles. Thru December 18, 2021.
The current exhibition at Luis de Jesus looks intriguing. Thru December 22, 2021. Laura Karetzky: Concurrence is a series of oil on panel works. With this body of work, she addresses the story inside another story, a window in a window so to speak, superimposed or inherently found; life reinstated inside itself. Time and simultaneity are essential to Karetzky’s work. The base layer of the panel is considered the first window. Beginning on primed wood, the artist prepares colored, textured grounds to insinuate a history of abstract marks and patterns – much like the streaked and fingerprinted surface of a smartphone or tablet. Embedded points-of-view are conveyed through her “box inside a box” composition, evocative of how we often engage with multiple “screens.” Thru December 22, 2021.
Mixed media works by New York-based artist Nancy Lorenz are now on view at on view in her exhibit at Gavlak Gallery, Nancy Lorenz: States of Matter. This body of work centers on the artist’s ongoing interest in the fundamental elements that compose our universe, explores the four states—solid, liquid, plasma, and gas—with alchemical aspirations. The result is an existential reflection on the materiality of our world that bridges the conventional categories of fine art, craft, and design. Thru January 8, 2022.
David Kordansky Gallery presents Mountains Mud, Prisms Air, an exhibition of new paintings by Mary Weatherford that will include her largest works to date, as well as paintings both with and without neon tubing. “Like all of her work, the paintings in Mountains Mud Prisms Air are the results of a multi-faceted process that begins and ends outside the studio but reaches its most intensive phases within it. Working on the floor, Weatherford lays down pools of pigment and medium that in turn become sites for expressive mark-making. She circles the canvases, moving across them as the evolving compositions require, placing herself amidst their visual rhythms and textures in bracingly real terms. Painting, like the oceans or forests of Hawaii, provides limitless opportunities for immersion.” Thru January 8, 2022.
Jen Stark: Light Spectrum is the current exhibit at Wilding Cran Gallery This exhibit features new vibrant, multi-layered, psychedelic works ranging from sculpture and painting to light installation and interactive animation, Light Spectrum aims to conceptualize the mysterious visual systems of pattern, light, and color that govern our everyday lives. “My work focuses on the exploration of color theory through light and juxtaposing pigments. I’m interested in how light can be invisible to the naked eye, while at the same time containing a variety of colors in the spectrum. Everything around us, including ourselves, holds an entire rainbow of color.” – Jen Stark Thru December 23, 2021.
Sarah Steinberg: And Miles To Go Before I Sleep is the current exhibition at Lois Lambert Gallery In these oil landscapes she is inspired by thoughts of her childhood in Ontario. Her depictions of these scenes are, however, anything but photo-realistic. She is true not only to the images of the trees themselves, but more profoundly in the feeling they evoke in her: “I want to find ways to paint something that feels real without necessarily looking real.” She also employs the use of her handmade stencils etched from photographs of trees she’s seen on the north shore of Lake Superior. Thru January 8, 2022.
Suzanne Veilmetter Projects presents Man at the Center of Men. This exhibit is comprised of the extraordinarily unique sculptures by Nicole Eisenman. They are sculpted from plaster, foam, fiberglass, and epoxy resin. “Man at the Center of Men is exemplary of Eisenman’s radically indeterminate and open approach to making narratives, metaphors, and allegories of the human experience. Thru February 20, 2022.
IN THE MUSEUMS
Don’t miss these amazing continuing museum exhibitions this winter season.
Judy Baca: Memorias de Nuestra Tierra, A Retrospective continues at the Museum of Latin American Art and is a “must-see”. Thru January 2022.
Witch Hunt at the Hammer Museum includes 16 critically acclaimed mid-career women artists from across the globe who employ feminist, queer, and decolonial strategies to explore gender, power, and the global impacts of patriarchy: Leonor Antunes, Yael Bartana, Pauline Boudry, Renate Lorenz, Candice Breitz, Shu Lea Cheang , Minerva Cuevas, Vaginal Davis, Every Ocean Hughes Bouchra Khalili , Laura Lima , Teresa Margolles, Otobong Nkanga, Okwui Okpokwasili, Lara Schnitger, and Beverly Semmes. Thru January 9, 2022.
The entire Geffen (MOCA) Contemporary is filled with a survey of the Swiss media artist, Pipilotti Rist. Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor is comprised of installations that explore relationships of video and the body; exterior environments and interior psychological landscapes as well as reason and instinct. The exhibition surveys more than thirty years of the Zürich-based artist’s work, encompassing early single-channel videos, large-scale installations brimming with color and hypnotic musical scores, and sculptures that merge everyday objects, video and decorative forms. Thru June 6, 2022.
Also at MOCA Grand Avenue is an exhibition of paintings bvJennifer Packer. Known for her portraits and allegorical tableaux, and a series of commemorative floral still lifes. Packer’s drawings and canvases surface representations of intimacy, embodiment, and loss. Thru February 21, 2022.
The Palm Springs Museum of Art currently has an exhibition of the late works, (1990-2003) of Helen Frankenthaler. The exhibition features 20 paintings on paper and 10 on canvas. Also at the museum are paintings by Helen Lundeberg, one of the California artists that I truly admire. Thru March 27, 2022.