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Visiting Artists



Frances Stark – 5pm, Tuesday, May 1

Posted on April 25, 2018 by School of Art

2008-Chorus-LineFrances Stark is the author or subject of ten books. Her collage, drawings, videos, powerpoints, performances, and paintings have been extensively exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. In 2017 a new suite of her paintings are included in the Whitney Biennial, her The Magic Flute project premiered at LACMA, and an earlier work will be featured in the Venice Biennale. In 2015 Stark was the subject of a sprawling mid-career survey titled UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015 that opened at The Hammer Museum before traveling to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as Intimism, a survey of her video and digital works at The Art Institute of Chicago. Stark’s work has been included in exhibitions at many of the most prominent museums in the world. She participated in the 2013 Carnegie International, the 2011 Venice Biennale, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. She is represented by Gavin Brown’s enterprise in New York, Galerie Buchholz in Berlin, greengrassi in London, and Marc Foxx in Los Angeles. Stark recently resigned her position as tenured professor in the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design.


Isla Hansen – 5pm, April 24th, Carpenter Center

Posted on April 1, 2018 by School of Art

escaladesideandmonitorwebIsla Hansen‘s work reenacts forms of popular media, play, and systems of production, recreating ways in which bodies connect to technologies in the world around us. Her work sets in motion new and sometimes crude means of image-making in order to break down or convolute processes of technological mediation. Recently, Isla has focused on the way in which camera and robotic systems in the gaming, medicine, food, and sports industries have developed by tracking and positioning the human body as analogue. Evoking the association of image to desire, idolatry, ideology, and learning, these absurd systems reinterpret and complicate the relationship between the human body and technological progress.


Rodney McMillian – 5pm, Tuesday, March 20th

Posted on February 28, 2018 by School of Art

Rodney-McMillian3-1024x682Rodney McMillian‘s artistic practice embodies a wide range of media and techniques. An overarching concern in his work is the relationship between language, aesthetics and content. Born in Columbia, S.C., he’s lived in Southern California since 2000, when he arrived to complete a master’s in fine arts at the California Institute of the Arts. McMillian had recent solo exhibitions at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions worldwide, including the Whitney Biennial (2008), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The California Biennial 2008, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; Philosophy of Time Travel, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Ordinary Culture: Heikes/Helms/McMillian, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Painting in Tongues, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the traveling exhibition Uncertain States of America, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Art, Oslo; USA Today, Royal Academy of Art, London; Thing: New Sculpture from Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Frequency, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.


Alexandra Grant – 5pm, February 6th, Carpenter Center

Posted on January 31, 2018 by School of Art

NAP_AGlovehateAlexandra Grant is a text-based artist who uses language and networks of words as the basis for her work in painting, drawing, and sculpture. She has been the subject of shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Contemporary Museum (Baltimore), and galleries in the US and abroad. Grant has explored ideas of translation, identity, and dis/location not only in drawings, painting, and sculpture, but also in conversation with other artists and writers, such as her long-term collaborator, hypertext author Michael Joyce, actor Keanu Reeves, artist Channing Hansen, and the philosopher Hélène Cixous. Grant maps language in different media from intricate wire filigree sculptures to large scale drawing/paintings on paper. She investigates translation not only from language to language, but also from text to image, spoken language to written word, and representations in two dimensions to three-dimensional objects. Some of the basic queries that fuel her work are: How do we “read” and “write” images? How does language place us? What is the role of the hand in a world dominated by electronic communication?

 

 


Amir Fallah – 5pm, January 23rd, Carpenter Center

Posted on January 1, 2018 by School of Art

American_Feeling_crop_WEBIn his work across media, Amir H. Fallah interrogates systems of portraiture and representation embedded in the history of Western art. Fallah’s ornate environments combine visual vocabularies of painting and collage with elements of installation and sound to deconstruct material modes of identity formation. Portraits of the artist’s veiled subjects capitalize on ambiguity to skillfully weave fact and fiction like the textiles that cover them. While the stories that surround his muses are deeply personal, told through the intimate possessions they’re encompassed by, they universalize generational experiences of movement, trauma, and celebration. With their Pop Art hues and investment in domestic life, Fallah’s paintings wryly incorporate contemporary American tropes into paintings more formally rooted in Islamic Art. In doing so, his work possesses a hybridity that reflects his own background as an Iranian-American immigrant straddling cultures.

Amir H. Fallah (b. 1979, Tehran) received his BFA in Fine Art & Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001 and his MFA in Painting at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions across the United States and abroad, including solo presentations at the Schneider Museum, Ashland (2017); the San Diego Art Institute (2017); the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland (2015); and The Third Line, Dubai (2017, 2013, 2009, 2007, 2005). In 2017, Fallah received the CCF Grant, and in 2015, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. The artist was chosen to participate in the 9th Sharjah Biennial. Fallah lives and work in Los Angeles.

 


Presentation by Indigenous Architect Johnpaul Jones – October 25, 2017 – LA2-120

Posted on October 24, 2017 by School of Art

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Analia Saban – 5pm, October 10, Carpenter Center

Posted on October 4, 2017 by School of Art

saban_xrayAnalia Saban dissects and reconfigures traditional notions of painting, often using the medium of paint as the subject itself. Blurring the lines between painting and sculpture, imagery and objecthood, her work frequently includes plays on art historical references and traditions. Paintings expand to sculptural forms and sculptures are presented in two dimensions, using the process of trial and error with new techniques and technology. Her unconventional methods such as unweaving paintings, laser-burning wood and canvas and molding forms in acrylic paint remain central to her practice as she continues to explore art-making processes and materials in relation to her daily experience. Dealing with issues of fragility, balance, technique and experimentation, Saban’s connection with everyday objects is at the forefront of her investigation of tangible materials and the metaphysical properties of artworks.

Born in 1980 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saban currently works in Los Angeles and lives in New York City. She received a BFA in Visual Arts from Loyola University in New Orleans in 2001, followed by an MFA in New Genres at the University of California in Los Angeles in 2005.  Saban’s works are represented in the collections of the Hammer Museum at UCLA, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles; Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College in New York; Norton Museum of Art in Florida; Centre Pompidou in Paris, and Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires, among others.


Lisa Lapinski – 5pm, October 3rd, Carpenter Center

Posted on September 25, 2017 by School of Art

80685dd493734b29Since Lisa Lapinski graduated from Art Center College of Design in 2000, her artwork has been exhibited internationally in galleries and institutional venues.  She was closely connected with the Los Angeles art community for many years before moving to Houston to teach at Rice in 2014.  During this time as an artist in LA, she had solo exhibitions at Richard Telles Fine Art (Los Angeles, CA),  Johann König (Berlin, Germany), Midway Contemporary Art (Minneapolis, MN), Studio Guenzani (Milan, Italy), and Taka Ishii (Kyoto, Japan).  In 2008 she presented the solo show The Fret and its Variants at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.  This exhibition, curated by Bennett Simpson, was part of MOCA’s focus series, which has included such noted artists as Catherine Opie, Renee Green, and Eric Wesley in the past.  In 2004 she was the recipient of the Guggenheim fellowship, which she used to make the major work, Nightstand, that was then included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial.  Lapinski has also participated in group shows at Grimm Gallery (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Wallspace (New York, NY), MOCA (Los Angeles, CA),  Overduin and Kite (Los Angeles, CA), Tang Museum (Skidmore College, NY), Gladstone Gallery (New York, NY), UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The Approach (London UK) , Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne, Germany), Galerie Nelson (Paris, France) and Sprueth Magers Projekte (Munich, Germany). Lapinski currently has an exhibition Holly Hobby Lobby at Kristina Kite Gallery in Los Angeles which will run through November 4, 2017. 


David Lamelas – 5pm, September 19, Carpenter Center

Posted on September 13, 2017 by School of Art

dl_signalling_of_three_objects_0Born in Buenos Aires in 1946, David Lamelas studied at the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Fine Arts Academy) in Buenos Aires. He became a leader of the emerging vanguard art movement that arose from the Instituto Torcuato di Tella, winning its Jury Special Award Prize in 1966. In 1967, Lamelas represented Argentina in the IX Bienal de São Paulo, taking home the Sculpture Prize for his installation Dos espacios modificados (Two Modified Spaces, 1967). Di Tella director Jorge Romero Brest recommended Lamelas for the prestigious art program at Saint Martin’s School of Art, London in 1968, where the young artist studied with Anthony Caro.

Lamelas was included in the important 1968 group exhibition of Latin American art, Beyond Geometry: An Extension of Visual-Artistic Language in Our Time, curated by Brest and co-organized by the Center for Inter-American Relations in New York. In 1969, he participated in landmark exhibitions of conceptualism in Düsseldorf, Prospect 68 and 69, and Konception/Conception. In 1970, his film, Time as Activity (Düsseldorf) (1969) was included in Information, curated by Kynaston McShine at the Museum of Modern Art.


Alejandro Cartagena – 5pm, September 12, Carpenter Center

Posted on September 7, 2017 by School of Art

LABOR MOVEMENTAlejandro Cartagena, Mexican (b. 1977, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. His projects employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues. Cartagena’s work has been exhibited internationally in more than 50 group and individual exhibitions in spaces including the Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain in Paris and the CCCB in Barcelona, and his work is in the collections of several museums including the San Francisco MOMA, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Portland Museum of Art, The West Collection, the Coppel collection, the FEMSA collection, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the George Eastman House and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and among others.

Alejandro is a self publisher and co-editor and has created several award wining titles including Santa Barbara Shame on US, Skinnerboox, 2017, A Guide to Infrastructure and Corruption, The velvet Cell, 2017, Rivers of Power, Newwer, 2016, Santa Barbara return Jobs to US, Skinnerboox, 2016, Headshots, Self-published, 2015, Before the War, Self-published, 2015, Carpoolers, Self-published with support of FONCA Grant, 2014, Suburbia Mexicana, Daylight/ Photolucida 2010. Cartagena has received several awards including the international Photolucida Critical Mass Book Award.