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CARBON
Curated by artist Lauren Kasmer
Exhibition Dates: May 19 - July 20, 2018
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Opening: Saturday, May 19, 2018 5-8 pm

Featuring Work by: Terry Arena, Joaquín Boz, James Griffith, Bonita Helmer, Lauren Kasmer, Brad Miller, Jenene Nagy, Chris Oatey, Brian Rochefort, Tam Van Tran

And a catalog with essay by art critic Shana Nys Dambrot, designed by Patricia Moritz and published by Lauren Kasmer


“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” -- Albert Einstein
All of the artists included in CARBON are cognizant of their relationship to the chemical element of carbon, one of the most abundant substances in the universe and the basis of all known life. The decomposition of forms that were once alive reduces all matter to basic components. From these, new creation comes into existence. Carbon-related cycles participate in the energy produced by the sun and by the universe roiling beneath the earth’s surface. As Carl Sagan said, “The cosmos is also within us, we’re made of star stuff.” Each in their way address the importance of this framework to a more profound understanding of the nature of existence -- some through materials and mediums, others through technique and subject, all with a heartily unique sense of the metaphorical potential of this concept.

Terry Arena’s delicate, poignant graphite drawings depict and replicate bee swarms, in an attempt to draw attention to the environmental dependence we have on them, in light of threats to their colonies’ precarious infrastructure; while Joaquín Boz makes technical drawings and evocative paintings that, in the words of gallerist and poet Stuart Krimko, “celebrate closeness of touch and the humble, earthbound nature of material things.” James Griffith inventively and eloquently employs a unique tar-based medium to depict animal species, especially those whose extinction has generated petroleum substances, whose use in turn threatens further zoological decimation; and Lauren Kasmer moves deftly between photography, textiles, video, installation, and performance in her origami of natural-world displacements. Tam Van Tran incorporates a variety of unconventional materials including biological to examine immigration within a metaphor of the global ecosystem. Bonita Helmer uses the language of painting, space, and architecture to make visible the invisible, elemental atomic structure of all things known, sentient, and ancient; and Brad Miller uses cement and clay and other earth-derived substances to replicate the richly textured and patterned natural process that produces stones in the field and river. Jenene Nagy’s drawing process is intensely and deliberately focused on the material properties of graphite (a form of carbon) and the actions of interacting with its properties; while Chris Oatey incorporates the duration and elements of snowfall into a process that later involved carbon-transfer techniques, resulting in a sort of co-authorship between artist and nature. Brian Rochefort’s densely detailed ceramics display an impossible array of texture, color, surface, and tactile vessel-based forms which express the apex of organic profusion achievable with clay.

LAUREN KASMER, curator
Lauren Kasmer is an artist and curator native to Los Angeles, who continues to live, work, and be inspired by its qualities. Her multidisciplinary artwork is most often presented as installations combining a variety of media and layered, refractive processes such as photography, video, collaboration, sound, wearable design, furnishings, edibles, and performance, which are frequently accompanied by participatory events. Inspired by her studies with leaders of many disciplines, from progressive chefs to the mercurial master Robert Heinecken, she frequently references the belief that the process of creation begins with de-construction. As both a curator and exhibition organizer she has been responsible for decades of engaging, boundary-blurring displays in galleries, museums, and festivals as well as alternative and public spaces.

PRESS INQUIRIES: Contact foca@focala.org or LaurenKasmerProjects@gmail.com

FOCA
970 N Broadway, Ste 208
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.focala.org
Monday - Friday, 10 am- 5 pm

Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) is a non-profit, independent and membership-based organization that supports contemporary art in California. Curators Lab Exhibition Program is supported by FOCA and awards grants to emerging curators for presenting current and relevant group exhibitions in our Chinatown office space.

FOCA Curators Lab Chairs: Noriko Fujinami & Tressa Miller

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Special Event: Saturday June 2, 2018, 3- 5 pm
Artist panel conversation with Shana Nys Dambrot includes exploring catalog text chosen by each artist
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OPEN CALL for 2019 Curators Lab Exhibitions
Read the Open Call letter for more details: http://focala.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/FOCA-Open-Call-Letter_2019.pdf

To learn more about FOCA Curators Lab visit: http://focala.org/curators-lab/
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Read about FOCA's current Curators Lab exhibit: PRISMS. Article by Patrick Quinn of Art and Cake. PRISMS on view until March 23, 2018.

https://artandcakela.com/2018/03/08/prisms-five-artists-make-magic-with-light-at-foca/
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PRISMS on view Jan 27 - Mar 23, 2018 at FOCA, curated by Cassie Riger & Mak Kern. FOCA Curators Lab Chairs: Noriko Fujinami & Tressa Miller. (Photos by Mak Kern) Artists: Devin Kenny, Hiromi Takizawa, Isabel Theselius, Cassie Riger, Mak Kern. +Los Angeles Chinatown
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PRISMS
Curated by Cassie Riger and Mak Kern


Opening reception: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 5 - 8 pm
Performances: Saturday, March 17, 2018, 5 - 8 pm

Showing works by
Devin Kenny
Mak Kern
Cassie Riger
Hiromi Takizawa
Isabel Theselius

With performances by
Rebecca Bruno
Krysten Cunningham

And a catalog essay by
Jennifer Frias

When we think of light we think….

Pink Floyd cover art. White privilege. Crystals. Blue light eye blockers and amber light from dusk till dawn. Spiritual awakening. Mass media. Projectors. Phenomenology. Cinema. Space travel. Transparency. Remembrance. Reflection. Context. Desire. Mood. Magic.

PRISMS holds the proverbial Pink Floyd crystal up to the stream of light-based work flowing out of Southern California today. Like a prism, we aim to clarify, to show a spectrum, to make delightful rainbows dance across the walls.

This show by artist curators Cassie Riger and Mak Kern presents work by five Southern California artists working with light. The project arose out of a discussion during a road trip to Antelope Valley to see poppies, where we discussed our motivations and challenges as artists who work with light, “Why is it so hard to get people to dim the lights in the gallery? How does the viewer complete or activate the work? Is light-based art the same as or different from cinema? Is it spiritual? Is it functional? How is the experience of a dark gallery fundamentally different than a white cube? What are the aesthetic parameters? Why is it important? Why are so many artists working this way right now?”

The exhibiting artists take a viewer-centric approach to their inquiries about the philosophical and embodied aspects of working with light. Devin Kenny’s 3-D light piece references the CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) image recognition process. In Mak Kern’s hanging glass pieces, light is a means to invoke and awaken mindfulness. While in Cassie Riger’s orange inflected newsfeed of the 2016-2017 election coverage, light is the means of mind control. Hiromi Takizawa’s blown glass and light piece is inspired by the Pacific Ocean and the shipping containers unloaded at the port of Long Beach. Finally, in Isabel Theselius’s piece, light is an elusive material that signals gaps between words and cognition-- a dreamstate.

PRESS INQUIRIES: CONTACT INFO@CASSIERIGER.COM or FOCA@FOCALA.ORG


FOCA
970 N Broadway, Ste 208
Los Angeles, 90012
www.focala.org
Monday - Friday 10am- 5 pm

Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) is a non-profit, independent and membership-based organization that supports contemporary art in California. Curators Lab Exhibition Program is supported by FOCA and awards grants to emerging curators for presenting current and relevant group exhibitions in our Chinatown office space. FOCA Curators Lab Chairs: Noriko Fujinami & Tressa Miller.
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Performance Schedule:

4:00 - 6:00 PM Delta Lamenta, featuring artist Lynne Berman and poet Eve Luckring, will collect anonymous complaints from the public. In exchange, the artists will respond with a written response and a drawing for each submission. Participants are given the (free) "poem" written especially for them in reply to their particular complaint. A drawing is then made of the written response. A sculptural installation will display the complaints, written responses, and drawings as they accumulate throughout the event.

6:10 - 6:40 PM Julie Shafer will be reading excerpts from her short Did ya get any good shots? Based upon her experiences creating photographs in the bayous.

6:50 – 7:20 PM Alise Spinella will perform Sonic Drawing: A Duet, in collaboration with sound artist, Geneva Skeen. Sonic Drawing: A Duet is a live, deep sound meditation and recording of Skeen’s sounds on a large scroll of paper.

Curator’s Statement: Lynne Berman

The artist’s engagement with social space, subjects, place, narrative, and fabricated events is embedded within the art object. While performance art might seem to emphasize the immaterial, the works featured in this exhibition do not reside solely in actions. Rather, they are realized into material forms that can exist independently through implied, recorded, or referenced activities.

Deborah Aschheim invites participants to recall buildings from memory while she draws them from their description, somewhat like a police sketch artist drawing a crime suspect. Drawings and excerpts from the participants’ interviews are exhibited alongside a live performance where she makes drawings while interviewing participants about buildings they remember.

Phyllis Green’s sculptures are inspired by a verse in the Mundaka Upanishad. It advises a spiritual aspirant to approach a guru with wood on the head as the first step toward enlightenment. She crafts devices to assist in that walk that are both objects of contemplation and props for performance.

Delta Lamenta (Lynne Berman and Eve Luckring) performs in public places using writing, drawing, and installation to respond directly to audience complaints. Participants unburden themselves and then participate in a transformational exchange that spans wonder, surprise, and delight.

Lynne Berman takes her Complaint Center boxes wherever she travels and solicits written complaints in plazas, train stations, malls, marketplaces etc…that she later transcribes into drawings.

In Rachelle Rojany’s sculpture, the impish mythological fairy mates with the peripatetic as footsteps embedded in plaster trace a body moving over space, time, and form – be that form book, sculpture, exhibition space, or sky.

Julie Shafer’s photographs are portraits of landscapes formed over several days of submerging light sensitive paper in the bayous impacted by oil mining, contamination creating the image. Her short stories feature the psychological aspects of encounters that occur in the places she visits.

Alise Spinella's paintings are created in a meditative process using her body as an instrument to record sound through gesture. Her performance, in collaboration with sound artist Geneva Skeen, is a duet of live drawing and improvised sonic experience.

Liz Young’s installation, employing excerpts from literary sources that reference landscape and the human condition, uses sculptures as props for a multimedia performance evoking nature’s beauty and accompanying decay and loss.

Though dispersed across styles, methods, and intentions, these artists find common ground through their use of performative acts in the materialization and realization of the works they produce.

Lynne Berman, curator, is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Los Angeles working in drawing, performance and installation. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Orange County Museum of Art; Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati; Pomona College Museum of Art; Torrance Art Museum; Swiss Cultural Institute in Rome; and Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles and was the recipient of a 2012 COLA award. She has curated and organized exhibitions including Lotus Motel, F.A.R. Bazaar, and Verbarian. Her work has been presented in museums and galleries as well non-traditional sites such as supermarkets, the Los Angeles riverbed, train stations, and public plazas.


Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) is a non-profit, independent and membership-based organization that supports contemporary art in California. Curators Lab Exhibition Program is supported by FOCA and awards grants to emerging curators for presenting current and relevant group exhibitions in our Chinatown office space.

For press inquiries contact: curator Lynne Berman lynneberman@gmail.com or FOCA Curators Lab Chairs: Noriko Fujinami norikofujinami@earthlink.net& Tressa Miller tressart@me.com
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CONDUCTION
An Exhibition Curated by Lynne Berman

Exhibition Dates
August 26– October 27, 2017

Opening Reception
Saturday, August 26 5-8 pm
970 North Broadway, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Featuring work by:

Deborah Aschheim
Lynne Berman
Phyllis Green
Delta Lamenta
Rachelle Rojany
Julie Shafer
Alise Spinella
Liz Young

Performance Events:
Saturday, August 26, 5-8pm

Liz Young, Phyllis Green and Deborah Aschheim performances during Opening Reception

Sunday, September 10, 4-8pm
Delta Lamenta, Julie Shafer, Alise Spinella, Ashley Romano, special performances

In Conduction, the artworks exhibited - sculpture, photography, installation, drawing, painting, and video - employ performance as a part of the works’ formation. The artist’s engagement with social space, subjects, place, narrative, and fabricated events is embedded within the art object. While performance art might seem to emphasize the immaterial, the works featured in this exhibition do not reside solely in actions. Rather, they are realized into material forms that can exist independently through implied, recorded, or referenced activities

Deborah Aschheim invites participants to recall buildings from memory while drawing them like a police sketch artist. Drawings, excerpts from the participants’ interviews, and video recordings are exhibited along with a live performance of the drawing interviews.

Phyllis Green’s sculptures derive from a line in the Upanishards, “walking with wood on the head,” to approach a guru (teacher) on the first stage towards enlightenment. She crafts devices to assist in the walk that are both objects of contemplation and props for performing.

Delta Lamenta (Lynne Berman and Eve Luckring) performs in public places using writing, drawing, and installation to respond directly to audience complaints. Participants unburden themselves and then participate in a transformational exchange that spans wonder, surprise, and delight.

Lynne Berman takes her Complaint Center boxes wherever she travels and solicits written complaints in plazas, train stations, malls, marketplaces etc…that she later transcribes into drawings.

Rachelle Rojany’s stack of rectangular slabs relies on the gallery worker to move pieces to the wall each time a visitor enters the space, the act behaving as a ticker-marker.

Julie Shafer’s photographs are portraits of landscapes formed over several days of submerging light sensitive paper in the bayous impacted by oil mining, contamination creating the image. Her short stories feature the psychological aspects of encounters that occur in the places she visits.

Alise Spinella's paintings are created in a meditative process using her body as an instrument to record sound through gesture. Her performance, in collaboration with sound artist Geneva Skeen, is a duet of live drawing and improvised sonic experience.

Liz Young’s installation, employing excerpts from literary sources that reference landscape and the human condition, uses sculptures as props for a multimedia performance evoking nature’s beauty and accompanying decay and loss.

Though dispersed across styles, methods, and intentions, these artists find common ground through their use of performative acts in the materialization and realization of the works they produce.

Lynne Berman, curator, is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Los Angeles working in drawing, performance and installation. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Orange County Museum of Art, Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Pomona College Museum of Art, Torrance Art Museum, Swiss Cultural Institute in Rome, and Tom Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles and was the recipient of a 2012 COLA award. She has curated and organized exhibitions including Lotus Motel, F.A.R. Bazaar, and Verbarian. Her work has been presented in museums and galleries as well non-traditional sites such as supermarkets, the Los Angeles riverbed, train stations, and public plazas.

Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) is a non-profit, independent and membership-based organization that supports contemporary art in California. Curators Lab Exhibition Program is supported by FOCA and awards grants to emerging curators for presenting current and relevant group exhibitions in our Chinatown office space.

For further information, please contact: FOCA Curators Lab Chairs: Noriko Fujinami norikofujinami@earthlink.net& Tressa Miller tressart@me.com or Curator, Lynne Berman lynneberman@gmail.com
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