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Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
2685 S La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034 | T 310 838 6000


May 19, 2015

artist of the week: matthew carter

What are some recent, upcoming or current projects you are working on?
I’m currently working on a series of collages that focus on the aesthetic practices and media representations of John Wayne Gacy aka “the killer clown” and Albert Speer aka “the good nazi.” Both figures encompass the idea of the psychopath, but from different trajectories. John Wayne Gacy, as I’m sure you must know, was a serial killer active in 1970s Chicago, IL.   more

He fits the profile of your classic psychopath and was sentenced to death for his crimes. Albert Speer got his start as Hitler’s architect and later became Hitler’s Minister of Armaments, and was responsible for managing Germany’s war economy during the second half of WWII. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison at Nuremberg. He fits the profile of what is called an “Industrial Psychopath”.  [ READ MORE ]

May 15, 2015

hugo crosthwaite featured: LA TIMES, "Datebook: Dirigibles, comic book noir and photos of the American West"

A sculpture that floats. Paintings that take a sculptural turn. Iconic imagery of the American West. Plus: a panel about black conceptualism, a show that touches on the Mexican Revolution, and lots of evil eye. Here’s what we have in our Datebook:

Hugo Crosthwaite, “Tijuana Radiant Shine” and “Shattered Mural,” at Luis de Jesus. Crosthwaite’s signature black-and-white-noir-meets-Mexican-comic-books style of paintings take a sculptural turn in his latest solo show at Luis De Jesus. Looks like one not to miss.   more

Opens Saturday at 6 p.m. and runs through 20. 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City,  [ READ MORE ]

May 12, 2015

JOSH REAMES FEATURED: First Look - Frieze Week | 30 Emerging Artists to Watch Across Frieze Week

The Dallas-born Reames taunts us with snaps of drying canvases—a friendly offering in the countdown to Frieze, from which we conclude that pyramids, playing cards, and words penned in memespeak will appear in his brand new work. As one could imagine, given that his paintings hang in The Hole’s current group show, “Post-Analog Painting”—amongst angry birds and oil-rendered anime—Reames communicates in the language of the internet.   more

His dialect, one of floating clip art, drop-shadowed emoji, and airbrush, is brilliantly universal. [ READ MORE ]

April 20, 2015

josh reames featured: 5 Must-See Gallery Shows: Gaetano Pesce, Nina Beier, and More


“Time Flies Like a Banana” at Johannes Vogt Gallery, through May 9 (526 West 26th Street, Suite 205)

A three-person show of work by Josh Reames, Ron Ewert, and Greg Ito, this exhibition earns its oddly slapstick title. Reames — a Dallas artist recently relocated to Brooklyn — continues to kill it with painted and airbrushed canvases that resemble cluttered computer screens awash with jarring medleys of clip art (a happy cigarette here, some purple-tinted lemons there).   more

Ewert’s paintings are stark black-on-white renderings of faces or what seem to be jittery, nearly indecipherable street scenes. Ito presents a series of “model cakes” sourced online, their faux-fruit toppings pierced by cheap belly button rings and the like. An accompanying sculpture pairs similarly adorned fake plants threaded into off-white office blinds. A bright yellow stud-wall bisects the gallery space, allowing room to hang additional paintings, as well as a door propped open by a plastic baguette.

April 10, 2015

L.A. Times Review: Gonzales-day fills the holes of history

Ken Gonzales-Day's work is instructive but far from didactic. It's a history lesson taught through the framing of holes in the record and by collapsing the space between different times and places. It disturbs in direct proportion to its importance, and it does disturb.

Gonzales-Day began his "Erased Lynching" series in 2000 to explore the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of racially motivated lynching. In his new work at Luis De Jesus, he extends the series into film for the first time. [ READ MORE ]

April 02, 2015

ken gonzales-day featured:
Datebook: Art of the column, visions of Hell, California's dark history

Ken Gonzales-Day, “Run Up,” at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. Photographer Gonzales-Day continues his investigation into the history of Latino lynchings in California — part of his “Erased Lynching” series. In a new body of work, he has re-staged a historic 1920 lynching that occurred in Santa Rosa using actors and captures their actions in film and photography.   more

The show also includes stills that incorporate images that Gonzales-Day made in Los Angeles, during protests of a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.  [ READ ON ]

April 01, 2015

ken gonzales-day featured: "Glasstire: SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TOP 5 EVENTS"

3. Ken Gonzales-Day: RUN UP

Ken Gonzales-Day, who has been studying the history of lynching for years, based his first film, Run Up, on a reenactment of events surrounding a 1920 lynching of a Latino names Charles Valento in Santa Rosa. The Scripps professor will screen the film and exhibit a series of still photographs from it. He'll also show photographs shot last November, during an L.A. protest march following the Grand Jury’s contested decision to acquit the police officer who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson. [ READ MORE ]

April 01, 2015

Ken gonzales-day featured: "the guide: 30 can't-miss events in april"

The LA artist is known for incorporating vintage images of lynchings into those of beautiful trees. The exhibition", "Run Up showcases his latest work, which includes photographs of the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting. 

April 01, 2015

ken gonzales-day at luis de jesus los angeles

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to present Ken Gonzales-Day: Run Up, the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, on view from April 4 through May 9. The exhibition will present Gonzales-Day’s newest series of photographs and the premiere of his first film, Run Up—a project of Creative Capital, which Gonzales-Day was awarded in 2012. The gallery will host an informal breakfast and artist talk moderated by Kate Palmer Albers, Ph.D., to coincide with PARIS PHOTO Los Angeles, on Sunday, May 3 from 8 to 11am. [ READ ON ]

March 30, 2015

Kate Bonner, Chris Engman, and Ken Gonzales-day featured in: "daily breeze: Torrance Art Museum opens concurrent exhibits challenging perceptions"

If the images on display in the Torrance Art Museum’s latest photography exhibit cause people to gaze with curiosity or take a second look, that’s OK.

The show is meant to challenge the definition of a photograph.

“This exhibit shows how artists are using photography in new and different ways, how they’re redefining the medium and challenging the medium.   more

A lot of the artists in the show are not strictly photographers,” said Chris Reynolds, curator of “Second Sight: New Representations in Photography,” open through May 14. [ READ MORE ]