March 01, 2016
Freewheeling: Josh Reames and José Lerma Collaborate
The collaborative paintings of Josh Reames and Jose Lerma are a pas de deux in draftsmanship: Lerma’s freewheeling, skinny line cavorts with Reames’s softer, rounded marks and carefully taped off volumes. The two artists here join forces for the first time, having spent all of January working in situ at the Luis De Jesus gallery, a habitual approach for Lerma but a first for Reames. more
The front room holds two enormous paintings on facing walls, He Hath Founded It Upon the Seas I and II, both depicting fantastical assemblies of pirates, colonialists, or figures that amalgamate the two. The figures appear in a tropical setting referencing the Cayman Islands, notorious as a tax shelter and invoked in the first painting by images of a lion, three starfish, a turtle, and a pineapple, all found on the islands’ official crest (as is the paintings’ title) and in the second by inclusion of Ugland House, the administrative center for the territory. Ranging in color from jet blacks to faint grays and a few neutral hues, the scenes are composed with energetic goofiness. Lerma’s multi-eyed caricatures jostle in tight clusters amidst the chaos of Reames’ cannonballs, beer bottles, googly eyes, cigarettes, and blocky exclamation marks hovering illusionistically above the canvas surface. [READ MORE]
February 27, 2016
Josh Reames and Jose Lérma
Josh Reames' crafty airbrushed and trump l'oeil-heavy paintings are given a healthy re-fresh through a collaboration with his friend and fellow painter Jose Lérma. Together they've created two mural-sized paintings (which were custom made to fill both long walls of the front gallery) dubbed "He Hath Founded It Upon The Seas (I and II)." more
February 27, 2016
Daughter, Mother, Mirror: Zackary Drucker's Southern For Pussy
Throughout Zackary Drucker's work, there's a consistent theme: collaboration. From Translady Fanzine, her photographic collaboration with Amos Mac, to She Gone Rogue, the film that brought Drucker and Rhys Ernst to the 2014 Whitney Biennial, to Transparent, Amazon.com's Emmy Award-winning television series on which Drucker serves as associate producer, Drucker seems to work best in dialogue with others. Southern For Pussy (2015), Drucker's recently-released pilot for OpenTV, is no exception. more
February 23, 2016
Ken Gonzales-Day: 'SKIN' exhibition tackles race through art.
It can be tough to have a conversation about race. Oftentimes, it's controversial and in your face.
But one way to explore how we feel about race in a more thoughtful way might be through art.
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery has debuted a new exhibition SKIN now on display through April 17th.
One piece by artist April Bey is different shades of brown smeared in vertical stripes against the canvas, inviting you to put your own hand against it to see where it fits on the spectrum. more
February 18, 2016
luis de jesus: josh reames and josé lerma
In his latest exhibition at Luis De Jesus, Josh Reames has collaborated with long-time friend José Lerma, in situ, to produce two large-scale triptych paintings and sculpture.
In the front gallery, two ambitious paintings extending the length of each wall, nearly floor to ceiling, confound the viewer like a momentary parting of seas. Reading like two scrolling seascapes replete with iconic seafaring war imagery and the seemingly bombastic fumings of various art historical styles. more
February 18, 2016
EXHIBITION: Josh Reames & José Lerma at Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles
Luis De Jesus got the great idea to offer two artists, Josh Reames and José Lerma, a residency at the gallery for the whole month of January, allowing these “four hands” to collaborate and create a group of paintings and sculpture whose centerpiece is a pair of monumental paintings (composed of two triptychs) that measure 10 x 24 feet each (over 3 x 7 meters).
It’s a relief to see that these two busy artists put their egos aside and delivered a true “four hands” artwork.
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February 07, 2016
Ken Gonzales-Day included in 'SKIN' Exhibition
The election of President Obama in 2008 and re-election in 2012 marked the emergence of a new period in race relations and identity politics in the United States. One in which significant advancements underscore deeper, more persistent ruptures in the skin that binds us as Americans. President Obama, from a multiracial family, represented the most potent and singular figure for the progress made by the civil rights movement, multiculturalism, and identity politics from the previous decades. more
February 06, 2016
kate bonner: INTERVIEW with ARTSPACE MAGAZINE
A Few Questions for Photo-Sculptor Kate Bonner on Making the Frame the Star
Using a combination of sculpture, photography, and painting, Kate Bonner speaks to our current state of confusion about what, exactly, photographs are and where they live (in the "cloud," on paper, or in memory, to name a few possibilities). Made with the help of CNC routers and scanners, her works manipulate images in ways obvious and not and force them to interact with colorful frames and supports. [ READ MORE ]
February 03, 2016
josh reames and jose lerma featured: "5 Must-See Shows in Los Angeles"
Jose Lerma and Josh Reames at Luis De Jesus, through March 6 (2685 S La Cienaga Boulevard)
After a busy three weeks working in situ, this painterly duo unveils an epic collaborative effort, with paintings that combine Reames’s astute digital-inflected renderings and Lerma’s skinny-airbrush mastery. more
January 27, 2016
OPENING: JOSH REAMES & JOSÉ LERMA, January 30 - March 5, 2016
Artists' Reception: Saturday, January 30th, 7-10 pm.
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is pleased to present a collaborative exhibition featuring JOSH REAMES and JOSÉ LERMA, on view from January 30 through March 5, 2016. An artists' reception will take place on Saturday, January 30th, from 7-10 pm.
Using the gallery as their studio during the month of January, Reames and Lerma have created a group of paintings and sculpture whose centerpiece is a pair of monumental paintings (composed of two triptychs) that measure 10 x 24 feet each (over 3 x 7 meters). more