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September 04, 2018


CHRIS ENGMAN IN THE FOTOFOCUS BIENNIAL

A record number of venues across Greater Cincinnati and Ohio will play host starting this month to the largest photo biennial in the U.S.

FotoFocus, an Over-the-Rhine-based nonprofit that champions photography and lens-based art, presents the work of more than 250 artists, curators and educators at its fourth Biennial, an event that launched in 2012.   more

More than 80 venues, including museums, galleries and universities across Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Columbus, will serve as host sites from as early as September to as late as February 2019.

This year’s theme, Open Archive, examines the need to preserve photographs and to tell stories through their collection, organization and interpretation. Biennial highlights include: Program Week (Oct. 4-7), the heart of the event; a monthlong series of exhibitions, screenings and events; installations by Chris Engman and Mamma Andersson; an exhibition by Akram Zaatari; a performance by Teju Cole and composer Vijay Iyer; and a keynote address by Clément Chéroux, senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. [ READ MORE ]

August 25, 2018


REVIEW: DANICA PHELPS IN THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

Lives on the line: How the art of Danica Phelps takes on environmental and humanitarian dimensions

Danica Phelps draws with uncommon grace. Her line moves with liquid ease, following the momentum of time. It describes what happens in her life, and it also makes things happen. As her beautifully affirming show at Luis de Jesus Los Angeles gallery attests, her line has agency.

For more than two decades, Phelps, who divides her time between New York and Massachusetts, has been making drawings that chronicle her everyday experiences, annotated with visual tallies of her finances.   more

At the bottom of a page, she typically affixes horizontal strips of paper densely painted with vertical stripes representing money earned and money spent, one green line per dollar taken in, one red line for every dollar going out. Sales of drawings are recorded within drawings, making for a regenerative circularity. [ READ MORE ]

August 23, 2018


WHAT'S ON LOS ANGELES PICK OF THE WEEK: DANICA PHELPS

Since 1996, Danica Phelps has been keeping track of her income and expenses, integrating details of her financial life into her artworks. Often placed below simple, yet elegant and descriptive pencil drawings, Phelps creates long strips of short vertical lines— red for expenses and green for income— where each painted mark on the page represents a dollar. Using her finances as a point of departure, her layered and multi-dimensional artworks investigate the relationship between labor and value, both within and outside the art marketplace.   more

Cleverly titled Many Drops Fill a Bucket, this exhibition not only presents her iconic drawings, but also includes an installation of small sculptures made from detritus she and her son collected on recent visits to beaches in California, as well as the drawings they inspired.

During these trips, Phelps and her son would comb beaches to remove shards of trash and later assemble what they collected into small (Richard Tuttle-esque) sculptures. In downtime when not cleaning up the beaches, Phelps would draw. She documented the sculptures she and her son created as well as moments from their daily activities—relaxing, eating, making the sculptures, etc. Once finished, Phelps auctioned the sculptures on Facebook to raise money for non-profits and charities like the Ocean Conservancy, Pro Activa Open Arms, World Animal Protection, Refugees International, Climate Central, Oceana, Smile Foundation India and Resilient Power Puerto Rico.  [ READ MORE ]

August 15, 2018


DANICA PHELPS IN WALL STREET INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce DANICA PHELPS: Many Drops Fill a Bucket, the artist's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles since 2011, to be presented from August 4 through September 1, 2018. [ READ MORE ]

August 08, 2018


HUGO CROSTHWAITE MURALS AT LIBERTY STATION IN SAN DIEGO, COMMISSIONED BY THE NTC FOUNDATION'S ART AND PUBLIC PLACE COMMITTEE

Talk to Me, Says Tijuana Artist, as Moving Murals Emerge at Liberty Station

Tijuana artist Hugo Crosthwaite goes to Liberty Station daily and with no plan paints a mural. He’ll do this until Aug. 17.

But in five months, his depictions of Mexican families will vanish — be painted over. And that’s his plan.

While the nationally renowned artist follows in the tradition of Mexican muralism, he is at odds with the notion of immortality of his work at Arcades Barracks 14 on Historic Decatur Road.

“I am presenting muralism as a performance,” said the 47-year-old artist.   more

“And usually a performance is time-based.”

It’s a very personal and humanistic experience, he said, similar to a musician in front of an audience.

And that’s where San Diegans come in. Crosthwaite wants the public to watch his daily performances, sit back and have a dialog with him about it.

Artist Hugo Crosthwaite has given similar art performances in Chicago and Brooklyn. The public nature of his performance, named In Memoriam, makes Crosthwaite stand out.

“Usually art has this mystery to it because it is done in a studio,” he said. “You don’t know what the artist’s technique is. You just see the finished piece and you don’t see the making of it. Here you are seeing an image being created, very tactile and very present.”

Crosthwaite has performed in Chicago and Brooklyn and is pleased to see a variety of reactions. And it’s just this audience interaction that helped him get selected by the NTC Foundation’s Art and Public Place Committee. It chose six temporary art projects as part of a new rotating program titled Installations at the Station. The artists were chosen to add color and flavor to the arts district.

Toni Robin of the Liberty Station Arts District said: “We wanted artists who would engage with the community with their project and then comment on things that were happening in San Diego or on the border.” [ READ MORE ]

August 07, 2018


INTERVIEW: HUGO CROSTHWAITE

Tijuana Artist Highlights Trump’s Family Separation Policy Through San Diego Murals

A Tijuana artist is painting murals to raise awareness about the Trump administration’s family separations in San Diego.

Hugo Crosthwaite is painting Mexican families on the beige walls of the Arts District Liberty Station. In one painting, a mother clutches her son. In another, a family behind bars, separated.

In June, a San Diego federal judge ordered a stop to the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, but there are still hundreds who have not been reunified.   more

That includes more than 400 parents who were removed from the U.S. without their children.

The murals, Crosthwaite said, are meant to raise awareness about their ongoing plight.

“The whole idea is creating empathy and sympathy for these people because here in a public space, you get to see these Mexican families going through a really hard time,” Crosthwaite said.

The muralist will be painting through August 17th at Barracks 14 and he said he is welcome to receiving input from passersby to help influence his art.

Crosthwaite was one of six artists selected for temporary exhibits at the Art District Liberty Station by the NTC Foundation. [ READ MORE ]

August 01, 2018


REVIEW: KEN GONZALES-DAY AT THE KITCHEN

"ON WHITENESS"

Since kicking off in late June, this ambitious citywide venture, organized by the Racial Imaginary Institute, has encompassed a symposium, an artists’ residency, a documentary studio, a film series, a performance program, a reading group, and a cookout.   more

(There’s even a mixtape, available at the gallery 47 Canal.) The vital group show at the heart of it all considers whiteness as a kind of narcissistic disorder—lacking empathy and paranoid about losing power, despite being malignantly powerful—in the works of seventeen artists whose racial diversity is a canny curatorial gambit. Tone varies from comic (Cindy Sherman’s portraits of desperately age-defying women, Seung-Min Lee’s wildly entertaining mockumentary about milk) to soulful (Native Art Department International’s video of a ceremonial dance performed by Dennis Redmoon Darkeem) to chilling (Ken Gonzales-Day’s vintage image of a crowd at a lynching, digitally altered to remove the victim from the scene). Paul Chan’s quivering trio of rising and falling white-robed figures—a figment achieved with fabric and fans—are cautionary mascots of inflated self-worth and defensive fragility. [ READ MORE ]

July 31, 2018


DENNIS KOCH ON AUTRE

Beyond the Funny Farm! Crypto-K, Cutouts, Cut-ups, Copies, Mirrors, Membranes, and Temporal Algorithms marks Dennis Koch's third solo exhibition with Luis de Jesus. In this exhibition, Koch creates a mind-map of relationships that find, build, and amplify meaning in the form of sculptures and drawings. Wooden newsstand-like sculptures display 100 vintage copies of LIFE magazine, each carved page by page to reveal interior images.   more

Known as the first all-photographic American news magazine, LIFE revitalized itself during the 1960s in response to the popularity of television media. Koch's interest in LIFE as a cultural artifact stems from a time-parallel between contemporary political upheaval and the equally tumultuous events of the 1960s.

The exhibition is on view through July 28 at Luis de Jesus 2685 S La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles. [ READ MORE ]

July 27, 2018


CHRIS ENGMAN IN FOTOFOCUS BIENNIAL

FotoFocus, the Cincinnati-based non-profit arts organization that champions photography and lens-based art, is proud to announce new programming details for the fourth FotoFocus Biennial-the largest biennial of its kind in America.   more

The FotoFocus Biennial takes place this October, across more participating venues than ever, spanning over 80 museums, galleries, and universities across Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton, and Columbus, Ohio, and featuring over 250 artists, curators, and educators.

This year's theme, Open Archive, examines the fundamental need to preserve photographs and to tell stories through their collection, organization, and interpretation, and explores the centrality of photography and lens-based art to modernism.

In addition to the main program of exhibitions and events curated by FotoFocus, new programming details for 2018 include a solo exhibition by Gillian Wearing, two exhibitions from Mickalene Thomas (one curated by the artist), portraits by renowned Cincinnati-based music photographer Michael Wilson, and other exhibitions that explore global conflict and social justice.

Mary Ellen Goeke, FotoFocus Executive Director, says, "In addition to so many internationally recognized artists, I'm particularly excited about the historical photography exhibitions that explore, specifically, Cincinnati's social history and architectural past through archives. We're pleased to see the depth of history being brought to bear on contemporary life." [ READ MORE ]

July 25, 2018


WILDFIRE: A 48 HOUR LA ART GUIDE

...Luis De Jesus Los Angeles has two fantastic collage-centric solo shows on view until July 28th. "Dennis Koch: Beyond the Funny Farm! Crypto-K, Cutouts, Cut-ups, Copies, Mirrors, Membranes, and Temporal Algorithms" comprises sculptures and works on paper inspired by dizzying literary theory alongside modified LIFE magazines. The artist has incised into the publications, creating compositions that play off of the cover story and the images from advertisements within.   more

My personal favorite is “Sex Kitten” Ann Margret, hair wild, surrounded by a chorus of televisions.

It’s the show in the front room, however, that I found myself thinking about days after seeing. "SOMETHING ELSE: The Collages of Nathan Gluck" is a survey of the late artist’s small works on paper that spans from the 1930s to the 2000s. Gallerist Luis De Jesus was a close friend of Gluck, who himself worked as a window dresser and assistant to Andy Warhol (among many other adventures). De Jesus lovingly organized this tribute with a personal eye to the artist’s singular wit and personality, sorting through a treasure trove of material in Gluck’s estate. [ READ MORE ]