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Los Angeles Art Association is proud to present its next group exhibition, The Non-Objective Moment, an all-media exploration of abstraction juried by Lonnie Lardner. In addition to The Non-Objective Moment, LAAA will present solo exhibitions by Laura and Dean Larson, Lynne McDaniel and Lori Pond. The Opening reception is Saturday, September 8, 2018 (all shows run through October 12, 2018).
Spanning several years, Laura and Dean Larson‘s new solo show The Council Gathers in Timemarks the completion of their third collaborative body of work. In continuing the use of sculpted human-animal hybrid bronze figures, the duo’s playful mixture of mediums sets the stage for unforeseen lyrical encounters. The work’s retracing of historical events through its ‘council’ of human-animal hybrid characters are presented independently as sculpture, through photographs and a limited-edition art book. The bronze-casted figures reference the poses and scale of The Mourners, a series of 14th and 15th century alabaster sculptures of monks and clerics encircling a tomb. With nineteen figures in all, their animal heads reveal themselves to be among various endangered species. Mounted continuously across three gallery walls will be an archival pigment print on canvas. The Council Gathers in Time depicts the travels of the Council from the home planet to this planet as they come to discover the cause of its sixth mass extinction. This journey continues across the Baltic Sea, Scandinavia, Finland, Russia and Germany. At 17 inches tall and over 23 feet in length, the horizontally extended frieze recalls the medieval masterpiece known as the Bayeux Tapestry, recalling the Battle of Hastings in the 11th century.

Lynne McDaniel‘s work uses the language of the landscape to explore

current events, as well as the sometimes-surprising beauty of urban
existence. Her current body of work Boom! is inspired by Chinese hand
scrolls, creating landscapes on paper using not the traditional ink and
brush, but charcoal and oil paint. The work engages the scroll
paintings in a dialog, using the same elements of panoramic format,
monochromatic colors, and atmospheric quality. But rather than the
dreamy, idealized scenes of the Chinese paintings, the work depicts
the environmental and ecological changes caused by natural disasters,
human intervention, and the passage of time. Often using news photos
as sources, she paints the landscape then disrupts the image to
indicate the place where things go wrong. The incursion can be a
subtle dash of color, or a more violent stroke or erasure. The mostly
black and white palette evokes the memory and nostalgia of vintage
photographs, while small touches of vermillion echo the bright red
seals on the scroll paintings. The destabilization or interruption of what
is happening in the paintings reflects the artist’s growing uncertainty
about what is happening on the larger canvas of our world.
Lori Pond‘s photo-based project Bosch Redux takes flight from the unprecedented imagination of Early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch. Pond became fascinated with Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights as a teenager when his limitless imagination and intricately detailed images captured Pond’s mind. In Bosch Redux, Pond hones in on details that occupy the background of his work. The artist uses her friends as models, hires prop makers, prosthetic designers, makeup and wardrobe to aid her in the recreation of small tableaus from Bosch’s works, mostly from his masterpiece, The Garden of Earthly Delights. Pond feels compelled to use the medium of photography to try to understand him, to inhabit his world and mind. Pond painstakingly recreates in photographs the details that sprang from the mind of a painter five hundred years ago, counterintuitively creating new and compelling contemporary works.
When: Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8, 2018,  6 – 9 pm
(show runs through October 12, 2018).
Where: Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Admission: Free and open to the public.
  
If you have any questions please call the gallery: 310.652.8272
or e-mail: gallery825@laaa.org
Above images: Laura and Dean Larson, Lynne McDaniel and Lori Pond

 

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Los Angeles Art Association is proud to present the second iteration of Hecho a Mano (Made by Hand). Juried by Curator Jill Moniz, the exhibit will feature objects created by emerging artists and explore issues of quality workmanship and cultural heritage. The exhibit opens Saturday, Saturday August 11, 2018 and runs through August 24, 2018.
Featured Artists: Stefanie Bauer, Maria Bjorkdahl, Lorraine Bubar,Donna Buch, Suzanne Budd, Kerry S. Campbell, Andrée B. Carter, Chenhung Chen, Annie Clavel, Mike Collins, Bibi Davidson, Megan Frances, Dwora Fried, Karen Frimkess Wolff, Shelby Harris, Shelley Heffler, Marie-Laure Ilie, Jeff Iorillo, Julienne Johnson, Caroline Jones, Sharon Kagan, Veda B Kaya, Rajiv Khilnani, Kim Kimbro, Shelley Kommers, Faina Kumpan, Ibuki Kuramochi, Campbell laird, Rich lanet, Sungjae Lee, Monica Lloyd, Bachrun LoMele, Deborah McAfee, Janet Milhomme, Lena Moross, Ashton Phillips, Don Porter, Osceola Refetoff, Samuelle Richardson, Catherine Ruane, Kuniko ruch, Carl Shubs, Nela Steric, Tree Stokes, Young Summers, Lauren Thomas, Terry Tripp, Philip Vaughan, Monica Wyatt and Mara Zaslove.
When: Opening Reception: Saturday, August 11, 2018,  6 – 9 pm
(show runs through August 24).
Where: Gallery 825, 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard,
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Admission: Free and open to the public.

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SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018! Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) cordially invites you to celebrate our 93 years of service to artists at the 2018 Annual Benefit Auction. Hundreds of LA’s most influential movers and shakers will attend the exclusive champagne VIP preview with food by NOBU and special desserts. Tickets are going fast for this exciting event which will feature live and silent auctions, so secure your entry today! Items will be also available for online bidding via Paddle 8 before the July 28 festivities.
LAAA’s 2018 Annual Benefit Auction serves as an important survey exhibition and auction opportunity featuring one of the most compelling pools of emerging talent, as well as key pieces by Shepard Fairey, Ed Ruscha, Richard Tuttle and more.
The artists contributing work to the auction view the fundraiser as an opportunity to give back to LAAA, an organization that has played a critical role in the professional growth of tens of thousands of artists. All proceeds benefit LAAA and the Los Angeles’ emerging artist community.
What:
LAAA’s Annual Benefit Auction, a fundraising event benefiting LAAA
When:
7-9pm on Saturday, July 28, 2018.
Live auction begins promptly at 7:15pm.
Silent auction closes at 8:30pm.
Tickets:
VIP Preview | 6-7pm $150 ($180 at the door)
Food by NOBU, open bar & desserts and a limited edition print by Artist Tom Lamb
General Admission | 7-9pm $25
Open bar and desserts.
Where:
Gallery 825 – 825 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069
RSVP:
Reserve your spot by phone 310.652.8272,
online by clicking here,
or by emailing gallery825@laaa.org

 

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Ancient Alchemy – a solo show of new abstract paintings by contemporary expressionist painter Ashton S. Phillips
Opening: September 1, 6-9: Reception and Artist Talk
Show dates: December 1, 2017 – February 23, 2018
Location: Ghostwolf Gallery – 2043 South Plaza St NW, Albuquerque, NM

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May 12 – June 6, 2017: “AVE” (Solo Show) – Art123 Gallery (Gallup, NM)

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February 11-March7, 2017: “EXPOSURE” (curatorial role) – Art123 Gallery (Gallup, NM)

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December 11, 2016 – February 11, 2017: “Reverie”, Member Artists’ Group Show, Art123 Gallery (Gallup, New Mexico)

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For a more comprehensive list of solo, juried, and group exhibitions, check out my CV.