Curated by Esteban Schimpf
Liz Craft, Sara Clendening, Chris Coy, Gerald Davis,
Marc Horowitz, Pentti Monkkonen, Maha Saab,
Sarah Sieradzki, Esteban Schimpf
5795 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Opening Reception : Saturday, July 16, 2011, 6:30 - 10pm
Carmichael Gallery is pleased to announce Instant LA Summer 2 : HEAVY HAPPY, a group exhibition curated by Esteban Schimpf and featuring works by emerging and mid-career artists Liz Craft, Sara Clendening, Chris Coy, Gerald Davis, Marc Horowitz, Pentti Monkkonen, Maha Saab, Sarah Sieradzki and Esteban Schimpf. An audacious encore to Instant LA Summer (2010), HEAVY HAPPY is unmoved by vitreous polyresin and recruits its louche participants from chop-shops, tunnels of love, talk show sets and haunted manors. HEAVY HAPPY is a congregation of sphinxes assembled from relics carried westward on dirty winds.
There will be an opening reception for the exhibition on Saturday, July 16 from 6:30 to 10pm with all of the artists in attendance. The exhibition will run through August 6, 2011.
About the Artists:
Liz Craft (b. 1970, Los Angeles, CA USA)
A Los Angeles-based sculptor whose works often comprise cast bronze, polyurethane and fiberglass, meticulously transubstantiated to create fantasies and hallucinations of everyday objects, Liz Craft plays the role of New Age nest-builder in her ongoing Candy Colored Clown Series. Beginning with a mesh surface akin to the screened windows of the suburbs, Craft transmutes flotsam from her studio’s Venice Beach environs (Latin American soccer scarves, keepsake urchin exoskeletons, collectible glassware) into unique painterly pigments. By means of a three step process of reclamation to abstraction to figuration, the resulting objects—churlish, and sometimes cloying, clown faces—speak articulately of post-minimalist abstraction.
Craft received her BFA from Otis Parsons in 1994 and MFA from UCLA in 1997. Select galleries and institutions that have exhibited her work include Brand New Gallery, Milan (2011), Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica (2010, 2008), Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2010, 2007, 2004, 2003), Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2009, 2007, 2006), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2009, 2007), Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne (2008), White Cube, London (2008), Hayward Gallery (2007), Gering & Lopez Gallery, New York (2007), Halle für Kunst, Lunëberg (2006), Peres Projects, Los Angeles (2005), 2004 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004), Regen Projects, Los Angeles (2004), Migros Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2004), Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York (2003), Sadie Coles HQ, London (2002), Public Art Fund, New York (2002), The London Institute Gallery, London (2002) and The Barbican Centre, London (2001). Residencies and awards include the Alfred van Bohlen Award (2006), Blekede Residency (Lunenburg Landkriest) (2006), Linz Centum Fur Gugenwarts Kunst Residency (2000) and Tiffany Award (1999). She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Sara Clendening (b. 1980, Philadelphia, PA USA)
Viewers of Sara Clendening's work can almost feel phantom fingertips kneading their own skin as the trained massage therapist performs the spa culture ritual to her entrancing sculptural works of art. Of equal note is the rakish pathos that takes center stage in her characters' intriguing battle to upstage their cultural inheritance.
Clendening received her BFA in 2003 from the School of Art Institute of Chicago with a focus on painting and sculpture and in 2007 attended The Mountain School of Art, Los Angeles. Select galleries and institutions that have exhibited her work include Green Gallery, Milwaukee (2009, 2005), China Art Objects, Los Angeles (2009), Bonelli Contemporary, Los Angeles (2008), Artscape, Baltimore (2008, 2005), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland (2007), Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita (2006), Daniel Reich Gallery, New York (2004), Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York (2004), and LACE, Los Angeles (2004). Art fairs include the LA Art Fair with Ooga Booga, Los Angeles (2008), Frieze Art Fair with Gavin Brown's Enterprise, London (2007), Milwaukee International Art Fair, Wilwaukee (2006) and NADA with General Store, Milwaukee (2005).
Publications in which Clendening and her work have been profiled include the Village Voice and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She is also featured in Younger than Jesus: Artist Directory, published by the New Museum and Phaidon Press in 2009. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Chris Coy (b. 1981, Fayetville, NV USA)
"My work deals in part with the indeterminacies of terminal-based culture," explains multi-disciplinary artist Chris Coy. "Objects exist to be digitized into their infinitely reproducible other - a digital double in triplicate. Nothing is fixed. The edges are fuzzy. The pixel is our material." Stark, stern and self-confident in reproduction, his paintings trespass the recently-resurrected Neo-Minimalist clubhouse. Akin to props on a talk show or sitcom: the surface and support is crafted almost entirely from ephemeral materials, and its monochrome apes the hue of the Hollywood green-screen. Says Coy, "The pseudochromes with their chroma key green paint jobs and white crosses function as recursive markers - indices to alternate sites of post-production. They are support and armature for the everyness: invisible and unknowable cybervoids. When a blackhole looks at itself, what does it see? Does it go to the movies?"
Chris Coy completed a one day residency at Hallway Projects in 2010 and is currently earning his MFA at the University of Southern California. His work has been included in exhibitions nationally and internationally at LaViola Gallery, New York (2010), Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City (2010), Pixxelpoint New Media Art Festival, Nova Gorica, Slovenia (2009), Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Amsterdam (2009), New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2008) and JstChillin.org (the internet), amongst other venues. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Gerald Davis (b. 1974, Pittsburgh, PA USA)
Gerald Davis' intensely detailed and delicate oil and pencil works on paper ooze a brash, youth-drenched sexuality paired with undertones of an endearingly self-conscious humility. The muted tones he employs in these works subtly but significantly enhance his emblematic motifs of memory, mirage and fantasia.
Davis received his BFA from Pennsylvania State University in 1997 and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. Select galleries and institutions that have exhibited his work include Saatchi Gallery, London (2008, 2006), Yvon Lambert Gallery (2007), Salon 94 and John Connelly Presents, New York (2006), Royal Academy at Burlington Gardens, London (2006), Peres Projects, Berlin (2006), Baronian Francey, Brussels (2006), Bergdorf Goodman, New York (2005) and Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles (2005, 2003).
Publications in which Davis and his work have been profiled include ARTnews and Art in America. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Marc Horowitz (b. 1976, Westerville, OH USA)
Marc Horowitz is a Los Angeles based interdisciplinary artist, working primarily in performance, video and installation. The central concerns driving most of his work have to do with engaging strangers in public and on the internet around absurdist principles. His projects engage in a dialog with a diverse range of subjects including entertainment, advertising, architectural environments, commerce and the quest for daily meaning. He is constantly making lists of potential inventions, neologisms, moneymaking schemes, jokes, drawings, websites, characters and impromptu videos. His work speaks to “the moment,” reflects and critiques American idealism, expansionism and capitalism; and parodies pop culture so successfully it becomes re-appropriated by it.
Horowitz received his BS Marketing from Indiana University, Bloomington and is currently earning his MFA at the University of Southern California Roski, School of Fine Arts. Select solo and group exhibitions include Caminamos. Alrededor es Imposible, curated by Lorenzo Sandoval, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2011), The Advice of Strangers.com, funded by Creative Time, curated by Nato Thompson (2010), The National Dinner Tour & The Signature Series. Somewhere Else, curated Paul Ardenne, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2010), talkshow247.com, ARoS Museum, Denmark (2009), Twitter Drawings. The Future Is Not What It Used To Be, Postmasters Gallery, New York (2009), NYCommercial & Google Maps Road Trip, Conflux Festival (NYU), New York (2009), Golden America Loves You, Circus Gallery, Los Angeles (2009), The Me & You Show, The Hayward Gallery Project Space, curated by Ralph Rugoff, London (2008), 7 Days in a Sentra, Working Men, curated by Barbara Polla and Paul Ardenne, Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva (2008), The Center for Improved Living, Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva (2007), The Center for Improved Living: Life Coaching, Sister Gallery, Los Angeles (2007), Video Window, curated by Harrell Flecter, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland (2007) and I Invented the Internet, Fluctuating Image - Contemporary Media Art, Stuttgart (2007).
Publications in which Horowitz and his work have been profiled include The Economist, Interview Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Esse Magazine, The New York Times, ReadyMade Magazine, The Independent, Useless Magazine, Dazed & Confused Magazine and People Magazine. He was one of 25 emerging artists to be awarded a $25,000 grant in AOL's 2010 25 for 25 Grant. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Pentti Monkkonen (b. 1975, Minneapolis, MN USA)
Pentti Monkkonen tunes a strident chord with his playful monuments, rendered both large and small in the heavy medium of cast bronze and always fraught with potent meta-narratives. His contribution to Instant LA Summer 2 : HEAVY HAPPY is a new sculpture entitled Hydra, a multi-headed bronze beast reminiscent of a late Louise Bourgeois that wails endless perfidious melodramas both private and public, yet finally begets transcendent, albeit uncertain, laughter.
Monkkonen received his BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004 and his MFA from Vermont College. Select galleries, institutions and outdoor venues that have exhibited his work include the Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY (2009), Marianne Boesky Gallery (2008), Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles (2007), Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles (2005), General Store, Milwaukee (2003), ACME, Los Angeles (2002, 1999) and the Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2000). He currently works and lives in Los Angeles.
Maha Saab (b. 1979, New York, NY USA)
Maha Saab works range from conceptual photography and painting to post-minimalist mixed media sculpture. No matter the medium, an enigmatic sophistication marks the poetic intelligence of her socially conscious creations.
Saab received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in 2003 and her MFA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2007. Select galleries that have exhibited her work include ltd los angeles, Los Angeles (2010), Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2010), Pepin Moore Gallery, Los Angeles (2010), Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York (2010), Cardwell Jimmerson, Culver City (2010), LA>The Chef's Theory at 533, Los Angeles in 2009.
Media outlets in which Saab and her work have been profiled include The L Magazine, The New Yorker and Artforum. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Sarah Sieradzki (b. 1986, New York, NY USA)
"Photographs are commonplace," asserts genre-defying mixed media artist and photographer Sarah Sieradzki, "their conventions recognizable, and more often than not, their nostalgic obligation to a particular time and place must shine through in some glorified light. In order to confront both the physical and temporal boundaries of photographs, my work seeks to simultaneously deflate the tired old regime of the “grand photograph” and reveal some unexpected possibilities that are latent in the medium. Is it the frame that constitutes the photograph in physical space, or perhaps, its relationship to time as it reduces its authoritative force to a feeble nuance? We live in a world that serves as an interesting platform from which we can collect, perform, edit, and arrange things we see. I believe objects, photographs, materials, colors, and text, in radically different contexts and arrangements, can relieve themselves of their traditional associations and enter into new, Platonic relationships with each other. Whatever it means to place one material next to another; to imply an image of a sunset “rising” over an IKEA chair… It suggests nothing, but reminds us of everything. They are universal aesthetics that have no denomination and can be put in a vast category of Things We See."
Sieradzki received her BFA in Photography and Visual / Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Select galleries and venues that have exhibited her work include Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn (2011), Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles (2010), Rainbo Club, Chicago, Monument 2 Gallery, Chicago (2010) and New York Studio Program, Brooklyn (2009). She was the 2010 recipient of the Fred Endsley Memorial Fellowship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
Esteban Schimpf (b. 1986, Bogotá, Colombia)
The practice of artist and curator Esteban Schimpf traffics in irreverence and authority. The distinctive satirical voice of his work enables him to poke fun at profound subjects whilst maintaining a comically nonchalant distance. For his work God, Imagine the storm on Jupiter, which was included in the Billboard Project at Portugal Arte 10 in Lisbon, he scrawled the aforementioned title onto a large billboard in a large European square to disarm viewers and lead them into a world of the subjective, the humorous and the sublime.
Schimpf received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. His work has been featured in exhibitions worldwide, including Hang In There, curated by Jason Lazurus Co-prosperity Sphere, Chicago (2011), REVERSEVENT, organized by Thomas Macker, Joe Zorrilla, Calvin Lee, Venice, CA (2011), California Dreamin', curated by Fred Hoffmann at Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon (2010), Billboard Project, curated by Lauri Firstenberg and Cesar Garcia of LA >< ART, Los Angeles for Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon (2010) and Bad Moon at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago (2008). In addition to Instant LA Summer 2 : HEAVY HAPPY, he curated its prequel, Instant LA Summer, at Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles (2010).
Additional interests and talents of Schimpf include Culture and Loitering. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
About Carmichael Gallery:
Founded in 2007 by husband and wife team Seth and Elisa Carmichael, Carmichael Gallery focuses on a select group of artists breaking ground in painting, mixed media, photography and sculpture. Their annual program consists of a series of solo and group exhibitions that document the progress of these artists.
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