reception: December 3, 2017
LA Artcore is pleased to present a tandem-solo exhibit with Los Angeles artists Bodgan Dumitrica and Elaine Parks
The oil-on-paper works of Los Angeles artist Bogdan Dumitrica explore intersections between nature and culture, rendering an array of natural and man-made forms against the paper's white spaces. Realized in vivid detail, Dumitrica's realism paradoxically abstracts his subject matter, transfiguring dried cacti leaves into architectural vessels, dried tree roots into weapons, and Egyptian pigeon pens as jewel-like enclosures. Dumitrica envisions man's relationship to nature as both entropic and generative. For more information on the artist, please visit the artist's website.
Also from Los Angeles, artist Elaine Parks' investigation of culture and nature pervades across her sculptures and paintings imbued with a sense of exploration and connection of materiality, time and space. Parks' concepts are materialized in found and household objects and inextricably linked with the remote high desert landscape of Northern Nevada, where the artist spends a good amount of time. Within this context, the sky, Parks says, is all-encompassing and nature's vast possibilities are presented in clear view, particularly the stars at night. Parks describes her most recent body of work as a serendipitous turn of events that brought her upon a bed of animal bones-most likely those cast of from birds of prey-and then the unlikely use of tar, which the artist was using on the roof of her residence. As the artist experimented further, and understood the material properties of tar on panels, she began to embed the bones in the shape of constellations. Along with pearls and metallic pigments, Parks has amassed a vast array of works that are bound conceptually to both everyday life, the culture of remote climes, and the cosmos' breathtaking infiniteness. For more on Parks, please visit https://www.behance.net/elaineparks (P. Reddy)
reception: December 3, 2017
LA Artcore is pleased to present a three-person exhibit at LA Artcore's Lincoln Heights exhibition space in the Brewery Arts Colony.
The paintings of Burbank artist Karen Hansen suggest expansion by modulating color and expressing light as magically and effortlessly shifting. In the artist's most recent works, Hansen employs multiple panels that combine to form a single image. Each spaced by one inch together, Hansen utilizes and implies her works' architectural surroundings, developing concise relationships between expanse and boundary.
The paintings of South Bay artist Virginia Vilchis capture unbridled moments of the creative process. Using mixed media such as water-based paints, ink, stencils and found objects, Vilchis' paintings draw the gaze into its numerously-layered surfaces that express the energy and complexity of urban culture.
L.A. artist Anne Wang combines animated portraiture and landscapes, breaking their spaces abstractly through geometric forms, and suggesting a simultaneity between abstraction and representation. (P. Reddy)
HEI MYUNG HYUN
reception: September 10th, 2017, 3-5 p.m.
reception: Sunday, September 10, 2017
LA Artcore is pleased to present a three-person exhibit at LA Artcore’s Lincoln Heights gallery in the Brewery Arts Colony featuring three Los Angeles artists.
Altadena-based Artist Marsia Alexander-Clarke will present Buscando, a recent video work whose experimental use of geometric form, color, and light utilizes animating and video editing techniques to develop a continuously and subtly-shifting landscape of bold, interacting forms. Alenander-Clarke received her MFA at Claremont Graduate School in 1974. The artist will exhibit concurrently at Mt. Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles.
In the artist’s oil paintings, West Hollywood artist Renee Amitai abstracts color, shape, light, and form bringing experience between abstraction and representational imagery. Amitai’s process is fueled by, “A Search for mystical meaning of the forces of nature.” Amitai studied at L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts de Paris and has worked additionally as an architect in France, Italy, Israel, and the United States.
The paintings of Northridge-based artist Ehja Kang explores abstraction and collage gesturally to convey rapid a movement of thinking, through a balance of chance and control. Kang’s paintings make monumental this approach.
reception:August 6, 2017; 1-3 p.m.
Cast your vote at this Year's Annual Juried Show!
Taking place at LA Artcore Brewery Annex this Sunday, August 6th at 1 p.m., come to the Brewery, see the works, and place your sticker (provided at entrance) next to your favorite piece. All winners of this year's show will be announced at 2 p.m.
The winner will receive a $100.00 cash prize!
LA Artcore thanks its jurors
Jacki Apple, Tulsa Kinney, and Peter Shire
Sunday, August 6th, 1-3 p.m.
Award Presentation: 2 p.m.
Thurs-Sun. 12-5 p.m.
Ph. (323) 276-9320
LA Artcore is excited to present its 3rd Annual National Juried Exhibit. This exhibit, juried by Jacki Apple, Tulsa Kinney, and Peter Shire, was whittled down to 50 works of art by 37 artists representing all regions of the country. Having received a over 500 entries, this year, this competition makes it its most competitive. In addition to cash awards of $1000 (1st Place), $500 (2nd Place), $250 (3rd Place) and two Honorable mentions, the audience is invited to cast a vote on reception day on their favorite, thereby granting a $100 award to one artist with the most votes.
Artcore thanks its jurors and curating by Lydia Takeshita.
Elizabeth Burton, Srimongkol Darawal, Palmer Earl, Mary Finlayson, Candice Flewharty, Abigail Gumbiner, Emily Halpern, Chris Hartford, Gina Herrera, Terry Hastings, John Hogan, Richard Gayler, Motoko Kamada, Michael Kim, Jennifer Lanski, Grace-Eunchong Lee, Gregory Martin, Laura Niubo Fe, Bennet Onsager, Vittorio Ottaviani, Richard Parker, Kate Pincus-Whitney, Christopher Priebe, R. Wayne Reynolds, Samuelle Richardson, Alain Rogier, Cory Sewelson, Alexander Stark, Betzi Stein, Sarah Stone, Yingwan Sun, Taylor Thomas, Nathalie Tierce, Maya Vivas, Peter Walker, Ryan Worsley
Brewery Arts Colony, Lincoln Heights
650A South Ave. 21, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Thurs-Sun. 12-5 p.m.
Ph. (323) 276-9320
JAMES PATRICK FINNEGAN
reception: August 6, 2017
Sunday, August 6th, 3-5 p.m.
Conversation With The Artist Series: 4 p.m.
Wed-Sun. 12-5 p.m.
Ph. (213) 617-3274
LA Artcore is pleased to present an exhibition of new assemblages by Bay-Area artist James Patrick Finnegan. Finnegan who combines drawing and sculpture utilize disparate imagery and materials to thrust into being, an explosion of ideas and concepts. Thematically, the artist explores the process of sculpture with its basis in drawing where sculptural ideas originate. Finnegan reveals the process between the conception of an idea and its journey to material form. The artist also expresses an awkwardness between man and machine, juxtaposing organic forms with those that are man-made. For Finnegan, questioning and experimenting with combining different representational and abstract ideas and forms is essential to his practice. The "what if?" of combining of disparate forms, imagery , and structures to generate nuanced meaning fuels Finnegan's creative life.
James Patrick Finnegan is a visual artist living in the SF Bay Area. He teaches art and design at Diablo Valley College and has taught at UC Davis and Berkeley. His most recent exhibitions have been at the Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo and Little Big Space, Albany, CA. Upcoming exhibitions include B. Sakata Garo in Sacramento and The National Fine Arts Academy, Havana, Cuba
Learn more at LA Artcore's live conversation with the artist at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 6th.
LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts, Little Tokyo
120 Judge John Aiso St. / Lobby Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Wed-Sun. 12-5 p.m.
Ph. (213) 617-3274
LA Artcore is pleased to present a three-person exhibit at LA Artcore’s Lincoln Heights gallery in the Brewery Arts Colony bringing three distinctive creative concepts together.
Los Angeles artist Silvia Kwak-Simmons’ mixed-media works on paper take heed in nature’s boundless energy, employing the use of monotype and collaging techniques woven together to produce shifts in overall perspective. Kwak-Simmons’ use of geometric formal structures allow for color to be fully explored.
Los Angeles artist Oliver Nowlin’s paintings combine painted surfaces and neon lighting fixtures to extend a painting/sculpture relationship. Nowlin’s paintings articulate memory through irregularly shaped panels, gauzy and off-kilter geometries, impasto-ed splotches riddled and pockmarked by time, and buzzing with light. Nowlin deals in such contradictions of life and death in which his art is conveyed.
The paintings of Snezana Petrovic titled Woman Shamans explore women’s unspoken history of healing through magic and transformation. Petrovic employs the figure, as well as an investigation of line, paints’ physicality, and negative space. The artist delves into many different cultures and civilizations including Rome, Ajnu, Serbia, Mongol, India, and Sufi Mysticism, where matriarchal culture fully developed. The oral tradition has largely carried secrets of health and enlightenment with the exception of African proverbs which were kept in visual form. All stories and portraits are interwoven with the artist’s personal journey as a... “globetrotter in search of binding substance between diverse traditions.”
LA Artcore is pleased to present a solo painting exhibit by Don McKinney at its Union Center for the Arts space in Little Tokyo. This exhibit examines McKinney’s abstract pictorial language as a meditation on perception by defining space as a closed system that is both circuitous, opaque, and self-producing. Mckinney’s clashing of winding, sinewy, and arching forms is revealed through their careful modeling via an exploration of color and tonality cast through a central and artificial light source. Labyrinth-like and defined by fissures, and hard-edged geometries, Mckinney’s paintings invoke alien spaces informed by computer-animated graphics, virtual spaces, and their construction by way of technological progression. Its many visual twists, turns, and rabbit holes yield a pulsating visual movement that is expressive of questions raised about the impact of technology upon humanity. Whereas Mckinney’s previous body of work addressed this subject matter through modeling animated architectural clusters and visual contraptions, his current body of work develops a purely abstract language out of gestural and spontaneous pencil sketches with which the artist rediscovered and salvaged. This cyclical process builds upon Mckinney’s overall statement where the reuse of detritus becomes central to the function of the creating meaning. LA Artcore invites the public to attend a live conversation with the artist on Sunday, June 4th at 4 p.m.
JIN SIL KIM
HUNG VIET NGUYEN
LA Artcore presents a three-person painting exhibit that examines the shifting role of perception and perspective within the contemporary landscape genre.
Los Angeles artist Jin Sil Kim’s paintings bring an Eastern-Asian conception of the landscape, forming a connection between both traditional and modern notions of landscape. Kim projects lotus flower imagery upon geometric, honey-comb-shaped canvases that suggest a relationship between religious plurality and technological advancement.
The cropped oil paintings of Los Angeles-based artist Victoria Loschuk explore the landscape through its relationship to photography resulting in tightly-cropped compositions that reflect viewers' subjective gaze. Loschuk's densely-worked paintings utilize subtly-shifting tonalities and explore relationships between color and light that emphasize a slow experience of looking.
The landscape paintings of Los Angeles artist Hung Viet Nguyen observe specimens in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest, an old-growth forest in Central California with trees over four-thousand years old. Though each specimen is centrally composed, Nguyen develops animated relationships between the foreground, middle ground, and background. Nguyen’s heavily built-up surfaces add sculptural dimension, while each section is stylistically compartmentalized. Nguyen’s paintings through their use of saturated pigments, visual contrast, and physicality express a fully-realized exploration of the creative process through the artist's ongoing involvement with this site.
LA Artcore is pleased to announce a retrospective by Ann Gooding whose sculptural paintings in acrylic paint, consist of paint spread in a series of layers over wooden substrates that are then incised with carving tools and form larger gestures and/or movements. Like a of flock of birds, school of fish, or stars of a galaxy, the painting's patterned quality evokes phenomena found in the natural world; of smaller pieces working together in unison and forming larger abstract structures from mysterious forces. Different pressures of carving into the paintings reveal a numerous and multi-hued stratum of color and wood. Leaving certain sections of painted surfaces raw and others worked into, and even the exposure of the different varieties of wood laid bare, Gooding produces a dialogue between natural and plastic materials as well as a meditation upon values of exposure and removal.