September, 2008

Julia Fullerton-Batten

On September 13th, Julia Fullerton-Batten opened her first American solo show titled In Between at the Randall Scott Gallery in Washington, D.C. This London based photographer has been gaining recognition over the past two years for her photographic series, which depict the struggle of adolescence. Julia Fullerton-Batten uses intense set design and photographs girls who are not professional models to enhance the uncomfortable and awkward[…..]

Sandrine Pelletier

On view now at Fette’s Gallery in Culver City, California is new work by Switzerland-born artist Sandrine Pelletier in her first Los Angles solo exhibition, titled Insekts. The work featured is a continuation of the artist’s investigation into universal childhood experiences, it’s associated artifacts and memories, and the fables that are told to children in this pivotal learning period. The exhibition highlights these ideas through[…..]

Taryn Simon

An exhibition by Taryn Simon titled An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar opened recently at the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles. This body of work spans four years of photographs addressing public access to American private and restricted locations. The images include many current cultural references including governmental and religious spaces, depicting the supposedly open yet concealed duality of American culture. Simon’s photos[…..]

Matt Keegan

In 1986, 7 million people created a human chain as part of the Hands Across America campaign to raise money to fight homelessness and hunger. New York artist Matt Keegan wanted to respond to that event and, last spring, he took a road trip from New York to New Mexico, making sculptural casts of the hands of mayors and people he met along the way.[…..]

Jarod Charzewski and Loul Samater

Currently on view at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina are two new installations by artists Jarod Charzewski and Loul Samater. Occupying nearly the entire second floor of the gallery space is Scarp, an installation by Jarod Charzewski comprised of what appears to be thousands of neatly folded items of clothing. The carefully organized mass of clothing replicates a geological formation[…..]

Mahjong

Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection opened last week at the Berkeley Art Museum in Berkeley, California. The exhibition includes 141 works by ninety-six different artists owned Mr. Uli Sigg, a Swiss businessman and art enthusiast, who holds one of the largest collections of contemporary Chinese artwork in the world. Mahjong demonstrates a span of Chinese history through the varied artworks (ranging in[…..]

John Jurayj

After first being introduced to the artists dealing with the decades long conflict in Lebanon after seeing Walid Raad‘s Let’s be Honest, the Weather Helped at MoMA’s Color Chart exhibition earlier this year, I quickly learned that John Jurayj is among the other prominent artists involved in this global discussion. In his second solo show at Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles, entitled Untitled (We[…..]