January, 2009

Fairytale of Berlin

Opening this evening at the Scion Installation L.A. space in Culver City is the exhibition Fairytale of Berlin, curated by Janine Bean and Matthias Bergeman, of the Janine Bean Gallery in Berlin. The exhibition surveys the work of 11 artists and one artist group. Each participant critically engages Berlin as an active site, loaded with a variety of creative sub-cultural intersections. The included artists employ[.....]

Herve Graumann

Herve Graumann constructs dizzying, modern day vanitas still lives from kitsch, throwaway souvenirs of our plastic culture. The works both valorize and disdain the role of the object in modern day culture. Like schools of fish joining together to create the impression of a much larger- and more powerful- entity, the multiplicity of Graumann’s constructions aggrandize and impress. They are at once thrones to commodity[.....]

Yue Minjun

Bejing-based Yue Minjun is one of the most important artists of the Chinese avant garde. Part of the Chinese avant garde movement, Cynical Realism, Yue Minjun’s work is characterized by a signature laughing figure which serves as a portrait of the artist. Upon greater inspection the smiling faces contain fear, animosity, and a sense of discomfort that is a product of facing reality in contemporary[.....]

Ryan Brennan

Ryan Brennan‘s work typically presents multi-faceted collage sculptures that layer evocative materials–whether home videos from his youth, personal memorabilia from his parent’s basement, items culled from thrift stores, and iconic or diaristic personal symbols, such as boom box radios, string, video game parts, or baroque ornamentation. Brennan reassembles these mementos in an organic and free-spirited fashion, recontextualizing their unique histories to create beautiful realms of[.....]

Alison Brady

Massimo Audiello Gallery in New York is currently presenting Alison Brady‘s second solo show, An Uncertain Nature, until February 28th. Brady received an M.F.A. in Photography, Video, and Related Media from The School of the Visual Arts in New York City. She works in series of color photographs that investigate subconscious desires and trigger emotional and sexual responses. Brady creates compelling scenarios in domestic interiors[.....]

Amy Bennett

Amy Bennett‘s newest work captures viewers with cinematic scenes marked by stark contrasts. Reflective symmetry, gestural figures and overcast skies portend any number of human misfortunes. Past first glance, her acute realism reveals that she studies more still-lifes than she paints en plein air. Her crisp lines and angular brush strokes depict the multifaceted surfaces of a 13 x 3′ styrofoam and resin model of[.....]

Mark Mulroney

Artist Mark Mulroney opened his third exhibition with Mixed Greens in New York City this weekend, titled Follow the Nosebleeds. For this exhibition the artist uses a variety of media such as drawing, paintings, sound and sculpture to examine stories of traditional American life. Seeming disconnected memories of the artist synthesis into a variety of irreverent religious imagery and references of contemporary american culture. The[.....]