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CURIO: A California Cabinet of Curiosities
March 8, 2018 | 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
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CURIO: A California Cabinet of Curiosities
Curated by Yasmine M. Zodeh
A California Cabinet of Curiosities
Curated by Yasmine M. Zodeh
Brunswig Square DTLA – suite 200
Inspired by the Renaissance Cabinet of Curiosities in which scholars would collect and display unusual objects and works of art, CURIO poses the question: what would a contemporary California scholar seek to acquire and contemplate? This show features new and existing work by eight California-based artists. Each artist has been exhibited internationally and their practices vary greatly all the while engaging and exploring California’s culture, history and politics. Painter Baret Boisson’s politically charged works and objects address salient topics such as civil rights through the medium of portraiture. Photographer and sculptor Zoe Crosher draws inspiration from the state’s flora with her series of bronzed plants. LA-based artist Amir H. Fallah looks like to natural landscape of the area for his foliage-rich wallpaper and paintings. International design firm Neal Feay interprets the wave through a large-scale modular aluminum sculpture. Artist and author Lisa Borgnes-Giramonti uses the traditional medium of needlework to create subversive and humorous work informed by fashion, punk rock and mid-century design. Installation artist Romy Aura Maloon uses mock plant life, found objects, and building materials to study artifice and obsession. Painter and documentary filmmaker Susanna Vapnek seeks inspiration from California’s tumultuous wild fires for her vivid abstract landscape. Pop artist Russell Young’s experimental new series reinterprets quintessential West Coast images of cowboys and Hells Angels. This is CURIO.
A painter and mixed-media artist, Baret Boisson is best known for her politically charged work that engages in topics such as civil rights and feminism. Born in Italy, and educated in New York and France, the California-based artist brings an eclectic visual language to paintings and objects. For much of her career, Boisson has focused on portraits that uncannily capture the authentic character of her subjects, whether they are historic icons or private individuals. Most recently, she has expanded her practice to include abstract paintings. Her work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Civil Rights in Memphis, Tennessee.
Crosher is a Los Angeles-based photographer and mixed media artist. Her projects mine histories, both real and manufactured, blending fact and fiction to create an altered reality. Her most recent series engages the history of California through the bronzing of indigenous plants, thus freezing the natural decaying process and giving permanence to an otherwise ephemeral object. A graduate of CalArts, Crosher’s work has been exhibited at LACMA, MoMA and the California Museum of Photography. She is the founder of the Fainting Club, an international “old boy’s club” for woman, celebrating women from across creative disciplines. Crosher currently has a solo exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum.
Amir H. Fallah
In his work across media, Amir H. Fallah interrogates systems of portraiture and representation embedded in the history of Western art. Fallah’s ornate environments combine painting and collage with elements of installation and sound to deconstruct material modes of identity formation. The Los Angeles-based artist frequently draws from the natural world and domestic life in his vivid Pop Art-hued paintings. Fallah holds an MFA from UCLA and has been exhibited at the Sharjah Biennial, the San Diego Art Institute and The Third Line, Dubai.
Neal Feay Studio
Neal Feay Studio, headed by Alex Rasmussen, is a cutting edge design firm that pushes the creative limits of contemporary design. Rasmussen seeks to experiment with the medium of aluminum design resulting in ground breaking products. Current and previous projects include work with Opening Ceremony, Christian Dior, Kenzo and Mark Newson.
The Los Angeles-based artist interprets modern life through an Old World lens. Her immensely popular design blog “A Bloomsbury Life” and her book Novel Interiors engage in the notion of old and new to create a fresh aesthetic with roots in 19th century English Arts and Crafts and Pre-Raphaelite movements. Borgnes-Giramonti creates subversive and humorous work whereby punk rock lyrics by the Sex Pistols and images of icons such as Iris Apfel are embroidered onto cushions and tapestries. The artist’s has been exhibited at ACME Gallery in Los Angeles and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, C magazine and the LA Times.
Romy Aura Maloon
Romy Aura Maloon is a first generation American, born of South African parents. Her art work is an attempt to ingratiate and reconcile the disparate identities and geographic spaces of her upbringing and ancestral background. Working as a caterer and event coordinator, her material use is often associated with social events, décor crafting, construction material and site-specific exploration. Romy’s art works have been exhibited throughout Georgia, Florida, and New York including at Atlanta Contemporary. She participated in Tomorrow Stars, the Verge Art Miami Beach in conjunction with Art Basel Miami. She was a 2015 Walthall Artist Fellow. Romy studied Fine Arts at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. She currently lives in Los Angeles and has grand plans to paint some big walls.
The Santa Barbara-based artist’s surroundings directly inform her new painting series. Living in close proximity the region’s increasingly frequent wildfires, the artist has witnessed the way in which the flames and smoke change the colors of the sky from sunrise to moonrise. Watching ash fall from the sky like snow, flames growing in the distant hills after nightfall and the moon appearing from under an orange haze of ash and fog; the artist seeks to convey the wildfire’s horror and surreal beauty. Vapnek is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts and has been exhibition in New York, Los Angeles and Milan.
Young is a British-American Pop artist known for his large-scale silkscreen paintings of cultural icons such as David Bowie and Marilyn Monroe. Young started his career as a photographer and music video director before turning to painting. His new eclectic body of work engages in traditional tropes of the West such as Hells Angel’s and cowboy culture, which the artist deconstructs through the manipulation of medium. By cutting and re-sewing canvases, stripping away paint and painting over photos, Young creates an idiosyncratic visual language that invites the viewer on a journey through California’s simultaneously sunny and sordid history.
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