Your compact Los Angeles Art Guide for August 2022

Your compact Los Angeles Art Guide for August 2022 | Pro Club Bd

Unlike their East Coast counterparts, most Los Angeles galleries aren’t slowing down or closing despite the sweltering August heat. The following exhibitions offer lively and challenging explorations of place, identity and history. Some delve deep into the city’s geographic and cultural fabric, while others showcase artists from across the country and world whose work complements the vibrant energy of summer in the city.

Steve Keene in action from his Brooklyn studio “Cage” (2021) (Photo by and courtesy of Daniel Efram)

When: until 12.8
Where: Palm Grove Social (4660 West Washington Blvd, Mid-City, Los Angeles)

Fans of ’90s indie rock will no doubt be familiar with Steve Keene, whose paintings have appeared on the covers of albums by Pavement, the Silver Jews and the Apples in Stereo. Keene is not a niche artist, however, but a prolific painter who has produced 300,000 paintings over the past 30 years, which he sells for as little as $5 to $10 apiece. He mass-produces his works on an assembly line, painting the same image on multiple panels lined up in “the cage,” his chicken-wire-walled studio filled with paint, brushes, and plywood. Coinciding with the publication of his first monograph, The Steve Keene Art Bookthe Steve Keene Art Show is a career retrospective featuring hand-painted multiples, a site-specific mural and rarely seen early work by this “Johnny Appleseed of Art,” as Elsa Longhauser, founder of ICA LA, called him.

Rae Klein, I’ve Accepted It, and I Forgive You (2022), Oil on canvas, 72 x 60 inches (Courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery)

When: until 13.8
Where: Nicodim Gallery (1700 South Santa Fe Avenue, #160, Downtown, Los Angeles)

Rae Klein’s haunting, dreamlike paintings feature familiar objects – a horse, a candelabrum, a pair of eyes – but the juxtapositions offer little explanation. Rather, her spare, surreal compositions invite the viewer to construct their own narratives, like a Rorschach or Rebus.

Blake Daniels, The Eruption of Constitution Hill (2022), Oil on canvas, 59 x 78 3/4 in. (© Blake Daniels, photo by Jackie Furtado, courtesy the artist and Matthew Brown)

When: until 13.8
Where: Matthew Brown (633 North La Brea Avenue, Fairfax, Los Angeles)

The paintings of Blake Daniels in Triumph of the Southern Suburbs reflect the artist’s experience in Johannesburg’s queer communities, but avoid direct representation. They infuse their scenes of street vendors, landscapes and domestic life with elements of magical realism and fantasy, expressed through vibrant, buzzing colors and animated brushwork.

Ozzie Juarez, “Portal de Tlaloc” (2022), water-based paint, acrylic, spray paint and earth on canvas, awning and lighting, installation: 120 x 144 x 36 inches (photo by Ian Byers-Gamber, courtesy of Ochi Projects)

When: until 27.08
Where: Ochi Aux (3305 West Washington Boulevard, Arlington Heights, Los Angeles)

Ozzie Juarez got his first experience as a set designer at Disneyland, where he used his painting and fabrication skills to create immersive fantasy environments. This background is shown in Por Debajohis first solo exhibition at Ochi Projects, the draws on pre-Columbian Mexican codes, street art and geometric abstraction. Juarez paints on stucco-textured backgrounds, found car parts and awnings, and weaves Nahuatl symbols from the Codices into neon and pastel patterns that stretch across borders and time to envision an alternative anti-colonial future.

Ed Fornieles still, “Cel” (2019), 2-channel video, 40:21 minutes, edition of 3 with 2 AP (courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery)

When: until 27.08
Where: David Kordansky Gallery (5130 West Edgewood Place, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)

All opposing players is a group exhibition curated by the Racial Imaginary Institute, founded in 2016 by Claudia Rankine with the aim of challenging our thinking about race. It features videos, performances, and works on paper by Lotte Andersen, Ed Fornieles, and Shaun Leonardo, exploring the theme of nationalism through games, role-plays, puzzles, and sports.

Danie Cansino, Cruise Now, Cry Later (2022), Oil on panel, 48 x 72 in. (Photo by ofstudio/Yubo Dong, courtesy of CJG)

When: until 27.08
Where: Charlie James Gallery (969 Chung King Road, Chinatown, Los Angeles)

rostro is a celebratory group exhibition featuring artists from the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico whose work explores themes of identity and self-awareness. The show, curated by Ever Velasquez – whose title means “face” – looks at both the surfaces we present to the world and those facets we keep hidden. What does it mean to offer a bold, uncompromising version of yourself to an often hostile world? Participating artists include Danie Cansino, Hely Omar Gonzalez, Patrick Martinez, Joey Terrill and many others.

Installation view from Andrea Bower at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 19-June 4 September 2022 (Photo by Charles White/JWStudio, courtesy Hammer Museum)

When: until 4.9
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)

For LA-based artist Andrea Bowers, art and activism are inseparable. Her current retrospective at the Hammer Museum showcases three decades of her work, which champions and moves issues such as environmental justice, women’s rights, immigration, and labor disputes. The works range from drawing and sculpture to installation and performance, connecting the dots between art history and popular protest.

Jerry Peña, Protect Your Turf (2022), mixed media on wood panel, 4 x 3 ft (photo by Jerry Peña, courtesy Le Maximum)

When: Aug 13 – Aug 18 September
Where: Le Maximum (2525 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, California)

Jerry Peña’s painted mixed-media works include car parts, beer cans, work gloves, cement, and broken glass, and reflect his lived experience as a working-class Angeleno of Mexican-American background. He brings these elements together in compositions reminiscent of Kienholz’s scrap collections and Rauschenberg’s poetic combinations, as well as body shops and the custom car culture, ubiquitous characteristics of the city.

Film still from William Selig’s Something Good – Negro Kiss (1898) (Courtesy USC HMH Foundation Moving Image Archive)

When: Aug 21 – Aug 9 April 2023
Where: Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (6067 Wilshire Boulevard, Miracle Mile, Los Angeles)

Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 charting the work of Black American filmmakers, actors, and entertainers, restating narratives often excluded from mainstream film history. Ranging from the birth of film to the end of the civil rights movement, the exhibit focuses on those who worked both inside and outside the Hollywood system. It features William Selig’s recently rediscovered 1898 short film Something Good – Negro Kiss; legendary dancer, singer and actress Josephine Baker; and fiercely independent director Melvin Van Peebles, whose 1971 film Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song is a cornerstone of the blaxploitation genre.

Margaret Garcia, “American Dream” (2019), oil on panel, 36 x 48 in. (Bibi Healy Collection, courtesy LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes)

When: until June 11, 2023
Where: LA Plaza de Cultura y Arte (501 North Main Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)

Arte para la Gente is a career retrospective of the work of influential Chicana artist Margaret Garcia, whose paintings offer an intimate, candid account of her city, community and family. With allusions to Fauvism and Impressionism, Garcia’s paintings range from street scenes in her Boyle Heights neighborhood to portraits of her circle of friends and associates to reinterpretations of Mexican Catholic religious imagery. The exhibition also includes prints from her “Stamp Project,” a series of black-and-white screenprints by Garcia and other artists, which was an attempt to exert greater control over the means of producing, distributing, and selling art.

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