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Fantastic Feminist Figuration, curated by Betty Ann Brown and Wendy Sherman

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 17, 6-9 pm
Exhibition Dates: September 17 – October 8, 2016

Curated by art historian Betty Ann Brown and independent curator Wendy Sherman, Fantastic Feminist Figuration opens at Groundspace Project on Saturday, September 17 from 6 to 9 and runs through October 8.

Curatorial Statement:

“Fantastic Feminist Figuration” (FFF) features the work of seven Southern California artists: Jodi Bonassi, Bibi Davidson, Enzia Farrell, Laura Larson, Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman, Tslil Tsemet, and Lauren YS. Larson is a sculptor, the rest of the artists are painters. All of them present human figures–most often female figures, but not always–in fantastical worlds that recall the work of Surrealist “Grandmothers” Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, and Remedios Varo. Much like the Surrealists, the FFF artists depict the special relationships between women and their animal familiars.

Echoing the wisdom of the Ancient Egyptians and Assyrians, the FFF women recognize that the human and animal worlds are indelibly interwoven, and we gain personal power through our intimate interactions with four-legged companions. Sphinxes (Egyptian human-lion beasts) and Lamassus (Assyrian deities combining human, eagle, lion, and bull features) embodied the protective powers of the human-animal connection. And just as the ancients represented spiritual power by combining human and animal features, Larson transforms a medieval model of mourning monks by giving animal heads–rat, bear, lion–to the robed religious figures. Davidson depicts women with bright red hair (painted avatars of the artist herself) with feline companions. And Bonassi allows cats and other mammals (especially giraffes) to emerge magically from the ether around her human subjects. Farrell depicts dark-haired beauties with dog and chicken comrades. (Not surprisingly, the artist herself lives with a dog and several chickens.) Sullivan-Beeman, Tsemet, and YS all depict women with animal allies, and do so in remarkably diverse styles, from the almost academically precise work of Sullivan-Beeman to the superflat, graphically impactful YS.  (Betty Ann Brown, July 2016)

Groundspace Project is an artist-run alternative space located just east of the 4th Street bridge in downtown Los Angeles.
Exhibition hours are Friday and Saturday, 1-6 pm.
1427 E. 4th St. #4, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Opening Reception: Saturday, October 29, 6-9 pm
Exhibition Dates: October 29 – November 19, 2016

Please join us for The Chance Chronicles, a solo exhibition by Ann Mitchell.  Ms. Mitchell is a Los Angeles based photographer whose work ‘created a bridge between analog and digital’ more than a decade ago, developing the psychological territories of her potent imagery.   Derived from meditation, The Chance Chronicles explore the deep processes of intuition played out in process and material.

Artist’s Statement:

This series began with the title, The Chance Chronicles, because the images were inspired by a series of randomly selected prompts. Starting with a large set of Buddhist meditations I would randomly select one to write about each day. Through this process an image would “arrive” and then I would start the process of creating it. The concept of randomness and chance interested me in that I was both giving up control and having faith in where the process would lead me. I allowed chance to take me on a journey.

When I first imagined these images I wanted them to feel as if I was gazing at them from inside a great storm…probably that’s what my life felt like at the time. For the past four years I’d been working in color, but I’ve always been drawn to monochromatic imagery for its narrative qualities. I’m also exploring an aesthetic far removed from the current deadpan vogue – with a nod to popular culture, this “instagrammed visual choice is part of the vocabulary I want to use. Scanning the glass from a set of vintage proof frames gave me the textures and created a bridge between analog and digital.

These are the stories that came to me by chance…my hope is that the viewer can find their own stories in them as well.

Groundspace Project is an artist-run alternative space located just east of the 4th Street bridge in downtown Los Angeles.
Exhibition hours are Friday and Saturday, 1-6 pm.
1427 E. 4th St. #4, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Groundswell

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, July 30, 6-9 pm
  • Exhibition Dates: July 30 – August 13, 2016

Groundspace Project is pleased to announce Groundswell, an exhibition curated by Mat Gleason. Groundswell is Groundspace Project’s first juried show and we are pleased to say it was a resounding success, with a tremendous response of wonderfully qualified entries.

The Groundswell artists are: Douglas Alvarez, Donna Bates, Andrea Bogdan, Holly Boruck, Rude Calderon, Kate Carvellas, Larry Caveney, Diane Cockerill, Lynn Coleman, Jeanne Dunn, Kathi Flood, Dwora Fried, Damian Garcia, Peter Hess, Daphne Hill, Veda B Kaya, Kerry Kugelman, Faina Kumpan, Heather Lowe, Gregory Martin, Kerri Sabine Wolf, Cory Sewelson, Stephanie Sherwood, Shubs/Roeder, Nancy Spiller, Anna Stump, Terry Tripp, Todd Westover and Mara Zaslove.

Please join us for the opening reception, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Saturday, July 30.

Curatorial Statement:

Los Angeles is the creative capital of visual art and to offer aspiring artists a chance to get noticed is always an honorable effort. As part of a fundraiser, juried shows insist that artists join the community with a show of good faith in the efforts of exhibition spaces outside of the commercial mainstream (that good faith is a small admission fee for competing). The symbiosis produces a thicker skin on which to build among those rejected and a success experience on which to build among those selected. I aimed for a fun show, selecting pieces that played off strengths unique to these artworks. George Herms once famously observed that he liked juried shows because among them you could find some pretty flowers, but acknowledged that the effort to grow them required a lot of manure along the way. Your highlights might be the next person’s lowlights but the cacophony of stimuli that produces the Los Angeles art scene is inevitably the hodgepodge that these walls reflect.  (Mat Gleason, July 2016)

 

Groundspace Project is an artist-run alternative space located just east of the 4th Street bridge in downtown Los Angeles.

1427 E. 4th St. #4, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Fred Hoerr: Promised Land

Closing Reception: 4:00-6:00 pm, Saturday, July 9

Please join us for the closing reception of Promised Land, Fred Hoerr’s second solo exhibition at Groundspace Project.  Or stop by Friday or Saturday, 1-6 pm through July 9.

In Promised Land, Hoerr takes us through his further explorations of the downtown Los Angeles area, including spectacular views of the city at large, gritty scenes of abandoned industrial neighborhoods and the ever growing unsheltered population trying to maintain a foothold in the interstices of a changing city.

fred_inst2Here’s a couple of great write-ups on Promised Land.

‘Exploring the Promised Land with Fred Hoerr,’ Cecilia Latiolais, Yay! LA | Arts & Culture Magazine
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‘Los Angeles : Fred Hoerr, Promised Land,’ Andy Romanoff, The Eye of Photography
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Groundspace Project is an artist-run alternative space located just east of the 4th Street bridge in downtown Los Angeles.
Exhibition hours are Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 pm.
1427 E. 4th St. #4, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Promised Land: Fred Hoerr

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, June 18, 6-9 pm
  • Exhibition Dates: June 18 – July 9, 2016
  • Closing Reception: Saturday, July 9, 4-6 pm

Please join us for Promised Land, Fred Hoerr’s second solo exhibition at Groundspace Project.  In Promised Land, Hoerr takes us through his further explorations of the downtown Los Angeles area, including spectacular views of the city at large, gritty scenes of abandoned industrial neighborhoods and the ever growing unsheltered population trying to maintain a foothold in the interstices of a changing city.

Promised Land is a well-worn phrase that evokes images of expectation and abundance for weary travelers, portends oppression and scarcity for those soon to be displaced or left at the margins, and provides a framework from which to hang stories, to build fables and myths. The ease with which it describes almost anything and defines almost nothing makes Promised Land a perfect metaphor for life in Los Angeles. It alludes to the ingrained beauty and promise to be found in every aspect of life in the city, no matter how unsung or debased.  (Fred Hoerr, June 2016)

Since his first solo exhibit riversystem, Hoerr has had considerable success with his insightful photography.  In the fall of 2015 he was accepted into the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, a tuition free, intense four days with top photography professionals that is awarded to 100 students per year.  In addition, Hoerr’s photographs of homeless people living on the edges of the Los Angeles urban landscape have been published by Zuma Press’  zReportage, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Mail, The Sun and Mirror.

Betty Ann Brown wrote of riversystem,  “There is a considered elegance in Hoerr’s depiction of the urban geometry. And great joy in his depictions of the people. These are not the usual homeless-person-as-passive-victim images we are used to.”   Life Framer wrote: “His work shines a light on the people sometimes thriving, and sometimes just surviving in the strangest of urban landscapes. It highlights the vast inequalities of Los Angeles, and the desperate need to deal with the homeless crisis, but also the ingenuity and free spirit of those that call this place their home.”

Groundspace Project is an artist-run alternative space located just east of the 4th Street bridge in downtown Los Angeles.
Exhibition hours are Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 pm.
1427 E. 4th St. #4, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Betty Ann Brown, ArtWeekLA: 2014 http://artweek.la/issue/march-24-2014/article/circle-of-art

ZUMA Press zReportage:  http://www.zreportage.com/zReportage.html?num=zrep592

Darren Boyle, The Daily Mail 2016 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3541807/The-Tinseltown-Moving-pictures-riverside-living-different-meaning-America-s-homeless-capital.html

Ruth Halkon, Mirror: 2016 http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/hollywood-homeless-revealed-moving-photographs-7775999

The Sun: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/7078790/Tinseltown-transformed-Harrowing-pictures-show-the-City-of-Angels-turned-into-Americas-homeless-capital.html

Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/local/moments/la-me-scm-riversystem-fred-hoerr-20150115-story.html

Groundspace Project is an artist-run alternative space located just east of the 4th Street bridge in downtown Los Angeles.
Exhibition hours are Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 pm.
1427 E. 4th St. #4, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Groundspace Project is happy to announce GROUNDSWELL, its first juried art exhibition scheduled for July 30 through August 13, 2016, with a reception for the artists Saturday, July 30, 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Three artists will be selected out of the GROUNDSWELL exhibition for a group show at Groundspace Project in the Spring of 2017.

GROUNDSWELL will be juried by Mat Gleason, founder of Coagula Curatorial and Coagula Journal, and esteemed curator and critic. He is a contributor to numerous publications and a pragmatic supporter of artists and the arts.   A prime mover in the Los Angeles art scene, Mat Gleason, “a maverick LA art critic, is insufferably cynical, always ‘on’ with a glib comment.” according to Phillip Kennicot, Washington Post.  Perhaps, but anyone who claims to have a polaroid of himself drinking with Charles Bukowski floating around somewhere is okay with Groundspace Project.

Exhibition Dates: July 30 – August 13, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 30, 6-9 pm

Award:

Three artists will be selected out of the GROUNDSWELL exhibition for a group show at Groundspace Project in the Spring of 2017.

Requirements:

Entry Deadline: Sunday, June 19, 201

Entry Fee: $25

Accepted Media: Please submit 3 artworks; wall work or floor sculpture (with stand/pedestal) not exceeding 48″ in any direction or 25 lbs in weight.  Please submit jpgs, 300 ppi, no larger than 3mb.

Artwork Delivery Dates:
Friday, July 15, noon to 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 16, noon to 6:00 pm
Artwork Pick-up Dates:
Sunday, August 14, noon to 6:00 pm
Monday, August 15, noon to 6:00 pm

Please note:  Sales of artworks in the GROUNDSWELL exhibition will be handled directly by the artist.  Groundspace Project has no storage space so artwork not picked up within 10 days of the end of the exhibit will be tossed.  Groundspace Project will take utmost care of your work but is not responsible for damage. 

Groundspace Project is an artist-run alternative space located just east of the 4th Street bridge in downtown Los Angeles.
1427 E. 4th St. #4, Los Angeles, CA 90033
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Exhibition Dates: May 14- June 4, 2016
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 4, 4-6 pm
Stop by Friday or Saturday, 1-6 pm through June 4, or come to the closing reception, Saturday, June 4, 4-6 pm.
Suites [(sweets)] is a group exhibition of small  works by artists Lillian Abel, Young An, Sharon Bell, Annaly Bennett, Arezoo Bharthania, Michael Falzone, Susan Feldman, Devin Johnson, Susan Joseph, Kerry Kugelman, Michael Maas, Robin Parsons, Caryl St. Ama, Carl Smith and Theodore Svenningsen.
Groundspace Project is an artist-run alternative space located just east of the 4th Street bridge in downtown Los Angeles.
Exhibition hours are Friday and Saturday, 1 to 6 pm.
1427 E. 4th St. #4, Los Angeles, CA 90033
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