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Trip The Light Fantastic: Marion Lane and Rochelle Botello

Opening Reception and Performance: Saturday, June 3, 6-9 pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 24, 4-6 pm
Exhibition Dates: June 3- 24, 2017

Groundspace Project is pleased to present Trip The Light Fantastic a two person show by Marion Lane and Rochelle Botello.  We hope you can join us Saturday, June 4 between 6:00 and 9:00 pm for the opening reception.  During the reception choreographer and dancer, Shelby Williams-Gonzalez, will perform an interactive dance with Rochelle’s sculpture.

Artists’ Statement:

Trip The Light Fantastic: Marion Lane and Rochelle Botello is a two person exhibition that continues a conversation between two individual art practices. Exploring materiality, process and discovery, their work embraces improvisation, humor, and the absurd. The title refers to the ways in which one moves lightly in time or moment, to optimistic temperaments that shift in gesture, form and color. Through the manipulation of unlikely materials, they reveal complexities of everyday life. The works in this exhibition are extensions of that engagement with life, done with grit, reverence and verve.

Rochelle Botello

Marion Lane

Rochelle Botello is a Los Angeles based visual artist working across mixed media, sculpture and site-specific installations. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally, extending Japan, Berlin and South Korea. She has exhibited with Holter Museum of Art, Torrance Art Museum, Jaus, Coagula Curatorial and Eastside International to name a few. Her exhibitions have also been reviewed in the LA Times, The Huffington Post, Artillery Magazine and Coagula Art Journal. Botello holds a MFA from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Marion Lane currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally including Australia and Japan. Lane’s art has been featured in Beautiful Decay, Juxtapoz Magazine, Artillery Magazine, Modern Painters, Artweek.LA, ArtScene and the LA Weekly. Her exhibitions have been an outlet for her immense curiosity and interest in engaging the human eye and the systems by which it organizes color and form.

Shelby Williams-Gonzalez (choreographer / dancer) has danced with LA-based groups such as Diana MacNeil and the Posthouse Dance Group, The Yorke Dance Project, and Louise Reichlin and Dancers. She has a Bachelor’s in Dance and Anthropology from UC Berkeley. While attending Berkeley she was a member of the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble, Patricia Reedy Dancers and Robert Moses’ Kin. Shelby completed the Silvestre Technique program in Salvador, Bahia, where she was certified as an instructor of the Brazilian based modern dance technique. As an arts educator, Shelby serves as the Development and Communications Director for artworxLA (formerly The HeArt Project), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the arts to alternative high schools. As an artist, she draws from her diverse foundation in contemporary dance, martial arts, and traditional and contemporary Afro-Brazilian movement. Shelby is a proud native Angelino, mom, wife, avid runner and company member of the national touring Afro-Brazilian dance company, Viver Brasil.

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

It’s a Wonderful World curated by Betty Ann Brown

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8, 6:00-9:00 pm
Closing Reception and Curator’s Talk: Saturday, July 22, 4:00-6:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: July 8-23, 2017

Groundspace Project is pleased to present It’s A Wonderful World curated by Betty Ann Brown, including artists Aline Mare, Andrea Bersaglieri, Ann Mitchell, Catherine Ruane, Cheri Gaulke, Courtney Hayes-Sturgeon, Dwora Fried, Erika Lizée, Jill Sykes, Kate Carvellas, Kireilyn Barber, L. Aviva Diamond, Lillian Abel, Linda Sue Price, Maria Larsson, Melissa Reischman, Michelle Rozic, Nancy Mooslin, Roger Gordon, Samuelle Richardson, Sandra Mueller and Susan Sironi. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, July 8, 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Curator’s Statement:
I see trees of green, red roses too.
I see them bloom for me and for you,
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

In this time of global doubt and despair, to focus on the wonder of our world is to turn to the positive and the affirmatively possible. In the Call for Submissions to this exhibition, artist/curator Susan Joseph and I wrote that we were “looking for artists who celebrate the marvelous beauty of our natural and built environments. Such celebrations can be figurative, symbolic or abstract, but should not be simply pretty in a superficial or ‘easy’ way.” I have tried to hold to that statement throughout the jurying process.

We received almost a hundred submissions, most of them truly excellent. The first challenge in the jurying process was to winnow that large number down to a total that would fit in the Groundspace Project gallery. But more important than numbers was the need to select artworks that would “talk” to each other; I sought artworks that, together, would create a cohesive and engaged aesthetic conversation. Several really great pieces were eliminated because they didn’t fit into the exhibition that began to emerge, almost organically, from the submissions.

As it stands, the exhibition features poetic, lyrical work that is often landscape based, with images of plants and pathways, water, smoke, and steam. There are glances into the urban environment, from abandoned back alleys to the architecture of industry. There are ghostly canines wandering through imagined spaces. And there are echoes of Buddhist chants glancing off the ripples of the Mekong River.

Selecting the prize recipients was as challenging as the initial jurying process. In the end, I had to go with the pieces that spoke most clearly to my heart. All of the submissions spoke to me and, frankly, if I were to go through them in a week or a month or a year down the line, I might very well select four other winners.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white,
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night.
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.
Song written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss,
First performed by Louis Armstrong in 1967

Betty Ann Brown
Art historian, critic and curator

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

Trip The Light Fantastic: Marion Lane and Rochelle Botello

Opening Reception and Performance: Saturday, June 3, 6-9 pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 24, 4-6 pm
Exhibition Dates: June 3- 24, 2017

Groundspace Project is pleased to present Trip The Light Fantastic a two person show by Marion Lane and Rochelle Botello.  We hope you can join us Saturday, June 4 between 6:00 and 9:00 pm for the opening reception.  During the reception choreographer and dancer, Shelby Williams-Gonzalez, will perform an interactive dance with Rochelle’s sculpture.

Artists’ Statement:

Trip The Light Fantastic: Marion Lane and Rochelle Botello is a two person exhibition that continues a conversation between two individual art practices. Exploring materiality, process and discovery, their work embraces improvisation, humor, and the absurd. The title refers to the ways in which one moves lightly in time or moment, to optimistic temperaments that shift in gesture, form and color. Through the manipulation of unlikely materials, they reveal complexities of everyday life. The works in this exhibition are extensions of that engagement with life, done with grit, reverence and verve.

Rochelle Botello

Marion Lane

Rochelle Botello is a Los Angeles based visual artist working across mixed media, sculpture and site-specific installations. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally, extending Japan, Berlin and South Korea. She has exhibited with Holter Museum of Art, Torrance Art Museum, Jaus, Coagula Curatorial and Eastside International to name a few. Her exhibitions have also been reviewed in the LA Times, The Huffington Post, Artillery Magazine and Coagula Art Journal. Botello holds a MFA from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Marion Lane currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally including Australia and Japan. Lane’s art has been featured in Beautiful Decay, Juxtapoz Magazine, Artillery Magazine, Modern Painters, Artweek.LA, ArtScene and the LA Weekly. Her exhibitions have been an outlet for her immense curiosity and interest in engaging the human eye and the systems by which it organizes color and form.

Shelby Williams-Gonzalez (choreographer / dancer) has danced with LA-based groups such as Diana MacNeil and the Posthouse Dance Group, The Yorke Dance Project, and Louise Reichlin and Dancers. She has a Bachelor’s in Dance and Anthropology from UC Berkeley. While attending Berkeley she was a member of the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble, Patricia Reedy Dancers and Robert Moses’ Kin. Shelby completed the Silvestre Technique program in Salvador, Bahia, where she was certified as an instructor of the Brazilian based modern dance technique. As an arts educator, Shelby serves as the Development and Communications Director for artworxLA (formerly The HeArt Project), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the arts to alternative high schools. As an artist, she draws from her diverse foundation in contemporary dance, martial arts, and traditional and contemporary Afro-Brazilian movement. Shelby is a proud native Angelino, mom, wife, avid runner and company member of the national touring Afro-Brazilian dance company, Viver Brasil.

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

Times Three! Damian Garcia, Veda B. Kaya and Terry Tripp
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 22, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, May 13, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: April 22 – May 13, 2017

Groundspace Project is pleased to present Times Three! Damian Garcia, Veda B. Kaya and Terry Tripp, three painters whose work ranges from pure meditation to total distraction – a sure reflection of the times. In this case, however, it’s all about painting!

Please join us on Saturday, April 22 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for the opening reception of Times Three!

Artists’ Statements:

Damian Garcia:
My work is a series of juxtaposed compositions influenced by organic patterns found in nature and linear structures representational of human engineering. Creating imaginative environments, I have taken the abstract patterns from the natural wood grain and linear elements to control the space within my canvas. Each ballpoint pen drawing is formed with multiple visual layers, allowing the audience to explore the image with child like curiosity during the time of interpretation.

 

 

 

 

 

Veda B. Kaya:
Interdependence and interconnectedness of life and an exploration of the balance between feminine and masculine are principal themes in my work.

I define a non-objective, geometric and aesthetic environment with transparent color and movement informed by a life long yoga practice. The detailed precision of line and hard-edge elements are integral parts of my creative process.

My paintings are my meditations for peace and transcendence.

 

 

 

 

Terry Tripp

Terry Tripp

I’m a visual artist who works in painting, illustration, and photography. My most current work is in expressionist paintings where I work in mixed media on canvas. I create vibrantly colorful images of cartoony and disproportionate characters and scenes pulling from a 1980’s pop-culture palette inspired by my childhood, and I work the canvas with rough brush strokes as I freely transfer thoughts and images onto the canvas like a pencil in a personal sketchbook. Words, phrases, and sometimes even short poems are written, crossed out, and replaced in the paintings to create fractured narratives. Although my images may appear fun and playful, upon closer examination, they can reflect an uncanny underlying nature.

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

Groundspace Project is happy to announce IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD, curated by Betty Ann Brown, a  juried art exhibition scheduled for July 8-22, 2017, with a reception for the artists Saturday, July 8, 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Three artists will be selected out of the IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD exhibition for CASH prizes.

We’re looking for artists who celebrate the marvelous beauty of our natural and built environments. Such celebrations can be figurative, symbolic or abstract, but should not be simply pretty in a superficial or “easy” way.

IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD will be curated by art historian, critic, and curator, Betty Ann Brown. Brown has curated retrospective exhibitions for Hans Burkhardt, Roland Reiss, Linda Vallejo, June Wayne, and John White, as well as numerous themed exhibitions.  In addition, Brown has written critical reviews for various periodicals–including Art Ltd., Arts, Artillery, Artscene, Artweek, and The Los Angeles Times—and published several books, among them Exposures, Women & Their Art; Expanding Circles: Women, Art & Community; Gradiva’s Mirror: Reflections on Women, Surrealism & Art History; Hero, Madman, Criminal, Victim: The Artist in Film & Fiction; and Afternoons with June: Stories of June Wayne’s Art & Life.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTRY FORM.

Exhibition Dates: July 8-22, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8, 6-9 pm

Awards:
3 Cash Prizes of $150

Specs:

Entry Deadline: Sunday, June 4, 2017

Entry Fee: $30

Media: Submit 3 artworks; wall work or floor sculpture (with stand/pedestal) not exceeding 36″ in any direction or 10 lbs in weight.  Please submit jpgs, 300 ppi, no larger than 3mb.

Artwork Delivery Dates:
Friday, June 30, noon to 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 1, noon to 6:00 pm
Artwork Pick-up Dates:
Sunday, July 23, noon to 6:00 pm
Monday, July 24, noon to 6:00 pm

Please note:  For questions please contact Susan by email at sjosephify@gmail.com. Sales of artworks in the IT’S A WONDERFUL WORLD 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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTRY FORM.

 

Please join us for the closing reception for Alex Kritselis, Travelers of Glow and Sorrow on Saturday, March 25 from 4-6 pm.
The artist’s talk will start about 4:45 pm.

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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Alex Kritselis: Travelers of Glow and Sorrow
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 25, 6-9 pm
Artist’s Talk and Closing Reception: Saturday, March 25, 4-6 pm
Exhibition Dates: February 25-March 25, 2017

Alex Kritselis is an artist whose practice I have admired for many years.  Creating art that is always a conjunction of awarenesses, Kritselis captures through his kaleidoscope lens perceptions of his experience and through those perceptions makes art.  No matter the medium, his artwork is always visually rich – but doesn’t necessarily yield to interpretation easily. It’s slow and primarily non-verbal, even as it flirts with semiotics.img_0118

The paintings in Travelers of Glow and Sorrow each represent a moment, each painting caught in a metamorphosis from the painter’s first act, articulating a subject matter, to his second act, obscuring his subject in veils of translucent, gravity ridden paint. The viewer’s participation is in the act of erasure itself, like that moment when the present transforms into the past, a memory soon shrouded in history and myth. These paintings are large scale and epic, almost cinematic in feel.
I am very happy to host Alex Kritselis’ second solo exhibition at Groundspace Project. The first, also a large scale installation, Imperial Eden/After the Dissent, was held in 2013.

Artists’ Statement:

It’s imperative to examine and understand the past, to remember where we came from and the journey we took to arrive where we are today. Through our work we find the passage that takes us to ourselves. From the beginning the eyes of the child see the world, ineffaceable experiences that form the imagination.

My current work continues the ongoing examination of human history’s indelible impact and influence on our modern psyche and physical environment.  In my work I juxtapose incorporeal fragments of thoughts, memories, and universally recognized symbols of civilization over time into dense, almost pixelated, configurations – In my current process I have moved toward fewer but more expansive panels through which to explore and question the same threads that continue to drive my work:  the chronicling of civilizations’ historic and current affairs, socioeconomic quagmires, conflicts, and the collective behavioral patterns they generate—ultimately, man’s ability to spawn narrative and create meaning from fragments.

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