Monthly Archives: May 2015

Clayton Brothers Acquired by MOAH (CA)

The gallery is pleased to announce that the major installation, “Wishy Washy” (2006), by artist duo the Clayton Brothers, has been acquired by the Museum of Art and History, Lancaster (CA). Now a part of the museum’s permanent collection, “Wishy Washy” will soon be on display at the institution – an opportunity that will best showcase the work’s dimensional, audible, and interactive components.

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History is dedicated to strengthening awareness, enhancing accessibility and igniting the appreciation of art, history and culture in the Antelope Valley through dynamic exhibitions, innovative educational programs, creative community engagement and a vibrant collection that celebrates the richness of the region. The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is home to over 10,000 objects, spanning the creative and technological achievements of the Antelope Valley from Native Americans to American Pioneers. In addition, other holdings include historic American military artifacts, prehistoric fossil specimens, and ancient Egyptian artifacts. MOAH’s collection of art is the finest in the Antelope Valley and is comprised of an expanding collection of western, modern and contemporary art. MOAH’s art collection consists of varied media including painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture spanning the early 1900’s to contemporary times. Noteworthy artists within the historic collection includes Van Saake, La Monk, Lee, and Burgess. The specialized Eglash Collection focuses on contemporary art makers of Southern California. In addition, the Museum houses encyclopedic holdings of historic period clothing and textiles as well as prints, drawings, archival materials, and photographs that are displayed in rotation for reasons of preservation.

For brothers Rob and Christian Clayton, collaboration is more than a process: the concept of symbiosis resonates through every aspect of their paintings and installations. In a practice devoid of ego and restraint, the Clayton brothers develop intensely compacted narratives on an intuitive basis. Rob and Christian Clayton seldom work on the same canvas at the same time, or discuss their projects during their creation. Playing off of a uniquely unspoken synergy, they take turns inventing, adding to, and editing each piece, propelling their “stories” through spontaneous improvisation. Entwining their independent approaches, styles, and palettes, their works operate as co-authored epics, fusing the concept of self with the communal.

Working from their Los Angeles studio, the Clayton brothers draw inspiration from their immediate environment by incorporating local businesses, neighborhood regulars, and snippets of overheard conversations as subjects for their paintings. Composing their pieces in conjunction with one another, recurrent motifs, gestures, places, and figures appear within different works; creating the drama of linked experience. Set upon collaged canvases, the physical layers of their surfaces create a condensed tableaux. The brothers approach painting as a visual representation of pure energy: everyday scenes explode in vortexes of blinding color, movement is practically animated, and products make their placement, an effect similar to viewing every frame of a film simultaneously. In presenting a specific locality, the Clayton brothers relate the personal to the global, but still offer a vision of “America-as-it-is.” In turn, they celebrate and share all of its diverse, spectacular, and solitary splendor.

Rob (b. 1963, OH) and Christian (b. 1967, CO) Clayton both received their B.F.A.s from Art Center College of Design (CA). They have had solo exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (CA), and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (WI) in addition to shows in Houston, New York, Beijing, Los Angeles, and Miami. Their work has also been included in shows at the Museum of the Moving Image (NY), Santa Monica Museum of Art (CA), Laguna Art Museum (CA), Kistler Beach Museum of Art (KS), Corcoran Museum of Art (DC), and the Dallas Museum of Art (TX), among others. They have also participated in more than twenty visiting artist lectures around the world, and their work appears in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), Norton Museum of Art (FL), Sweeney Art Gallery at the University of California, Riverside (CA), and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art (CA). The artists both live and work in Los Angeles, CA.

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David Ryan in Paris

On Saturday, May 23, gallery artist David Ryan will open a solo exhibition of new work at Galerie Richard in Paris, France. Says the gallery;

David Ryan established his reputation with his bas-reliefs composed of monochromatic panels, combined by superimposed layers with dynamic compositions,  and refined unexpected color arrangement.

The pulled paint of new works becomes the captured gesture which informs every layer building out to the ultimate defining edge. Compared with dynamic and powerful large works shown in his last exhibition in 2014 at Galerie Richard, New York, new works are quite small, with thiner layers of PVC which contribute to create an intimate connection between the viewer and the work.

David Ryan, born in 1971 lives and works in Las Vegas. He received BFA at Texas University, Austin and MFA at Nevada University, Las Vegas. His works are in the collections of Contemporary Art Museum of San Diego, Museum of Palm Springs, Las Vegas Museum, Weissman Foundation, Los Angeles, Borusan Center of Arts and Culture, Istanbul.

The opening reception will take place from 5-9pm on May 23. For additional images or information about the artist, please email

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Penelope Umbrico in Boulder – Opening Tomorrow

Flatlander, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art’s summer exhibition, features works by ten artists who explore how our compulsive relationship with the flat screen and the Internet has changed our view of the world. Gallery artist Penelope Umbrico will have work in the exhibition.

Join guest curator Patty Ortiz and the exhibiting artists for the opening reception tomorrow, Thursday, May 21, from 6:30-9pm. Admission for the public is free.


Video Interview: Julie Heffernan

Miss the opening reception for Julie Heffernan‘s current solo exhibition? Fear not – we’ve got a video interview with the artist ready for you. Watch the full length interview on Vimeo now!

“Pre-Occupations” remains on view through June 13, 2015. For more information about the artist or available works, please email


Featured Works: Stephanie Washburn

The gallery is pleased to present new works by program artist Stephanie Washburn. These pieces can be viewed by visiting the gallery’s “Featured Works” page on the website.

Stephanie Washburn (1980, MA) works in various media including drawing, painting, photography, and video. Her practice explores the material digital interface and the persistence of the body and human touch in pictorial space. Washburn combines everyday materials and televised imagery to stage a series of photographs. The images that result generate a range of painterly abstractions and counter narratives to the programmed content flickering beneath. With references to Abstract Expressionism, feminist art practice, and early performance, they pose a real physicality as the dramatic player in the fictive space of both the digital spectacle and her own hybrid image making.

Washburn received her MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work has been exhibited at The University Art Museum (CA), The Palms Bar (CA), Atkinson Gallery (CA), Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA), Eagle Rock Center for the Arts (CA), Los Angeles Municipal Gallery (CA) and Davidson Art Center (CT). Washburn’s photographs have been acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation Collection, and Sweeney Art Gallery at UC Riverside (CA). She currently lives and works between Ojai and Los Angeles.

For more information about the artist or available works, please email

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Penelope Umbrico Acquired by Portland Art Museum

The gallery is proud to announce the Portland Art Museum‘s acquisition of  “18_IMG_6697-a” (2014) by Penelope Umbrico for its permanent collection.

The oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest, the Portland Art Museum was founded in late 1892 when seven leaders from Portland’s business and cultural institutions created the Portland Art Association. The goal of the Association was to create a first-class art museum that would be accessible to all citizens. With more than 42,000 works of art, 121,000 square feet of galleries, and the Northwest Film Center, the Museum provides a comprehensive opportunity to view some of man’s greatest creative achievements. From its earliest days, the Museum has closely followed and supported contemporary art. In 1908, the Museum acquired its first original painting, created by the American Impressionist Childe Hassam in the same year. In 1905 and 1913, exhibitions of avant-garde art were presented at the Museum, including Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase and other momentous works from the controversial 1913 Armory Show in New York.

Penelope Umbrico offers a radical reinterpretation of everyday consumer and vernacular images. Umbrico works “within the virtual world of consumer marketing and social media, traveling through the relentless flow of seductive images, objects, and information that surrounds us, searching for decisive moments—but in these worlds, decisive moments are cultural absurdities.”
She finds these moments in the pages of consumer product mail-order catalogs, travel and leisure brochures; and websites like Craigslist, EBay, and Flickr. Identifying image typologies—candy-colored horizons and sunsets, books used as props—brings the farcical, surreal nature of consumerism to new light.

Penelope Umbrico (born in Philadelphia, 1957) graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. She has participated extensively in solo and group exhibitions, including at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York. Umbrico is core faculty in the School of Visual Arts MFA Photography, Video, and Related Media Program. Selected public collections include the Guggenheim Museum (NY), International Center of Photography (NY), McNay Museum of Art (TX), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Museum of Contemporary Photography (IL), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), Museum of Modern Art (NY), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), among others. She lives in New York City.


Joshua Dildine’s New York Solo Show

The gallery is proud to announce Joshua Dildine‘s first solo exhibition in New York City, taking place at Freight + Volume ; May 21 – June 20, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 6-9pm on May 21st in celebration of this show.

Titled, “Notating Hi Pops,” the exhibition casts a wry and languid glance at appropriation, and picking up where the “Pictures” generation left off. Says the gallery:

“Dildine’s new paintings have a reckless yet controlled flair, which utilize autobiographical family album photographs – including prom pictures, wedding pictures, baby’s first step, vacation memories, etc. – and turn sentiment and nostalgia on its head.  His visceral gesture and accelerated brushstroke are loaded with sensual energy, harkening to the Ab-Ex days of pure delight and mystery in paint, yet placing these gestures on top of faded, kitchy, sometimes cloying memorabilia.  The fifties photo meets the fifties painting yet the end result inhabits a quintessentially new timeline – an artist’s 2015 Facebook universe gone awry.

Dildine also toys with perspective quite literally.  In works humorously titled (a la Ogden Nash or E.E. Cummings’ poems), ‘Dang Darn Pad and Odd’ and ‘A Bad Dodger Shunts Tot,’ the artist turns the horizon upside down and suggests an implosion of worlds colliding: interior facing off with exterior.  The brushstroke careens this way and that and leads us in and out of memory, into the present and beyond.  Like a Jetson’s tour through Ab-Ex painting, Dildine seems to say – ‘buckle up and follow me through a Cliff Notes speed read of 50s, 60s ,70s and even 80s expressionism – and hang on tight.’  It’s a Fun House hall of mirrors and we, as viewers, are simply along for the ride, roller coaster style, with the artist as our fearless guide.”

Dildine (b. 1984, CA), received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University (CA). He has been featured in group exhibitions in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Murfreesboro, as well as the Frederick Weisman Museum of Fine Art (CA). His work is included in the public collection of the Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California Riverside (Riverside, CA). He was also the recipient of the 2010 Claremont Graduate University Award. The artist lives and works in Claremont, CA.

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