Monthly Archives: June 2015

Kiel Johnson Selected by Adobe MAX Creative Conference

Interdisciplinary artist Kiel Johnson was recently selected to be a featured artist for the 2015 Adobe MAX Creative Conference, which takes place in Los Angeles (CA) October 3-7.

As promotion for the conference, Adobe invited Kiel to make use of their “artist wall,” which can be drawn, painted, installed, and sculpted upon however the artist sees fit. In collaboration with videographer Theo Jemison, Kiel produced this video project to accompany his rendition of the wall. Together, the video and wall create “The Plotter,” an illustration contraption created entirely out of Johnson’s signature cardboard, chipboard, and hardware.

Kiel Johnson’s drawings and sculptures tell tales; layered narratives speak of his travels and adventures through everyday life. His works become a springboard for metaphorical investigations of the world he inhabits. Although both factual fictions and absurd scenarios, they are ultimately testaments to observation that force us to question the concrete and truthful. What at first might appear safe and secure will be, upon further inspection, very precarious.

Johnson (b. 1975, Missouri) received his MFA at California State University, Long Beach (CA). He has received prestigious awards and honors including the Pollock-Krasner Grant, Durfee Foundation ARC Grant, and the CSULB Outstanding Creative Achievement Award. He has had solo exhibitions at the Taubman Museum of Art (VA), Irvine Art Center (CA), and the Creative Artists Agency (CA), in addition to group inclusion at the McNay Museum (TX), Torrance Art Museum (CA), Huntington Beach Art Center (CA), and the University Art Museum, Long Beach (CA). His work appears in several important public and private collections including the Creative Artist Agency (CA), Tubert International (CA), Steve Martin Collection (NY), Todd Oldham (NY), and Sprint World Headquarters (MO). Johnson currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.



Jean Shin at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention

Gallery artist Jean Shin will present a lecture about her work and practice during the Public Art and Placemaking Preconference as part of the 2015 Annual Convention of Americans for the Arts on Friday, June 12, at 9:45am. Taking place in Chicago (IL), this sector of the conference will celebrate how far the public art field has come and will dive into the future of public art and placemaking. The Public Art & Placemaking Preconference begins at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 and goes through 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 12. This preconference will take place at the convention headquarters, the Chicago Sheraton, with special public art tours occurring throughout Chicago.

Jean Shin is nationally recognized for her monumental installations that transform everyday objects into elegant expressions of identity and community. For each project, she amasses vast collections of a particular object—prescription pill bottles, sports trophies, sweaters—which are often sourced through donations from individuals in a participating community. These intimate objects then become the materials for her conceptually rich sculptures, videos and site-specific installations. Distinguished by her meticulous, labor-intensive process, and her engagement of community, Shin’s arresting installations reflect individuals’ personal lives as well as collective issues that we face as a society.

Her work has been widely exhibited in major national and international museums, including in solo exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona (2010), Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC (2009), the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia (2006), and Projects at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (2004).

Other venues have been the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Art and Design, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Asia Society and Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Frederieke Taylor Gallery in New York City. Site-specific permanent installations have been commissioned by the US General Services Administration Art in Architecture Award, New York City’s Percent for the Arts and MTA Art for Transit. She has received numerous awards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Architecture/Environmental Structures (2008) and Sculpture (2003), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Art Award. Her works have been featured in many publications, including Frieze Art, Flash Art, Tema Celeste, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, Artnews, and The New York Times.

Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in the United States, Shin attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999 and received a BFA and MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She lives and works in New York City.

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Jean Shin

Ryan Wallace in San Francisco (CA)

Gallery artist Ryan Wallace will open a solo exhibition of new works at Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco (CA) on Friday, June 12, from 6-9pm. Titled “LD50,” the exhibition will showcase Wallace’s trademark mixed-media canvases, and sculptures, as well as a site-specific installation, all of which will remain on view through July 25, 2015.

Says the gallery:

The exhibition title, “LD50,”derives from the technical term “median lethal dose” used by toxicologists to refer to the dose required to kill half, 50%, of a tested population. Wallace borrows this title as a means of exploring what is maximal to the point of detriment. His works test the amount of material and mark that can be done or affixed to a painting, sculpture or exhibition space before it is figuratively, physically or compositionally destroyed. 

In his 1952 essay “The American Action Painters” Harold Rosenberg coined the term “action paintings.” The canvas was no longer considered a hermetic, independent object, but rather became “an arena in which to act” and the finished work was only a residue of the actual work of art – the process of the painting’s creation. Wallace’s work touches upon this in that his studio is the site of production where drop cloths on the floor become the ground upon which he performs, accumulating marks and actions of the making. At first glance, the paintings are indistinguishable from the floor and the heterogeneity of debris upon it. Compositions evolve organically from the interplay of materials in the studio – plaster, concrete, studio detritus, tape, glue, adhesive, tarp, window vinyl, powdered metal -as well as from the interplay of materials that have been cast off, removed, and redacted from previous works.

Wallace was born in 1977 in New York, NY. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RI). He was the 2011 recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, and has had solo exhibitions in Copenhagen, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. He has also shown work at the Frans Masereel Center (Belgium), Torrance Art Museum (CA), Katzen Arts Center (D.C.), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (CA), and other venues. His work is featured in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (CA), the U.S. Department of the Treasury (D.C.), and the Cleveland Clinic (OH), among others. Wallace is also represented by Susan Inglett Gallery (New York), Cooper Cole Gallery (Toronto), and Mark Moore Gallery (Los Angeles). The artist lives and works in New York.

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Julie Heffernan at Wave Hill (NY)

Gallery artist Julie Heffernan – whose work is currently on view at the gallery through June 13, 2015 – will be included in “Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath – Force of Nature” at Wave Hill (NY). The exhibition runs from June 7 – September 7, 2015, with an opening reception from 2-4:30pm on June 7th.

Says the curator:

As part of “Seven Deadly Sins,” a collaborative series of exhibitions being presented by  the seven arts institutions that comprise the Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance. Wave Hill is exploring the concept of wrath as it relates to times of environmental uncertainty, with paintings and sculpture by artists who have a long-term interest in depicting cataclysmic forces. Exhibiting artists include  Diane Burko, Brian Adam Douglas,Angela Dufresne, Julie Heffernan, Amer Kobasilja, Kent Monkman,Tameka Norris, Brian Novatny, David Opdyke, Anne Peabody, Jon Rappleye and Alexis Rockman.

In the wake of more frequent tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, droughts and forest fires, the idea of a greater emotion. Faced with these uncontrollable forces, gardens like Wave Hill become sanctuaries.

This exhibition features contemporary artists who are concerned with “the wrath of nature.” The show will emphasize, though not exclusively, painterly depictions of natural disaster, often in an expressive tone or in an allegorical frame. Whether the selected artists focus on emotional states or respond to recent events, they explore the precariousness of the contemporary world.

We are exhibiting artists who have a long-term interest in picturing cataclysmic forces: Diane Burko, Brian Adam Douglas, Angela Dufresne, Julie Heffernan, Amer Kobaslija, Kent Monkman, Tameka Norris, Brian Novatny, David Opdyke, Anne Peabody, Jon Rappleye and Alexis Rockman. This exhibition also features public programs including artist talks, film screenings, wellness workshops and regular tours. 

Wrath–Force of Nature is part of a multi-institution presentation of the “Seven Deadly Sins” organized by the Fairfield Westchester Museum Alliance, each member museum will present an exhibition and programs exploring one particular sin. Our collaborators include the Aldrich Museum (sloth), Bruce Museum (pride), Hudson River Museum (envy), Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (lust), Katonah Museum (gluttony), and Neuberger Museum (greed).  

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Kenichi Yokono Acquired by Honolulu Art Museum (HI)

The gallery is pleased to announce that a major work, “Happy Squat” (2014), by Mark Moore Gallery artist Kenichi Yokono, has been acquired by the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Founded in 1927, the Honolulu Museum of Art is Hawai‘i’s largest private presenter of visual arts programs, with an internationally recognized collection of more than 50,000 works spanning 5,000 years. In addition to the visual arts, film and concert programs, lectures, art classes and workshops make the museum the state’s cultural hub. 

Kenichi Yokono uses traditional woodblock methodologies to address the comic book horrors of contemporary Japanese culture. Manga, anime, horror movies, and other stereotypical aspects of Japanese pop culture merge to present iconic images of buoyant menace and cruelty, which serve to contrast startlingly with the sugary cartoon characters that are also common. Although functioning woodblocks, the works are only ever exhibited directly and prints are never produced. Such a method maintains the primacy of the hand made object and the artist retains a tangible presence. These multiple oppositions in Yokono’s work results in pieces that are highly relevant critiques that retain a pleasing irony.

Born in 1972 (Kanazawa, Japan), Yokono was trained at the Kanazawa College of Art (Japan). He has had solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Vienna and Amsterdam, among numerous international group shows at venues such as the Torrance Art Museum (CA), The Ueno Royal Museum (Tokyo), Mori Museum (Tokyo), Suzaka Manga Museum (Nagano), Hilger Contemporary (Vienna), and Joshua Liner Gallery (NY). He has participated in residencies at the McColl Center for Visual Art (NC) and the International Studio and Curatorial Program (NY), and was the recipient of the 2005 Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Award, as well as the Tom Eccles Prize (NY). His work in included in the collections of the West Collection (PA), The Pigozzi Collection (NY/SWZ), and Progressive Collection (OH) among others. In addition to Mark Moore Gallery, Yokono is also represented by Micheko Galerie, a German gallery with a focus on 21st Century Art from Japan, and Unseal Contemporary (Japan). The artist lives and works in Kanazawa, Japan.

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Happy Squat