Hollywood Hills, CA - Join us for a lovely evening of conversations with artists amidst their work, over wine and small bites. Surrounding L’Art Projects’ summer show, entitled À la Mode: Painted Method, we explore unique approaches to painting in the work of Erin Morrison, Jonathan Apgar, Ross McLain, Jake Longstreth, Samantha Thomas, Molly Larkey and Ben Sanders. In some instances, the artists call upon artistic precedents such as Gauguin, Matisse, Lichtenstein and Picasso. At other times, the materials themselves—canvas, oil, acrylic, rope, even plaster—invite inspiration.
L’Art Projects’ summer show coincides with LACMA’s Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting, including works by Gerhard Richter, Mark Bradford and Mary Weatherford. This is the season of painting.
À la Mode marks L'Art Projects sophomore debut, following a successful first show that earned a photo feature in Arrested Motion.
L’Art Projects works to showcase and foster the work of emerging artists with exhibitions and events in intimate settings. The L'Art Projects team consists of curator and art writer Jennifer S. Li, Founder/Director Winnie Lam and Co-Director Lisa Halliday.
For information, please visit our website or contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the artist
Jonathan Apgar was born in San Diego, California in 1977 and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. He received a BFA from California State University, Long Beach in 2009 and an MFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013. His layered, nuanced paintings are done in an exploratory mode—begun without a predetermined end; initiating direction as well as responding to what the painting presents along the way. He often reverses typical oil painting methods and embraces indirect pictorial strategies, presenting positive and negative spaces that are woven together. The paintings invoke a flatness that somehow reverberates with spatial depth, creating indeterminate, multi-referential figures and landscapes that result in the openness of an unfinished dialogue and a multiplicity of conclusions. Last year, Apgar presented his first solo show at ACME. Previous to that, he participated in numerous group shows in the Los Angeles area including PØST, For Your Art, Irvine Fine Arts Center, LACE, Torrance Art Museum and Shoshana Wayne Gallery.
Erin Morrison is a 2014 graduate of UCLA's MFA program, and has exhibited with Samuel Freeman gallery in Culver City. She grew up in Arkansas and received her BFA from Memphis College of Art. She previously lived in New York and Seattle, relocating to Los Angeles in 2011. Here, she teaches and maintains a studio practice. Morrison's work considers both the domestic and the institutional conditions of painting, combining the visual language of pattern common to textile design alongside heavy gestures associated with modernist painting. Spanning the processes of printmaking, painting, ceramic and quilting, her work is linked to considerations of the reproducible graphic as well as the meditative act of creating a singular, unique object.
Ross McLain is originally from Texas and now based in Los Angeles. He is on track to receive his MFA from UCLA in 2015. His work takes a wide range of forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, and design. His work has been exhibited at his local Senator's office and at one of Dave Muller's Three Day Weekends in 2002. Since 2006 he has co-run Art Design Office, a collaborative working at the intersection of art, design, technology and business. He hopes to one day revisit his short-lived effort in 2003 to turn a school bus he purchased on eBay into a mobile art bookstore.
Molly Larkey is an artist based in Los Angeles, CA. She spent her formative years in in New York, receiving a BA from Columbia College in 1994, and an MFA from Rutgers University in 2000. She exhibited widely in New York from 2000-2009, including shows at PS1 MOMA, The Drawing Center and Horton Gallery. In 2011, her work was featured in “The Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture,” the international sculpture survey at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Larkey moved from New York to Los Angeles in 2009, at which time she began making painting and collage in addition to sculpture. Characterized by layers of paint with other materials, her two-dimensional work plays with contradictions of the painted surface by breaking down its components and upsetting positive and negative space. Her current sculptural work continues to examine formalist abstraction, often incorporating references to written language and to the female body. Using different materials and techniques, her work remains a rigorous investigation of the possibilities of abstraction.
Samantha Thomas received her BFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, in 2004 and lives and works in Los Angeles. She has had solo exhibitions at LAXART, Los Angeles, CA; Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY; Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; and New Gallery - Thom Andriola, Houston, TX. Her work has been included in group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Luckman Fine Arts COmplex, Los Angeles; L&M Arts, Venice, CA; and Fredric Snitzer Gallery Miami, FL. Thomas’ work is based on compartmentalized topographies of landscapes as well as interests in abstraction, sculpture and architecture. Using textured fibers like burlap, marine rope and linen, she creates forms imbedded in and indebted to the materials of painting. Treating fabrics and textiles as skin and bodily elements, her sculptural paintings often approach the anthropomorphic.
Ben Sanders is a visual artist born in 1989 who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Art Center College of Design in 2013. His practice is centered around painting and drawing, but he also works in the fields of photography, sculpture, printmaking, art direction, and illustration. Sanders’ paintings explore social themes like language, food, race, faith, appropriation, and artistic production. In 2013, Sanders founded Those People, a collective of peers who make collaborative work specializing in art direction, photography, and design. Sanders has shown his work at Slow Culture, Los Angeles and Kemistry Gallery, London, and will add LVL3, Chicago and FIELD Contemporary, Vancouver to the list this summer.
Jake Longstreth was born in New York and now lives and works in Los Angeles. He has exhibited regularly in California and New York, including shows at Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco; Gregory Lind, San Francisco; and Monya Rowe, Gallery, New York City. His work has been written up in Art in America, Art Forum, Black Book and the San Francisco Chronicle. Longstreth's paintings of landscape and architecture ask us to reconsider landmasses, parking lots and buildings as they shape our daily lives and aesthetic environments.