Join Saatchi Art's Nicole Garton for the exclusive unveiling of Florian Morlat's new limited edition print, specially commissioned by The Pit and released in conjunction with its inaugural exhibition, The Outlanders, recently reviewed by Art Slant.
Hailed by the L.A. Times' Christopher Knight as "engagingly strange," Morlat's work recalls the eccentric sculptural forms of Franz West and the Pop iconography of 1960s California, his home of nearly 20 years.
Morlat and The Outlanders' other critically-acclaimed artists create work that references L.A.’s unique culture and history. From Kim Fisher’s nuanced compositions with slivers pulled from fashion magazines, to Pearl C. Hsiung’s psychedelic musings on nature, to Mary Weatherford’s swirling and electric explorations of light, the city and its mythology are at the heart of this debut outing from The Pit. The exhibition includes works by Sarah Conaway, Pearl C. Hsiung, Kim Fisher, Shana Lutker, Florian Morlat, Jon Pestoni, Mungo Thomson, and Mary Weatherford.
In what figures to be another sell-out salon, this is a one-time opportunity to experience this intimate show and celebrate the release of Morlat's never-before seen limited edition print.
The intimacy of the proceedings require that we strictly cap our attendance at 30 individuals who will:
Privately tour The Outlanders led by the show's curators
Explore the studios of The Pit's founders, Devon Oder and Adam D. Miller
Have the opportunity to be the first to collect the debut print of one of today's most exciting artists
Enjoy cocktails created by artist Emily Marchand with Morlat's work in mind
About the Release
Exclusive to Gertrude Salon Guests: Enjoy 15% off the purchase price of Morlat's print and take home a complimentary exhibition guide (printed on-site —a $10 value).
For those unable to attend the Salon, you can shop the prints in advance of the Salon here.
About the artist
Florian Morlat (b. 1968, Munich) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received his MFA in Sculpture from UCLA in 1999 and his diploma from Kunstakademie Duesseldorf in 1996. His work has been included in numerous solo shows in the US and abroad including most recently Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles in 2013 and Galerie Ben Kaufmann in Berlin in 2009.
The physical components of his work recall his roots in a German-language post-war artistic tradition. At the same time, Morlat's visual pursuits, particularly with regard to shape, suggest an aesthetic born of 1960s California pop culture—he's lived in the state almost 20 years—and a familiarity with American modernist icons. In Morlat's work we sense the rawness of Franz West, the freedom of Alexander Calder, the poetry of David Smith. Morlat's pieces are subjective, stylized representations of people and things; at the same time, they are objective investigations into form and mass, color and, especially, shape. The tension of an encounter with the "one-sideness" of Morlat's pieces is only resolved through circumnavigating them and getting a sense of their totality from all sides.
Devon Oder (b.1981) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She received her MFA from Art Center College of Design in 2007. Her work has been included in numerous group shows in the US and abroad including most recently Homing Pigeon in 2013 at Gallery Lara, Tokyo, LA-X in 2012 at Sara Nightingale Gallery, New York and Banquet of the Black Jackal in 2011 at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles. She has had two solo exhibitions: Ashen Glow in 2010 and Breaking Light in 2008 both at Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, Oregon and she will have another in February of 2015. She is the co-owner and director of The Pit: Exhibitions & Editions, an artist run creative exhibition space and print house in Glendale, Ca.
Adam D. Miller (b. Bellevue WA. 1982) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He received his MFA from Art Center College of Design in 2008. In 2012 he had a solo exhibition at Steve Turner Contemporary titled Rise of the Minotaur. He has independently curated for over five years working with numerous artists, galleries and institutions around Los Angeles on exhibitions such as Chasm of the Supernova at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts (2012), Shorn From the Black Tusk of the Great Destroyer at RAID Projects (2011), Birthing Valley of the Blood Poppies at Actual Size Gallery (2011), and Banquet of the Black Jackal at the Luckman Gallery (2011). He is the co-owner and director of The Pit: Exhibitions & Editions an artist run art gallery and print house in Glendale, Ca. In 2011, Miller was chosen as one of Art Review’s “Future Greats."
Emily Marchand (b. 1982, Sacramento, CA) thrives on working with fellow artists, creating new relationships, and believes that the most interesting conversations happen around a dinner table. She is practicing with food, textiles, and sculptural materials to conceptualize ideas and fuel conversation. Living and working in Los Angeles, Marchand received her BA in Art from UCLA.