Oct 23, 2013
Please join us at Autonomie for PAINTING ON EDGE on Saturday July 28th, from 7:30 to 10:30pm. This survey of 18 plus works provides a contemporary response to the issues raised in "The Painting Factory" at MOCA grand, just around the corner from Autonomie.
Painting on Edge
Curated by Grant Vetter
Opening: July 28th, 7:30-10:30pm.
Painting on Edge is a small survey of new trends in Hard Edge painting, or what might be better called, painting with edges, lines, stripes and bands. Unlike the ideologically bound practices of modernism and postmodernism, the work in Painting on Edge shows a new openness towards the fabulation of Hard Edge painting without a readily identifiable ethos. If there have been three high moments in the history of Hard Edge painting so far — its founding here in California, its mutability as a program of making from late Ab-Ex through Minimalism and its eventual critique by Neo-Geo — then today we see an entirely new set of sensibilities at play in the genre.
This is perhaps best represented by the artists in this show that openly mix the gestural and the graphic, patterns and process, and systems and topology. While all of the works in this show attempt to rework the geometric tradition in one way or another, there is nothing dogmatic or orthodox about their approach. As such, the artists in Painting on Edge are not just challenging traditional boundaries, but their work sits on the edge of many boarding discourses, caught somewhere between essentialism and transcendentalism, power and design, a rigorous application and the production of aesthetic delight. At a time when cultural production carries so much baggage from the twentieth century, the artists in Painting on Edge show us another way to travel light in heading for places unknown, where the journey of making is a delicate balancing act between absolute precision and unlimited permissions.
Artists in the Show:
David Michael Lee
Michelle Jane Lee
Kent Familton holds a BA in Art from UCLA and a MFA from The Claire Trevor School of The Arts, UC Irvine. His work has been exhibited at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Monte Vista Projects, LAXART, The Green Gallery East and Andi Campognone Projects. Familton lives and works in Los Angeles.
Steven Hampton is a painter living in Los Angeles. He holds a BFA from the Art Center College of Design, and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University, where he was awarded the Karl and Beverly Benjamin Fellowship Award. Additionally, Steven holds an MA in Art History from UC Riverside, where he wrote his thesis on kitsch and its uses in relationship to practices of "Bad Painting." Steven holds a position on the board of Foundation for Art Resources, and is an independent curator.
Scott Jamieson received his B.F.A. with Distinction from Art Center College of Design. He is in the process of earning his M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University, where he has been awarded a Lincoln Fellowship. Scott has participated in a two person show at The Art Rental and Sales Gallery at LACMA, as well as other group shows in the Los Angeles area.
Christopher Kuhn studied at Macalester College under conceptualist Don Celender before graduating from the American University of Paris with a B.A. in Art History. He earned a Post Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and was an MFA candidate in painting at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. His work was featured at in a two-person show at Autonomie in downtown Los Angeles and was included in the group show "Seven Young Los Angeles Painters I Like" at the George Lawson Gallery in Culver City. Additionally, he has exhibited elsewhere in Los Angeles, Nashville, and Boston and been published in Arkitip and Tokion magazines.
David Leapman was educated at St. Martins School of Art, Goldsmiths College and Chelsea School of Art, London. He has shown his work extensively around the world, exhibitions include The Venice Biennale, “Aperto”, Italy and “Problems of Picturing”, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK. His work is in many public and private collections including the Saatchi Collection and Walker Art Museum. Publications include “Shark Infested Waters”. Leapman is the winner of the John Moores painting prize as well as several fellowships, scholarships and awards. In 2013 he is curating “Theatrical Dynamics” at the Torrance Art Museum.
David Michael Lee
Born and raised in Southern California, David Michael Lee had been active in the Orange County art community for the past 15 years. Before finishing his M.F.A. from Cal State Fullerton as a resident of Grand Central Art Center, he had completed his B.A. from Columbia College Chicago. Presently, Lee works as the collections manager for the "Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art" at Chapman University, where he also teaches drawing and design. He also works as the gallery Curator/Director for Coastline Community College's Art Gallery where he teaches courses in curatorial practice and art history.
Michelle Jane Lee
Michelle Jane Lee attended The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and completed a residency at Yale University School of Art : Norfolk. In 2012 Lee had her first LA solo show in Culver City with upcoming shows in Chicago, NYC and Italy. Lee has also been selected as a finalist for the French prize "Et Voila." Lee spent her childhood in Seoul, Korea, lived and studied in Chicago and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Joe Lloyd was born in Southern California and grew up in Washington. He holds a B.A. in art education. He completed his MFA at Claremont Graduate University this year. His paintings are featured in New American Painting’s most recent MFA Annual. Other recent exhibitions include BOOM 2012 Southern California MFA Group Exhibition and GLAMFA 2012.
Kevin Moore has an B.A. in Art from Cal State Long Beach and an M.F.A. from Claremont Graduate University. He was recently in "Split Second Split" at Bergmont Station, "The Leak of Contemporary Artists II" at the DA center for the Arts and "Sanctuary" at the Atruim gallery. He was a recipient of a CGU fellowship and he currently lives and works in So Cal.
Max Presneill is a Los Angeles based artist and curator, originally from London, UK. As an artist he has shown throughout the world including New York, London, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Sydney and Tokyo and is represented by Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, as well as the Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills. Besides the show at Autonomie his work can be seen in solo shows at the New Bedford Art Museum in Massachusetts, from May 15th, and at the Garboushian Gallery opening on June 29th, as well as at the Hong Kong art fair in May with Gallery Lara of Tokyo.
Alison Rash holds an MFA in Studio Art from Claremont Graduate University, an MA in Education from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and a BA in Art from Pepperdine University. Her work was recently shown in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Milan. She was awarded the Walker/Parker Memorial Fellowship and Claremont Graduate University Fellowship and was a Dedalus Foundation Nominee. Rash lives and works in Los Angeles.
Adam Ross holds a B.A. and an M.F.S. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and also attended the Skowhegen School of Painting. He has been in numerous museum shows as well as having exhibited widely at both the national and international level. He is represented by Angles Gallery in Los Angeles and Hales gallery in London.
Nano Rubio is a 2011 MFA graduate of Claremont Graduate University. Nano recieved his Bachelors of Arts in Studio Painting from California State University, Bakersfield. Awards and nominations include the Emerging Arts Scholarship from the Arts Council in Kern in 2007, Claremont Graduate Fellowship 2009-2011 and a faculty nomination for the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant in 2011. Nano's work's can be seen New American Paintings (MFA issue #93). This June also marked the end of his solo exhibition at George Lawson Gallery in Culver City.
Eric Schott, a native of southern California is a painter engaged with contemporary hard-edge geometric abstraction who completed his MFA at Claremont Graduate University this spring, and his undergraduate studies at California State University, Northridge where he won the Bensen Painting Award in 2010. In addition to his solo thesis show in February he has been involved with groups shows at Andi Campagnone Projects, the dA Center For the Arts, 50 Bucks Gallery in Pomona, Sam Maloof Foundation in Alta Loma, and at Objct Gallery in Claremont. Recently, he was awarded the Karl and Beverly Benjamin Fellowship from Claremont Graduate University.
Chris Trueman graduated with an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2010. Recently his work was included in the exhibitions: "Speculative Materialism" at D-block Projects in Long Beach and "About Paint" at Carl Berg projects in LA. Trueman has also shown his work extensively in exhibitions at venues in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Milan, Italy. While at CGU he was the recipient of the Ann Peppers Foundation Fellowship, a Claremont Graduate University Merit Fellowship Recipient and received the faculty recommended Dedalus Foundation Fellowship Nomination. Trueman’s work was included in the 2010 New American Paintings MFA edition (87).
Jayson Ward has degrees in both Geography and Studio Art from the University of North Carolina and the University of California Irvine. His work has been selected for exhibitions by such art world luminaries as Sarah C. Bancroft from OCMA and the critic and curator Juli Carson. He has shown at Catalyst gallery, The Twelfth Floor Gallery and Autonomie. He is going to be in a group show curated by Natalia Lopez that deals with Antarctica and topology this coming Fall.
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