This is the third edition of the group show Extraction.
Artists Maja Ruznic and Suné Woods will be leading a public discussion about their art practice and inspirations.
We will be curating a group show around the theme of memory. A memory that is so impactful that it seems to of been excavated from your body. Stolen, preserved yet removed. Despite the vivid likeness that some memories hold, they are often distorted and reconstructed with visual fillers or completely lacking of embodiment. Each artist has interpreted this extremely subjective concept through the lens of their own individual styles. Painting, photography, dance, film and auditory installation are all used to represent this illusive image of what was.
We will be hosting four events around the art exhibit. Each night will involve a different performance. Each will engage you through either dance, music or discussion.
September 8, 16, 23, 30 7-10 PM
SEPTEMBER 23 7- 10PM
Artist Talk begins at 8:00 PM
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Space will be limited.
Harry Gamboa Jr.
B. Justine Jaime
With a public discussion lead by:
Maja Ruznic & Suné Woods
About the artists:
Los Angeles based artist, Kay Cheng explores vulnerability, transience, transitory moments, unbroken cycles, and the bridge between death and new life. Rather than fixing on external stimuli, her figures are steeped in their personal, internal landscapes. often their eyes closed, hands clasped, heads turned away. Metallic gold flowers and orbs reoccur to highlight the beauty in these transient yet inseparable moments.
Deedee Cheriel lives and works out of Highland Park, Los Angeles. She paints colorful narratives depicting mythological characters interacting in simple timeless environments. With influences derived from such opposites as East Indian temple imagery, punk rock, and her Pacific Northwest natural environment, her images are indications of how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these satirical and heroic efforts are episodes of compassion and discomfort.
Bri Cirel is a painter and video artist based in Panorama City, Los Angeles. She creates portraits that speak to the flawed, complicated mess that makes up a human life. Her work highlights thick, gritty issues about self-criticism, religion, and sexism in the art industry. Bri uses text in her photo-realistic paintings to insert narration while utilizing the font’s graphic qualities to visually corrupt and distort these images that are prevalent in the art world.
Shepard Fairey is an American graphic artist and social activist. Part of the Street Art movement, with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat as his predecessors, Fairey communicates his brand of social and political critique via murals and public spaces. Born in Charleston, SC, the artist borrows from graphic styles of the 20th century, blurring the boundary between high and commercial art through type and image. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Harry Gamboa, Jr. is a Chicano essayist, director, photographer, and performance artist living in Los Angeles. He has been actively creating works in various media/forms that document and interpret the contemporary urban Chicano experience since 1972. His photography series focuses intimately on his subjects and Chicano representation in the media.
Los Angeles-based painter, Britt Harrison draws visual inspiration from moments from her remote upbringing in the Southeast, which are then deconstructed, analyzed and strung back together using psychological theories. She works with concepts of control, daydreaming, and the juxtaposition of innocence and experience. Britt is the Co-Founder for Future Tongue.
Los Angeles native, B. Justine Jaime is a multidisciplinary artist, pushing the boundaries of photography. Her abstracted, otherworldly motifs take the form of still image, short film, video projection and collage, as she explores themes centered around relationships to culture and landscape, language and identity. Justine is the Co-Founder for Future Tongue.
Rebecca Marino is an Austin-based visual artist whose work focuses on intimacy and cosmic perspective. She is co-director and curator for pump project [www.pumpproject.org] and is co-editor and co-founder of Conflict of Interest [www.conflictofinteresttx.com]. Unclassified – UFO Eye-Witness Testimonies is part of a larger body of work created as a light-hearted way to play with the idea of proof and to question personal thresholds of belief. What indicates reliability? Truth? These standards are dictated by the tug-o-war of desire and cynicism.
Maja Ruznic was born in Bosnia and fled the war torn country with her mother, relocating to the San Francisco. She studied Psychology and Art at UC Berkeley and received her MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2009. Now living and working in Los Angeles, Maja's paintings engages in themes of violence, abandonment, and despair as she draws inspiration from ghosts of her past and characters in her environment. She captures emotion through her application of color and form, intentionally creating discomforting moments in her paintings.
Johnie Thornton was born and raised in Southern California and is currently living & working as an artist in Palm Springs and Los Angeles. Thornton’s body of work ranges from medium format analog photography to photo realistic, pop, and abstract painting. His work is largely influenced by sociology, geometry, architecture, and their relationship to nature. As a self-taught artist, Thornton draws inspiration from experience and environment. Thornton has developed a unique painting style while experimenting with many different mediums both traditional and unconventional.
Suné Woods is an artist living in Los Angeles. Her work takes the form of multi-channel video installations, photographs, and collage. Woods practice examines absences and vulnerabilities within cultural and social histories. She also uses microsomal sites such as family to understand larger sociological phenomenon, imperialist mechanisms, & formations of knowledge. She is interested in how language is emoted, guarded, and translated through the absence/presence of a physical body.