Archive for the ‘Curatorial’ Category

Congratulations and thank you to Fecal Face for 10 years in contributing to and supporting of the contemporary art scene in the Bay Area and beyond.  Their celebratory exhibition opens tomorrow at The Luggage Store Gallery with a powerhouse line-up of artists that represent the magnitude of Fecal Face’s influence.  It is sure to be a perfect art pandemonium.  Cheers to a job well done and to another 10 years of being the shit.


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Nice, I just read on Curated that Gaye Advert created a show for Signal Gallery in London.  Beyond Punk will feature the artwork of punk musicians, artists associated with punk bands and artistic friends of punk.

The lineup includes – Adam Ant (Adam & the Ants), Charlie Harper (UK Subs), Chris Brief (The Briefs), Dale Grimshaw, Dee Generate (Eater), Gaye Black (Adverts), Gee Vaucher (Crass), Jamie Reid (Sex Pistols), Knox (Vibrators), Nick Taggart (Zkrr Zkretna), Philip Barker (Buzzcocks), Poly Styrene (X Ray Spex), Shanne Bradley (Nipple Erectors), Shepard Fairey, Steve Ignorant (Crass) and Youth (Killing Joke).  Click here to read more.

Opening on August 12, 2010, ‘Beyond Punk’ will rage through August 21, 2010.

Signal Gallery, 96a Curtain Road, London.


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The literary and visual arts are intersecting in New York’s Lower East Side, thanks to independent curators Omar Lopez-Chahoud and Franklin Evans who have assembled an intricate group show based on the popular LES detective novel “Lush Life” by Richard Price.  The eponymous group show utilizes nine Lower East Side galleries as geographical correspondents to scenes that take place within the novel.  For more on the intricacies of this endeavor, click here.

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Jessica Hess "Eureka - Day"

Kevin Cyr "Allen"

Temporal Surfaces
New Works by Kevin Cyr and Jessica Hess
Opening: Saturday, March 6th 2010 from 7-11pm
Show Runs Through: March 27th 2010

White Walls is pleased to present Temporal Surfaces, an exhibition guest-curated by Lainya Magaña that will feature the work of Kevin Cyr and Jessica Hess. Please join us for the opening reception on Saturday, March 6th, 2010, from 7-11pm.

Temporal Surfaces points to the relationship between space and time by uniting the individual perspectives of two artists separately exploring decay and abandonment in urban environments. The result is a body of work documenting the transitory nature of the contemporary urban American landscape, lauding these decrepit, graffiti laden, and often overlooked scenes as reverential places of beauty.

Working with photographs for inspiration and reference, Hessʼs exquisitely rendered oil paintings depict industrial sites and their graffiti-covered surfaces with keen attention to light and color. In the style of portraiture, Cyrʼs detailed paintings of derelict service vehicles, bombed with graffiti, are commemorated as the workhorses of a car culture society.

Painting in a historical style akin to ʻmodernʼ rather than ʻclassicalʼ landscape painting, both artistsʼ works are aesthetically realized, allowing for a visual experience that accounts for ephemeral beauty without being idealized or contrived. Hess and Cyr contemporize and push the boundaries of landscape painting by documenting the worldly and fleeting nature of urban structures; giving a deserved place of permanence to surfaces destined for change.

KEVIN CYR was born in Edmundston, NB, Canada, in 1976 and grew up in the paper mill town of Madawaska, Maine. Cyr received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published widely.

JESSICA HESS was born in Massachusetts and raised in North Carolina. Hess received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US, resides in the A.G. Rosen collection, and has
received numerous awards. Hess currently lives and works in Boston, MA.

The opening reception of Temporal Surfaces at White Walls Gallery will be held on Saturday, March 6th, 2010 from 7-11pm. The exhibit will be on display through March 27th, 2010 and is open to the public.


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I’m excited to announce that I have accepted the role of Gallery Director for NOMA Gallery, located in San Francisco’s downtown arts district. Please join me at the gallery this Thursday, January 28th from 6-8pm for the opening of “The Women” featuring a group exhibition of the work of Lane Arthur, Jennifer Dudley, and Jeffrey Stuker.

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 28, 2010 6-8pm

80 Maiden Ln. 3rd fl,
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel: 415 391 0200

In The Women, Arthur, Dudley and Stuker retell historical narratives through the vernacular of contemporary popular media, exploring the hidden or forgotten dimensions of underdeveloped characters and settings. Television programs, Hollywood film and commercial advertising intersect with themes of antiquity and classic literature. Although nearly devoid of figuration, each body of work variously evokes the presence of a female protagonist. (more…)

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Collection and Analysis 2, Mounted Pigment Print, 20.5"x20.5", 2009

I have unearthed myself from my holiday hibernation to bring you a smattering of shots from my latest curatorial endeavor. “Plastic Makes Perfect” features the work of San Francisco-based photographic artist Aron Cohen. The opening of the show was met with rave reviews, due most certainly in part to Cohen’s ability to surprise viewers and invoke wonder with aesthetically appealing and conceptually intriguing works of art. Cohen composes his subject matter in such a way as to create a sense of abstraction that one would expect from a painting. Executed through the photographic process, Cohen stages his materials and carefully composes each piece. The resultant images portray a sense of ethereal space, weightlessness, and an embodiment of the immaterial. For more on this collection of work, please follow the jump. (more…)

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I went up to Sacramento earlier this week to work on the install for “Insert Exclamatory!”, my latest show featuring the work of Michelle Constantine. The opening reception is this Saturday, October 10th from 5-10pm at Space07: 1421 R St. Sacramento, CA 95814. Check out the installation photos and I hope to see you at the opening! For inquiries, please email me for a preview link of available works. (more…)

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"The Unintentional Spread of Voodoo", Double sided quilt, fabric, appliqué, sewing pins, 73"x63", 2008

"The Unintentional Spread of Voodoo", Double sided quilt, fabric, appliqué, sewing pins, 73"x63", 2008

I’m excited to present my latest curatorial project in connection with Space07 (1421 R St, Sacramento, CA 95814) entitled, “Insert Exclamatory! A seemingly random collection of work thematically connected”. This show opens in Sacramento on Saturday, October 10th and will feature the work of Los Angeles based artist, Michelle Constantine. “Insert Exclamatory!” will include a selection of the artist’s works employing the techniques of quilting, collage, and printmaking. Follow the link to see more of Michelle’s beautiful work and to learn more about the show. (more…)

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PULL: The recent works of Micah Crandall-Bear

August 8, 2009 – October 4, 2009


1421 R St. / Sacramento, CA / 95814 / 916-44-7474

OPENING RECEPTION:  Saturday, August 8, 2009, 5-10 pm

CONTACT: lainya@argotandochre.com

July 20, 2009 – Lainya Magaña and Space07 are pleased to present Pull, a collection of new work by Sacramento artist, Micah Crandall-Bear. In these recent works, Micah pulls from the founders of Abstract Expressionism and the painters that influence him the most. Micah’s artistic arrangements are imbued with hints of Pollock’s vivacity, Rothko’s clarity, and Motherwell’s unmitigated compositions. Expressing Micah’s unique perspectives and understanding of color, Pull will feature a variety of colorful acrylic works on canvas.

MICAH CRANDALL-BEAR is an abstract painter based in Sacramento, CA. He has made a name for himself with his bold, abstract compositions that stir the imagination and awake the observer’s creative consciousness. As Micah states: “The alchemy of art offers an allure that unfolds somewhere between concept and destination. It is here that I find my best work.” Micah has worked under the tutelage and guidance of several highly recognized California artists. His work resides in numerous private collections.

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