Grace Ndiritu Performance and Commission at Thalie Art Foundation in Brussels 1.25.17

Grace Ndiritu
A MEAL FOR MY ANCESTORS: HEALING THE MUSEUM
October  2017

Major performance residency and new commission working with the UN in Brussels, on the occasion of the opening of the Thalie Art Foundation in Brussels.
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Rebecca Farr Artist Talk 11.26.16

DKM: Thank you so much to all you for being here. It’s wonderful to see such a great turnout for Rebecca’s show. Rebecca is one of my favorite humans, and one of my favorite people to talk to about art, and many of you know she’s also the first artist that I worked with when I opened the gallery. My first grader was six weeks old when we did our first studio visit so there’s a lot of history, and ... (read more)

Fredric Koeppel reviews Rodrigo Valenzuela’s Frontiers on The Commercial Appeal 9.22.16

The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art launch the new exhibition season with a pair of shows that approach two contemporary issues. The first, from Chilean-born, Houston-based artist Rodrigo Valenzuela, is "Frontiers," and the concerns are borders and fences, alien landscapes, exile and the hunger for work and prosperity. The second, "Infoxication," deals with notions of information overload and the pervasive nature of audio and visual technology and social media in contemporary culture. The artist is Ruben Garnica, a recent bachelor of ... (read more)

Sharon Mizota reviews Srijon Chowdhury’s Since The Garden in the Los Angeles Times 9.16.16

Srijon Chowdhury paintings pull you in for a closer look
Srijon Chowdhury’s paintings at Klowden Mann are hard to see. At first glance, they look like deep blue monochromes. On closer inspection, details emerge: folds of cloth, a hand, the glow of a cellphone screen.

With slightly more effort, you can discern murky figures caught in banal but solitary moments: smoking, talking on the phone, just hanging out. These images are somewhat fugitive, submerged in blue shadows and entombed in flickering layers of ... (read more)

QUEUE in LA Weekly 8.4.16

5 Free Art Shows to See in L.A. This Week

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 5:51 a.m.
By Catherine Wagley

This week, an artist shows deceptively pretty paintings about censorship in Hollywood, and a brutal ritual plays out in Santa Ana.

Churning mess
Joshua Nathanson, the artist who curated “GRIND” at Various Small Fires, wanted his show to approximate the dysfunction and clutter of 21st-century city life. “The city is a churning mess of ancient/current/future,” he wrote in the ... (read more)

Nancy Popp: Brazil Report-Back at Avenue 50 Studio 7.13.16

Brazil Report-Back
Thursday, July 14th, 7-9pm
Avenue 50 Studio
131 North Avenue 50 Los Angeles 90042
http://avenue50studio.org/

After a two-month artist residency in Brazil from April-June, Nancy Popp will share information on organizing groups, artists and activists she worked with in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, and her experience of the Impeachment, the Occupied Schools movement and the resistance to development around the Olympic Village and Villa Autodromo. All are welcome. Refreshments provided.

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Exegesis Eisegesis Encaustic and Closing Reception Celebration Concert 7.6.16

The Unwrinkled Ear Presents Spill (Magda Mayas & Tony Buck)
A Closing Reception Celebration Concert for Exegesis Eisegesis Encaustic
Saturday, July 16th, 7-9pm
This will be a ticketed event due to the limited amount of people we can accomodate. All ticket proceeds will go towards the musicians.
Tickets: $10
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Grace Ndiritu Artist Talk 6.15.16

Deb Klowden Mann: Thank you so much for coming on a Saturday, it’s nice and beautiful outside. I’m so excited to show this body of work, and honored to be working with Grace and to have the chance to introduce her to Los Angeles. Grace has an extraordinary exhibition history, but Grace, I feel like this is your first solo commercial show?
Grace Ndiritu: Well I did one, but it was a smaller gallery in Madrid, 2007. The gallery actually closed down, ... (read more)

Sharon Mizota reviews Rodrogo Valenzuela’s Sin Héroes in The Los Angeles Times 5.26.16

Rodrigo Valenzuela’s exhibition at Klowden Mann proceeds in two directions. The first is represented by a suite of black-and-white photographs of tableaux constructed in the studio. The second appears in a video intertwining the stories of Latina immigrants to the U.S. with telenovela dialogue. In some ways, both are portraits of disappointment.

Rodrigo Valenzuela'a "Animita No. 2," 2016, archival inkjet print mounted on Dibond, 44-7/8 inches by 30-3/4 inches (framed). (Lee Thompson / Rodrigo Valenzuela / Klowden Mann)
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John O’Brien reviews Rebecca Ripple’s Surface Tension in Artillery 3.24.16

When art is construed to be some thing that translates the tension between its physical and visual manifestation and the more complex thinking and barely articulable feeling-processes of the artist, then the sculptural work of Rebecca Ripple should be described as pushing at that envelope as strenuously as possible. “Surface Tension” manifests this friction as much as it addresses the specifics of how Ripple conceives of relaying the ways in which fragmentation, alienation, territorialization and the diffusion of power are interwoven into our contemporary ... (read more)