Rodrigo Valenzuela in The New Yorker 9.12.17

“Where Do We Stand? Two Years of Drawing with Open Sessions”
This lively show is a roll call of sorts, representing the thirty-six participants in the Drawing Center’s most recent residency program. Many of the artists work at the outskirts of drawing. Thessia Machado’s “Pitch & Yaw” is an ongoing mechanical performance: two motors with graphite tips jerk around on wires, covering a sheet of paper with feathery arcs. From afar, Rodrigo Valenzuela’s moody, architectural compositions could be mistaken for charcoal ... (read more)

Katie Herzog in Art and Cake 9.5.17

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Human Resources  
By Lorraine Heitzman
Through September 10th
A cynic might say that galleries with cavernous exhibition spaces are compelled to fill their walls with over-sized works and that the quality of the art often does not justify their square footage. Sometimes these large artworks seem intended to pay the rent or fill ever-larger museum spaces. But there are those artists whose large work is necessitated by their vision and the dimensions of their artworks are justified. Such is the case with most ... (read more)

Alexandra Wiesenfeld in On Art and Aesthetics 9.1.17

In a State of Constant Introspective Flux: “Man-Made” by Alexandra Wiesenfeld
By Tulika Bahadur
“Man-Made” (2007-2009) by Los Angeles-based Alexandra Wiesenfeld (born in Munich, Germany) is an unusual project – something of a turning point in the career of the artist – that speaks volumes about the human condition and our wider environment. Here we find portraits based on mugshots of juvenile death row inmates from Texas juxtaposed with depictions of Fort Peck, a man-made lake in the badlands of Montana. The artist works out a ... (read more)

Thomas Macker’s Holdout in Art Viewer 8.5.17

Thomas Macker at Klowden Mann
Artist: Thomas Macker
Exhibition title: Holdout
Venue: Klowden Mann, Culver City, Los Angeles, US
Date: June 24 – July 29, 2017
Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Klowden Mann, Culver City
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Thomas Macker’s Holdout in Blouin Art Info 8.4.17

Thomas Macker’s 'Holdout' at Klowden Mann
Klowden Mann is hosting an exhibition titled “Holdout” by Thomas Macker at their Washington Boulevard location.
Thomas Macker (b. 1982, Los Angeles) is a multi-media artist living in Wyoming. He received his MFA from California Arts in Photography and Media in 2011, and currently works as the photography department head for the arts and education nonprofit organisation Art Association of Jackson Hole, where he is also a curator for the organization’s gallery. Macker was a 2015 ... (read more)

Thomas Macker in Worldwide-X 8.2.17

Extract from Thomas Mackers’ multi-media exhibition HOLDOUT at Klowden Mann, Los Angeles, CA. Running June 24 — August 26, 2017
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Srijon Chowdhury in Art and Cake 7.30.17

Studio Visit: Srijon Chowdhury – Color as Spirit, Matter, Emotion
By Gary Brewer
“The artist who paints the emotions creates an enclosed world… the picture… which, like a book, has the same interest no matter where it happens to be. Such an artist, we may imagine, spends a great deal of time doing nothing but looking, both around him and inside him.”
 Pierre Bonnard
“I have always believed that art should be a deep pleasure…There is always, everywhere, an enormous amount of suffering. But ... (read more)

Thomas Macker in Wall Street International 7.15.17

Thomas Macker
24 Jun — 29 Jul 2017 at Klowden Mann in Culver City, United States
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Rebecca Ripple in Damn Magazine 7.1.17

From March 5, 2017 until August 6, 2017

What happens to ordinary entities of domestic life when they are driven into territories where their standard uses or functions are suspended and upended and new meanings are forged?
Interstitial seeks to answer this question through the examination of new and recently-created free-standing sculptures by contemporary Los Angeles-based object makers whose work exists in the interstices, the spaces between the historical genres of the decorative arts, still life, and abstraction. In the exhibition, artists Jeff Colson, ... (read more)

Rodrigo Valenzuela joins UCLA Department of Art faculty 7.1.17

The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture is pleased to announce the appointment of artist Rodrigo Valenzuela as assistant professor in the Department Art. Valenzuela’s appointment is effective July 1, 2017.
Born in Chile and based in Los Angeles, Valenzuela is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography, video, painting, and installation. Using autobiographical threads to inform larger universal fields of experience, his work constructs narratives, scenes, and stories that point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. Much of ... (read more)