The Lineup: This week’s must-see art events

Art and Cake’s weekly art calendar has changed. Facebook was getting too tedious trying to cull through so many events each day with their new feature of adding many days to an event. We have decided to post only that weeks events and add more in depth information to help you decide where to go each week. In addition, each week will be a different contributor to keep the content fresh, relevant and edgy.

Enjoy and as always thank you for your continued support!!

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This weeks Lineup contributed by Kristine Schomaker

 

January 3rd

Far & Near – Opening Reception
Venice Institute of Contemporary Art
401 S. Mesa Street, Los Angeles, California 90731
Opening January 3rd 6-9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/284394148881847/

In the main Loft galleries, we present new painting from abroad by Sulamit Elizondo (Mexico), Roman Traexler (Austria), and Waseem Marzouki (Syria) and nearby from Juri Koll, Doug Edge, MB Boissonnault, and Jodi Bonassi (Southern California).

 

January 4th

Ana Bagayan + Dave Lebow – Opening Reception
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90027
Opening January 4th 8-11pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/317940198818818/

Ana Bagayan + Dave Lebow
4 January – 27 January
La Luz De Jesus Gallery

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 4th 8-11p

ANA BAGAYAN /// EXIT REALITY

La Luz De Jesus is pleased to present ‘Exit Reality’, Ana Bagayan’s second solo exhibition at the Gallery.

In her new body of work, Ana Bagayan exits reality and steps over the threshold into the supernatural realm of consciousness. In an attempt to understand the deeper meaning, the series depicts the interaction of human, alien, and hybrid lifeforms during an abduction scenario.

Bagayan’s monochromatic palette is a departure from her usual hyper-lush landscapes filled with wide-eyed, Margaret Keane inspired animals and children. This new narrative of large, iconic figures void of color is directly related to Bagayan’s abduction fascination that has been resurfacing throughout her painting career.

This fascination solidified after Bagayan watched *The Fourth Kind—a pseudo-documentary purporting to be based on real events occurring in Nome, Alaska in 2000, in which the protagonist uses hypnosis to uncover memories from her patients of alien abduction, and finds evidence suggesting that she may have been abducted as well. *

Bagayan pays close attention to the contemplative nature of her subjects. Alien, human, and hybrid life forms attempt to find the balance between curiosity and fear of the other. Large, elongated figures peacefully pose with their delicate hands gesturing, (an ode to Bagayan’s beloved Flemish Masters) thus provoking an unforced invitation into the warm golden glow of an unknown spacetime. The familiar fades, yet therein lies an empathic agreement between all parties. The prevailing positive sentiment implies that more scenarios like the one depicted will take place, and more knowledge will be exchanged.

Ana Bagayan was born in Yeravan, Armenia in 1982. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

DAVE LEBOW /// PULP POWER PASSION

La Luz De Jesus Gallery is pleased to present Pulp Power Passion, a solo exhibition of paintings by Dave Lebow on view from January 4 – 27, 2019.

Dave Lebow paints nostalgic, pulpy noir narratives using traditional painting techniques. Like an auteur from Hollywood’s Golden Age, Lebow directs themes of adolescent rebellion, oppressive male voyeurism, and hardboiled female revenge by photographing live models in costume. His protagonists are photoshopped into fictitious, often absurd, chiaroscuro lit backdrops and then printed on glossy paper resembling the inside of a private eye’s briefcase. After this meticulous photo process is complete, Lebow begins to paint his inspired compositions in the vein of Robert McGinnis, Margaret Brundage, and other masters of the genre.

Each its own tale, the paintings vibrate on social constructs that have become increasingly controversial and/or obsolete in the 21st century. Lebow invites the viewer to read into the imagery. Monster Attacking Woman, for example, depicts a human skeleton with a dinosaur skull invading the space of a submissive, scantily posed woman on a bed wearing only thigh-high panty hose and heels. The symbolism of the dinosaur skull suggests notions of the machismo and womanizing psyche are extinct. Not to mention the obvious- skeletons are dead. The monster is meant to highlight the significance of this historical context, but also emphasize that this social construct is no longer socially acceptable.

Dave Lebow was born in Oklahoma in 1955. He received his BFA in Painting at Boston University and his MFA in Experimental Animation from Cal Arts where he currently teaches portrait painting. He lives and works in Venice, California.

 

January 5th

BAT State II
South Bay Contemporary SOLA Gallery
3718 WEST SLAUSON AVENUE, Los Angeles, California 90043
Opening January 5th 4-7pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1135904623252329/

On View: January 5 – February 9, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 5, 2019, 4-7 PM

B.A.T. State II is the second, expanded version of B.A.T., a group exhibition co-curated by Anita Bunn and Francesco Siqueiros that originally took place in 2013/14 featuring contemporary printmaking by 21 women artists.

In printmaking – a fine art process of image production onto paper, fabric and other mediums under the supervision of both the artist and a master printer – the B.A.T. (i.e. Bon à Tirer, which translated from French means “good to go”) is the final trial proof the artist approves. B.A.T indicates for the master printer – who, in the case for all artists exhibiting in B.A.T. State II, is Siqueiros of El Nopal Press – what the edition should look like. And then, once it’s produced using one or more varieties of copying techniques, the final printed outcome becomes an original piece of art, even when printed in multiples.

Expansive rather than restrictive, the print works of B.A.T. State II display a feminine sensibility without being gender specific, as well as honors the collaboration and innovation that are hallmarks of El Nopal Press. B.A.T. State II and its co-curators seek to recreate a version of the original show, a “feminist tour de force” as described by Artillery Magazine, to include printmaking by women artists who were not included the first time due to space considerations or due to artwork that has been created in the years since.

Curators: Anita Bunn and Francesco Siqueiros
Artists: Lisa Adams, Judy Baca, Susan Bolles, Mariana Botey, Anita Bunn, Carolyn Castaño, Yreina Cervantez, Emily Cheng, Sandra De La Losa, Pia Elizondo, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Elsa Flores, Diane Gamboa, Silvia Gruner, Sherin Guirguis, Shirley Jaffee, Annie Lapin, Laurie Lipton, Dominique Liquois, Mary Lonner, Rocio Maldonado, Ruby Osorio, Renee Petropoulos, Daniela Rossel, Analia Saban, Susan Silton, Linda Stark, Laureana Toledo, & Alice Walker

 

LA Open 2019
TAG Gallery
5458 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4218
Opening January 5th 5-8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/291223828248070/

TAG Gallery is proud to present the 2nd annual “LA Open.” Our juror, James Panozzo, chose 118 artworks for this year’s exhibition from more than 850+ submissions received in the greater Los Angeles area.

This exhibition aims to inaugurate TAG’s calendar year by exhibiting works of local artists. The focus of this exhibition is to illustrate that artists are strong and impactful when they come together to facilitate dialogue amongst varied styles of works. To this end, the viewer and artist alike are encouraged to make unapparent connections between selected pieces and artists, revealing lay lines and webs of meaning that are sacred and unique to each viewer.

The juror for the LA Open is James Panozzo. Panozzo co-founded TarFest, a free music and art festival held annually at the LaBrea Tar Pits, in 2003. He continues to develop and manage programs that provide opportunities to emerging artists at venues in the Miracle Mile District as well as producing exemplary audience experiences in the arts throughout Los Angeles. He served as the Director of Lawrence Asher Gallery from 2004 – 2010, exhibiting emerging and mid-career painters, sculptors and installation artists.

James created the non-profit social enterprise LAUNCH LA in 2010 to oversee the production of TarFest an-nually. LAUNCH LA also presents unique programming and exhibition opportunities throughout the year at their gallery on La Brea Avenue as well as other pop-up locations in important Los Angeles neighborhoods.

 

144 on Wood
Gestalt Project Space
3009 b Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, California 90405
Opening January 5th 5-9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/747743152267776/

Gestalt Projects presents “144 on Wood”, a grid of 12×12 and 24x24in works on wood.

For Phase 2 of the exhibit we will be adding new artists and new artworks that were not seen in Phase 1

Artists: Moira Cue, Matt Ehrmann, Tom Wright, Irina Chelyapov, Lark, Fran Mcnamara, Caroline Leppold, Jeff McDonald, Dana Xedos, Nancy Larrew, Christine Castel, Sagi, Harry Mayer, dn eQ, Stephanie Sydney, Barbara Martin, Taft McWhorter, Mimi Herrera-Pease, Mike Goldberg, Rebecca Carpenter, Maureen Haldeman, Meghan Hedley and more to be announced.

 

Royal Jarmon “Upper Middle Lower”
0-0 L.A.
818 N. Spring St. #202, Los Angeles, California 90012
Opening January 5th 6-9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1139812156187970/

0-0 LA is proud to present “Upper Middle Lower” a solo exhibition by Brooklyn based artists Royal Jarmon. January 5-30, opening Saturday, Jan 5th 6-9pm

 

Chroma | Opening Reception
Fourth Element Gallery
210 N. Broadway Avenue, Santa Ana, California 92701
Opening January 5th 6-10pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1291052201035988/

Please join us for the opening reception of CHROMA featuring Jordan Christian, Chloe Jeongmyo Kim, and Philip Kupferschmidt.

 

Critters opening reception
Arena 1 Gallery
3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, California 90405
Opening January 5th 6-9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1946116112167796/

Animals have dominated the imagination of humans for millenia – they in fact were our first gods. Since then we have enshrined them in art and artifact, the latest of which is to be found at Arena 1 Gallery. Each artist has a unique presentation in medium, method and form. “There is a psychological dimension to these artworks,” says curator Kristin Zethren. “Many animals interact with humans, and, though modern, most are symbolic – their function in art since the Stone Age.”

ARENA 1 is an exhibition space founded by Santa Monica Art Studios directors Yossi Govrin and Sherry Frumkin. Based in an historic hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, ARENA 1 invites nationally and internationally renowned artists, as well as established curators, to develop innovative and compelling exhibitions.

 

Cécile B. Evans: Something tactical is coming
Château Shatto
1206 S Maple Ave. Suite 1030, Los Angeles, California 90015
Opening January 5th 6-9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2024593477631854/

CÉCILE B. EVANS
Something tactical is coming.
January 5 – February 24, 2019

Opening reception Saturday, January 5
6-9pm

Cécile B. Evans’ practice offers percipient, moving accounts of the governance and rebellion of human emotions, in particular as they come into contact with technological and physical structures that seek to rationalize or streamline them. Her films, sculptures and installations articulate moments of dissonance as instruments of capitalist progress and technological advancement come into contact with variable and uncontrollable human behaviors. Through narrative propositions, Evans explores this interface between humanity, the realities it produces, and its organizing infrastructures.

Over the past 24 months, Cécile B. Evans’ work has been devoted to the realization of a multidirectional project entitled Amos’ World, a fictional television show set in a socially progressive housing estate. Across three episodes, viewers are introduced to an architect named Amos – played by a puppet – and the tenants of the individual-communal complex he has built. As they become increasingly aware of the failures and tensions within the infrastructure they inhabit, Amos exhibits the anxiety of his plummeting power. In response to this breakdown, the tenants begin the complex task of negotiating a solution.

For the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, Château Shatto is delighted to present Something tactical is coming., a constituent part of Amos’ World.

 

Reception for No Permanence Is Ours: Jane Brucker & Park Chel-Ho
Baik Art
2600 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90034
Opening January 5th 6-8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2255384851344015/

Jane Brucker Studio is pleased to announce the opening of No Permanence Is Ours: Jane Brucker and Park Chel-Ho at BAIK ART. Brucker will feature her ongoing project, Unravel. Unravel centers on the activities of doing, undoing, and redoing we experience in our daily lives. Hand-knit blankets, sweaters, shawls, and vests are taken apart and re-created in a process that mirrors the compromise and change inherent in life.

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Unravel stems from Brucker’s interest in how taking something apart allows for a change of mind and heart. The process is evident in multiple installations incorporating reworked and reconstructed unravelled textiles. At BAIK ART, Brucker moves the piece towards its finale, with Unravel Boxes, a piece she creates by wrapping the unraveled items and placing them into handmade boxes, available for purchase.

In addition to Unravel, the exhibition will also feature selected pieces from Brucker’s bronze work, Notions. Curator, Claudia Bohn-Spector, writes, “her half-finished clothes are but temporary manifestations, inviting us to ponder grief and loss. Her found objects, cast in bronze, suggest our human desire to arrest things, however futile the effort may be…she reminds us that actions, not things or events, are the real ‘forms that bind.’”

Brucker’s accompanying performance at the close of the exhibition will use gentle touch and the principles of the Alexander Technique to work with her materials and to guide participants. The outcome is a recognition of tension patterns that are the result of thought and physical habits. Unravel becomes an opportunity for participants to let go by learning how to generate a feeling of ease and reduce anxiety.

The work of Park Chel-Ho will also be on view at BAIK LA. A talented printmaker and writer, Park Chel-Ho is interested in the significance of nature and the circulation of human life through nature. His work combines paintings with print media.

 

Farrah Karapetian Collective Memory
Von Lintel Gallery
2685 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90034
Opening January 5th 6-8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/233311730897641/

Dear Tarrah,

You told me a story the other night about a place with a bathroom so small the water heater warned of fire in case of hairspray, chairs from which the chasers watched you, and a stripper pole that swayed under the weight of its dancers since it wasn’t attached to the ceiling. It was a place where you first started to mingle with the trans community in LA, as yourself. Your friends remember these things too: each other, first of all, and mirrored walls near the DJ where ladies danced with their reflections. Club Shine may no longer exist at the Oxwood Inn, since LA’s last lesbian bar closed its doors, but as far as I can tell from listening, you ladies are the club, and you can’t be erased.

You told me that you want your gallery, your practice as a gallerist, to return to first principles of community engagement, that you want the spaces you program next to feel social and stimulating. You want experiences filled with art and sound and conversation, different from the #stunning pull of Instagram and more satisfying than the overpriced booths of art fairs into which we’ve all allowed ourselves to be drawn. You want people to, yes, buy into your program, but also to linger with it, and with you. The gallerist’s life is a big part of what happens in a space and to an artist in her care. I admire you for your capacity to shapeshift; I hope this project reveals both of our vulnerabilities and strengths.

I have the floorplans that you, Dena, Cetine, and Zackary drew of Club Shine, and together with Imerio, I’ll reconstruct the elements that overlapped most in your memories, using the language I’ve developed that works according to the logic of light. I’ll give you back some of that place’s spatial and visual cues, but you’ll be the one to make it live. The Club will be lit with red spectrum lighting, so that I can photogram your friends as they congregate over the course of my occupation. The exhibition will open, then, as a space, with sculptural negatives of the objects you remember – yes, one can use the stripper pole – and some photograms as well, of the parts of the space that do not include your bodies, but the exhibition is cumulative, and the body of work will culminate as the show closes.

This is the spirit with which I’ve approached most of my projects: motivated by narratives with which I’d like to live a little. Maybe a photograph is not just “taken” nor even just “made”, but “given”, in what some would call relational exchange. Usually that dynamic is suppressed because I exhibit only the finished artifacts of the process. This show’s for you and everybody who remembers Club Shine; for the rest of us, it is a chance to inhabit the role of listening author, contending with memory, loss, fascination, transition, and love, through not only our own experience but that of others. This kind of transference is what creative work is for, no?

You and I have told one another many stories in the time during which we’ve been friends. I hope this makes another good one.

Cheers,

Farrah

 

David Lloyd: 365 A Year of Drawing Opening Reception
Klowden Mann
6023 Washington Blvd, Culver City, California 90232
Opening January 5th 6-8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/266743020659831/

David Lloyd graduated with a BFA from CalArts in 1985, and began his career with a series of intelligent, near-humorous abstractions, turning towards the incorporation of imagistic referents several years later. He has shown in California at Klowden Mann, Otis College of Arts and Design, Margo Leavin Gallery, Gallery Paule Anglim and the Orange County Museum of Art, along with many others, as well Metro Pictures, and Milk Gallery in New York. His work has been written about extensively, and he is included in the collections of the Orange County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and the Getty.

 

Rob Grad: Overthrow the Quo
Betsy Enzensberger: ‘The Sweet Life’
Fabrik Projects
2636 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90034
Opening January 5th 6-9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/275998043036466/
https://www.facebook.com/events/368692440606832/

From Rob Grad, “In my work and my life I am constantly assessing and reassessing my beliefs, ideas and feelings. I’m fascinated with philosophical, psychological and spiritual issues at the core of our existence which reflect my innate desire to live a life infused with meaning, depth and joy.

In my mixed media photographic based assemblages, I use a heavy dose of layering to illustrate and express my internal dichotomies, questions, hypocrisies and evolving perceptions. By blending multiple exposure photographs, with paint and drawings, I experiment. I start with an idea, embarking on a journey with each piece. I bring concepts, imagery, technology and techniques together which on the surface may seem to clash or be incongruous, to create a cohesiveness in my art that I wrestle with in my life.”

Betsy Enzensberger has become quite well known for her realistic, larger- than-life sculptures of dripping, frozen treats and other sweet-toothed delights. Resin looks like candy. It looks delicious and sweet. The shiny exterior has a wet, melting quality. Her Melting series relies on the child-like lure of sweet, sticky lollipops and popsicles to artificially instill intense desire. The colorful confections practically beg to be rescued and consumed.

“Resin–I love it. It’s beautiful, sexy, mysterious. It’s also toxic, messy, and annoyingly exhausting to create. There’s just something about it I can’t resist. I dream about it. I want to touch it. I want to eat it.” – Betsy Enzensberger.

 

Trenton Doyle Hancock Opening Reception
Shulamit Nazarian
616 N La Brea, Los Angeles, California 90036
Opening January 5th 6-9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/460480044482189/

Shulamit Nazarian is pleased to present “An Ingenue’s Hues and How to Use Cutty Black Shoes”, Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. The new drawings, paintings, and sculptures in this show expand upon the artist’s saga of The Moundverse, a constructed world that has propelled his artistic practice for the past twenty-five years.

 

References Upon Request
Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles
1206 Maple Avenue Ste 523, Los Angeles, California 90015
Opening January 5th 7-10pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/204947207122580/

Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles is pleased to present References Upon Request, featuring artists Karen Tepaz and Lesley Kice Nishigawara, curated by TSA LA member Armando Ramos. This exhibition explores how shapes and structures emerge from the relationship between natural and manufactured objects. This work expresses those complex spaces that develop when form and color develop. The works blend color and texture finding a comfortable place between the distinctions of decay and the collective. The exhibition is a collection of works in clay, textile, and paper.

Karen Tepaz is interested in the expressive potential of objects and their ability to open and close a space simultaneously. Her sculptures blend the use of color, form and material in a compositional lexicon. Tepaz received her M.F.A in Sculpture from Yale University School of Art and a B.F.A in Ceramics from California State University, Long Beach. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Sardine gallery, (Brooklyn, NY) CACTTUS gallery (Long Beach, CA), and group shows at The Shirley Fiterman Art Center, BMCC (NY,NY), The Gallery ATLAS (NY,NY) GlenLily Grounds- Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition (Newburgh, NY) The Whitney Houston Biennial (NY,NY) BOMB POP-UP (Brooklyn, NY), Basement Projects (Santa Ana, CA) among others. In 2018 Tepaz co-curated “Flat Touch” and “In Between the Lines” in Steuben Gallery at Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY). She is the recipient of the Art Farm Nebraska Residency, and this spring she was invited to exhibit new work at Thomas Hunter Project Space, at Hunter College ( NY, NY). Tepaz lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Lesley Kice Nishigawara examines systems of order through visual and formal articulations. She extracts ideas from her surrounding environment that reexamine and abstract through varied mediums to reveal layered possibilities. Lesley received her M.F.A in Fiber from California State University, Long Beach and a B.F.A in Fiber from Kansas City Art Institute. She recently had a solo exhibition at Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, California. Her work has been exhibited at SCAPE (Corona Del Mar, CA) Greater Denton Arts Council (Denton, Texas), and China National Silk Museum (Hangzhou, China). Lesley lives and works in Orange County, California.

 

Disclosure opening at Durden and Ray
Durden and Ray
1206 Maple Ave. #832, Los Angeles, California 90015
Opening January 5th 7-10pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2435877106639508/

Durden and Ray will celebrate the start of 2019 with an exhibition that allows people to cleanse their souls through the art of disclosure.

January is about cleansing the past and making new starts. But since the early 1990s, independent polls have shown the rapid growth of those without a religious affiliation. So where do people go to confess, if not to a higher power? Maybe an art gallery?

Curators Dani Dodge and Alanna Marcelletti decided to play devil’s advocates and create a space where the participants can disclose transgressions and progress unfettered into 2019 through art.

The show is a contemporary take on the sacred and secular acts of confessing sins, and includes interactive confessionals, each designed by different artists, and figurative art exploring the experience of being human through relationships, tragedy, translation of autobiography and Barry Manilow.

Disclosure: Confessions for Modern Times
Curators: Dani Dodge and Alanna Marcelletti
Artists: Kim Abeles, Jorin Bossen, Kimberly Brooks, Joe Davidson, Dani Dodge, Donald Fodness, Kathryn Hart, Debby and Larry Kline, Conchi Sanford, Ed “Celso” Tahaney and Steven Wolkoff

 

January 6th

Infinite Morphologies Opening Reception
Marie Baldwin Gallery
814 S. Spring Street, Suite 2, DTLA 90014
Opening January 6th 5-8pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1086579631525013/

Marie Baldwin Gallery invites you to the opening of
the exhibition Infinite Morphologies, featuring work by
Gary Brewer, whose paintings explore the shape shifting
nature of life from simple to complex.

“We are mirrors reflecting the spirit that animates
the universe. Beauty is an awareness in the mind.
When we see beauty in form we are feeling something
fundamental to our deepest nature; it is a response to
the ordering principle that brought life into this world.”
—Gary Brewer

For the duration of the month-long exhibition, there will
be one event each week, including an artist talk, and an
evening with music and art. See http://www.mariebaldwingallery
for details.

 

Sheli Silverio, Be A Lady – opening at Shoebox Projects
Miss Art World, Alterations in The Closet at Shoebox Projects
Shoebox Projects
660 South Avenue 21 #3, Los Angeles, California 90031
Opening January 6th 3-6pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/2208761745815322/
https://www.facebook.com/events/350567839075898/

“Sheli, be a lady” is a phrase I heard a lot growing up. I never felt like I knew what that meant exactly, but I did feel like I was often doing it wrong. As a girl, dolls became an influential learning tool in deciphering what appropriate femininity entailed. They were coded with messages about motherhood, domesticity, fashion and physical beauty. In “Be A Lady” I use the paper doll as a means to explore the complex process of understanding personal identity within the confines of society’s idea of womanhood. The pieces of my paper doll are symbols of sexuality, vulnerability, confidence, intelligence, physicality and the process of resolving all the facets of one’s self.

Sheli Silverio is a fine artist and illustrator living and working in Los Angeles. She has studied studio arts and humanities at Pasadena City College, California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and California State University Northridge.

​An integral part of the LA Art World, Sheli is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association, The Shed Collective ​and is currently working for Shoebox PR, offering valuable resources to emerging artists. She recently became a board member on the arts non-profit January Arts.

A brand-new art performance titled “Alterations” by artist Miss Art World will be held January 6th starting at 3:30 p.m. During and after the performance will be the exhibit’s reception which will run until 6 p.m. at Shoebox Projects. The performance will be documented and on display at the gallery by appointment only until January 20th.

The performance “Alterations” will be performed in the Shoebox Project’s closet space. The performed uses the setting of the closet space to inform the performance’s concept of unseen world love dolls. Love dolls are normally hidden away, not to be talked about but used to resemble and replace women.

Miss Art World says “The use of love dolls is objectification of women, but what I think is interesting is the view from a woman’s perspective trying to deal with or work through the concept of men using love dolls. This performance resembles this struggle and attempts to alter the doll into something society understands.”

Miss Art World is an artist based in Los Angeles, CA. She is an emerging performance artist and has exhibited throughout the country and was honored to perform at Art Basel Miami in 2017. Miss Art World was diagnosed with an incurable eye disease at the age of ten and has struggled seeing ever since. The rejection and prejudices that arose from the academic environment led her to seek out other means of fulfillment; this came in the form of beauty pageants.

Over the years, she participated in pageants winning several titles including Miss New York World. Success in pageantry proved to be both her salvation as well as a burden.

Using her experiences to inform her art practice, Miss Art World critiques the unrealistic display of the “perfected” physical form and the pressures to attain it. She crowned herself Miss Art World and uses the title to question the dominating ideologies of beauty fused society’s disturbing and obsession with it.

Don’t miss this thought provoking and bizarre performance and exhibit. Visit shoeboxprojects.com for more information.

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