LAUNCH EVENT AND PUBLIC SYMPOSIUMDispatches and Directions

 

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DISPATCHES AND DIRECTIONS: ON ARTIST-RUN ORGANIZATIONS IN LOS ANGELES

Jesse Aron Green was born in 1979 in Boston, MA. He received his MFA from UCLA and his BA from Harvard University. His recent exhibitions include: a solo show, Halle14, Leipzig; a solo project in the Oil Tanks, Tate Modern, London; the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and various other gallery and museum exhibitions. His upcoming exhibitions include solo shows at the CCA Zamek Ujazdowksi, Warsaw, and the Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. He was a Henry Luce Scholar for 2008/09, a Trust for Mutual Understanding/Location One Fellow for 2009/10, and is the Arthur Leavitt Fellow at Williams College for 2010/11.

Ronni Kimm is an artist, organizer, and educator, based in New York and Los Angeles. As the director of ART2102, a non-profit arts initiative in Los Angeles, she investigated the relationship between aesthetics, social practice and networks. She recently completed Dispatches and Directions: On Artist-Run Organizations in Los Angeles, a compendium of works, thoughts, essays and a directory of artist-run and non-profit projects. In conjunction with the publication, she organized a series of public discussions at LAXART, MATERIAL/Outpost and Collective Show LA in January 2011. Ronni has also taught at the California Institute of the Arts and has consulted for non-profit, for-profit and start-up organizations on various online initiatives. She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BA from Cornell University.

Willem Henri Lucas, The Netherlands / USA Lucas studied at the ABK, Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten Arnhem, 1979 - 1985 and did his post academic studies 1994 - 1995 at the Sandberg Instituut (Rietveld Akademie), Amsterdam, both in the Netherlands.Lucas had his own design practice in Amsterdam from 1982 - 2004. In 1998 he designed holiday postage stamps for the PTT (Dutch Post and Telecom company), won Best Book design awards in 2002 and 2003 and got nominated by the Art Directors Club in the Netherlands 2003. From 1990 - 2002 he worked as a lecturer at the Utrecht School of the Arts and served as a department chair for the last 5 years. In 2004 he moved to Los Angeles, and serves as the chair for the Design Media Arts department at UCLA. Primarily a book designer (exploring sensibility of printed matter; in material as well as content), Lucas is interested in addressing social issues and bringing design back ‘to the street,’ and ‘humanity’ back into design, encouraging future designers to be a valuable part of their communities.

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PUBLIC DISCUSSIONS 1-4: ON ARTIST RUN ORGANIZATIONS IN LOS ANGELES
at LAXART, January 15, 2011

Dorit Cypis explores the psychophysical and political relationships between the personal and the collective through photographic, performative and social sculpture strategies. Her work has been presented at numerous museums, galleries, and public venues locally, nationally, and internationally. Dorit most recently performed The Artist and Her Archive, personal objects as portals to cultural histories, and Inside/Outside/In, extending Dan Graham’s work Performer/Audience/Mirror, 1975, into inter-subjective territories. In 2005, Dorit completed a Masters of Conflict Resolution and founded Foreign Exchanges to develop tools of engagement across personal and cultural differences. Dorit has been instrumental in designing the public programs Kulture Klub Collaborative, Minneapolis, 1992-1998, artists working with homeless youth to develop creative expression and collaboration and Foundation for Art Resources, FAR, Los Angeles, 1979-1982, artists working collectively to situate work in the public domain, creating forums for discourse and championing partnerships across Los Angeles. Dorit has received numerous awards and fellowships including the National Endowment for the Arts, Japan Foundation, Bush, McKnight, Jerome, Ordway and Durfee Foundations, City of Los Angeles Cultural Arts, and Fellows of Contemporary Art.

Jennifer Doyle is the author of Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire and Hold It Against Me: Difficulty, Emotion and Contemporary Art (forthcoming from Duke University Press). She curated I Feel Different for LACE, and You Belong to Me with the Sweeney Gallery in Riverside. Her essays on visual art have been published by Qui Parle, Representations, X-TRA, and Frieze. She writes From A Left Wing, a blog about the cultural politics of sports.

Lauri Firstenberg is the founder and director/curator of LA><ART.  She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in the History of Art and Architecture Department in 2005.  She is presently working on the first Los Angeles Biennial - a collaboration between the Hammer Museum and LA><ART as well as the Pacific Standard Time Performance Art and Public Art festival with the Getty slated for 2012.  She curated the 2008 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art inclusive of offsite projects from Tijuana to San Francisco.  She was the former curatorial assistant to Okwui Enwezor for Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany, the former curator of Artists Space and the former Assistant Director/Curator of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture.

Eve Fowler is a Los Angeles based artist. Her work is currently included in the California Biennial. Fowler’s work has been exhibited at Horton Gallery, Leo Koenig, Participant, New Langton Arts and The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Thomas Solomon Gallery, LACE (Shared Women which she co- organized with Emily Roysdon and A.L. Steiner) and at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her work will be included in an upcoming show at and the Frued Museum in London.and Horton Gallery in Berlin. She is co-founder of Artist Curated Projects in Los Angeles and received her MFA from Yale University.

Piero Golia was born in Naples, Italy in 1974. Since 2002 he has lived and worked in Los Angeles, California. His work has been shown in major galleries and museums in Europe and the United States and featured in numerous exhibitions including Gold Standards at P.S.1 in New York and Uncertain States of America – American Art in the 3rd Millennium which toured galleries in 7 countries including the Serpentine Gallery in London and Bard College in New York. In 2004 his feature film Killer Shrimps was selected for the Venice Film Festival and in 2005, he founded with his long time friend Eric Wesley the Mountain School of Arts, an educational institution that rapidly became a new spot on the cultural map of the city of Los Angeles. His actions, sculptures and installations expresses the heroic poetry of the extreme gesture - the challenge of completing a nearly impossible feat or legendary action. He can be placed somewhere between a romantic hero of tragedies and an alchemist. For starting his career he successfully convinced a woman to have his portrait and the words “Piero My Idol” tattooed on her back(tattoo, 2001). Soon after following an invitation to the Tirana Biennale, he rowed across the Adriatic Sea in the opposite direction to migratory movement to reach Albania(Going to Tirana, 2000). Few years later he had the entire façade of a building removed from its original site in Amsterdam and hang it on the wall of a gallery in Paris (It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, 2003), On January 14, 2005, Piero vanished from New York City leaving no documented proof of his whereabouts, he traveled from a place to another, crossing borders without a trace, for resurfacing only on the morning of February 7 at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen for a unique lecture about his adventoruos trip. He now lives in Los Angeles, a place that blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction, making it the perfect setting for his exploration into the process of myth-making and his ironic outlook on contemporary society. (From Wikipedia per artist direction.)

Thomas Lawson is an artist with a diverse, project-driven output. He has exhibited paintings at MetroPictures in New York, Anthony Reynolds in London, David Kordansky Gallery and LA><ART in Los Angeles, and in numerous other galleries and museums around the world. Surveys of his work have been organized by the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art at La Jolla, the CCA in Glasgow and the Battersea Arts Centre in London. He has created temporary public works in New York, New Haven, Glasgow, Newcastle and Madrid. He has written extensively about contemporary art for various publications, including Artforum, Flash Art, and Afterall, and an anthology of his writing, Mining for Gold, was published in 2005 by JRP/Ringier. From 1979 until 1992 he, along with Susan Morgan, published and edited REALLIFE Magazine, an irregular publication by and about younger artists interested in the relationship between art and life. He has also curated various exhibi­tions of younger artists for such venues as Artists Space and P.S.1 in New York and the Municipal Art Gallery in Los Angeles, and was a co-selector of the British Art Show in 1995. He is also editor-in-chief of East of Borneo, an online publication and research archive of contemporary art.

Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer is an art writer, critic, curator, and educator in Los Angeles. She regularly contributes to Artforum, ArtReview, and ArtSlant among others. Her book, Joint Dialogue: Lozano, Graham, Kaltenbach, will be available next month.

Giles Miller formed Human Resources with four friends and collaborators in May 2010. He is a musician and composer living and working in Los Angeles. He leads LA Fog, a collective of musicians that emphasizes horns, woodwinds and other "voice" instruments, and also performs solo as Hot Licks. Previous projects include the band D'Argento, collaborations with artists Fritz Haeg, My Barbarian, Wu Tsang, Anna Sew Hoy and Terrence Koh, and site-specific sound installations and performances at the Schindler House, Ooga Booga, Peres Projects, Orange County Museum of Art and Sundown Salon.

Yunhee Min is an artist based in Los Angeles. Her recent activities include a solo exhibition at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, LA><ART, and The Graduate Center at CUNY in NY. She is a co-founder of Silvershed, an artist-run project space in NY and teaches at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC. She is currently organizing Collective Show Los Angeles and is preparing for a collaborative exhibition with Patrick Meagher and Miles Coolidge at Night Gallery. She holds a BFA from Art Center College of Design and Masters in Design Studies from Harvard University.

Davida Nemeroff, an artist and curator, holds a BFA from Ryerson University and an MFA from Columbia University. She is the director of the nocturnal platform Night Gallery in Los Angeles and one of the co-organizers of Whitney’s Biennial in New York, 2009. Her work has been exhibited internationally in venues including the EXiS2010 Festival in Seoul, South Korea, Economy in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and The Company in Los Angeles. She has an upcoming exhibition with The Torrance Art Museum and is represented by Annie Wharton Los Angeles in the U.S. and Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Canada.

Renaud Proch is currently the deputy director of Independent Curators International (ICI). He was the director of The Project in New York and MC in Los Angeles from 2006 to 2009. He co-ran the backroom, a temporary archive of artists’ research and source material, which has traveled to spaces in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mexico City, New York, and Paris. Previous to this, he was the Visual Arts Program Director at the Queer Cultural Center in San Francisco. Proch moved to New York via California and London, where he graduated from the MA program in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art. He has lectured at Camberwell College, London; the Royal College of Art, London; the California College of the Arts, San Francisco; and Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.

Wu Tsang is a visual artist and performer based in Los Angeles. His projects have been presented at X-Initative (New York), Sala de Art Publico Siqueiros (Mexico City), Oberhausen (Germany), REDCAT (Los Angeles), and the California Biennial 2010. In 2008, his short film THE SHAPE OF A RIGHT STATEMENT was named in "Best of the Year (Film)" in Artforum. He co-founded WILDNESS a weekly performance/party in Los Angeles (2008-10), and IMPRENTA, an adjacent storefront that houses art projects and a free transgender legal clinic. He holds an MFA from UCLA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art and has received grants from Frameline, Good Works Foundation, and UC Institute for Research in the Arts. Tsang is currently directing his first feature documentary DAMELO TODO (working title), which is in post-production.

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PUBLIC DISCUSSIONS #5: THE ACTIVITY OF COLLECTIVITY
at Collective Show, January 22, 2011

Stacey Allan is editor of East of Borneo, a collaborative online art journal and archive based in Los Angeles. She is co-curator of "The Experimental Impulse", an upcoming exhibition at REDCAT that is presented as part of the Getty's Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980 initiative, and has taught at California Institute of the Arts. Prior to East of Borneo's launch in October 2010, she was Associate Editor of the London-based contemporary art journal Afterall. She holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Bard College and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Miles Coolidge received a BA from Harvard University in 1986 and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia in 1992. He then attended the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany, where he studied under the photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. Garage Pictures (1992), his first work following graduate school, consisted of large-scale photographs of elevator interiors that recalled the Bechers’ penchant for typological categorization. He continued to investigate functional social spaces in the series Safetyville (1994), in which he photographed a one-third-scale model of an American town built in 1984 to educate children about traffic safety. In the Central Valley series (1998), the artist reduced panoramic California landscape photographs to thin strips ten inches high and ten feet long. For Ancient History (2001), he crafted a grid of 160 inkjet prints of old postcards of Native American burial mounds, juxtaposing these images with panoramic views of golf courses built upon such mounds in Louisiana and Alabama. His Drawbridges series (2003) was comprised of a suite of nine photographs of South Florida drawbridges. For Street Furniture, a series initiated in 2006, Coolidge photographed the sofas, lamps, and mattresses discarded on nearby curbs and lawns; each domestic cast-off left tilted against trees or signposts serves as the central protagonist whose off-kilter alignment dictates the image’s orientation. In addition, he recently received grants from CORCL Single Investigator Innovation Grant, UC Irvine (2009) and chairs the Studio Art department at UC Irvine. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Sean Dockray lives in Los Angeles. He is an artist and a founding director of Telic Arts Exchange, a non-profit arts organization providing a critical engagement with new media and culture. Dockray initiated The Public School and AAAARG.ORG as well as the media exhibition platforms, the Distributed Gallery and Berlin. Last summer he co-organized an itinerant seminar in Berlin, "There is nothing less passive than the act of fleeing," in collaboration with Caleb Waldorf and Fiona Whitton and has recently participated in “Speak, memory” at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, the Second World Congress of Free Artists in Aarhus, a commission for the 2010 New York Art Book fair, the 29th São Paulo Biennial, and Properties of the Autonomous Archive in Bombay. And in March, he will be exhibiting a new project at the Royal College of Art in London. Dockray’s writing has been published in Cabinet, Bidoun, X-TRA, Volume, and Fillip.

Patrick Meagher is a visual artist exhibiting internationally at museums such as P.S.1 MoMA, New Museum of Contemporary Art and Daejeon Museum of Art, Korea as well as galleries including Andrew Kreps (New York) and Cabinet des Estampes (Geneva). He has been organizing art exhibitions since 1993 and co-founded artist-run project space Silvershed in 2008. Patrick attended Kunstakademie (Düsseldorf, Germany), Carnegie Mellon University, College of Fine Arts (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (Cambridge, Massachusetts).

Michael Minelli's practice is sculpturally based; insofar that he believes meaning is both created and informed by the material relationships we encounter within our daily lives. He received his B.A. from Rutgers College with a concentration in Economics and Business Administration. After which, he spent six months staring into the abyss of corporate labor as an accountant in IBM’s Northeast Division Headquarters. He then moved to New York City and began making more reasonable use of his time as a truck driver, security guard, musician and artist. As a member of the artists’ collective REHAB, Michael’s video and performance work were part of a weekly broadcast on Manhattan Public Access Television from 1987-89. During the early 90’s, he was a member of the bands Bowery Electric and Jackson White. Faced with the decision of touring or participating in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, Michael chose the latter in 1993. He went on to receive his MFA in Sculpture from UCLA. He has taught studio arts and critical studies at Art Center College of Design, Otis College of Art and Design and is currently a core faculty member in the low-residency MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is also currently a member of the collective WPA, which also has a gallery space located in Chinatown, Los Angeles.

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PUBLIC DISCUSSIONS #6: ON TEXT AS MATERIAL AND PRINTED MATTERS
at Outpost for Contemporary Art, January 30, 2011

Ginny Cook received her BA in Art History from Emory University in 2000 and her MFA in Photography and Media from the California Institute of the Arts in 2005. Recent exhibitions include Ginny Cook: Another Generation at the Spartanburg Art Museum (Spartanburg, SC), and Complicity: Contemporary Photography and the Matter of Sculpture, at Rena Bransten Gallery (San Francisco). Her work has also been shown at the Hockney Gallery at the Royal College of Art (London, England), LAX International Airport (Los Angeles), Steven Wolf Fine Arts (San Francisco), AndrewShire Gallery and Norma Desmond Productions (Los Angeles, Armory Center for the Arts (Los Angeles), and the National Center for the Arts (CENAR) (San Salvador, El Salvador). Cook is the co-founder and co-editor of MATERIAL. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Alex Klein is an artist based in Los Angeles. Her work and writing have been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally. She is the editor of the essay collection Words Without Pictures (LACMA / Aperture, 2010) as well as a co-founder of the independent publishing imprint Oslo Editions, which launched it's first release, CONTRA MUNDUM I-VII this past December. She is currently a Lecturer in the Roski School of Fine Arts at USC. She received her MFA from UCLA, her MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and her BA from Columbia University in New York.

Ronni Kimm is an artist, organizer, and educator, based in New York and Los Angeles. As the director of ART2102, a non-profit arts initiative in Los Angeles, she investigated the relationship between aesthetics, social practice and networks. She recently completed Dispatches and Directions: On Artist-Run Organizations in Los Angeles, a compendium of works, thoughts, essays and a directory of artist-run and non-profit projects. In conjunction with the publication, she organized a series of public discussions at LAXART, MATERIAL/Outpost, and Collective Show LA in January 2011. Ronni has consulted for non-profit, for-profit and start-up organizations such as Artifex Press, Public Broadcasting Service and UNICEF, creating innovative design approaches for their various online initiatives.She has also taught at the California Institute of the Arts and holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BA from Cornell University.

Kim Schoen received her M.F.A. in photography from CalArts in 2005 and her Masters in Philosophy from the photography department at The Royal College of Art in London in 2008. Recent exhibitions of her work include A Man Asleep (LM Projects, Los Angeles), Trust Fall, (The Whitechapel Gallery, London), Flirtation, Love, Passion, Hate, Separation, (Post Gallery, Los Angeles), The Awful Parenthesis, curated by Aram Moshayedi, (Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles), A Series of Catastrophes and Celebrations (Bank, Los Angeles). Her work has been written about in the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, and her essay "The Serial Attitude Redux" was recently published in X-TRA, Quarterly for Contemporary Art (Winter 2010/Volume 12.) Schoen is the co-founder and editor of MATERIAL, a journal of texts by visual artists. Readings and events curated, performed, and published with MATERIAL include Soft Launch, (REDCAT, Los Angeles), The Oratorium, (Perform! Now! Chinatown, Los Angeles), and Lovingly, Rose Peebles (Brand Library, Los Angeles).

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