David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce BORROWED SCULPTURES, an exhibition of new floor- and wall-based bronze sculptures by Ricky Swallow. The show will be on view at the gallery from July 22 through August 29, 2020. The gallery is currently open by private appointment only. Virtual visits are available here.
Ricky Swallow transforms familiar objects and materials into precise, mysterious bronze sculptures that challenge ordinary perceptions of space, mass, and color. This new group of works includes forms—among them several apparent readymades—that have accompanied the artist, whether literally or figuratively, for extended periods of time, fostering increased intimacy and a pointed, personally resonant surrealism. This becomes particularly clear in a wall-based sculpture produced from a cast of a long, twisting length of rope. The rope has been gathered into the silhouette of a stair stringer, a template used by builders to facilitate the construction of stairways, and therefore to negotiate a transition from flatness to dimensionality. Painted an off-white so that it resembles real rope, the work has a corporeal, organic feel. It also functions as a kind of linear drawing as the eye attempts to follow the course of the rope throughout the total shape. The play between two and three dimensions suffuses the work at every level, from concept to meticulous execution to uncanny experience.
Concurrent with BORROWED SCULPTURES, the gallery will present a solo exhibition of Doyle Lane's iconic weed pots curated by Swallow.
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce Weed Pots, an exhibition of ceramic vessels by Doyle Lane. Curated by artist Ricky Swallow, the show will feature more than five dozen examples of Lane's iconic, small-scale weed pots made between the late 1950s and late 1970s, on loan from collections throughout California. Weed Pots opens on July 22 and will remain on view through August 29, 2020. The gallery is currently open by private appointment only. Virtual visits are available here.
Doyle Lane (b. 1925, New Orleans; d. 2002, Los Angeles) is a significant, if underknown, voice in West Coast ceramic sculpture. His delicate vases and rigorous wall murals are expressions of a masterful command of traditional techniques; an innovative, tactile approach to glazing; and a quietly visionary understanding of geometry and three-dimensional form. He worked from a studio in the El Sereno district of Los Angeles for the majority of his career, producing highly focused, exquisitely proportioned objects sought after by many architects and designers throughout the region. Very much a mid-century "production potter," Lane would sell his pots directly to loyal collectors while also pursuing large-scale architectural commissions. As an African-American artist, he exhibited at notable Los Angeles galleries founded during the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements, including Ankrum Gallery and Brockman Gallery.
Lane’s weed pots—so named because they were designed to hold individual sprigs and dried flowers—were among his most consistent sites of experimentation. In a 2014 essay on Lane's work, Swallow describes them as "jewels of California modernism [that] are most credibly understood and appreciated when viewed in groupings, which is how Doyle conceived and marketed them in both gallery presentations and architectural commissions. In this context, one can see the subtle shifts in scale and form of the pots, some plump and spherical with tiny collared throats, some wider—more UFO-like (think Nelson lamp) with flattened openings just large enough to support a single twig. This combined with the matte-satin glazed surfaces, varying in color and activity, creates a real rhythm in the groupings and gives one an abridged glimpse into the working nature and diversity of Lane’s talents."
Weed Pots provides a rare window into the oeuvre of a figure whose contributions to the cultural landscape of Southern California—and beyond—continue to be fully appreciated.
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to present One-on-One: Tala Madani, The Door. The online exhibition debuts Madani's newest video animation, which tells a charged, satirical tale brimming with formal, visual experiments in less than three minutes. The presentation is now live at DavidKordanskyGallery.com and will remain on view through July 8, 2020.
In The Door (2019), viewers familiar with Madani's paintings and previous videos will recognize several continuing themes: power, sex, violence, and the uncomfortable reality of the human body are constantly observed with a ribald sense of humor, as twisted narratives are acted out with slapstick physical choreography. These hallmarks of Madani’s work, particularly her animations, are informed by her affinity for a varied group of underground cartoons, graphic novels, and cult movies.
The action of the video focuses on a figure—perhaps a baby, or a grown man, or some combination of the two—who watches a primal scene from the eponymous doorway. A man and a woman—presumably the figure’s parents––engage in an exchange whose comedy never fully mitigates the trouble that ensues between them. On the one hand, the viewer observes the action from the point of view of the baby, who might imagine that the act of sex, even under normal circumstances, is a strange and upsetting spectacle. On the other, however, Madani invites us to consider the pervasive nature of destructive relationships. The father's character is bent on inflicting as much pain as possible; the mother fights back to the point, literally, of overkill; and the baby seems to want to bid farewell to it all, even though he stares down the fact of his own origins. The soundtrack, filled with local sounds that underplay the chaos of the struggle, emphasizes that The Door can be read both literally and metaphorically.
To access the online exhibition, please click here.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, featuring work by Sam Gilliam and Fred Eversley, opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on June 27 and will remain on view until August 30, 2020. MFAH is the final presentation of a three-year tour, from venues including Tate Modern, London; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Broad, Los Angeles; and de Young Museum, San Francisco.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power is accompanied by a catalogue, with contributions by Mark Godfrey, Zoe Whitley, Linda Goode Bryant, David Driskell, and more.
Thank you, everyone! In just over a week, you confirmed $63,631 in contributions to the Summaeverythang Community Center founded and led by Lauren Halsey. With the gallery's $15,000 match, together we raised a total of $78,631 for the Community Center.
Summaeverythang's food distribution project packs and distributes boxes of farm-direct, organic produce free of charge to residents of South Central Los Angeles, where Halsey's family has lived and worked for generations. With your generous donations, the project will be able to sustain and scale up its food relief services for months to come. Please visit Summaeverythang.org and follow @summaeverythang on Instagram to stay up to date with the Community Center and its current and future projects.
Substantial, long-term change to the cultural landscape is an everyday commitment. We at David Kordansky Gallery look forward to sharing more initiatives and resources that combat systemic racism by building coalitions of support. The Summaeverythang Community Center provides an inspiring example of how each of us can effect change by directly reaching out to the people around us.
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David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce its representation of Deana Lawson. Lawson makes photographs that explore the black familiar and its relationship to lore, global histories, and mystery traditions. She transforms observational picture-making into a powerful mode of expression, critique, and celebration. Romance and intimacy between subjects, as well as ritual and spirituality, appear throughout Lawson’s work, often within the same image. Her photographs emphasize formal approaches to film commonly associated with both Western and African 20th-century portraiture practices, in addition to appropriation and uses of vernacular imagery. Lawson engages her subjects with intention and intuition alike, in staged situations characterized by the piercing directness of the model’s gaze. With their meticulous mise-en-scènes filled with personal artifacts and decor, these portraits underscore the psychological connections between people and their domestic spaces, fusing biography, symbolism, and cultural observation, and creating expansive images of contemporary personhood.
David Kordansky Gallery will present work by Deana Lawson at the upcoming Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms, June 17 – 26, with a VIP preview June 17 – 19, 2020.
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce its representation of Jason Fox. For almost thirty years, Fox has painted pictures that inhabit the charged psychological spaces within American culture, as well as within the medium of painting itself. Exhibiting frequently at Feature Inc., among other galleries in the 1990s, he moved against the grain of prevailing appropriation-based and conceptual methodologies. His idiosyncratic, risk-taking paintings then and since have been filled with imaginary beings informed by modernist art, autobiographical reflection, and mythological symbolism, and a recurring cast of characters from comics, fantasy cinema, and popular music. As such, Fox produces pictures that condense broad propensities in the collective imagination into intimate images whose every brushstroke and color choice carries emotional weight. These unlikely but arresting pictures—suffused with Dadaist humor—make the most of painting’s ability to register organic, intuitively rendered changes in form and perspective. In many works from the last few years, Fox fuses portraits of well-known figures as well as images of his dog, demons, and angels. These hybridized beings appear to morph before the viewer’s eyes, communicating a sense of the fluidity with which they take shape on the canvas. This makes his work as personal and introspective as it is accessible, immediately recognizable, and culturally resonant.
An exhibition of Jason Fox's new paintings is currently on view at David Kordansky Gallery through July 11, 2020. The gallery will present work by Fox at the upcoming Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms, June 17 – 26, with a VIP preview June 17 – 19.
UPDATE: The response to Summaeverythang has been nothing short of inspiring.
To keep it coming, David Kordansky Gallery will match another $5,000 in new donations.
We cannot thank you enough for generously supporting and spreading the love so far. Next week, we will acknowledge all 366+ of you!
Our friends GalleryPlatform.LA and Total Luxury Spa have new Summaeverythang donation matches for us to meet too. Across our three platforms, how much can we raise together for organic produce to be delivered to Watts and South Central Los Angeles?
This past weekend amidst the protests in Los Angeles and across the country, Lauren Halsey—with members of her Summaeverythang Community Center—packed and distributed over 300 boxes of farm-direct, organic produce free of charge to residents of South Central Los Angeles, where she and her family have lived and worked for generations.
We at David Kordansky Gallery stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and all those protesting police brutality and racial injustice. We are committed to supporting projects by our artists that actively seek creative ways to combat systemic racism by building coalitions of love and support. Halsey's Summaeverythang Community Center provides an inspiring example of how each of us can effect change by directly reaching out to the people around us.
For the next week, the gallery will match up to $10,000 in donations made by our audience to support Summaeverythang's food distribution project founded by Lauren Halsey.
To donate to the Summaeverythang Community Center, please click here.
Upon giving, please email your donation confirmation to Emerald@DavidKordanskyGallery.com. We will gladly match contributions received totaling $10,000. Donations must be made by Wednesday, June 10, 8:00 am Pacific Time. Please note that donations are not tax-deductible.
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to present an online solo exhibition of new, hand-carved gypsum wall works by Lauren Halsey. Developed as part of an ongoing project to create a permanent, multiuse architectural structure in South Central Los Angeles, the gypsum wall works celebrate a poetics of place and people, documenting conditions on the ground while proposing new spaces in the urban landscape and the realm of the imagination. The show will open at the gallery’s Online Viewing Room at DavidKordanskyGallery.com on Wednesday, June 10, at 8:00 am Pacific Time, and will remain on view through July 8. The exhibition will also be on view at GalleryPlatform.LA later this month.
Lauren Halsey rethinks the terms by which artmaking touches the communities that see, experience, and engage with it. Both her standalone and site-specific artworks are rooted in local themes and the kind of lived intimacy that can only emerge with time and proximity. For several generations, Halsey’s family has resided in South Central Los Angeles, where the artist continues to live and work. The images and text that appear throughout her projects reflect not only the buildings, businesses, and citizens that surround her, but the hopes, dreams, concerns, and tragedies that course through them. Halsey is particularly attuned to forces that are bringing change from within and without—including the specter of gentrification and the pitfalls of income inequality—as well as the challenges faced by people of color and queer communities. She addresses these complex issues by facing them head-on in the real world and by creating an aesthetic—informed by Afrofuturism and funk—that is improvisatory, alive, and otherworldly.
To access the online exhibition, please click here.
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition of paintings by Jason Fox. The show will be on view at the gallery from May 26 through July 11, 2020.
The gallery is currently open by private appointment only. Virtual visits are available here.
For more information about the exhibition, please click here.
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new sculptures by Simone Leigh. The show will be on view at the gallery from May 26 through July 11, 2020. This is Simone Leigh’s first solo exhibition following a series of major presentations in 2019, including the installation of her 16-foot-tall bronze sculpture Brick House on the High Line Plinth and her Hugo Boss Prize solo show at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The gallery is currently open by private appointment only. Virtual visits are available here.
For more information about the exhibition, please click here.
David Kordansky Gallery is proud to be participating in Gallery Platform LA, launching on May 15. For more information, please visit GalleryPlatform.LA.
Sixty Los Angeles art galleries have joined together to create an online platform to promote engagement with the local and international art audience. GalleryPlatform.LA will present twelve gallery “viewing rooms” each week, with each gallery appearing on the platform once every six weeks. The platform will also include an editorial section featuring video visits with Los Angeles artists, collectors, and gallerists.
The online gallery platform is the first project of what will become a Los Angeles Gallery Association, which will coordinate joint programming, gallery maps and itineraries, and other projects to enhance the art-viewing experience in Los Angeles.
Fore more information, please click here.
Canyon—Daisy—Eden, a 30-year survey of Mary Weatherford's work and the artist's first museum retrospective exhibition, opens at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, on February 1 and will remain on view until July 12, 2020. Weatherford will give an artist talk on Saturday, February 1 at 4:00 pm, followed by an opening reception at 5:00 pm. The exhibition is organized by guest curator Bill Arning and Tang Teaching Museum Dayton Director Ian Berry in collaboration with the artist.
Mary Weatherford: Canyon—Daisy—Eden will be accompanied by a forthcoming catalogue, featuring contributions by Arning, Berry, Elissa Auther, Nick Debs, Arnold Kemp, Rebecca Morris, Michael St. John, Margaret Weatherford, and others.
A long-term installation of Sam Gilliam's early works from the 1960s and 1970s opens at Dia:Beacon, New York on Saturday, August 10.