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j.frede & Joshua Petker: Support Systems

j.frede & Joshua Petker: Support Systems
March 23 – April 27, 2014
Opening reception: Sunday, March 23, 2014, 710PM
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2A Gallery is very pleased to present a two-person show of work by j.frede & Joshua Petker entitled Support Systems opening Sunday, March 232014710PM and running through April 27, 2014. This exhibition combines Reductions sculptures by j.frede and paintings of chairs from artist Joshua Petker, as well as a collaborative work that combines their two practices.

It can be argued that an object’s worth is dependent on desire, and its value varies depending on its perceived desirability. In the most basic sense, objects have utilitarian and aesthetic components. The weight of either of these components is also variable, but it’s safe to say that function and appearance are key to the value of an object. When either of these attributes fades, the object moves towards its end.

The works in Support Systems exemplify ways structures we rely on for support often break down. Sometimes the progression of failure is slow; cracks appear and seams begin to separate. Objects made by man to make life easier or more comfortable – some cherished as valuable, some overlooked for decades, many used daily to assist us – often have the shortest lifespan. As we try to force these structures back together they continue a path towards an ultimate end, and without intervention the final result will indeed be this end. Taken as metaphor, the works by j.frede and Petker speak to the greater themes of dejection and mortality.

j.frede was most recently an artist in residence at the National Center for Contemporary Art in Kronstadt, Russia, where he created a new body of work ranging from paintings and drawings to sculpture and video. His work has been presented in the United States and Europe at such institutions as Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Soundvision Gallery, Portland, OR; Phantom Galleries, Long Beach, CA; Ausland, Berlin; Machine Project, Los Angeles and Berkeley Art Museum.

Joshua Petker is currently an MFA candidate at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. He received his BFA from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA in 2002. He has had solo exhibitions at Shooting Gallery, San Francisco; LeBasse Projects, Culver City, CA; and Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles. He has also shown at ACME Gallery, Los Angeles; Ré Écrire, Paris, France; Bristol City Museum, England; and White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2A Gallery is located at 400 S Main St #2A, Los Angeles, CA 90013 on the second floor of the San Fernando Building. Founded in August 2013, 2A Gallery is an independent artist/curator-run project designed to utilize a unique space as a venue for creative production and exhibition. 2A Gallery occupies a small office space in a renovated downtown building. Each exhibition has an opening and closing reception. Otherwise, the space is open by appointment by emailing calvin@2AGallery.com or calling 213.924.3472.

Image: (Left) Joshua Petker, Chair on Blue, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches.
(Right) j.frede, Blue, 2013. From the Reductions series.

Love Is In The Air

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February
 9, 2014 – March 9, 2014
Opening reception: Sunday, February 92014, 710PM

Love Is In The Air, a group exhibition at 2A Gallery opening Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 710PM, presents works addressing various aspects of love – sentimentality, affection, tenderness, romance, even mawkishness and schmaltz. Taking its theme from the classic Greek forms of love (agápe, éros, philía, and storgē), the show presents a broad range of works that speak of spiritual bonds, passionate physical attractions, and the deep love between friends and family. These ancient themes have recently broadened to include pragmatic, ludic, and manic manifestations that represent love as contractual arrangement, sport or game, and at times even dark fixation. The works in the show depict, to varying degrees of representation or abstraction, the multiplicity of tropes associated with love. The exhibition includes painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media by over 20 artists, hung in a compellingly dense arrangement.

With work by:
Marya Alford
Mark Allen
Michelle Andrade
Josh Atlas
Steven Bankhead
Edith Beaucage
Andrew Cannon
Ginny Cook
Rory Devine
Gracie DeVito
Michael Dopp
Holly Hayward
Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia
Farrah Karapetian
Nery Gabriel Lemus
Larry Mantello
Max Maslansky
Holden Matarazzo
Mabel Moore
Laurie Nye
John Parot
Kiki Seror
Julie Shafer
Ariane Vielmetter
Kelly Wall (& Julia Marasa)
Michelle Wiener 

2A Gallery is located at 400 S Main St #2A, Los Angeles, CA 90013 on the second floor of the San Fernando Building. Founded in August 2013, 2A Gallery is an independent artist/curator-run project designed to utilize a unique space as a venue for creative production and exhibition. 2A Gallery occupies a small office space in a renovated historic downtown building. Each exhibition has an opening and closing reception. Otherwise, the space is open by appointment by emailing calvin@2AGallery.com or calling 213.924.3472.

Image: Marya Alford, In June 1919, a stray male canary fluttered into her house (Humbert), 29 x 22.75 inches, C-Print, 2006.

L to R: Larry Mantello, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Kiki Seror, Ginny Cook, John Parot, Andrew Cannon, and Laurie Nye

L to R: Larry Mantello, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Kiki Seror, Ginny Cook, John Parot, Andrew Cannon, and Laurie Nye

L to R: Ginny Cook, John Parot, Andrew Cannon, Laurie Nye, Holden Matarazzo, Max Maslansky, Marya Alford, Kiki Seror, Gracie DeVito, and Holly Hayward

L to R: Ginny Cook, John Parot, Andrew Cannon, Laurie Nye, Holden Matarazzo, Max Maslansky, Marya Alford, Kiki Seror, Gracie DeVito, and Holly Hayward

L to R: Holly Hayward, Gracie DeVito, Edith Beaucage, Michelle Andrade, and Gracie DeVito

L to R: Holly Hayward, Gracie DeVito, Edith Beaucage, Michelle Andrade, and Gracie DeVito

 

L to R: Ariane Vielmetter, Josh Atlas, Julie Shafer, Steven Bankhead, Mabel Moore, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Marya Alford, Michael Dopp, Kelly Wall, Mark Allen, Rory Devine, and Kelly Wall ( & Julia Marasa)

L to R: Ariane Vielmetter, Josh Atlas, Julie Shafer, Steven Bankhead, Mabel Moore, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Marya Alford, Michael Dopp, Kelly Wall, Mark Allen, Rory Devine, and Kelly Wall ( & Julia Marasa)

L to R: Marya Alford, Michael Dopp, Kelly Wall, Mark Allen, Rory Devine, and Kelly Wall ( & Julia Marasa)

L to R: Marya Alford, Michael Dopp, Kelly Wall, Mark Allen, Rory Devine, and Kelly Wall ( & Julia Marasa)

 

 

Holly Tempo: Cardboard Revival

Holly Tempo
Cardboard Revival
December 15, 2013 – January 26, 2014
Opening reception: Sunday, December 15, 2013, 710PM

2A Gallery is pleased to present Cardboard Revival, a site-specific installation by Los Angeles artist Holly Tempo. A reception for the artist is scheduled for Sunday, December 15, 2013, 710PM.

Cardboard Revival represents a cadre of inharmonious interests. Sited in the upscale, developer-renovated San Fernando Building, which is located at the edge of Downtown LA’s skid row area, the space straddles the conflicting realities of urban life. On the one hand, the structure — now filled with chic loft apartments — is a testament to efforts to revitalize Downtown LA; on the other, homeless advocates see the project as having taken the area’s affordable housing stock away from the people who need it the most.

As an artist, Tempo is interested in creating hybridized spaces that engage social issues via the language of painting and abstraction.  Borrowing decorative motifs from the San Fernando Building’s Renaissance Revival-style and tropes from the urban environs, such as graffiti and cardboard scraps, Tempo transforms 2A Gallery into a site-specific reflection on approaches to housing that share a neighborhood in spite of their ideological incompatibility.  With house paint, markers and spray paint, Tempo works directly on the walls and combines the gilding and rich hues of 16th century Florence with a humbler palette dictated by life on the streets.

Cardboard Revival denotes a mash-up sensibility that attempts to reconcile a difficult situation within the realm of aesthetics.  The exhibition title is a tongue-in-cheek allusion to the sometimes-flimsy success of efforts to invigorate or improve the quality of life in communities.  The cardboard is, of course, also a sobering reference to the material often used by homeless people to create shelter.

After earning an MFA from the Claremont Graduate University, Holly Tempo has shown her work extensively at exhibition spaces in Southern California, including PØST, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Track 16 Gallery, the Leo S. Bing Center at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, At The Brewery Project, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Frumkin/Duval Gallery, Kohn Turner Gallery, the Huntington Beach Art Center, Irvine Fine Arts Center, and the San Bernardino County Museum of Art.  Tempo has also exhibited internationally in India, Spain, Great Britain, France, The Netherlands, Israel and Central America. Tempo is a 2012 recipient of a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and is an Associate Professor of Painting of the School of Fine Arts at Otis College of Art & Design.

2A Gallery is located at 400 S Main St #2A, Los Angeles, CA 90013 on the second floor of the San Fernando Building. Founded in August 2013, 2A Gallery is an independent artist/curator-run project designed to utilize a unique space as a venue for creative production and exhibition. 2A Gallery occupies a small office space in a renovated historic downtown building. Each exhibition has an opening and closing reception. Otherwise, the space is open by appointment by emailing calvin@2AGallery.com or calling 213.924.3472.

Holly Tempo Cardboard Revival (Frieze), 2013 Acrylic and gold leaf on cardboard 23 1/4 X 17 1/4 X 2" framed Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo, Cardboard Revival (Frieze), 2013. Acrylic and gold leaf on cardboard, 23 1/4 X 17 1/4 X 2″ framed. Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo Cardboard Revival (Installation Overview), 2013 Site-specific installation with house paint, spray paint, markers, gold leaf and framed works on cardboard. Variable dimensions Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo, Cardboard Revival (Installation Overview), 2013. Site-specific installation with house paint, spray paint, markers, gold leaf and framed works on cardboard. Variable dimensions. Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo Cardboard Revival (Installation Overview), 2013 Site-specific installation with house paint, spray paint, markers, gold leaf and framed works on cardboard. Variable dimensions Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo, Cardboard Revival (Installation Overview), 2013. Site-specific installation with house paint, spray paint, markers, gold leaf and framed works on cardboard. Variable dimensions. Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo Cardboard Revival (Installation Overview), 2013 Site-specific installation with house paint, spray paint, markers, gold leaf and framed works on cardboard. Variable dimensions Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo, Cardboard Revival (Installation Overview), 2013. Site-specific installation with house paint, spray paint, markers, gold leaf and framed works on cardboard. Variable dimensions. Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo Cardboard Revival (Fragment), 2013 Cardboard with acrylic and gold leaf 12 1/4 X 14 1/4 X 2" framed Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo. Cardboard Revival (Fragment), 2013. Cardboard with acrylic and gold leaf, 12 1/4 X 14 1/4 X 2″ framed. Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo  Cardboard Revival (Spandrel Motif), 2013 Acrylic and gold leaf on cardboard 23 1/4 X 17 1/4 X 2" framed Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo, Cardboard Revival (Spandrel Motif), 2013. Acrylic and gold leaf on cardboard, 23 1/4 X 17 1/4 X 2″ framed. Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo Cardboard Revival (Installation Overview), 2013 Site-specific installation with house paint, spray paint, markers, gold leaf and framed works on cardboard. Variable dimensions Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo, Cardboard Revival (Installation Overview), 2013. Site-specific installation with house paint, spray paint, markers, gold leaf and framed works on cardboard. Variable dimensions. Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo Cardboard Revival (Installation Overview), 2013 Site-specific installation with house paint, spray paint, markers, gold leaf and framed works on cardboard. Variable dimensions Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Holly Tempo, Cardboard Revival (Installation Overview), 2013. Site-specific installation with house paint, spray paint, markers, gold leaf and framed works on cardboard. Variable dimensions. Photo by Robert G. Sanchez

Taylor Tschider: I Think We’re Alone Now

Taylor Tschider
I Think We’re Alone Now
October 19 – December 8, 2013
Reception: Saturday, October 19, 2013,  7-10PM

2A Gallery is pleased to present I Think We’re Alone Now, a solo exhibition of new sculpture and photography by Taylor Tschider. An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 7-10PM. A closing reception is scheduled for Sunday, December 1, 2013 from 7-10PM.

Tschider’s work centers around a critical exploration of nostalgia and constructions of the past. He analyzes infatuations and fantasies and channels them into accumulative, detritus-filled totems and fetishes allowing both Freudian and Marxist interpretations. From nauseatingly fantastical abstract forms to dismissive minimal objects and fabricated photo arrangements, his work incorporates autobiography, myth, and assumption to the effect of a self-deprecating articulation of illusion, loss, and regret.

Born in Seattle, Taylor Tschider earned his MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2011 and his BFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009. His installation Has That Always Been There? was recently exhibited at G.A.T.E. Projects in Glendale, CA. He was selected to show in GLAMFA at California State University, Long Beach in 2010. He has shown in group exhibitions at The Luggage Store, San Francisco, and Mission 17 Gallery, San Francisco. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

2A Gallery is located at 400 S Main St #2A, Los Angeles, CA 90013 on the second floor of the San Fernando Building. Founded in August 2013, 2A Gallery is an independent artist/curator-run project designed to utilize a unique space as a venue for creative production and exhibition. 2A Gallery occupies a small office space in a renovated historic downtown building. Each exhibition has an opening and closing reception. Otherwise, the space is open by appointment by emailing calvin@2AGallery.com or calling 213.924.3472.

L to R: Ro Sham Bo (version 3), 2013 Correction fluid, polyurethane Dimensions variable Post-Coital Tristesse, 2013 Digital c-print, 36 x 36 inches Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP Circle Jerk, 2013 Correction fluid, cotton, polyester, elastic 28 x 28 x 72 inches Ro Sham Bo (version 5), 2013 Correction fluid, polyurethane 17 x 10 x 5 inches

L to R: Ro Sham Bo (version 3), 2013, Correction fluid, polyurethane, Dimensions variable. Post-Coital Tristesse, 2013, Digital c-print, 36 x 36 inches, Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP. Circle Jerk, 2013, Correction fluid, cotton, polyester, elastic, 28 x 28 x 72 inches. Ro Sham Bo (version 5), 2013, Correction fluid, polyurethane, 17 x 10 x 5 inches

Ro Sham Bo (version 3), 2013 Correction fluid, polyurethane Dimensions variable

Ro Sham Bo (version 3), 2013, Correction fluid, polyurethane, Dimensions variable.

Post-Coital Tristesse, 2013 Digital c-print, 36 x 36 inches Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP

Post-Coital Tristesse, 2013, Digital c-print, 36 x 36 inches, Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP.

Circle Jerk, 2013 Correction fluid, cotton, polyester, elastic 28 x 28 x 72 inches

Circle Jerk, 2013, Correction fluid, cotton, polyester, elastic, 28 x 28 x 72 inches.

Circle Jerk (detail), 2013 Correction fluid, cotton, polyester, elastic 28 x 28 x 72 inches

Circle Jerk (detail), 2013, Correction fluid, cotton, polyester, elastic, 28 x 28 x 72 inches.

Different Strokes, 2013 Digital c-print 18 x 23 inches Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP

Different Strokes, 2013, Digital c-print, 18 x 23 inches, Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP.

L to R: Ro Sham Bo (version 4), 2013 Correction fluid, polyurethane 3 x 3 x 2 inches Ro Sham Bo (version 1), 2013 Correction fluid, polyurethane 10 x 8 x 5.5 inches Ro Sham Bo (version 2), 2013 Correction fluid, polyurethane 2.5 x 2.5 x 2 inches

L to R: Ro Sham Bo (version 4), 2013, Correction fluid, polyurethane, 3 x 3 x 2 inches. Ro Sham Bo (version 1), 2013, Correction fluid, polyurethane, 10 x 8 x 5.5 inches. Ro Sham Bo (version 2), 2013, Correction fluid, polyurethane, 2.5 x 2.5 x 2 inches. 

Wine Me, Dine Me: Zig Gron, Reynold Reynolds & Patrick Jolley, Kiki Seror, Bethany Wray

Wine Me, Dine Me
Zig Gron, Reynold Reynolds & Patrick Jolley,
Kiki Seror, Bethany Wray
September 8 – October 13, 2013
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 8, 8-10PM

2A Gallery is pleased to present Wine Me, Dine Me, an exhibition of video work by Zig Gron, Reynold Reynolds & Patrick Jolley, Kiki Seror, and Bethany Wray. The four works in Wine Me, Dine Me feature imagery that is visceral, corporeal, and at times dealing with orifices, cavities, and membranes. Another focus of the works is consumption as metaphor or as discursive meaning.

Zig Gron’s Gluttony features two eaters facing off in a contest to stuff themselves as much as possible while being cheered on by an unseen audience. In Reynold Reynolds & Patrick Jolley’s The Drowning Room, a seemingly ordinary family is going about its daily routine in a house filled with water. They are seen shoveling a fish dinner into their mouths as tiny food particles waft around their faces like plankton. In Kiki Seror’s Modus Operandi, small surveillance cameras focus on a woman’s distorted face during makeup application. Bethany Wray’s Cupcake shows the artist taking bites of a dark chocolate cupcake, spitting them back out, and then eating them again. Eventually the entire cupcake is consumed.

Links to the works follow:

Zig Gron, Gluttony
Reynold Reynolds & Patrick Jolley, The Drowning Room
Kiki Seror, Modus Operandi
Bethany Wray, Cupcake

Zig Gron received an MFA in film/video at CalArts in 1990 and a Bachelor of Music in composition from Western Michigan University. He works as an independent video artist and music editor in Los Angeles. His work has been screened at the Pacific Film Archives in Berkeley, the Dallas Video Festival, the Charlotte Film and Video Festival (Jurors’ Award), and solo shows in New York at The Millennium and The Knitting Factory. He has acted in a George Kuchar video and studied film with James Benning and performance art with Karen Finley.

Reynold Reynolds received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a BS in Physics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has had solo exhibitions at Kunstpalais Erlangen, Germany; West, The Hague, The Netherlands; Videotage, Hong Kong; Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland; and Lokal_30, Warsaw, Poland. He has exhibited in the group exhibitions B3-Biennale des Bewegten Bildes 2013, Deutsches Filminstitut Frankfurt am Main, Germany; FALSE FAKE, Centre de la Photographie Genève, Geneva, Switzerland; HEIMsuchung: Unsafe Spaces in Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany; Accumulations – A Themed Video Art Exhibition, Galerie Sherin Najjar Berlin; Super 8, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and 9 + 1 Ways of Being Political: 50 Years of Political Stances in Architecture and Urban Design, Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is represented by Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.

Patrick Jolley lived in Ireland, London, New York and Berlin. He lived in Slane, Co Meath until his sudden death in India in January of 2012. Jolley had been selected to take part in the 30th São Paulo Biennial in Brazil, and had been invited to mount a major retrospective of his work at Limerick City Gallery of Art, now taking place after his death. His work was exhibited by institutions including Tate, London; Pompidou Centre, Paris; Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; the Berlin Biennial; PS1, New York; the Gwangzhou Triennial and Dublin Contemporary. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; the Lyons Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Kiki Seror received her MFA from the School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York in 1999 and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993. She has had solo exhibitions at Firecat Projects, Chicago, IL; I-20Gallery, New York, NY; CELLSpace Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Vienna Fair, Vienna, Austria; and SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM. She has had group exhibitions at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Pristine Galleries, Monterrey, Mexico; Mills College Art Museum at South Park Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 323 Projects, Los Angeles, CA; Beacon Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; White Box Contemporary, San Diego, CA; and Edelman Arts, New York, NY. She is represented by CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

Bethany Wray received an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2012 and a BFA from Biola University in 2010. She has exhibited in the group exhibitions BOOM at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA; and “yes, and…?” at the Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, El Segundo, CA. Her MFA Thesis Show, Plastic Phrases and Liquefied Longings, took place at Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA in 2012.

2A Gallery is located at 400 S Main St #2A, Los Angeles, CA 90013 on the second floor of the San Fernando Building. Founded in August 2013, 2A Gallery is an independent artist/curator-run project designed to utilize a unique space as a venue for creative production and exhibition. 2A Gallery occupies a small office space in a renovated historic downtown building. Each exhibition has an opening and closing reception. Otherwise, the space is open by appointment by emailing calvin@2AGallery.com or calling 213.924.3472.

Image: Reynold Reynolds & Patrick Jolley, The Drowning Room, 2000. Super 8mm film transferred to single-channel video, black and white, sound, 10 min., ed. of 5, 2AP. Courtesy the artist and Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.