Julie Shafer: Fireside Lounge to 41.296111, -105.515000

Fireside Lounge to 41.296111, -105.515000

Julie Shafer
Fireside Lounge to 41.296111, -105.515000
November 2 – December 20, 2014
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 2, 69PM

2A Gallery is pleased to present Fireside Lounge to 41.296111, -105.515000, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist Julie Shafer. A reception for the artist will take place on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 69PM.

The images in Fireside Lounge to 41.296111, -105.515000 were created while driving the same path taken by two men in Laramie, Wyoming who kidnapped and murdered Matthew Shepard. The men enticed Shepard, an openly gay man, to follow them outside the Fireside Lounge where he was kidnapped, taken to a deer post five miles away, tied up, beaten, and left to die. He was found alive but unconscious the next morning by a cyclist who described his body as looking more like a scarecrow than a human. Matthew Shepard died in the hospital six days later.

In an attempt to create images that evoke unseen, silenced, and distorted histories, Shafer drove from the Fireside Lounge to the deer-post, photographing as she drove. Each photograph’s exposure lasted the duration of the drive, either from the lounge to the post or from the post back to the lounge.

The photos are arranged so viewers first encounter emptiness, then two images, each created through a single exposure, lasting the duration of the drive from the lounge to the deer post and back.

Using specialized processes, Julie Shafer creates photographic images that evoke the presence of unrepresented individuals and histories. She has investigated themes of race, gender, and queer politics. Her work subverts the legacy of the idealized landscape through processes that allow a give-and-take with the land, examining the tension between real and imagined borders while focusing on socio-political, geological, current and historical applications of photography.

Julie Shafer is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her work has been shown throughout Southern California, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Most notably she has shown at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside, CA, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park, The Luckman Fine Arts Gallery at CSULA, at the Kellogg Museum at CSU Pomona. At the end of 2013 she presented a lecture on her project Conquest of the Vertical for a TEDx conference. This lecture is available on-line through the TED conference YouTube channel. She received her B.A. from UC Irvine, and her M.F.A. from USC.

Ines Kivimaki: Point De Capiton

Point De Capiton

Ines Kivimaki
Point De Capiton
September 14 – October 26, 2014
Opening Reception: September 14, 2014, 6-9PM

2A Gallery is pleased to announce Ines Kivimakiʼs site-specific installation, Point De Capiton. Literally translating, as “upholstery button” in French, Point De Capiton is also a term used by 20th century psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan, to translate the provisional conclusions and make-believe anchoring points that loosely predicate larger ideological systems. Kivimaki questions the authenticity of todayʼs online “user experience”, drawing a paradox between the experiences we recognize and trust to be real, and the artificial interactions we surmise to articulate as experience.

This body of work is interested in the Internetʼs totalized point of view on information as an infinite source of freedom with unlimited access and endless communication, facilitated by specific corporate aesthetics, often involving images of the night sky and outer-space as signifiers for the unlimited and the sublime. In this case, through a highly choreographed Internet surf session, a tactile piece of moon estate and a living screensaver. A meta-narrative around illusions of freedom and control is proposed through a poignant investigation of perpetual archive, iconography of interfaces and appropriated corporate visuals.

An exploration of space, literally and metaphorically, Point De Capiton fastens links between high-tech fetishism, New Age utopianism and the dream of land tenure and ownership, revealing points where seemingly disparate ideologies overlap.

Ines Kivimaki (b. 1990) was born in Paris, France and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Kivimaki received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design in 2014. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA; Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA; SOSM Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Arkadia Gallery, Helsinki, Finland.

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 particularly 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.

Suzanne Adelman & Keith Walsh | 9th Annual Frogtown Artwalk


Suzanne Adelman & Keith Walsh
9th Annual Frogtown Artwalk
September 13, 2014
Reception: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 410PM

2A Gallery & The Framatic Company presents and exhibition of works by Suzanne Adelman & Keith Walsh during this year’s 9th Annual Frogtown Artwalk.

Los Angeles wife and husband artists Suzanne Adelman and Keith Walsh individually explore representational conceptions of spaces and time. Using digital media Adelman strategically shifts one’s expectations of a unified pictorial space, time, and content of a photographed subject, or through a layering of visual elements from different photographed environments into one image. Walsh presents collages that are conceptual constructions of the abstract dynamism of outer space, and an abstract sculpture representing the dynamism of a controversial media icon.

Suzanne Adelman received her MFA degree from Cal Arts. Her photographic light boxes commissioned through Metro Art are on view at Los Angeles Union Station through 2015. Recent solo or group exhibitions include Weekend, West LA College, S1F, LA Mart, and Beacon Arts Building, and ForYourArt. Her work has been reviewed by the LA Times, LA Weekly, THE Magazine, The Huffington Post, Artweek, and Photograph Magazine.

Keith Walsh received his MFA degree from Tufts University. Recent solo or group exhibitions include Weekend, For Your Art, The Eagle Rock Shop, LA Mart, the Beacon Arts Building, and The Santa Monica Museum of Art. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Artweek, The LA Weekly, and The LA Times.

Frogtown Artwalk is a yearly free tour of the studios of the artists and artisans of Elysian Valley (Frogtown). Run by the Elysian Valley Arts Collective, www.evartscollective.com. The 2014 Frogtown Artwalk is brought to you by the Elysian Valley Arts Collective (EVAC), and is co-sponsored by LA City Council District 13 and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, and by the Elysian Valley Riverside Neighborhood Council through a series of Neighborhood Purpose Grants. The hours for the 2014 Frogtown Artwalk are 4pm to 10pm, Saturday, September 13, 2014.