Chris Kallmyer: Faded Love

hay stacks and small bench in small lit room
Chris Kallmyer: Faded Love | February 1, 2020

Faded Love,
pedal steel guitar players

Chris Kallmyer

February 1, 2020

Faded Love is a new installation performance featuring country western musicians playing sad songs all together. This immersive performance features the pedal steel guitar, known for its similarity to the human voice. Visitors to the performance are free to move around the installation while sound echoes through the spaces of Grand Central Art Center.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Chris Kallmyer is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work focuses on sound and space. His unconventional musical works use everyday objects and other senses, such as taste and touch, to engage the observer in questions about the physical environment and our presence within it. Kallmyer puts pressure on the traditional audience-performer relationship, and his work frequently takes place in nontraditional performance spaces such as closets, igloos, museums, or mountaintops. In recent years, Kallmyer has garnered commissions from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the City of Los Angeles among other spaces in America and Europe.

Chris Kallmyer: All Possible Music

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Chris Kallmyer: All Possible Music | December 7, 2019-Ongoing

All Possible Music

Chris Kallmyer

December 7, 2019—Ongoing

All Possible Music is a new film that envisions all music that could ever happen in casual handwritten descriptions: Blissful symphony for an audience of careful listeners, bangin’ dance hits in a cabin set deep in the woods, a solo contrabass alone on a mountaintop, or Avant-garde drum machines that heal the earth and its people.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Chris Kallmyer is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work focuses on sound and space. His unconventional musical works use everyday objects and other senses, such as taste and touch, to engage the observer in questions about the physical environment and our presence within it. Kallmyer puts pressure on the traditional audience-performer relationship, and his work frequently takes place in nontraditional performance spaces such as closets, igloos, museums, or mountaintops. In recent years, Kallmyer has garnered commissions from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the City of Los Angeles among other spaces in America and Europe.

Flavia D’Urso: Slippage of a Strand

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Flavia D’Urso: Slippage of a Strand | February 1, 2020 – May 10, 2020

Slippage of a Strand

Flavia D’Urso

February 1, 2020 – May 10, 2020

Guest Curator: Elizabeth Rooklidge 

Slippage of a Strand, a collection of new and recent works by Flavia D’Urso, is grounded in the intersection of physical, emotional, and cultural experiences of the queer female body. With sculpture, mixed media on paper, and video, the exhibition presents interpretations of the body that destabilize expectations of sameness and insist on their own existence.

D’Urso positions the human as a hybrid by abstracting its physical forms and using the animal body and objects as surrogates for the human. The artist’s work repurposes materials such as salt, iodine, horse hair, and blood meal to draw on their inherent bodily associations while pushing them beyond their conventional function. These materials are combined with terra cotta and paper, as well as packing foam and latex, to present ghostly, abject forms that simultaneously invoke seduction and repulsion.

Repetition and replication feature prominently in the artist’s practice. These gestures suggest systems intended to effect sameness and the production of the ideal. D’Urso’s works, however, rupture such expectations with their failure to replicate recognizable objects with perfection. Actions such as licking and sprouting of hair—here seemingly aimless—further confuse assumptions about the body’s function. As the bodies in Slippage of a Strand assert their presence and the value of sameness falls apart, D’Urso deftly dissects, digests, and re-presents expectations of female and queer identities.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Flavia D’Urso is a Sicilian American artist working in sculpture, video and mixed media to create bodily assemblages to animate potential ways of being and embrace the rich territory of failure, breakage, and degenerating processes of production as inherently queer and feminized strategies of survival. D’Urso received her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and her BA from Skidmore College in New York. She was the recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Award in 2018. D’Urso’s work has been exhibited at the San Diego Art Institute, Bread & Salt Gallery, and The Front Gallery in San Diego, Minnesota Street Projects, Root Division and Embark Gallery in San Francisco, ConArtist Gallery in New York, as well as Nova Gallery in Weimar Germany. D’Urso lives and works in San Diego.

Chris Kallmyer: Sundown Shelter

An individual wearing a traditional Slavic colorful garment.

Sundown Shelter

Chris Kallmyer

October 5, 2019—Ongoing

Sundown Shelter explores the idea of the west and the movement of the sun westward through a new performance installation created for the Grand Central Art Center. The evolving work will begin with an immersive performance by Chris Kallmyer and musician collaborators, as well a new video piece featuring first hand documentation of Slavic pagan performers and a Western that was organized by the artist to take place in Stalinist plaza in Warsaw, Poland in 2018.

As current Grand Central Art Center artist-in-residence, Kallmyer takes over the storefront gallery as a location of research and the development of new ideas.  It is a space for open speculation through GCAC’s philosophy of listening, assisting and connecting, with the institution providing the artist as much freedom as possible, with no expectations required in terms of concrete outcome.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Chris Kallmyer is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work focuses on sound and space. His unconventional musical works use everyday objects and other senses, such as taste and touch, to engage the observer in questions about the physical environment and our presence within it. Kallmyer puts pressure on the traditional audience-performer relationship, and his work frequently takes place in nontraditional performance spaces such as closets, igloos, museums, or mountaintops. In recent years, Kallmyer has garnered commissions from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the City of Los Angeles among other spaces in America and Europe. 

Sharon Levy: Canopy

Individual standing under Sharon Levy's motion sculpture.
Sharon Levy: Canopy, (2017), Handmade abaca paper, string, wood, paint, Kee Klamp, hardware, pulley, rope, 120”w x 72”h x120”d.  Photo credit: Jeff McLane. Model: Drew Davis

Canopy

Sharon Levy

November 2, 2019—February 16, 2020

Artist Sharon Levy creates sculptural installations, paintings and drawings that explore both a sense of wonder in the natural world, exploring her fear and sadness about its destruction. With subjects both large and small, she focuses on the interactions between humans and nature to find beauty, darkness, nostalgia, and the desire for escape.

Canopy, is a mobile made of wooden dowels and handmade translucent green paper leaves. Light shifts slowly through the rustling leaves as the sculpture continuously changes size and shape. Canopy celebrates perfection in nature, while embracing the absurdity of attempting to recreate that perfection.The work was generated through the artist’s interest in the tension and humor that develops between the sculpture’s handmade construction and its evocative representation.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Sharon Levy is from Atlanta, GA and graduated from Bard College with a B.A in studio art in 1999. Upon graduating, she was the recipient of the Bard Fellowship in Sculpture and attended the 1999 summer session at the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts, Bard College. She completed her M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2007. The artist had a solo museum show of her project The Woodat the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2007. She has participated in group exhibitions in New York, San Diego, Atlanta, Tijuana and Los Angeles. In 2010, as one of ten West Prize finalists, she received an Acquisition Award for her piece Cookie, which is now a part of the West Collection, housed in Oaks, PA. She is currently a member of Forum II, an artist cohort/residency through the Torrance Art Museum.  Levy lives and works in Los Angeles.

Martin Durazo: Monolith (ic)

Sculpture of Persian motif.

Monolith (ic)

Martin Durazo

October 5, 2019—January 12, 2020

With Monolith (ic) Durazo returns to an aesthetic of multi-disciplinary installation and performance work.  Site-specific and conceptual works are activated by singular and collaborative performance as well as audience interaction and exploration.

Monolith (ic) is a reference to singular stones that have been used to create heroic sculptural works and monuments throughout history. At the center of the exhibition is a found object recreation of a Lamassu of the citadel of Sargon. The image is of a Babylonian protective demon that was a sign of power and strength. A surrounding and intermingled structure will serve as a stage for performances, lectures, and an open-ended think tank incorporating collaborations with invited guests and the larger community. 

The Lamassu have an interesting polemic in that they serve as signs of power, whilst they are also monuments to self-aggrandizement, subjugated suffering, and master/slave history.  The artist uses these issues to ignite an informed and robust discussion and reflection on historic and current world power structures of economy and their effects on the global human condition.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Martin Durazo received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Art from Pitzer College. Durazo is the recipient of the 2012 C.O.L.A. Individual Artists Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles and a 2011 California Community Foundation Fellowship Award, funded by the Getty Trust. His work was included in the inaugural 2011 SUR Biennial and in 2010 he was an Artist-in-Residence at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. He has exhibited at the Torrance Art Museum; PULSE Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair; Pomona College Museum of Art; MexiCali Biennial 2013; Harris Art Gallery at the University of LaVerne; White Box in New York City; ArtForum Berlin and Art Basel Miami Beach. His work has been reviewed in Flash Art International, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, LA Weekly, Artweek, and Art Review.