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.

Federico Medina: Starving

Individual walking away from camera on a dark street that is wet from the rain.
Federico Medina: Starving, (2019) single-channel video and installation.

Starving

Federico Medina

August 3 – October 13, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION: August 3 from 7-10pm

On a raining winter evening, artist Federico Medina decided to take a journey through the streets of Santa Ana’s Artist Village. It was a quest, a search for better understanding as he contemplated the questions for which he was struggling. When does it come to the point of giving up the search? Why is it difficult to allow yourself to shine in your frustration? How much do you permit yourself to wander in despair in the pursuit of personal gold?

As an artist, Medina regularly visits museums outside of his community. As he explores the galleries of these institutions, he often wonders if he is shining to his fullest potential. The visits bring forward constant reminders, through the scale of exhibitions and recognition other artists are achieving, of his insecurities. These are questions that arise in most of us, but for individuals working towards achieving a viable career as a visual artist, those questions frequently feel magnified. 

The struggles of artists are real, especially in regions that do not have a fully developed eco-system to support sustainable practice. Even in areas that do have supportive eco-systems in place that provide potential economic security – commercial galleries, museums, alternative spaces, universities, media outlets – opportunities for risk, engaging conversations, and exposure may appear stifled.

Starving, through its performance action, generates emotions of fear, untrustworthiness, and avoidance. With a lack of comfort, it allows openness to vulnerability and discovery. It is a search for answers, an awakening of spirit, a quest for personal gold! 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Federico Medina (b. Santa Ana, 1975) is a photographer who has exhibited at venues throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties, including Bowers Museum, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, and UCLA. Inspired by day-to-day life, he exposes the raw aspects of humanity and encapsulates honest emotion within each image. He aspires to stimulate psyche, provoking natural feelings, and perhaps flashbacks to lost memories. He is working currently as Art Director at OC Weekly.

Panel Discussion: CSU Fullerton MFA & BFA exhibition “NOW MORE THAN EVER” | 6 pm, Saturday, August 3

Flier with geometrical graphics advertising the event.

Saturday, August 3 @ 6:00-7:00 pm

Join curator Kelly Lindner and featured artists Janan Abedelmuti, Yara Almouradi, Dylan Flah, Jose Flores Nava, Desmond Jervis, Hadley Mattwig, and Pamela Rush as they discuss current CSU Fullerton MFA and BFA exhibition, “NOW MORE THAN EVER.”

ABOUT THE CURATOR:

Kelly Lindner is Director and Curator of the Jack Headley University Art Gallery at California State University, Chico.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Kerry Tribe: Double

A woman's face over red background.

Kerry Tribe

Double

July 6 – September 22, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION: July 6 from 7-10pm

In Kerry Tribe’s single-channel video work Double, five women who nominally resemble one another reflect on subjects ranging from their impressions of Los Angeles to the project they are currently working on – apparently the very project in which they appear.  Each of these young women is, in fact, an actor who responded to a casting call for the part of a “video artist” with a physical description of Tribe.  In front of the camera, they improvise monologues based on whatever impressions they were able to glean from a brief, off-camera interview with the artist. The work addresses an issue with which most human beings have grappled at some point: how the world perceives and interprets them, their lives, and their work.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kerry Tribe was born in 1973 in Boston, MA and lives and works in Los Angeles.  Tribe’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; 356 Mission, Los Angeles; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; The Power Plant, Toronto; Modern Art, Oxford; and Camden Arts Centre, London.  It has been included in significant group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.  The artist has been the recipient of a Presidential Residency on the Future of the Arts at Stanford University, a Herb Alpert Award, a Creative Capital Grant, and a USA Artists Award.  Tribe’s work is in the public collections of MoMA, the Whitney, the Hammer, and the Generali Foundation among other institutions.