Las Cienegas Projects – Los Angeles

Erik Bluhm * Sediment

Erik Bluhm * Untitled (Sediment)

Las Cienegas Projects is an artist-run curatorial project and gallery space focusing on large-scale, collaborative and project-based artworks by emerging and established artists both local and international. n addition to exhibitions, Las Cienegas Projects will make limited edition artist’s books and feature both etching and bookmaking residencies and workshops that will mix established artists with local youth of mixed income levels. Etching workshops will produce limited edition prints that will be available for sale in the gallery’s small bookstore, in addition to a selection of contemporary art books. Located in a 1940’s bow truss building on South La Cienega Boulevard in an area known more for its car washes and donut shops, the gallery’s immediate neighborhood was previously known as Rancho Las Cienegas, “The Swamps Ranch.” The Los Angeles River was redirected in the early 19th century and flooded the region, turning it into marshland swamps. A similar phenomenon has happened in the Los Angeles art world during the last several years, as many galleries have replenished and re-contextualized these former swamplands on South La Cienega Boulevard.

Las Cienegas Projects is co-founded and directed by Amy Thoner, Steven Hull, and Samuel Kashani. The new space will feature reading lounge furniture and related installations by Los Angeles artist Dewey Ambrosino.

Las Cienegas Projects is thrilled to inaugurate its space with an exhibition curated by Scott Marvel Cassidy:

You Can’t Expect To Get Back To Normal, featuring Erik Bluhm , Jim Shaw, Caroline Thomas, and Scott Marvel Cassidy.

The opening reception will be on Thursday, June 18th from 6 to 9 pm, and will feature a live musical performance by Polar Goldie Cats.

The main pretense in assembling this exhibition of these three artists and myself, was the defining similarity, inspiration and differences to my own work. Optimistically, this grouping will inspire further investigation between the borders of collage, metaphor and the current social-political climate. The works in this exhibition utilize imagery from popular culture, documenting psychological and aesthetic developments personal and familial. This group of paintings is a hypothesis of pictorial content loosely based upon William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin’s “cut-up” methodology. This permits the mixing of such content as conceptual, emblematic and formal. The resulting synthesis, whether selected intentionally or by chance, can be self sufficient, function as supplementary or drive the narrative of these works. – Scott Marvel Cassidy

Las Cienegas Projects
2045 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Wednesday through Saturday, 11-6
310.499.8574
www.lascienegasprojects.org

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