Cat Art Show LA, Curated by Susan Michals, Los Angeles

'Pumpkin' Courtesy Grace Coddington

101 Exhibit is pleased to present CAT ART SHOW LOS ANGELES, curated by Susan Michals, featuring over seventy artists, the largest exhibition of its kind.

Opening Reception on Saturday, January 25th, 2014, 7-10pm
101/exhibit, 6205 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Artists Include: 
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Gary Baseman
Guy Denning
Jill Greenberg
Jonathan Yeo
Kimberly Brooks
Marc Dennis
Marion Peck
Martin Eder
Natalia Fabia
Noel Fielding
Ray Caesar
Shepard Fairey
Tim Biskup
Tracey Emin

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This exhibition is both a meditation and a celebration of the feline form. This exhibition goes beyond heralding felines as domesticated companion, and instead explores their role as muse and inspiration. Cats have been part of our lexicon (not to mention our home life) for thousands of years. The Egyptians frequently aligned them with the gods, like Bastet, the goddess of warfare. Later, great artists like Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and Pablo Picasso all created masterpieces centered around cats, sometimes showcasing them as companion, sometimes around something much deeper symbolically.

Partners include 101/exhibitPicMonkeyPerrierPeroni Beer, and The Walker Arts Center’s Internet Cat Video Festival. All artwork will be for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Stray Cat Alliance of Los Angeles.

Hours:
Saturday, January 25th: 7pm – 10pm
Sunday, January 26th: 12pm – 5pm
Saturday, February 1st: 12pm – 5pm
Sunday, February 2nd: 12pm – 5pm

SUSAN MICHALS,  CURATOR
Susan Michals has written about art and culture in such publications Vanity FairThe Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post. She is an art consultant for clients in North America and Europe.

SENSE & SENSIBILITY, Mt. SAC, CA 2013 Curated by Fatemeh Burnes

"A Soul Selects Her Own Society" Kimberly Brooks

“Sense & Sensibility” Mt. San Antonio College, Curated by Fatemeh Burnes, Sept 2013
Artist Panel: Sunday Sept 15, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Artist Reception: Sunday Sept 15, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

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Gallery Director & Exhibition Curator: Fatemeh Burnes
Gallery Staff: Cynthia Orr, David McIntosh
General Information (909) 594-5611, ext. 4328
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thurs, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Tuesday, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Exhibition Catalog Avail
Art Gallery Admission: Free

Mt. San Antonio College
Art Gallery
1100 N. Grand Avenue
Walnut, CA 91789

IMAGE: “A Soul Selects Her Own Society” Kimberly Brooks

FOREST FROM THE TREES, White Box Contemporary, San Diego, CA 2013

"Her Majesty" 20 x 16 in. Oil on LInen

WHITEBOX CONTEMPORARY
is pleased to present
“The Forest from the Trees”
Curated by Chris Trueman and Joshua Dildine
August 10, 2013 – September 10, 2013

Reception: August 10, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

White Box Contemporary
1040 7th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
619-237-8813

Kimberly Brooks
Kathleen Melian
Elizabeth Anne Sobieski
Erica Stallones

www.whiteboxcontemporary.com/forest

SAN DIEGO, CA– White Box Contemporary is pleased to present The Forest From the Trees, an exhibition of four figurative painters from Los Angeles co-curated by Chris Trueman and Joshua Dildine. The Exhibit will run from August 10 – Sept 10, 2013. The Gallery will host a reception August 10, 7-10 PM.

The artists, Kimberly Brooks, Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski, Kathleen Melian and Erica Ryan Stallones, predominant figure painters –but not in the strict tradition of portrait or academic studies– depict characters which are defined as much by their pictorial environment as the very physicality and treatment of paint that defines their presence within the painting.

The impetus for this exhibition came originally from a conversation between the artist/curators Chris Trueman and Joshua Dildine that began with the questions: What if two primarily abstract artists curated an exhibition of figurative paintings and what would they seek in such work? The answer to these questions turned out to be art and artists who are acutely attentive to the application of the paint and manipulation of materials, and whose choice of subjects were specific and at times extremely personal.

There are several common threads running between the work of these artists. The first is that the application of paint is integral to the content of the work. Much the way abstraction relies on reference, paint application, and material usage to situate the work within an art-historical framework, these artists’ handle paint from precise rendering to loose painterly mark making. The molten passages of Brooks’ and Melian’s lush paintings suggest the intangibility of an image remembered. The clarity of a seemingly insignificant detail in Stallones’ intimate gatherings suggests a clue that defies the photographic reality and blurs the details outside of the focus. Sobieski’s brushwork determines the position in a narrative dichotomy between the domesticated and the wild. By selecting freely from historical styles while presenting intimate subject matter, these artists dissociate the artwork from being strictly representational and tap into larger and broader themes.

The specificity of the depicted subject offers the second main theme that runs among the work of these four artists, particularly in terms of the intimacy of the subjects. Many of the artworks in this exhibition are based on family, friends, home, and pets. Although the subjects of many of these artworks are extremely personal, this is not artwork as documentation, portraiture, or painting as personal therapy. These are artworks about themes such as fragility of home, reconciling personal and cultural narratives, insider and outsider group dynamics, story telling, and the cinematic. It is necessary when viewing this work to examine the whole of the object, the paint, and the style as much as the image and content when deciphering these provocative works.

For more information, contact: Andrew Salazar
salazar@whiteboxcontemporary.com

www.whiteboxcontemporary.com/forest

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INCOGNITO, Santa Monica Museum of Art, May 2013

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Untitled 8 x 10″ Oil on Paper. Kimberly Brooks 2013

SANTA MONICA, CA–INCOGNITO Santa Monica Museum of Art’s highly anticipated annual exhibition and benefit art sale, will return for its ninth year on Saturday, May 11, 2013, accompanied by the second annual PRECOGNITO Gala Dinner and Art Preview event on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Tickets for both events go on sale March 1.  Kimberly Brooks submitted two pieces to the event.

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The PRECOGNITO gala dinner and preview on May 9 honors gallerist Margo Leavin (introduced by John Baldessari) and opera and theater director Peter Sellars (introduced by Bill Viola).   In its ninth year, INCOGNITO—SMMoA’s distinctive art sale and exhibition—features original artworks by contemporary artists and music by DJ Eddie Ruscha.  Each 8″ x 10″ artwork is signed on the back and artist identities are revealed only after purchase.

INCOGNITO, Southern California’s legendary annual benefit art sale, now in its ninth year, will feature more than 600 original artworks by more than 500 leading, mid-career, and emerging contemporary artists. INCOGNITO 2013 participating artists include Edgar Arceneaux, John Baldessari, Kimberly Brooks, Mark Bradford, Lynda Benglis, Marco Brambilla, Judy Chicago, Luis Gispert, Mary Kelly, Sharon Lockhart, Kim MacConnel, Rodney McMillian, Catherine Opie, Raymond Pettibon, William Pope.L, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, Julião Sarmento, and many, many more. A preliminary list of the fabulous array of artists participating in INCOGNITO 2013 will be available when tickets go on sale March 1 at smmoa.org.

All INCOGNITO artworks are the same 8″x10″ size and available for only $350 plus tax. This highly energized evening encourages attendees–from sophisticated art patrons to first-time collectors–to trust their instincts in selecting the works, as each piece is signed on the back and the artists’ identities are revealed only after purchase.

The element of surprise that underlies INCOGNITO reflects the essence of discovery that inspires SMMoA’s exhibitions, education, and outreach programs. One hundred percent of the proceeds from PRECOGNITO/INCOGNITO directly support the Museum.

The Queen 8x10 " oil on paper Kimberly Brooks 2013

The Queen 8×10 ” oil on paper Kimberly Brooks 2013

The Queen 8×10 ” oil on paper Kimberly Brooks 2013

2013 “The Looking Glass: Refraction Through the Female Gaze” Mirus Gallery, San Francisco

Kimberly Brooks Mirus Gallery ARtist

The Looking Glass: Refracting and the Female Gaze. Kimberly Brooks participating in Group Exhibition at Mirus Gallery in San Francisco. Opening night is February 9th, 2013

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Mirus Gallery Presents:

The Looking Glass
Refraction through the Female Gaze

Claire Pestaille, Stargate (III), Collage, 2012

Opening Reception: February 9th, 2013 | 6pm – 10pm
Exhibition Dates: February 9 – March 2, 2013

Mirus Gallery | 540 Howard Street | San Francisco, CA

SAN FRANCISCO, January 22, 2013 — Mirus Gallery is pleased to announce The Looking Glass: Refraction through the Female Gaze, a group exhibition featuring works by Kimberly Brooks, Sandra Chevrier, Naja Conrad-Hansen, Mercedes Helnwein, Alexandra Levasseur, Jen Mann, Sari Maxfield, Alyssa Monks, Jennifer Nehrbass, Casey O’Connell, Claire Pestaille, Rachel Walker, Janelle Wisehart and Christine Wu. The Looking Glass is the third exhibition to be presented by the newly opened Mirus Gallery, and will examine contemporary representations of the female form. The Looking Glass reinterprets the presentation of women’s bodies through a variety of mediums and practices unified by subject matter and a solely female perspective.

The artists featured in the The Looking Glass challenge the preconceived notion that the female form in art represents a sense of delicacy and untouchable beauty. Creating a new discourse and exploring the woman’s role in artistic context, The Looking Glass is a celebration of the female form that ultimately transcends objectification through the artist’s examination or association with their subjects. Rather than using the female body as an agenda to reinforce societal norms or assert dominance, the artists are able to identify with and explore the spectrum of their subject’s humanity, often as an exercise in self-examination and exploration. The works of art featured in this show are a contemporary examination of the psychology of art practice and explore alternative realms in which the female body is represented.

Kimberly Brooks investigates the role of women as both artists and subjects of the gaze. By inverting the artist-model relationship her practice aims to breakdown the traditional role of spectator, allowing her model the agency to look out from the canvas and stare back at the viewer. In examining contemporary fashion and style, Brooks addresses the role that women themselves play in the perpetuation of certain cultural tropes, and the significance of appearance in depictions of women in art and media.

The work of Rachel Walker borders upon the abstract and the illustrative, presenting the previously marginalized perspectives of female and queer artists. Her works in gouache support an immediacy and honesty in her subject matter, the rapidness required by the medium lends itself to an art practice based upon intuition and chance. The use of feminine cultural figures, fashion and historical imagery assists in her exploration of depictions of race, gender, sexuality and identity.

Mercedes Helnwein examines the myth of the “normal” through her drawings of women and girls outside of the mass media lexicon. With an outsider’s attention to the seemingly banal, Helnwein draws out the eccentricities, oddities and cultural mash up she finds thriving in the backwaters of American life. The exactness of emotion allowed by her use of pencil bring to surface some of the inner struggles and temptations masked by her female subject’s need to “be good”.

Claire Pestaille’s collages challenge a consumer culture that dictates the relentless pursuit of perfection by examining how advertising, Hollywood and other media inform women’s self image. By focusing on the female form, Pestaille is able to bring awareness to women’s experience outside of standardized art historical portrayals. In promoting self acceptance and understanding, she allows her female subjects to be storytellers for themselves, liberated from societal standards and stereotypes.

Approaching her practice as a dialog between her adolescent self, and the woman she is now, Casey O’Connell paints in acrylic and oil stain as a scrapbook of her life and emotions. Her use of female characters lends itself to greater intimacy and relevance to her personal experience, with imagery meeting somewhere between fantasy and honesty.

Mirus Gallery is a dynamic exhibition space established by entrepreneur, Paul Hemming. The gallery features a program of contemporary artwork by emerging and mid-career artists in both solo and thematically organized group shows. Mirus Gallery will highlight work that emphasizes skill and process and aims to engage viewers on a sentient, emotional and evocative level.

In 2013, the initiation of an artist-in-residency program will pursue the gallery’s values of community and collaboration by providing a live-in/on-site studio space for artists to make and exhibit work in a supportive environment, conducive to creativity.

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Saturday 10-6

Location
540 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA
94105

Gallery Contact
monica@mirusgallery.com

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Danielle Grant
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415.860.0767