“I Can’t I Won’t I Will I Do Solo Show Opening At ReflectSpace Gallery!
I am thrilled to have a solo exhibition at ReflectSpace Gallery, part of Glendale Arts and Culture, which opened Saturday January 28th and is on view through March 19,2023.
The show, a dream come true that I did not even know I had, was curated by the wonderful Ara and Anahid Oshagan of The City of Glendale.
Beautiful show video by Jennifer Remenchick, artist, writer, videographer and exhibition installer.
The opening was warm, wonderful and wild!
Our ReflectSpace-published artist book: “Concurrencies Charlotte Salomon, and Eva Hesse Genius, Trauma and the Creative Imagination”.
I was moved and surprised by flowers sent by my family, and a certificate presented by Senator Anthony L. Portantino!
Stacie B. London, exhibition designer and installer extraordinaire…and esteemed colleague.
Artist colleagues Laurey Bennett Levy and Rebecca Youseff
The very colorful artist and animator Michelle Robinson
Beloved artist and curator friend, Frida Cano
Frida and Mick
Dear friend and actor extraordinaire, Suzanne Voss
Long-time no-see friend Rayne with Mark
Mark and I hanging with the beautiful Anahid Oshagan, curator and lawyer, and Glendale Mayor Ardy Kassakhian
I was honored to receive a City of Glendale Certificate of Recognition, presented by Senator Anthony L. Portantino!
Glendale Mayor Ardy Kassakhian and Senator Anthony L. Portantino!
Director of Glendale Library Arts and Culture Gary Shaffer, Mon Cher Mark, Curator Anahid Oshagan, and Glendale Mayor Ardy Kassakhian
What a line-up!
Exhibition Designer Stacie B. London, Curators Ara Oshagan and Anahid Oshagan, Director of Glendale Library Arts and Culture Gary Shaffer, Glendale Mayor Ardy Kassakhian, Mark, myself, and Senator Anthony L. Portantino and esteemed City of Glendale colleague!
“I Can’t I Won’t I Will I Do” Solo Exhbition at ReflectSpace Gallery!
I am thrilled to have a solo exhibition at ReflectSpace Gallery, part of Glendale Arts and Culture, opening Saturday January 28th and on view through March 19,2023.
Curated by the wonderful Ara and Anahid Oshagan of Glendale.
The title of the show is based on a work of the same name:
“I Can’t I Won’t I Will I Do”, 2022, 13 x 71.5″, repurposed table runner, paint, hemp cord and linen thread
MORE TO COME…
ALL SHE MAKES : first look
I am thrilled to be featured in all SHE makes Magazineand the all She makes Artist Directory!
Sviltana Martynjuk, founder of All SHE Makes champions Women Artists through this publication and organization/venture she has spearheaded.
The incredible Christina Massey of WoArt and creator of the amazing and beloved WoArt Blog, also promoting and celebrating women artists, and an artist in her own right, curated the selection of artists featured in this WINTER Issue IV of ALL SHE MAKES.
Thank you for this opportunity to be featured alongside so many outstanding women artists!
(Another post with more images from the magazine to follow).
NEW WORK in 2021: “Forest Through The Trees”
I was happy to finally be able to have Elon Schoenholz Photography in to photograph works completed during 2021… fast away the old year passes…
Here I share “Forest through The Trees“, 15 x 42 x 12”, made of book board, canvas, hemp cord, ribbon, typewriter ribbon, acrylic paint, wood.
It is part of a monochrome series in black, through the colors of “black” are infinite, and change with light, material, juxtaposition, and how the viewer engages with the piece.
Comprised of two accordion-folded “spines”, the “book”, becomes a “box”, with a “door” that opens, expandable “walls”, and painted canvas “pages” held up precariously with wooden dowels. The piece can be presented and contemplated in numerous ways, and begs a tactile connection, through all of us working in book, and perhaps sculptural forms in general grapple with how to do this. How to have viewers engage with the work, participate in it, without having it worn away over time in the process…
We are seekers.
The Journey continues.
Happy New Year.
Unfolding Possibilities: Something to Ponder for the New Year
What do we seek, yearn for, want, crave, need, are motivated to strive for, for this New Year coming up?
What is Possible?
How do we Achieve it?
What are the Possibilities, and how do we Realize them, in this day and age, in this present moment, under our current circumstances, confronted by challenges seemingly too numerous to count, much less take in?
Unfolding Possibilities, (front cover) 2021, 6+ x 78″ x 6+”, mixed media artists’ book
We have to somehow move forward in a positive way, keep on truckin’, keep on trying, keep at it, continue, keep on keeping on.
We have to try, each in our own way. Hopefully, something will line up.
Unfolding Possibilities, (closed) 2021, 6+ x 78″ x 6+”, mixed media artists’ book
An initiative of the Los Angeles Count Department of Mental Health, Why We Rise LA took place in May 2021, supporting hundreds of Community Arts & Culture Projects which took place across all Los Angeles County neighborhoods, in partnership with more than 100 community groups, artists, grassroots leaders, healers and other LA County Departments. These projects and collaborations included mural making, ancestral healing workshops, a Countywide public literary art project, a Countywide chalk art program and more to celebrate the remarkable resources and communities in LA County and used arts-based strategies for healing and wellbeing.
I was honored to teach a workshop as part of Why We Rise LA 2021 in coordination with 18th Street Art Center’sArts Learning Lab @ Home: called: Bookmaking with Self-Compassion.
See the workshop HERE!
Nearly 70 online participants learned to create the “Flower Fold” book structure, then added embellishment, images, and words expressing their experience of the pandemic, where they are at now, what they learned, what they wanted to share, their hopes, wishes, dreams, cares , fears, realizations, trauma, expressing the full gamut of human emotions.
The range of words submitted was wide-ranging, thought-provoking and evocative….including opposite emotions and experiences and bits of truth-telling, realizations and wisdom participants seemed eager to pass on to others in other words, humanness in its multiplicity.
I took the words generated by this workshop, and requested from the community at large, and stitched them into an Artists’ Book I made as a community collaboration, entitled, “Unfolding Possibilities“. (“Unfolding Possibilities – Possibilities Unfolding”). Videographer Jeny Amaya created a video of the project which was screened during the 18th Street Art Center event, “Left/Right/Here“
Unfolding Possibilities, Possibilities Unfolding: the making of above.