Tuesday, August 14, 2018

2018 CA Open Selections -- Abstracted Nature

The exhibition is open through August 25.
Marian Crostic, Alchemy, Archival pigment print, 17 x 25"
Marta Feinstein, Untitled, Digital Photograpt, 8.5 x 12.75
Dan Gilkey, Slag 9, Photograph, 20 x 16"
Tania Houtzager, Drake's Passage, Hydrocal, inkjet transfer, drystone, felted rope, 9 x 11"
Hanif Janmohamed, Shanghai at Night - 2, Pigment ink on paper, 36 x 30"
Marta Jaremko, Untitled (Small Nipple), Gouache, watercolor, flashe on board, 10 x 8"
Marta Jaremko, Untitled (Big Nipple), Gouache, watercolor, flashe on board, 10 x 8"
Linda Kunik, San Severino Cuba #1.06, C Print, acrylic on paper, mounted on panel, 22 x 30"
Sonya McAlister, Pine Needle Drawing #2, 34º 50.784'N 119º 09.577'W, Ink on paper, drawn with pine needles, 48 x 28"
Marino Nakano, Longing, Pen on paper, 21.4 x 15.5"
Brooke Sauer, Yosemite Dusk, Cynotype on paper, 22 x 60"
Steve Seleska, Micro-Environment #125, Mixed media, 48 x 24 x 2"
Robin Tripaldi, Erosion, Encaustic, wire, rust, oil, 36 x 36"

Monday, August 13, 2018

2018 CA Open Selections -- Abstracts

The exhibition is open through August 25.
Sara Alavika, Hidden Folds, Wax, fabric, 12 x 6 x 4.5"
Carolyn Applegate, Sugar and Spice, Fabric, stockings, monofilament, polyfil, 12 x 12 x 4"
Maureen Arata, Spirit Descending, Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
Daniel Ayat, About My Dust IV, Ink on digital inkjet print on paper, 32 x 24"
Alejandro Borges, Projections #09, Ink on paper, 42 x 33"
Terry Kelly, Modular Conclusion Despair, Gouache, 8 x 16"
Sung-Jee Lee, Their Conversation 2, Video
Stela Mandel, Under the Surface, Mixed media, 30 x 40"
Karena Massengill, Epiphany, Fabricated steel, 27 x 40 x 3"
Susan Melly, On the Origin of Species, Acrylic, vintage tissue sewing patterns, charcoal, 30 x 30"
Susan Melly, Chaos Theory, vintage tissue sewing patterns, charcoal, 36 x 36"
Katie Murken, Array / Shopping Safari: Zebra, Plastic bags, plexiglass, wood, 16 x 18 x 2"
Katie Murken, Array / Shopping Safari: Leopard, Plastic bags, plexiglass, wood, 16 x 18 x 2"
James Sloman, Untitled, Graphite on gessoed panel, 60 x 60 x 2"
Michael Usher, Ink on Paper # P 6, Inkjet print, 36 x 24"

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Current Exhibition: CA Open 2018 Exhibition

August 8-24, 2018
Juried By Kim Abeles
Artists Reception and Awards: Saturday, August 11, 5-8pm
CA Open 2018, installation view
Abeles is an artist whose community-based projects explore biography, geography and environment. She has created projects with the California Science Center, air pollution control agencies, health clinics and mental health departments, and natural history museums in California, Colorado and Florida. Abeles received the 2013 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and has received fellowships from J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, California Community Foundation and Pollack-Krasner Foundation.

Abeles states: “This exhibition was selected from the 1547 works submitted to the TAG juried show. It represents many talented and inventive artists nation wide. My curatorial choices reflect an eclectic interest in art, and the exhibit expresses a range of impressions including homages to nature and neighborhoods, gentle or forceful portraits, conceptually-based and process-driven work, and urgent political discussions. The work is spirited, sometimes humorous or enigmatic, and in various ways, creates images representing human life in this existential moment. The exhibit includes photography, video, sculpture, painting, drawing, and printmaking.”

Images of works in the exhibition will be posted over the next two weeks.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Lyle Rushing - Human. Male. Black.

Lyle Rushing, Knees, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36"
Lyle Rushing’s debut exhibition at TAG is a study of the intersectional nature of the human experience, topical events and living while black.
Lyle Rushing, Hands Up, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36"
Human. Male. Black. celebrates the universality of the human experience while also investigating the ways in which black men are regarded while navigating through everyday life and emotions.
Lyle Rushing, What These Eyes Have Seen, Acrylic, pastel, charcoal, gesso on canvas, 48 x 36"
Rushing aims to celebrate and uplift the black experience, while also giving visibility to the emotions often overlooked and not associated with masculinity at large and black male masculinity in particular.
Lyle Rushing, Seeker, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48"

The exhibition runs through Saturday, August 4
Artist Panel: Saturday, July 28, 3 PM

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Rebecca Marie - In Between

Rebecca Marie, Entangled, Acrylic and paper on canvas, 36 x 36"
Rebecca Marie’s debut exhibition, In Between, is a carefully crafted study of the journey of metamorphism - the image, the artist, and the viewer - through the female lens and gaze. The exhibition finds Marie combining canvas, board, textured papers, and paint to construct meticulous pieces depicting the feelings, thought processes, mind and essence of Woman.
Rebecca Marie, Solace, Acrylic and paper on canvas, 36 x 36"
The work covers a wide emotional spectrum, from quiet and simple to more active and complex compositions, seeing Marie mirroring the non-monolithic and intersectional nature of womanhood. These works depict a moments ranging from active to still. Each painting is intended to hold its own sense of agency and empowerment without compartmentalization or objectification.
Rebecca Marie, Entwined Acrylic and paper on canvas, 36 x 24"
In Between fuses representational and abstract elements to take what is familiar and shine a light on its inner complexity and composition. In the weaving of the abstract and the representational Marie aims to fully capture the multifaceted complexity and experiences of the woman and influence the viewers perception, and her own as well.
Rebecca Marie, Joyful, Acrylic and paper on canvas, 36 x 24"

The exhibition runs through Saturday, August 4
Artist Panel: Saturday, July 28, 3 PM

Friday, July 20, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Suki Kuss - Balancing Act

Suki Kuss, Music City II, Mixed media collage, 18.5 x 24.5"
Suki Kuss’ newest exhibition at TAG Gallery, Balancing Act, is a study of traditional craft making through a feminist lens. Kuss aims to reclaim the sovereignty of “a woman’s work”, from a patriarchal grasp while simultaneously uplifting the women that perform these tasks and the objects they create.
Suki Kuss, Girl In a Kimono VII, Mixed media collage, 24.5 x 36.5"
Kuss has an interest in materials considered traditionally female (vintage fabrics, papers, laces, etc.) and has expanded her palette to now include Asian inspired collections of ephemera. Having been given a book about Japanese kimonos by her mother, she was inspired to delve into the traditionally female task of kimono making, using her own unique collage technique.
Suki Kuss, Girl In a Kimono II, Mixed media collage, 23 x 18"
These femmage (feminine collage) pieces, though perhaps seen as craft or decorative art, have a power of their own. Here Kuss is embracing the decorative as a positive quality, fighting against what she feels is an artistic condescension that had long dismissed decorative as a trivial sign of inferior art or craft.
Suki Kuss, Resurrection I, Mixed media collage, 60.5 x 36.5"
This past year, Kuss’ beloved husband fell ill and passed away three weeks after the completing of an early “Kimono” piece. Harnessing her grief, Kuss walked a line between continuing her practice and running all aspects of their business on her own. This exhibition is a labor of love that came together in a spiral of emotion and creativity with the finished work speaking of women’s resilience and need to create.

The exhibition runs through Saturday, August 4 
Artist Panel: Saturday, July 28, 3 PM

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Jaime Coffey Bateman - California Series

Jamie Coffey Bateman
California Series is Jaime Coffey Bateman’s celebration of the unique light in nature and the connection and adventure of a place. She travels throughout the state taking photographs and when back in her studio starts a process of editing and making notes for her paintings. Working in egg tempera (a mixture of egg yolk, dry pigment and water), multiple layers are painted for each color and nuances between tone, transparency and vibrancy are created.
Jamie Coffey Bateman
Stepping into California Series is an experience of watching light progress throughout the day. By concentrating on light as its own entity, Bateman explores how it manipulates itself around objects and is distinguished through mood. Light seems to create a dialogue between forms by defining them and their negative spaces.
Jamie Coffey Bateman
Embracing the idea that the edge of uncertainty is where growth happens, Jaime has ventured into a subtle narrative between the landscape and wildlife. There exists a slight edge of abstraction mixed with representation. A sense of movement, as if in a passing car, can be felt, until the viewer stops at an individual painting and experiences the quiet of the landscape, losing themselves in intimate details and stillness.
Jamie Coffey Bateman
The exhibition runs through Saturday, August 4 
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 14, 5 - 8 pm 
Artist Panel: Saturday, July 28, 3 PM

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Current Exhibition: Jamie Coffey Bateman, Suki Kuss, Rebecca Marie, Lyle Rushing

Tuesday, July 10 - Saturday, August 4, 2018 
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 14, 5 - 8 pm 
Artist Panel: Saturday, July 28, 3 PM 

Jamie Coffey Bateman -- California Series
Jamie Coffey Bateman, Cali XXI Alert, Egg tempera, 6 x 6"
Suki Kuss -- Balancing Act
Suki Kuss, Small Offerings, Mixed media on canvas, 5 x 5"
Rebecca Marie -- In Between
Rebecca Marie, Refuge, Acrylic and paper, 12 x12"
Lyle Rushing -- Human. Male. Black.
Lyle Rushing, Blind In 1 Eye Can't See Out of the Other, Charcoal and pastel on wood, 30 x 30"

Monday, June 25, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Linda Sue Price - Connections

Linda Sue Price, Connections 1, Neon and mixed media, 15 x 15 x 10"
TAG Gallery is pleased to feature two bodies of neon and mixed media works by L.A. artist Linda Sue Price. The artist’s works capitalize on an economy of material in reflecting issues surrounding our current socio-political climate. Price explores themes of dividedness, interconnectedness, and spiritualism, combining photographic portraiture, chain, textiles representing each of the seven continents, and prominently, the yin yang symbol made from neon-lit tubing.

In Price’s series Connection, the work's underlying grid of crowd sourced portraits represents California’s diverse demographics and include those in her Los Angeles community and California residents at large. The artist’s highlighting of differences in race, gender, age, and orientation grounds her work in the traditions of social realism with its emphasis on the ‘average’ Californian.
Linda Sue Price, Connections 2, Neon and mixed media, 15 x 15 x 10"
In her series Continents, the works combine indigenous textiles worldwide. Both of the artist’s bodies of work relate humanity’s concerns from local, global, and cosmic vantages.
Linda Sue Price, Continents 1, Neon and mixed media, 15 x 15 x 10"
Price’s works trace current tensions facing humanity and are expressed between optimistic images of family, community, or symbols of culture, and affixed chain that surrounds each piece. Through the artist’s juxtaposing of photographs and chains, Price examines borders as objects of both protection and confinement and makes ambiguous the relationships between fragility and strength. Price’s use of the yin yang symbols are ever-present reminders of the light and dark forces inherent in the laws of nature and invites contemplation about humanity’s role in both the smallest and biggest pictures.
Linda Sue Price, Connections 3, Neon and mixed media, 15 x 15 x 10"
Linda Sue Price began studying neon at the Museum of Neon Art in 2004 under master neon artist Michael Flechtner. Solo exhibits include those at TAG Gallery in Los Angeles, and group exhibits including Untltled, curated by Shana Nys Dambrot at Artshare LA. Price is an advisory board member at the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, California.

The exhibition runs through Saturday, July 7, 2018
Artist Talk: Saturday, June 30, 3 p.m.