Presented by John Wolf
2049 S Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021
(Around the corner from Ghebaly Gallery and Night Gallery)
March 17 – April 28, 2018
Opening Night Reception: 7pm – 10pm
Monday – Friday: 11am – 5pm
Saturday: 12pm – 3pm
In much of the art world today, intention is considered paramount. Artists push the boundaries of cultural propriety under the pretext of provoking necessary questions, And it’s up to the viewer if the “discursive intention” is enough; enough to justify the work of an artist who uses an image, a culture, even an emotion that isn’t their own.
Chris Martin, Untitled, 2015-16
Acrylic and glitter on canvas, 77 x 60 in
We invite you to take part in a world where you don’t have to pretend. You don’t need a discursive pretense, and your work doesn’t need a deeper meaning, intention or excuse. The ends are the same as the means: fun. That doesn’t mean you don’t get to have a dark side. After all, what’s fun without a little danger? This show will be immersive and it will seem endless, made to exhaust the limits of viewers’ senses.
Calvin Marcus, Automatic Drawing (Untitled) (2017)
Oil crayon and Flashe on gessoed linen, 28 x 96 in
In creating this exhibition, we extend an invitation that echoes fiction’s tyrannical chocolate mogul Willy Wonka: “Come with me and you’ll be/ In a world of pure imagination/..what we’ll see will defy explanation…” In this exhibition, the truth of the work will be the viewer’s experience. We want this to be a joy ride, a sugar rush, a high. Reflection can come later, because after you immerse your senses in this saccharin world, there will inevitably be some kind of hangover, comedown or crash.
Featured artists: Aaron Garber Maikovska, Jen Guidi, George Condo, Nicolas Party, Sam Gilliam, John Millei, Jonas Wood, Brian Rochefort, Bryan Ricci, Laurie Lipton, Matthew Carter, Gary Lang, Aaron Morse, Yves Scherer, Amy Bessone, Pilar Wiley, Larissa Bates, Aaron Bates, Eddie Martinez, Katie Dorame, Anne-Louise Ewen, Jason Burgess, Justin John Greene, Peter Alexander, Simphiwe Ndzube, Dustin Yellin, Spencer Lewis, Mattia Biagi, Seffa Klein, Kottie Paloma, Lesley Vance, Aaron Smith, Derek Fordjour, Jacqueline Laurita Cortese, Zachary Tomaszewski, Charles Alexander, Bryan Kirkwood, Eliot Greenwald, Ryan Michael Ford, Nathan Ritterpusch and Hossein Edalatkhah.