Blue State explores the invention of “blueness” through various historical narratives, examining the role of the color as a catalyst for geographic and technological discovery. Once the essence that inspired scientific pilgrimage, blueness is now itself a geographic measuring instrument, serving as a shorthand to map political constituencies across the American landscape. District by district, blueness blankets a matrix of values under a single shade of establishment liberalism. A desire for exactness, for natural blueness rich in detail and meaning, has given way to its opposite: blueness as projection, a tool of blurring and false ascription. Blue acts not as an organizing principle but as an organizing force, one that points us at once to the paradoxes of discovery and repression, of global apocrypha and intimate secrets, of the joy of nature and its dissolution into the ether. Featured artists include: Cameron Crone, Cynthia Daignault, Paul Kremer, Divya Mehra, Monique Mouton, Elizabeth Marcus-Sonenberg, and Elise Rasmussen. Blue State will be on view through April 14 at Night Gallery 2276 E 16th Street Los Angeles. photographs by Lani Trock
photographs by Jessie Askinazi
The second edition of Sexy Beast, supporting Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA), was hosted by Andy Richter at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel. Works by Barbara Kruger, Marilyn Minter, Julie Mehretu, Ed Ruscha, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Sterling Ruby were up for auction to support PPLA. photographs by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
YBCA presents a brand new commission by Los Angeles based artist Samara Golden. Known for creating dreamlike, uncanny, and immersive environments, Golden attempts to stage the sixth dimension–a place where the future, present, and past exist simultaneously. Golden’s installations use mirrors, video, sound, and handmade sculptures to create a hypnotic, hallucinatory space that draws the viewer in completely. This exhibition is Golden’s largest installation to date and will take over a substantial gallery at YBCA. A Trap In Soft Division will be on view until May 16, 2016 at YBCA in San Francisco. Photographs by Bradley Golden.
photographs by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
Night Gallery presents present its first exhibition “In Reality” with LA based artist Yuh-Shioh Wong. Through her intrinsic understanding of the natural world, Wong’s paintings communicate the inherent structure of things- through shape, color, and lineand how they connect to one another and to human experience. Yuh-Shioh Wong "In Reality" will be on view until October 12 at Night Gallery, 2276 E. 16th Street, Los Angeles.
"Forget the runway, come run(a)way to a place where fashion has been wrestled from the talons of Vogue, torn to shreds, and redistributed amongst the munchkins." Barf Queen, Agency, and Dopp Doolittle present a unique one night only tradeshow fashion orgy at Night Gallery in Los Angeles. photographs by Summer Bowie
In Goodnight Moon, a childlike bunny says good night to the contents of her bedroom one by one: "Goodnight, room. Goodnight, moon." The beloved children's book illustrates a familiar and simple ritual through playful means. Ritual and childhood are Ohio based artist Zachary Armstrong's main points of origin, mined throughout his diverse practice, from wallpaper and neon signs, to lamps and paintings. Most often it is his own early years or those of his son that are referenced. Armstrong does this partly to conjure a more naïve moment in one's life, emphasizing the difference in knowingness between a former and current self and creating a nostalgic distance in his mind as well as in the viewer. Zachary Armstrong 'Goodnight Bojangles' will be on view until May 16, 2015 at Night Gallery. photographs by Lee Thompson