From the Vaults: Lisa Diane Wedgeworth

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No Amount of Scrubbing Can Make Me Forget The Time I’ve Wasted on You (Shower Vignette), 2012-2013 | Excerpt from Lisa Diane Wedgeworth on Vimeo.

Blue Book, 2012 | Excerpt from Lisa Diane Wedgeworth on Vimeo.

Rimpau, 2015 | Excerpt from Lisa Diane Wedgeworth on Vimeo.

 

Lisa Diane Wedgeworth is a fantastic and accomplished abstract painter whose paintings are profoundly moving and miraculously so.   In her latest work, she limits her palette to black acrylic and oil paint, as an interpretation of her rich personal narratives.  These meditative paintings hint of her gift of storytelling.   He Studied Astronomy Without A Telescope Said His Daddy Was A Dogon He Didn’t Need That Expensive Shit, 2015, Acrylic and Gesso on Canvas, 72 x 72 in.  is a title of one of her most recent works.

Lisa Wedgeworth’s narrative expression is gloriously expanded on in her video work.  She is a cultivated and talented photographer and in these video works, her orchestration of dynamic anecdote and hypnotic visual cadence is a must see.  You may have seen No Amount of Scrubbing Can Make Me Forget The Time I’ve Wasted on You (Shower Vignette), 2012-2013 along with one of her large scale paintings.   They were recently featured at the California African American Museum in an exhibition called Hard Edged:  Geometrical Abstractions and Beyond.  It will be there until April 24th.

I am happy to share that Lisa has an exhibit opening tonight, May 21st at AWOL that features brand new video work.  Lisa is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Georgia Fee Residency grant in Paris!

 

And then there is Project Space 2920.  Lisa opens her space for a weekend in Hyde Park so generously giving her time and resources.  PS 2920 is an artist-run (Lisa) curatorial project committed to exhibiting emerging artists and experimental works.  Artists featured in the past have been Glen Wilson, Eagle Nebula, janet e. dandridge, Collin & Becky Stafford, Ofelia Marquez and von curtis.

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The art of Glen Wilson above @ PS 2920

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Ritual Portals at the Mezzanine with Eagle Nebula and janet e. dandrige @ PS 2920

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From the Vaults: Jessica Wimbley

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This is the last weekend for the wonderful exhibition Skin at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.  It is the last opportunity to see the work of Jessica Wimbley who’s work is represented spectacularly with three large works that are a reward to find at the northern most point of the exhibition.  So much more to see, you will be happy you made the time to catch it.

Skin:  On view February 7 to April 17, 2016 at the
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

From the Vaults: John Outterbridge

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John Outterbridge had a solo exhibition at the Hammer Museum’s Art + Practice space in Leimert Park, that closed last weekend. It was curated by Hammer senior curator Anne Ellegood with assistant curator Jamillah James, John Outterbridge: Rag Man.  If you weren’t able to see it you missed something truly special.

Back in December senior curator Anne Ellegood said, “It is a true honor to have the opportunity to work with John, who is such an important figure in the history of contemporary art in Los Angeles. While he is highly respected among his community, his work is not as widely known to the residents of Los Angeles as it should be. His work of the past decade is just as compelling, beautifully crafted, and conceptually resonant as his work of the 1970s. Not only is John a great artist, he is an exceptional human being. I know he is looking forward to having his work shown again in the context of Leimert Park, after showing with Brockman Gallery many years ago.”

To use the bank analogy chosen for this website, John Outterbridge is one of, if not the most treasured holding we have with us.  Those of us that have been blessed enough to sit at his feet here in Los Angeles know just that, that John Outterbridge is an exceptional human being.  A great artist, sculptor and now after seeing this wonderful show,  I am thrilled to know that John Outterbridge is also an exceptional painter!  As everyone of us knows, John is long overdue for a huge museum retrospective and so hopefully that will be happening real soon and when it does, I promise to get the word out about it before it closes.  It will be worth the plane fare.

(photos:  June Edmonds)

From the Vaults: Michael Massenburg

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Michael’s life as an artist is huge and multifaceted.  KCET featured him on their Artbound website with a wonderful article by Lynell George.  He is a curator (you’ve got one week), arts commissioner, a community activist, a public artist, cofounder of an artists collective and Michael is a mentor.  But Michael is an artist whose art is just as multidimensional.  If Beyonce’s roots make a TexasBama, Michael’s are slaying the BeardeRauchenRain to say the least.  Rain, as in Derain the Fauve. Michael’s split complementaries are even more heart stopping.  To say the least because No Orleans No Haiti responds to the call so compellingly of John Biggers as it is a response to apathetic eyes on the devastation caused by natural disaster on Black country.  Michael Massenburg’s most recent body of work contains more economical palettes but are large and sweeping in movement.  The paces are slowed creating exquisite yet slightly dissonant ballads like with a small committed brass section.

For me, Michael’s art makes sense of this world, not one work of his is missing love nor memory of truth unelided, without which we can sanely exist.  Only in Massenburg’s Save Me do we wonder if this brother is the one that will do the saving.  Michael Massenburg’s work is included in the exhibit Skin at the Municipal Art Gallery until April 17th.

From the Vaults: Dominique Moody

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Actually, there is another eclipse going on in Pasadena right now.  Only this time on Saturday the 5th the cosmic convergence will be an opportunity to see The Nomad by Dominique Moody, as well as Mark Greenfield’s new work (below posted) and Noni Olabisi’s (posted immediately below) at the same time.  The photos above beautifully taken of the Nomad, by Lynell George, are a couple months old so there is more to see.  Although it is still in process, it will make it’s debut soon, prior to it’s beginning journey through California this summer.  But I falter telling about it.  The telling, the being, the doing, the witnessing… now that is the work of art.  Individually, amazing.  But the combination of the presence of Ms. Moody, her telling of Ancestral  laced stories, the witnessing of the ever evolving process of the art and life itself… a wonder.  Dominique Moody is creating this work at the Zorthian Ranch in Altadena for just a couple more weeks but do stay tuned for her upcoming travels.  Until then, see more and learn more at her blogs.

From the Vaults: Noni Olabisi

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There is only one more week to see Noni Olabisi’s newest paintings in the group show curated by José Lozano at Avenue 50 Studio Gallery, “Believe!”.  Noni has created and is still creating some of the most important murals in this city and in this country.  Once while she was painting the William Grant Still Mural, I visited with a bus load of teens.  They too were awestruck.  Her paintings have the same effect.

From the Vaults: Mark Greenfield

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I consider Mark Steven Greenfield to be one of the most generous artists in this city who I greatly appreciate and consider a mentor.  Some brilliant new work of Mark’s is on view now in a group show at the Offramp Gallery.  I love these newest works, his works always so hugely rich in content and source- these for me even more so as he so brilliantly allows what occurs to me as his own brand of African Anime to be invented through these works.  Recent work by Quinton Bemiller and Anita Bunn are also on view in the exhibition. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, June 22 from 2-5pm and a closing reception on Sunday, July 20 from 2-5pm.

For more information, please go to www.offrampgallery.com

From the Vaults: Glynnis Reed

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I have been a fan of Glynnis’ for years now and admire her range of artistic exploration.  These latest works, from her series titled From the Earth to the Skies, are sumptuous and otherworldly.  Here is what she says about them per her statement, “In my work, I have often engaged with the theme of the power of nature. I return to that theme in this body of work as nature becomes a symbol of beauty, endlessness, power, and complexity… I photographed specimen collections at the Natural History Museum in Vienna, at the monastery Stift Melk I shot images of a ceiling fresco of angels, I captured images of trees, hillsides, fields, rivers, and valleys where ever I could find them, and throughout urban areas in Lower Austria and Paris I took pictures of graffiti. These various subjects layered and interwoven relate the substance of my dream life and my spiritual aspirations.”