David Kordansky Gallery presents the debut of Firsthand, a new series of online exhibitions in which artists discuss their work in their own words, exploring process and context through interviews, essays, and personal reflections. The inaugural presentation in the series, Firsthand: William E. Jones on The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography, is now live at DavidKordanskyGallery.com and will remain on view through August 26, 2020.
Over the course of 30 years, William E. Jones has produced a genre-defying body of work that includes films, videos, photographs, and texts. His approaches to archival material encompass a range of modes. He alternately employs research, critique, autobiography, fiction, and appropriation to offer bracing—and often controversial—reassessments of the historical record. Jones’s subject matter is equally broad. The hidden agendas of Farm Security Administration (FSA) photography; the relationship between Ancient Greek philosophy and the informational overabundance of the internet; and the life and legacy of avant-garde queer filmmaker Fred Halsted have fallen under his purview.
The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography (1998) is an important video from a moment in Jones’s career when he was beginning to leave behind the world of independent documentary cinema for a more free-wheeling practice that existed—and continues to exist—at the margins between several disciplines. Comprised entirely of footage from gay adult videos made in Eastern Europe in the first years after the arrival of capitalism, it poses pointed questions about sex, market forces, and politics. In this online exhibition, Jones discusses the work’s genesis, historical background, and continued relevance with Stuart Krimko, the gallery’s Research and Editorial Director.
To view the online exhibition, please click here.
David Kordansky Gallery presents an online solo exhibition of new sculptures and works on paper by Aaron Curry. The show is now live at DavidKordanskyGallery.com through August 12, 2020. The exhibition will be on view at GalleryPlatform.LA starting tomorrow, July 16 until July 23, 2020.
Featuring both floor- and wall-based compositions, the show highlights the importance of collage in Curry’s project, as well as the complex and playful spatial effects he generates through the combination of flat forms. Juxtaposing appropriated imagery from sources like cereal boxes, comics, and sci-fi book covers, and constructing objects from materials that include printed and cut vinyl, Plexiglas, and LED lights, Curry has produced works that synthesize a career’s worth of exploration while breaking new compositional ground.
Curry is one of contemporary art’s most astute observers of the ever-changing intersections between digital and physical spaces. Though his finished work is resolutely analogue and handmade, his point of view seems to hover in an unlikely zone between the computer and the woodshop, and between the shifting visual masses of current popular culture and the experimental, abstract ethos of modernist art. Upon first glance, Curry’s newest sculptures are perhaps most notable for the image-dense compositions that cover their components. The result of paper and cardboard collages that have been scanned into the computer and printed onto vinyl, the "skins" are then subject to various kinds of manipulation. When Curry wraps them around wood forms, new image and textural combinations arise organically; but he also intervenes in more mediated ways, using a digital plotter to remove lines and shapes based on his own drawn marks.
Throughout these new works, the presence of the body and the impact of physical things is weighed against the virtual, hyperreal spaces that continue to proliferate at an astounding pace. Curry manages this feat with humor, precision, and curiosity, revealing surprisingly seamless connections in otherwise disjunctive worlds.
To view the online exhibition, please click here.
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce BORROWED SCULPTURES, an exhibition of new floor- and wall-based bronze sculptures by Ricky Swallow. The show will be on view at the gallery from July 22 through August 29, 2020. The gallery is currently open by private appointment only. Virtual visits are available here.
Ricky Swallow transforms familiar objects and materials into precise, mysterious bronze sculptures that challenge ordinary perceptions of space, mass, and color. This new group of works includes forms—among them several apparent readymades—that have accompanied the artist, whether literally or figuratively, for extended periods of time, fostering increased intimacy and a pointed, personally resonant surrealism. This becomes particularly clear in a wall-based sculpture produced from a cast of a long, twisting length of rope. The rope has been gathered into the silhouette of a stair stringer, a template used by builders to facilitate the construction of stairways, and therefore to negotiate a transition from flatness to dimensionality. Painted an off-white so that it resembles real rope, the work has a corporeal, organic feel. It also functions as a kind of linear drawing as the eye attempts to follow the course of the rope throughout the total shape. The play between two and three dimensions suffuses the work at every level, from concept to meticulous execution to uncanny experience.
Concurrent with BORROWED SCULPTURES, the gallery will present a solo exhibition of Doyle Lane's iconic weed pots curated by Swallow.
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce Weed Pots, an exhibition of ceramic vessels by Doyle Lane. Curated by artist Ricky Swallow, the show will feature more than five dozen examples of Lane's iconic, small-scale weed pots made between the late 1950s and late 1970s, on loan from collections throughout California. Weed Pots opens on July 22 and will remain on view through August 29, 2020. The gallery is currently open by private appointment only. Virtual visits are available here.
Doyle Lane (b. 1923, New Orleans; d. 2002, Los Angeles) is a significant, if underknown, voice in West Coast ceramic sculpture. His delicate vases and rigorous wall murals are expressions of a masterful command of traditional techniques; an innovative, tactile approach to glazing; and a quietly visionary understanding of geometry and three-dimensional form. He worked from a studio in the El Sereno district of Los Angeles for the majority of his career, producing highly focused, exquisitely proportioned objects sought after by many architects and designers throughout the region. Very much a mid-century "production potter," Lane would sell his pots directly to loyal collectors while also pursuing large-scale architectural commissions. As an African-American artist, he exhibited at notable Los Angeles galleries founded during the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements, including Ankrum Gallery and Brockman Gallery.
Lane’s weed pots—so named because they were designed to hold individual sprigs and dried flowers—were among his most consistent sites of experimentation. In a 2014 essay on Lane's work, Swallow describes them as "jewels of California modernism [that] are most credibly understood and appreciated when viewed in groupings, which is how Doyle conceived and marketed them in both gallery presentations and architectural commissions. In this context, one can see the subtle shifts in scale and form of the pots, some plump and spherical with tiny collared throats, some wider—more UFO-like (think Nelson lamp) with flattened openings just large enough to support a single twig. This combined with the matte-satin glazed surfaces, varying in color and activity, creates a real rhythm in the groupings and gives one an abridged glimpse into the working nature and diversity of Lane’s talents."
Weed Pots provides a rare window into the oeuvre of a figure whose contributions to the cultural landscape of Southern California—and beyond—continue to be fully appreciated.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, featuring work by Sam Gilliam and Fred Eversley, opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on June 27 and will remain on view until August 30, 2020. MFAH is the final presentation of a three-year tour, from venues including Tate Modern, London; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas; Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Broad, Los Angeles; and de Young Museum, San Francisco.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power is accompanied by a catalogue, with contributions by Mark Godfrey, Zoe Whitley, Linda Goode Bryant, David Driskell, and more.
Thank you, everyone! In just over a week, you confirmed $63,631 in contributions to the Summaeverythang Community Center founded and led by Lauren Halsey. With the gallery's $15,000 match, together we raised a total of $78,631 for the Community Center.
Summaeverythang's food distribution project packs and distributes boxes of farm-direct, organic produce free of charge to residents of South Central Los Angeles, where Halsey's family has lived and worked for generations. With your generous donations, the project will be able to sustain and scale up its food relief services for months to come. Please visit Summaeverythang.org and follow @summaeverythang on Instagram to stay up to date with the Community Center and its current and future projects.
Substantial, long-term change to the cultural landscape is an everyday commitment. We at David Kordansky Gallery look forward to sharing more initiatives and resources that combat systemic racism by building coalitions of support. The Summaeverythang Community Center provides an inspiring example of how each of us can effect change by directly reaching out to the people around us.
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David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce its representation of Deana Lawson. Lawson makes photographs that explore the black familiar and its relationship to lore, global histories, and mystery traditions. She transforms observational picture-making into a powerful mode of expression, critique, and celebration. Romance and intimacy between subjects, as well as ritual and spirituality, appear throughout Lawson’s work, often within the same image. Her photographs emphasize formal approaches to film commonly associated with both Western and African 20th-century portraiture practices, in addition to appropriation and uses of vernacular imagery. Lawson engages her subjects with intention and intuition alike, in staged situations characterized by the piercing directness of the model’s gaze. With their meticulous mise-en-scènes filled with personal artifacts and decor, these portraits underscore the psychological connections between people and their domestic spaces, fusing biography, symbolism, and cultural observation, and creating expansive images of contemporary personhood.
David Kordansky Gallery will present work by Deana Lawson at the upcoming Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms, June 17 – 26, with a VIP preview June 17 – 19, 2020.
David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to announce its representation of Jason Fox. For almost thirty years, Fox has painted pictures that inhabit the charged psychological spaces within American culture, as well as within the medium of painting itself. Exhibiting frequently at Feature Inc., among other galleries in the 1990s, he moved against the grain of prevailing appropriation-based and conceptual methodologies. His idiosyncratic, risk-taking paintings then and since have been filled with imaginary beings informed by modernist art, autobiographical reflection, and mythological symbolism, and a recurring cast of characters from comics, fantasy cinema, and popular music. As such, Fox produces pictures that condense broad propensities in the collective imagination into intimate images whose every brushstroke and color choice carries emotional weight. These unlikely but arresting pictures—suffused with Dadaist humor—make the most of painting’s ability to register organic, intuitively rendered changes in form and perspective. In many works from the last few years, Fox fuses portraits of well-known figures as well as images of his dog, demons, and angels. These hybridized beings appear to morph before the viewer’s eyes, communicating a sense of the fluidity with which they take shape on the canvas. This makes his work as personal and introspective as it is accessible, immediately recognizable, and culturally resonant.
An exhibition of Jason Fox's new paintings is currently on view at David Kordansky Gallery through July 11, 2020. The gallery will present work by Fox at the upcoming Art Basel Online Viewing Rooms, June 17 – 26, with a VIP preview June 17 – 19.
UPDATE: The response to Summaeverythang has been nothing short of inspiring.
To keep it coming, David Kordansky Gallery will match another $5,000 in new donations.
We cannot thank you enough for generously supporting and spreading the love so far. Next week, we will acknowledge all 366+ of you!
Our friends GalleryPlatform.LA and Total Luxury Spa have new Summaeverythang donation matches for us to meet too. Across our three platforms, how much can we raise together for organic produce to be delivered to Watts and South Central Los Angeles?
This past weekend amidst the protests in Los Angeles and across the country, Lauren Halsey—with members of her Summaeverythang Community Center—packed and distributed over 300 boxes of farm-direct, organic produce free of charge to residents of South Central Los Angeles, where she and her family have lived and worked for generations.
We at David Kordansky Gallery stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and all those protesting police brutality and racial injustice. We are committed to supporting projects by our artists that actively seek creative ways to combat systemic racism by building coalitions of love and support. Halsey's Summaeverythang Community Center provides an inspiring example of how each of us can effect change by directly reaching out to the people around us.
For the next week, the gallery will match up to $10,000 in donations made by our audience to support Summaeverythang's food distribution project founded by Lauren Halsey.
To donate to the Summaeverythang Community Center, please click here.
Upon giving, please email your donation confirmation to Emerald@DavidKordanskyGallery.com. We will gladly match contributions received totaling $10,000. Donations must be made by Wednesday, June 10, 8:00 am Pacific Time. Please note that donations are not tax-deductible.
David Kordansky Gallery is proud to be participating in Gallery Platform LA, launching on May 15. For more information, please visit GalleryPlatform.LA.
Sixty Los Angeles art galleries have joined together to create an online platform to promote engagement with the local and international art audience. GalleryPlatform.LA will present twelve gallery “viewing rooms” each week, with each gallery appearing on the platform once every six weeks. The platform will also include an editorial section featuring video visits with Los Angeles artists, collectors, and gallerists.
The online gallery platform is the first project of what will become a Los Angeles Gallery Association, which will coordinate joint programming, gallery maps and itineraries, and other projects to enhance the art-viewing experience in Los Angeles.
Fore more information, please click here.
A long-term installation of Sam Gilliam's early works from the 1960s and 1970s opens at Dia:Beacon, New York on Saturday, August 10.