Archive for September, 2010


Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Frohawk Two Feathers reviewed by Holland Cotter in The New York Times, September 24, 2010

“…that leaves only two last pieces to be accounted for, both fine-lined portraits in ink, acrylic and tea by the young Los Angeles artist Umar Rashid, who also uses the moniker Frohawk Two Feathers, and performs as Kent Cyclone. All I can say at first acquaintance is that the portraits, of fictional 18th-century personages from some Caribbean of the imagination, are terrific. If Mr. Rashid is as good a performer as he is a painter, he must be something. “

MELISSA MANFULL: Pattern Constraints

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Melissa Manfull: Pattern Constraints

September 18 – October 30, 2010

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Pattern Constraints, a new series of drawings by Los Angeles-based artist Melissa Manfull. The exhibition will run from September 18 – October 23, 2010.  The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, September 18 from 6pm-8pm.

Seeking inspiration from metaphysics and mysticism, Melissa Manfull creates hyper-detailed structures that straddle the worlds of reality and imagination. Working in a palette that ranges from the subdued and earthy to the mystical and otherworldly, Manfull inserts her stiff geometric shapes within pools of bleeding ink. Thus bringing to mind the idea of a building’s lost limb, detached and floating in space.

The artist’s interest in utopian societies and the ways in which architecture can reflect belief systems inspired these organic yet rigid drawings. And in some ways, the resulting structures, created by fractal patterning, reflect the artist’s personal understanding of the intricate workings of the universe and the mind. Due to the obsessive nature of her process, Manfull has often viewed the meditative act of drawing as a way to approach her fear of vast, open ended space (the unknown). By creating her minute sculptural drawings, she gives this abyss a meaning and in essence, gains control. With her amorphous ink stains, she tries to mimic this emptiness rather than flight it.

Her musings on space are echoed by architecture theorist, Christian Norbert-Schulz, who discusses how buildings are an intermediary between sky and earth. This idea spoke to the artist’s interest in architecture as a means to fill a void (empty space). Manfull’s drawings, in which she attempts to occupy and define the uninhabited are a mediation on these themes.

Melissa Manfull received her MFA from Concordia University Montreal in Canada and has exhibited her artwork at The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, High Energy Constructs in Los Angeles, and Bourget Gallery in Montreal, among others.  She lives and works in Los Angeles.


Thursday, September 9th, 2010

September 9- October 16, 2010

Thursday, September 9th 6-8pm

Noel Anderson | Adler Guerrier | Arjan Zazueta | Carlos Rigau | David Antonio Cruz | Diane Wah | Frohawk Two Feathers | Jaret Vadera | Langdon Graves | Simone Leigh | Yashua Klos | Felandus Thames

ELSE group exhibition presents a selection of work situated in between the recognizable and indistinguishable. A combination of sculpture, painting, printmaking, video and installation bringing about various overlapping conversations and exploring the way we interpret cultural, religious and personal narrative in a way that gives the viewer a glimpse into something uncanny.

Co-Curators: Derrick Adams + Jack Tilton