Timothy Hull: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
May 21 – July 9, 2011
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Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, a solo exhibition by New York-based
artist Timothy Hull. The exhibition will run from May 21 through July 9, 2011, with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday May 21 from 6-8pm. This is his third solo show with the gallery.
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow consists of drawings, paintings and wall installations addressing the provisional nature of time and history. Hullʼs new work points to the fact that we exist in an eternal present and that what was, no longer is. In addition, the work explores ideas of representation, reproduction, cultural appropriation and recycling. Hull employs motifs from art history’s distant past as well as from 20th century modernism; mixing and matching patterns, colors and styles that create links through time. The artist connects disparate points in time, such as pop culture imagery from 1980′s cause célèbre to rainforest patterns, Boy George, swatch watches, ruins from antiquity and museum displays as well as renaissance consort music. The artist presents many “doubles” or pairings, some nearly carbon copies of each other, and some similar but different. This is meant as a response to the philosophical questions raised by Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas on the nature of being and the essence of things, either real or imagined. The artist employs various artistic mediums, examining concepts such as travel, imperialism, Orientalism, west-meets-east and 1980’s pop imagery. The juxtaposition of discursive imagery and messages from history asks the viewer to consider the factors that led us to this exact moment in time.
Since Timothy Hull’s last exhibition at Taylor de Cordoba his work has been included in group shows in Milan, Italy at La Dictateur Gallery, Rome, Italy at the NOMAS Foundation and in Vienna, Austria at Co-Co. Hull also participated with the group K-48 in the collaborative exhibition “No Soul for Sale” at X-Initiative in New York and the Tate Modern in London. His work has also recently been featured in Flaunt magazine, Dossier Journal, Surface magazine and the New York Times. He has also conducted interviews with other artists for MUSEO magazine, Art in America and the Huffington Post. He recently published a collaborative book of photo-collages with Paul Mpagi Sepuya titled “The Accidental Egyptian and Occidental Arrangements.” He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION
April 9 – May 14, 2011
Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present the 5 Year Anniversary Exhibition, a group show celebrating five years of exhibiting artwork in Culver City. The exhibition will run from April 9 – May 14, 2011, and will kick off with a champagne reception on Saturday, April 9 from 6 – 8pm. To commemorate Taylor De Cordobaʼs first five years and more than thirty past exhibitions, the gallery will feature one new piece by each represented artist, whose visions have shaped the face of the gallery. The selection of artwork will reflect the diversity of artists represented, including:
Danielle Nelson Mourning
Frohawk Two Feathers
Taylor De Cordoba opened its doors to the public on April 15, 2006. Since then, the gallery has mounted over thirty exhibitions, participated in numerous art fairs, and launched a lauded bi-monthly reading series. Taylor De Cordoba and gallery represented artists have been featured in local and international publications, including: Frieze, Art in America, Artforum, Artweek, Art LTD, V Magazine, Elle, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, LA Weekly, Beautiful Decay, C Magazine, Whitewall, The Huffington Post, LA Confidential, Angeleno and more. Los Angeles natives Heather Taylor and Alex de Cordoba co-own the gallery. Taylor De Cordoba is located at 2660 S La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles, CA and is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm. For additional press information, please contact Heather Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 559-9156.
FROHAWK TWO FEATHERS: Crocodile Company, Part I. La Guerre Des Machettes Danseuses (The War of The Dancing Machetes)
February 19 through March 26, 2011
Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Crocodile Company, Part I. La Guerre Des Machettes Danseuses (The War of The Dancing Machetes), a new series of mixed media paintings and drawings by Los Angeles-based artist Frohawk Two Feathers. The exhibition will run from February 19 through March 26, 2011, with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday February 19 from 6-8pm. This is his third solo show with the gallery.
Frohawk Two Feathers continues to demonstrate his skill as a master storyteller, spinning tales of colonialism, imperialism and conquest with his wholly unique iconography. Blending his obsession with the history of conflict and pop culture influences from video games, films and TV shows, the artist tells a wartime narrative starring an imagined cast of fascinating characters. Using two classic traditions of both painting and map making, Two Feathers communicates a tragic, yet often humorous story that, through a slight of hand and bristle of the brush retell and reshape historical roles of race, class, and gender. Originally trained in photography, the artist uses elaborately staged photographs of friends and family as the source material for the final portraits on view.
As with his previous bodies of work, each series functions as a chapter in a never-ending tome. Set in 1789 in the Caribbean, “The War of the Dancing Machetes” is a story of assassination, slavery and the fight for power. Deadly clashes between the black ruling class and “The Crocodile Company” (the newly propertied “mulatto” soldiers), drive this story. While these themes of unrest are familiar in art history, Two Feathers approaches his subjects with a keen eye, creating a unique and memorable visual language. And as a viewer immersed in his storytelling, one cannot help but question whether the specifics come from the artist’s mind or straight from the history books. The artist loosely based this series on the actual “War of Knives” that was fought as a precursor to Haitian independence.
Sasha Bezzubov: Wildfire,
January 8 – February 12, 2011
Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Wildfire, the galleryʼs third exhibition by Brooklyn-based photographer Sasha Bezzubov. The exhibition will run from January 8th through February 12th, 2011. The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Saturday January 8th from 6pm-8pm.
This exhibition consists of nine large-format color photographs that document the aftermath of wildfires in California between 2003 to 2007, including those at Running Springs, San Diego County and Cedar Glen. Bezzubov creates powerful images of mundane places that have been instantly transformed through the violent power of a natural force, into dreamscapes of apocalyptic proportions. The artist shows us the moments just after disaster strikes: a bare hillside with one precariously perched charred car; a spiral staircase jutting into the landscape surrounded by rubble of the home that once encased it; and eerily empty forests scattered with seemingly never ending rows of blackened trees. While these images evoke a post-apocalyptic sense of dread, there is something jarring in their quiet beauty.
With the photographsʼ muted, dusty palette and empty spaces, viewers often recall images of the “wild west” and the desert landscape of pre-development California. Russian born Sasha Bezzubov writes in his project statement that Wildfire “pays tribute to those earlier photographs, but also brings them and the landscape they helped to fashion into question.”Here, the artist presents a view that could be taken from a past period in history, just as easily as it could exist in a dystopic future. Yet, there is something undeniably calm about these images that are nearly devoid of any evidence of man and industrialization. Standing before these epic works, one canʼt help but reflect on how little control we actually possess when confronted with the unstoppable forces of nature.
Sasha Bezzubov is the recipient of numerous awards and grants for his photographic works, including two Fulbright Scholarship Awards for his work in Vietnam and India. He earned his MFA from Yale University in 1997. His work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and has appeared in The New York Times, Esquire Magazine, Newsweek, Details Magazine, The Village Voice and Blind Spot.
Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Waxing Marks, an exhibition of new works on paper by San Francisco-based artist and musician, Kyle Field. The exhibition will run from November 6 – December 18, 2010. The gallery will host a reception for the artist on Saturday, November 6.
For his third solo exhibition at Taylor De Cordoba, Field presents a series of ten small ink drawings (approximately 8″ x 10″ each). In his previous body of work, the artist created surreal worlds of fantastical creatures, whose shapes twisted apart and melded together to create intricate yet loose patterns. Here he has stripped away the majority of representational imagery and focuses primarily on richly detailed textural patterns.
The daunting and often humbling task of filling an entire surface motivated Field to produce these dense pieces, which almost completely lack negative space. While referencing the subconscious act of daydream-inspired doodles, he found this kind of drawing to be an exercise in patience. Patterns would form only to fall apart and then form again. Occasional mistakes forced him to retire his intended patterns, as new ones would emerge. The resulting effect is a visual tension between Field’s original road map and the inevitable surprises and unexpected turns he encountered while creating the work.
The title of the exhibition, “Waxing Marks” relates to the artist’s passion for surfing. In these drawings he expertly weaves colors and shapes into patterns that reference the way wax can build up on a surfboard. With a nod towards op-art, magic eye pictures and blotter sheet art, the recognizable images become almost completely phased out. Viewers are left to stare into Field’s intense and often hypnotic designs and form their own meaning.
Kyle Field lives and works in San Francisco, California. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues, including Atelier Cardenas Bellanger (Paris, France), Le Confort Moderne (Poitiers, France), The Palais des Beaux-Arts BOZAR, (Brussels, Belgium), Musée Janisch (Switzerland) Cinders Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) and New Image Art (Los Angeles, CA). He has been featured in Artnet, Artinfo.com, New American Paintings and Le Monde. He also performs as a musician under the name Little Wings. He received his BFA from UCLA in 1997.
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.