CLAIRE OSWALT: Peril In Perfection

Claire Oswalt: Peril In Perfection
September 12 – October 31, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday September 12, 6-8PM

“…. yet it is possible to see peril in the finding of ultimate perfection. It is clear that the ultimate pattern contains its own fixity. In such perfection, all things move towards death.” – Dune, Frank Herbert

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Peril In Perfection, a new series of sculptural drawings by New York-based artist Claire Oswalt. The exhibition will run from September 12 – October 31, 2009 with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, September 12th from 6 – 8PM. This is the artist’s second solo show with the gallery.

With her jointed figures made from wood and graphite on paper, Oswalt continues to explore the push and pull between control and freedom. In the tradition of puppets and marionettes, these pieces are designed to be controlled and moved, yet here the subjects appear abruptly frozen in the moment. The fixity of these otherwise aggressive, passionate, dynamic and often violent scenes suggests “the artist” as a master of manipulation and calculation. Although they are put into a position that lacks control, the puppets place their trust in the artist and subsequently the viewer.

While her previous body of work highlighted the vulnerability of adolescence, here Oswalt depicts scenes of aggression among primarily male adults. In one piece, two men violently wrestle each other and in another, a struggling subject is doubled over in pain. At first glance these images seem loud and explosive, yet by restricting their movement these moments become quiet places of ordered beauty.

Claire Oswalt lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She was recently included in “Under The Knife,” a group show at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA. Articles and reviews have appeared in Artweek, Angeleno Magazine and Paper among other publications.

Taylor De Cordoba is located at 2660 S La Cienega Blvd in Los Angeles, CA and is open from Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm. For additional press information, contact Heather Taylor at heather@taylordecordoba.com or (310) 559-9156.

LA FASHION BLOOM


L.A. FASHION BLOOM

Public Dates: Friday, July 10 – Saturday, August 8

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present L.A. FASHION BLOOM, a temporary fashion boutique installed in a contemporary art gallery setting. In lieu of a traditional “summer group show,” gallery co-owner Heather Taylor has curated a selection of artfully installed pieces by five Los Angeles-based fashion designers:

Melissa Coker of Wren – clothing designer
Annie Costello Brown – jewelry designer
Jesse Kamm – clothing designer
Gregory Parkinson – clothing designer
Clare Vivier – handbag and accessory designer

All items will be available for purchase and a portion of proceeds will be donated to P.S. Arts, a local organization dedicated to restoring arts education in public schools. The designers will be featuring pieces from previous seasons in addition to debuting new fall items.

Some of L.A.’s most sought after design talent will transform the space from gallery into boutique. Local artist and Reorganica designer, Tony Brown, has created reclaimed wood store fixtures. Vintage lighting and accessories are courtesy Empric with floral landscaping designed by Holly Flora. L.A. FASHION BLOOM will exist for one month.

JEANA SOHN: Sleep Sleep

Jeana Sohn:  Sleep Sleep
May 16 – June 27, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday May 16, 6-8PM

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Sleep Sleep, a new series of paintings on panel and an installation by Los Angeles-based artist Jeana Sohn. The exhibition will run from May 16 through June 27, 2009.  The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, May 16 from 6-8PM.

Drawing upon mythologies and the vastness of nature, Jeana Sohn paints peaceful scenes that are filled with anxiety. While aiming to express her connection to nature in these paintings, she widens the conversation to the relationship between humans and the natural world in general. Her images are undeniably gorgeous – a pretty, fashionable young girl (resembling a well dressed paper doll) floating amidst vividly colored roses is a recurring image and an appealing one. Yet, the characters Sohn imagines seem more lost than found, more frightened and overwhelmed than peaceful. A girl trying to untangle herself from a seemingly never-ending pile of rope exemplifies this.

It is exactly this tension that makes takes Sohn’s work from the level of appealing to utterly fascinating. And here, the little girl lost theme will be more disarming than ever as Sohn moves away from her traditional 2-D style and creates a life-size paper mache sculpture of a six-year-old girl.

Jeana Sohn graduated from Cal Arts in 2004. Her artwork has been exhibited in various exhibitions around the country and included in numerous publications. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

TIMOTHY HULL: Justified And Ancient: (What Time Is Love?)

Timothy Hull: Justified and Ancient (What Time is Love?)

April 4th, 2009 – May 9th, 2009

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Justified and Ancient: (What Time is Love?) a solo show by New York-based artist Timothy Hull. The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Saturday April 4 from 6 – 8PM.

For his second solo show with the gallery, Hull shifts his focus from the themes relating to the Russian mystic Gurdjeiff to the topic of Egypt as cultural obsession.  Hull’s interest in Egypt stems from the ways in which Egyptian motifs, mysteries and history have been appropriated, quantified and qualified by westerners since the Victorian age.

Hull presents a variety of media in this new installation composed of discrete objects: graphite drawings incorporating collage; hyper-detailed blue ink drawings depicting Egyptian landscape scenes; improbable travel posters; a wall installation featuring clocks, primary and secondary source material; and a soundtrack of Egyptian contemporary dance music that accompanies a video of a Nile cruise disco masquerade party, taken on his April 2008 research trip to Egypt. Here, he questions the signifiers and conceptual indicators that revolve around traditional “Egypt” images, orientalism and the aura of Egyptian tourism.

Timothy Hull lives and works in New York City. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Brown Project Space in Milan, Museum 52 in New York, The Morris Museum of Art in New Jersey, and Freight+Volume, Klaus Von Nichtssagend and Bellwether, all in New York. Hull has been featured in Artforum.com, The Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Flash Art, NY Arts Magazine and the Los Angeles Times.

MELISSA MANFULL: Tesseracts

Melissa Manfull: Tesseracts

February 21 – March 28, 2009

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Tesseracts, a new series of drawings by Los Angeles-based artist Melissa Manfull. The exhibition will run from February 21 – March 28, 2009.  The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Saturday February 21 from 6pm-8pm.

In this new group of unframed ink on paper pieces, Melissa Manfull creates impossible worlds and structures. Much like science fiction writer Charles Howard, who coined the word “Tesseract” (the four-dimensional analog of the cube) in the late 19th century, Manfull is interested in a reality beyond what we can see and understand in a 3-dimensional world.

Drawing inspiration from science fiction, gothic architecture and mineralogy, Manfull explores the conceptual and visual analogies between naturally occurring structures and those made by humans. Visually, her drawings of towers, arches and organic bursts are arrestingly beautiful and overwhelming in their obsessive detail. Thousands of tiny lines compose the architecture she imaginatively creates.

At once delicate and bold, the work straddles our notions of temporal reality. Are we looking at an existing metropolis, a futuristic utopia or a flashback to Victorian England?  Manfull is indeed influenced by Gothic architecture and pulls her muted palette of pinks, moss greens, blues and grays from Victorian interiors and textiles.

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.

RYAN CALLIS: Are You Ready to Testify?

Ryan Callis: Are You Ready to Testify

January 10 – February 14, 2009

Taylor De Cordoba is pleased to present Are You Ready to Testify, a new series of paintings by Southern California-based artist Ryan Callis. The exhibition will run from January 10 through February 14, 2009. The gallery will host an opening reception for the artist on Saturday January 10 from 6pm-8pm.

The exhibition consists of paintings that operate conversationally, as phrases and sentences in a larger dialogue. To create the paintings’ architectural structures, Callis uses a system that codes phrases and words into geometric forms without visually making use of text. While the completed paintings do not directly reflect the original texts, every gesture, shape and concept organically flows from this unique coded system. A palette of vibrant (nearly acidic) blues, greens, yellows and pinks creates elegant passages of paint flows and color gradations.

The conception for this series of work was influenced largely by Nam June Paik’s Fluxus film, Zen For Film (1962-1964), the 1996 Dischord Records release of the self proclaimed “gospel yeah, yeah” sound of the Make-Up’s debut album, Destination: Love, Live at Cold Rice, and David Hockney’s book That’s the Way I See Things.

This is the artist’s second solo show at Taylor De Cordoba. His work has been featured in Artweek and the OC Weekly. Ryan Callis was recently included in Christopher Knight’s article for the Los Angeles Times, “45 Under 45.” He received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 2007.

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