9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, 90045
"LA + Water: Reimagining the LA River" is presented by the MA candidates at the University of Southern California, in conjunction with the Studio Orta Food-Water-Life exhibition. The afternoon brings together innovative and compelling discussions by three preeminent Los Angeles minds that are working to reimagine the future of the Los Angeles River: Julia Meltzer, director of nonprofit arts and culture organization Clockshop; Sean Woods, Superintendent of California State Parks, Los Angeles Sector; and Esther Margulies, professor of landscape architecture at USC, recently appointed by Mayor Garcetti as the West Los Angeles Planning Commissioner.
Guests are invited to view the exhibition at the Ben Maltz gallery, and then proceed to the presentation section at the Otis Lighting Studio. A question and answer session will follow.
631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Small Museum for an American Metaphor is an exhibition which brings together European perspectives on the American West, and more specifically, the particularities embedded in the idealized fictions surrounding it. The visual argument here is that there is a certain architectonic “idea” that dwells on the celebration of Endlessness as mythicized in the American West. The metaphor is the base for an architecture that blurs the distinction between building and object, collapsing the different scales. It is an architecture that celebrates the fiction of the “wide open” and seeks to re-evaluate/reinterpret the world as a gigantic interior. In that context, a successful intervention is able to define hierarchies, carve out places, and make shared points of reference. The exhibition, much in the tradition of showcasing objects in a defined space, such as a cabinet, “collects”artworks, architectural models, drawings and other elements that consciously fade the distinction between object and representation.
Ultimately it is a show on urban strategies, but starting from the conviction that these very strategies can only be conveyed if presented in an oblique way. The show proposes a method that understands beauty and hedonism not so much as the enemy of hierarchy and organization, but despite all senses of responsibility, its driving force.
1702 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
Offramp Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition, Quinton Bemiller: Recent Work from October 26 – November 23, 2014. There will be an opening reception for the artist on Sunday, October 26 from 2-5pm. There will be a closing reception and artist’s talk on Sunday, November 23 from 2-5pm.
More than ever, my recent paintings explore the relationship between abstraction and representation. Specifically, there is an emphasis on depth and atmosphere, contrasted by flat shapes and design. I am more consciously thinking of my paintings as views or as pictures, although they are fictional.
The techniques I use build upon both the Hard-edge and Color Field painters. I find it noteworthy that these two important modes of abstract painting have previously defined themselves by limitations. Painters like Karl Benjamin worked exclusively with flat shapes and opaque color, typically creating geometric compositions, whereas painters like Helen Frankenthaler worked with fluidity and transparency, creating organic works.
I am attracted to the possibilities of hybridizing these approaches. Abstraction was previously a denial of representation, a liberation from images. Now, it seems silly to use abstraction that way. The mission was accomplished. I am standing in a place where abstraction, representation and surrealism overlap. Modernism moved so quickly, with one "-ism" abandoned for another and another. Like many painters working today, I feel that I am carving out my own niche, keeping my work personal while picking up the pieces of Modernism and reassembling them for my own pleasure.
Quinton Bemiller, October 2014
Quinton Bemiller: Recent Work is Bemiller's third solo show at Offramp. It will be shown concurrently with Echiko Ohira: Red.
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The UCLA Philharmonia is the flagship orchestra of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and one of Southern California’s premier training orchestras. Its music directors have included Lukas Foss, Richard Dufallo, Mehli Mehta, Samuel Krachmalnick, Alexander Treger, and Jon Robertson. Notable recent performances include an evening-long exploration of the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique with commentary by UCLA professor Robert Winter; UCLA opera’s production of Verdi’s Falstaff, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Jonathan Dove’s Flight (West Coast premiere), and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites; annual appearances at Sundays Live; and a special Royce Hall performance of works by Recovered Voices composers Franz Schreker, Alexander Zemlinsky, and Arnold Schoenberg, conducted by Los Angeles Opera Music Director James Conlon.