Opening night receptions are open to all, and are held in the Art Rental & Sales Gallery from 5-7 pm.
Art Rental & Sales Gallery Fall Exhibition
Saturday, December 1, 2012 (opening night reception)–February 7, 2013
Image: Sarajo Frieden, Untitled_231, 2012
Sarajo Frieden’s Los Angeles studio borders Thai Town, Little Armenia, and Koreatown and has Guatemalan and Salvadoran bakeries nearby. The cacophony of the area’s hand-painted signs rendered in a variety of languages serves as both an inspiration and a daily reminder to her that the ordinary is often extraordinary. Wandering through her paintings and collages, one finds a host of disparate vocabularies from the worlds of fine, folk, and decorative art, including Persian miniatures, Shaker trance drawings, Japanese ukiyo-e, and her Hungarian great aunt’s embroidery. Using open-ended narratives, folk tales, abstraction, and the juxtaposition of discordant images, Frieden gives form to the human experience as she sees it.
Image: Barbara Kaleta, Horse – Barbed Wire, 2012
Barbara Kaleta paints dramas culled from her life and imagination. Using her emotional connection to an image as a point of departure, her subjects often appear in drawings before being rendered in paint. Kaleta works in a black, calligraphic style, evoking the quality of black-and-white photography and charging her works with sense of moment. In her horse paintings, the animals are frozen in mid-gallop, bridled yet still charging. They are marked with battle scars and handicaps yet possess a sweep of momentum. In her fish series, she uses paints, ink, and charcoal to conjure the subject’s primal essence–its constant rushing against the sea. For each animal, life’s experiences are distilled with a snapshot, captured in stark gestures and raw form.
Molly Larkey | Have What
In her new work, Larkey investigates the boundaries of language within a context of abstract painting, sculpture, and drawing. By hinting at a presence of language that never quite comes into being, she provides a slippage between looking and reading and questions how one sees (or reads) an object.
The paintings incorporate ceramic shapes on their surfaces, creating tension between flatness and volume, painted gesture and blocks of color, and symbolic language and the rawness of the materials. What seems at first glance to be a straightforward painted surface reveals itself over time to be layers of canvas, ceramics, and paint. Using these different materials and techniques to extract both solid forms and subtle gestures, the paintings confuse negative and positive space and yield lyrical shifts between the covering and the covered up.
Molly Larkey (b. 1971, Los Angeles) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received a MFA from Rutgers University, New Jersey, and a BA from Columbia University, New York. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at PS1 MoMA, New York; The Saatchi Gallery, London; The Drawing Center, New York; Horton Gallery, New York; Ochi Gallery, Ketchum; Samson Projects, Boston; and Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica among others.
Artworks are available to LACMA members for rental, and for sale to members and the general public.
There are four ARSG shows each year, always for two emerging Southern California artists. The gallery is a fifty-eight-year-old fundraising effort of the Art Museum Council, a volunteer group founded in 1952, all of whose funds go to purchase acquisitions for the museum or to fund exhibitions.
Art Rental & Sales Gallery | 323 857-6500 | 5905 Wilshire Blvd | Los Angeles, CA | 90036
LACMA curators and members of the Art Museum Council will review applications for our exhibitions. To apply for the fall programs, please send a CV, 1 CD with PDF or JPEG digital files (72 to 150 dpi, 8"x10" maximum) or hard copies, and the completed application form to the Art Rental & Sales Gallery. Please do not send any original artwork. To ensure the return of these materials, applicant must provide a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient return postage. Thank you for your interest in the Art Rental & Sales Gallery.