Pairings

A show pairing sculptors and painters

Featuring works by Carlos Beltran, Jenn Berger, Lana Duong, Martin Durazo, David Hendren, Kiel Johnson, Michael O’Malley, Mira Schnedler, Andrew Schoultz, Chris Trueman, Andre Woodward, HK Zamani

August 25 – September 29, 2018

Lana Duong

Bean and stump, 2015

Ceramic

34h x 21w x 25d in

LD002

Lana Duong

Lift+, 2015

Vinyl, wood, styrofoam bean filling, plastic bead filling

275h x 50w x 46d in

LD001

David Hendren

Untitled 1 (face sculpture), 2018

Oil on board, ink and burns on wood, tinted glass, enamel on aluminum, cotton string, copper

16h x 17 1/2w x 5d in

DH001

David Hendren

Untitled 2 (face sculpture), 2018

Oil on board, ink and burns on wood, tinted glass, enamel on aluminum, cotton string, copper

15h x 24w x 6d in

DH002

Andre Woodward

Awkward Kid (ocean mist), 2018

Concrete, Steel, Living Bonsai Ficus, LED

42h x 10w x 9d in

AWoodward002

Andre Woodward

Don't Ever Change, 2018

Old Growth Redwood Burl Slab, Steal, Speakers, Dead Bonsai, Audio Electrics, Spay Paint, Resin

61h x 79w x 48d in

AWoodward001

Andre Woodward

On The Wall (warm yellow), 2018

Concrete, Steel, Living Bonsai Ficus, LED

26h x 20w x 23d in

AWoodward003

Michael O’Malley

Figment, 2018

Sycamore

52h x 32w x 20d in

MO003

Michael O’Malley

Unlanded, 2018

Poplar, maple, alder, acrylic wash

54h x 52w x 20d in

MO002

Chris Trueman

PDE, 2017

Acrylic and acrylic spray paint and pigment print on aluminum

60h x 48w in

CT001

Martin Durazo

Tryst, 2017-2018

Acrylic on canvas

60h x 48w x 1 1/2d in

MD003

Martin Durazo

American Dreamer, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

60h x 48w x 1d in

MD002

Martin Durazo

Jezebel, 2017-2018

Acrylic on canvas

60h x 48w in

MD001

Martin Durazo

Cursive, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

60h x 48w x 1d in

MD004

Martin Durazo

Every which way, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

60h x 48w x 1d in

MD005

Martin Durazo

Burner, 2015

Acrylic on canvas

60h x 48w x 1d in

MD006

Martin Durazo

AXIOMS, 2015

Acrylic on canvas

72h x 60w x 1 1/2d in

MD007

Jenn Berger

Look At Me; Turn Around, 2014/2018

Single channel video projections, charcoal on paper, wood platform, fur on chicken wire and wood

144h x 180w x 60d in

JBR001

Andrew Schoultz

One Eye (spectrum), 2018

Acrylic and resin on canvas over panel

36h x 24w x 2d in

AS002

Andrew Schoultz

3 Eyes (spectrum), 2018

Acrylic and resin on canvas over panel

36h x 24w x 2d in

AS003 (SOLD)

Kiel Johnson

Stoneware, 2018

Wood, string, acrylic, chipboard

168h x 111w x 33d in

KJ012

Kiel Johnson

Large Medicine Jar
(edition of 6), 2018

Ceramic with iron wash

37h x 16w x 16d in

sold individually

KJ003

Kiel Johnson

Shrine to Good Fortune in the West, 2018

Ceramic, painting, wood, mixed media

104h x 100w x 46d in

KJ001

HK Zamani

Untitled (3), 2017

Oil on Canvas

60h x 72w x 1d in

HKZ001

HK Zamani

Untitled (2), 2017

Oil on Canvas

60h x 72w x 1d in

HKZ002

HK Zamani

Untitle (3), 2018

Oil on canvas

60h x 72w x 1d in

HKZ003

HK Zamani

Untitled (6), 2018

Oil on canvas

18h x 25w x 1d in

HKZ006

HK Zamani

Untitled (2), 2018

Oil on canvas

18h x 25w x 1d in

HKZ005

HK Zamani

Untitled (8), 2016

Oil on Canvas

36h x 48w x 1d in

HKZ004

Mira Schnedler

Magic, 2018

Oil on Canvas

87h x 70w x 2 3/4d in

MSH001

Chris Trueman

SKBRK, 2017

Acrylic and acrylic spray paint  and pigment print on aluminum

60h x 48w in

CT002

Andrew Schoultz

Floating Red Beast with Blue Birds, 2018

Acrylic on canvas

Two Canvases, 120h x 120w in/each

AS001

Carlos Beltran Arechiga

Border Angels Rio Grande, 2018

Acrylic, enamel, oil stick, on sewn linen and canvas

72h x 56w in

CBA002

Andrew Schoultz

Andrew Schoultz

Floating Red Beast with Bue Birds, 2018

Acrylic on canvas 

Two canvases, 120 x 120 inches each (10 feet x 20 feet) 

Press Release


PAIRINGS
painters & sculptors

Carlos Beltran Arechiga & David Hendren
Martin Durazo & Jenn Berger  
Mira Schnedler & Andre Woodward
Andrew Schoultz & Kiel Johnson
Chris Trueman & Michael O'Malley
HK Zamani & Lana Duong

EXHIBITION DATES:
AUGUST 25 – SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
RECEPTION: SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018 6-8 PM

(Los Angeles, CA) - DENK gallery is pleased to present Pairings, an exhibition featuring works by 12 Los Angeles-based painters and sculptors. Selectively matched, and given free interpretative reign within an allotted area of the gallery, the artists explore the tangential visual and conceptual relationships galvanized by the paired interaction of their works. The relational space and contiguity created by these encounters are generative, forging unexpected connections and new connotative points of access. In Pairings, artist-chosen selections correlate across two-dimensional and three-dimensional media, framed by the specific curatorial choices of each collaboration. Linked by this gesture of conversation and reciprocity, affinities and contentions emerge in the spaces generated by proximity and overlap.

Pairings will feature new and recent paintings and sculptures by six duos: Carlos Beltran Arechiga and David Hendren, Martin Durazo and Jenn Berger, Mira Schnedler and Andre Woodward, Andrew Schoultz and Kiel Johnson, Chris Trueman and Michael O'Malley, and HK Zamani and Lana Duong.

 

Carlos Beltran Arechiga creates dynamic paintings in which gestures and structures merge. Lush strokes and thick gestural impasto punctuate geometries and patterns that suggest both abstract and architectural spaces. His use of construction materials like enamel and caulking paste imposes concrete materiality to the pictorial, a choice made to anchor it in the physical. The artist investigates the shifting reconciliations made to arbitrate the digital and corporeal simultaneity of contemporary life.

David Hendren explores visual vocabularies across a variety of media, harnessing the interstitial potential of their crossovers. Often producing hybrid sculptural forms or built environments, Hendren is interested in sensory phenomena and the associative potential of materials. For Pairings, the artist has created a series of sculptural panels in wood, tinted glass, enamel, aluminum, copper, and string, each with a face inlaid in the panel. Framed by abstract carvings and deliberate material signifiers, Hendren visualizes a range of human connections. 

Martin Durazo is an artist who explores the formal tenets of painting alongside the meditative repetition of mark making. Using bright washes of color in overlapping fields, contrasting lines and suggestions of geometry, Durazo creates varying degrees of translucency within the sediment of his surfaces. The works are intimate, sensory, and emotive, baring the trace evidence of time and gesture to compel a heightened awareness of the present.

Jenn Berger takes an intensely personal look at her surrounding environment, using performance, video, drawing, and sculpture to explore the fine line between the real and the facsimile in an increasingly digitized world. Her piece for the exhibition, Look At Me; Turn Around, presents a large-format installation of a giraffe, composited of video, sculpture, and drawing. A simultaneous and self-conscious construct assembled of disparate representational parts, the piece questions the fractured nature of perception.​


Mira Schnedler's fraught paintings combine clear stylistic derivations from early 20th-Century European art history with a contemporary and idiosyncratic sensibility. The European influences of German Expressionism, French Impressionism, the German Brücke painters, and the likes of Otto Müller, and Max Beckmann are evident, as are later American Abstract Expressionist antecedents as well. Intense and eruptive, Schnedler's works feel dynamically incongruous.

Andre Woodward's bionic hybrids and three-dimensional living systems, are sculptural infrastructures and at times living ecosystems meant to change and erode. By combining live vegetation, woods, concrete, and sound to create dissonant and unexpected morphologies, his works consider the tension between the natural and the manmade, the spontaneous and the orchestrated.  

Andrew Schoultz's frenetic large-scale paintings and murals harness an imagistic chaos, exploring themes like war, spirituality, environmental crisis, and power through quasi-mythological allegories. His intricate line work and rendering produces a density and tension in the sinewy excess of marks; like forms physically excised or branded. Schoultz's visceral, illustrative imagery draws from a place of fantasy and observation, while the works themselves feel historically ambiguously and simultaneously old and new. 

Kiel Johnson is an investigative artist interested in sculptural metaphor and the personification of the inanimate. Johnson works across a variety of media, including drawing, and will be producing a ceramic, life-sized altar installation for the exhibition. This symbolically loaded object is culturally imbricated in a constellation of themes Johnson intends to invoke, including worship, the occult, energy and alchemy,  and the provision of snake oils, tinctures, and antidotes to dedicated disciples.

Chris Trueman is an abstract painter who creates vibrant, dynamic surfaces through the interplay of color, line, and gesture. Formally appropriating techniques from, and incorporating art historical references to, op art, graffiti, abstract expressionism, print, and digital media, Trueman's stylistic language is a pastiche of formal intimations. By co-opting the intended effect of any single stylistic convention through its anachronistic recombination with others, he creates dynamically incongruous surfaces in which calculated accidents are mitigated by intuitive spontaneity. 

Michael O'Malley's sculptural works are poetic digressions, alternate material propositions to the dominant social imperatives of utility and function that shape the social place of objects. Often created in the likeness of familiar everyday forms, his atypical reinterpretations of them are unconventional and idiosyncratic, expressively dissonant rather than functionally or realistically constrained. O'Malley's use of reclaimed materials and repurposed scrap wood also posits a material alternative to the environmental strain of unchecked consumption and manufacture. 

HK Zamani is a multidisciplinary artist and curator, and founder of PØST, an alternative exhibition space in Los Angeles. His abstract paintings are terse and meditative, painterly and deliberately composed. These formal abstractions are inspired by earlier works in which the symbolic appearance of a dome or tent structure is recurring. Interested in the shifting nature of perception and optics, Zamani has drawn from a varied sensory spectrum ranging from the ascetic to the psychedelic.

Lana Duong's sculptural works consider the physical dynamics of imposition, control, and submission, positing a range of visual metaphors for the excessively fluid contemporary conception of the self, in which the individual is an amorphous and ill-defined entity. A large, soft suspended form of vinyl, styrofoam, plaster, and metal chain is meant to look like a huge pet toy. Intensified by strategic exaggerations and contractions in scale, some objects are monumental while others are intimate, and an uncomfortable anthropomorphism, her sculptures become manifestations of identity in a state of extreme indeterminacy and limbo.

ABOUT DENK GALLERY

Founded in January of 2017, DENK is a recently established gallery in Downtown Los Angeles' thriving arts district. Its founding mission is to present a diverse program of local and international contemporary artists working across a variety of mediums, including sculpture, installation, painting, photography, works on paper, and interdisciplinary media. The gallery's goal is to curate engaging exhibitions by artists who are creating relevant, substantive, experimental, or timely work. By providing an adaptable venue that will allow artists to develop their concepts and have them realized, DENK hopes to foster a generative curatorial space.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT GALLERY DIRECTOR CARL BERG AT CARL@DENKGALLERY.COM
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