Solo Projects at ALAC 2015

January 09, 2015

David Kordansky Gallery, team (gallery, inc.), AND NOW, Spinello Projects, Tif Sigfrids, KANSAS

Manny Prieres, I WAS A TEENAGE REVOLUTIONARY (Lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely boy); 2014, gouache, graphite and enamel on mounted paper, 12.5" x 12.25"

Zach Harris; Veggie Cloud, 2013-2015; water based paint, spray paint, wood; 35 x 29 1/8 x 1 1/4 inches

In keeping with ALAC’s long tradition of featuring Solo Projects, this year’s fair will be no exception.

David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, presents Zach Harris’ latest work incorporating plein-air painting, visionary abstraction, text, and intricate woodcarving. At ALAC, the gallery will present Harris’s new and largest to date works that picture tapestry-like planar vistas and derive from his recent experience reflecting on the form of a tree. His work is in the permanent collection of a number of museums including the Hammer, Los Angeles.

team (gallery, inc.), New York, and its recent expansion to Venice, CA as team (bungalow), will present New York-based Stanley Whitney’s large paintings composed in his signature style of loosely gridded color squares. Whitney’s solo shows at team (bungalow) and at ALAC are the artist’s Los Angeles debut.

AND NOW, Dallas, will present large-scale film paintings by Jeff Zilm. Mostly using old black and white 16mm films, Zilm destabilizes the film and uses an emulsion to remove the image and optical soundtrack from the celluloid. The artist then applies the distilled liquid to canvas. In turn, each canvas is an entire movie, a film painting.

KANSAS will present abstract paintings by artist Michael Berryhill. Describing an exhibition of Berryhill’s in 2014, ArtCritical wrote "Like the wordplay of his titles, each of Berryhill’s paintings involves some kind of visual misreading or multiplicity of meaning. Indeed the very title of the exhibition, Beggars Blanket, is an obvious reference to the 1968 Rolling Stones album, Beggar’s Banquet, replacing a humble repast with an inadequate fuzzy fabric (the canvases themselves?)".

Tif Sigfrids, Los Angeles, will be presenting new paintings by Joe Sola but in the place of the gallery’s staff, Sola’s work will be introduced by a series of car salesmen. Sola, who loves test-driving new vehicles and talking with sales people, is interested in the techniques used to sell a car and how those techniques transfer into the sale of his paintings in the high-pressure atmosphere of an art fair. For the course of ALAC, a new dealer will work the booth each day and will receive a base salary plus commission.

Spinello Projects presents Los Angeles-based artist Manny Prieres. Prieres is part anthropologist, part draftsman, part historical scavenger as he translates the dark beauty of marginalized literature and film into an expertly crafted aesthetic practice. The works themselves are freestanding sculptures merged with drawing: the cover sleeves of vinyl records rendered as tones of black and silver. They lean against a wall, stacked, in the form of nearly thirty indivisible pieces. In the central floor space, standing gatefolds of four records. Titles ranging from musicians such as Leonard Cohen, Max Roach, and Scott Walker are a testament to Prieres’ continual investigations into music of the late 70’s cultural underground; all at once they are defiant, troubled, impassioned, and restless, but the actual coverings of the records communicate almost as much turbulence as the musical content (muted, in this instance).

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