NEWS

  • EXHIBITION: The Flat Files at The Pit, opening 8/4



    Please join us this Sunday, August 4th from 4-7pm for the opening reception of The Flat Files, a group show of works on paper by 80 artists in all three of The Pit's gallery spaces.  

    The exhibition will be on view to the public with normal gallery hours from August 4 - 10th.  From August 11th - 25th the exhibition will be by appointment only.  
  • EXHIBITION: "LA Painting" at Lancaster Museum of Art and History opens August 10

     

    Opening Reception

    August 10, 2019 | 4 - 6 PM

     

    LA Painting Opens August 10 at Lancaster Museum of Art & History

     

    The Lancaster Museum of Art & History (MOAH) and the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation (LMPAF) invite Antelope Valley residents and visitors to its newest exhibition LA Painting, a survey of contemporary painting in Southern California. The exhibit will be on display August 10th through October 20th, and the opening reception will be August 10 from 4-6 p.m.

    LA Painting is a celebration of material, mark-making, and the human experience, boasting group exhibitions by three guest curators, highlights from MOAH’s permanent collection, a site-specific installation by Erika Lizée and solo show by David Allan Peters. The Main Gallery, curated by writer Cooper Johnson, surveys the last five years of contemporary painting in Los Angeles with artwork ranging from socially conscious figurative works to “pure” abstraction. Painter Kaye Freeman teams up with performance artist Amy Kaps, expanding the painting plane to include the entire East Gallery. Laura Hipke and Shane Guffogg, the creators of the Circle of Truth project, display their collaboration with 48 other artists in a painter’s version of the childhood game “telephone” in which each artist creates a painting in response to the painting created by the artist before them.

    Highlights from MOAH’s permanent collection will be featured throughout the Museum. The mission of the permanent collection is to celebrate the rich creative culture and history of Southern California by preserving and displaying art made by emerging, local, and established artists significant to the region’s unique cultural perspective.

     

    Featured Solo Exhibition

    David Allan Peters

     

    Installation

    Erika Lizee

     

    Collaboration

    Kaye Freeman in collaboration with Amy Kaps - The Anatomy of a Painting

     

    Five Year Survey curated by Cooper Johnson

    Emma Webster, Annie Lapin, Allison Miller, David Lloyd, Maysha Mohamedi,

    Tomory Dodge, Ruth Pastine, Joshua Dildine, Rebecca Campbell, Petra Cortright,

    Amir H. Fallah, Justin BowerApril Bey, Kour Pour, Tom LaDuke

     

    Permanent Collection Pieces

    Alex Couwenberg, Andrew Schoultz, Billy Al Bengston, Bradford Salamon, Christine Kline, Clayton Brothers, Craig "Skibs" Barker, Dion Johnson, Eric Zammitt, Gary Brewer, Gary Lang, Julius Eastman, Michael Jones, Randi Matushevitz, Rebecca Campbell, Renee Fox, Roni Stretch, Ruth Pastine, Scott Listfield, Stevie Love, Tim Youd

     

    Video Installation - Eric Minh Swenson presents Documenting LA Painting - in the Black Box of the Main Gallery

     

    Circle of Truth Project curated by Laura Hipke and Shane Guffogg

    Shane Guffogg, Lisa Adams, Margaret Lazzari, Jim Morphesis, Alison Van Pelt, Matthew Thomas, John Scane, Michelle Weinstein, Vohn Sumner, Ruth Weisberg, Stanley Dorfman, Kim Kimbro, Charles Arnoldi, Ron Griffin, Doro Hofmann, Paul Ruscha, Randal Cabe, Rea Carmi, Dan Lutzick, Daniel Peacock, Susan Mcdonnell, Lynn Hanson, Michael Rosenfeld, Bari Kumar, Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez, Andy Moses, Tim Isham, Cheryl Ekstrom, Greg Colson, Alex Gross, Gary Panter, Justin Bower, Lita Albuquerque, Kim Abeles, Deborah Martin, Jeff Colson, Eddie Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston, Christopher Monger, Todd Williamson, Jimi Gleason, Mark Licari, Virginia Broersma, Bruce Richards, Rives Granade, Robert Williams, Cal Lane, Lisa Bartleson, Ed Rucscha

  • PRESS: Art of Choice Interview, May 2019


    Los Angeles-based artist MAYSHA MOHAMEDI makes large-scale abstract paintings whose bold colors and mark-making represent certain moments in her life. Mohamedi translates her everyday experiences as a woman, a mother, a wife, and an immigrant onto her canvases, pulling inspiration from the iconic calligraphic lines of Farsi, her native language. Here, we learn more about Mohamedi’s intriguing practice.

    Photo credit: Maria Kanevskay

    When did art first enter your life?

    I saw three types of art in my childhood home: my mother’s watercolors of architectural seaside landscapes symbolizing the political climate between Iran and the United States, a coffee table book of Persian miniatures, and my Garfield comics collection. My first museum visit was to the Louvre when I was 18 years old.

     

    Courtesy of The Lodge

    What themes are you exploring in your work?

    Being Persian, being American, language and the evocative power of line, visions of humanity, play, and the emotional valence of primary color combinations from the 1980s.

     

    Courtesy of Gallery 16

    Has your work always taken on an abstract composition?

    I first drew cartoons and then the representational figure; these activities are the foundation of my abstract line.

     

     

    Courtesy of Lowell Ryan Projects

    Why do you use multiple materials, some quite unorthodox, in the creating of your work?

    I want to feel like I am making a mess, stirring a potion, panning for gold, or inventing some new physics when I push an implement onto a surface. Unorthodox materials yield unpredictable marks and special collisions of color and line.

     

    What artists most inspire you?

    I am drawn to artists who prioritize discovery in their work. Diedrick Brackens, Trulee Hall, and Simphiwe Ndzube are three Los Angeles artist who consistently show me something I have never seen before.

     

     

    You studied science as an undergrad. How does this world enter into your artistic practice?

    The scientific method is about putting forth a hypothesis and then testing its validity through experimentation. One’s findings are verified in a peer reviewed journal and then accepted by the scientific community. It’s possible to apply metrics to artwork, too: for example, I have read that predominantly green paintings are sold far less frequently than paintings of any other color. But, the way in which an artwork is deemed successful by the art community – positive reviews, acquisition by important collections, sales – is statistically unbound by the variables that motivated its creation in the first place. The artist has 100% control over defining and presenting what’s meaningful. I am cognizant of this absolute freedom when I am in the studio.

     

    You recently opened a solo show “Deep Seep” at Left Field Gallery. Can you tell us about the body of work on view?

    “Deep Seep” opened in my hometown of San Luis Obispo, California. While making the paintings, I repeatedly listened to a moody ballad about young love called “Thirteen,” by Big Star. The song reminds me of the chronic sense of longing I felt while growing up in a small town and of my parental desire for my sons to experience romantic love one day. I tried to channel all this deep emotion, welling up from two poles of my life – young girl and now, mother – into the paintings. This work also comprises my most rigorous exploration of tar and oil to date; beach tar hand-collected from the California Coast, ashy roofing tar, and oil paint all presented on single surfaces.

     

    What are you most excited for this year?

    More studio; more time with my boys; more beach; a little less Instagram.

     

    At the end of every interview, we like to ask the artist to recommend a friend whose work you love for us to interview next. Who would you suggest?

    DIEDRICK BRACKENSTRULEE HALl, and SIMPHIWE NDZUBE

  • EXHIBITION: Household Effects at La Loma Projects, 4/14/19

    You are invited to attend the opening of La Loma Projects,
    a new art space in a home on the edge of Eagle Rock and Pasadena. 
    HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS
    an inaugural group show 
    curated by Kirk Nelson and Jennifer Rochlin
     
    April 14 - April 28, 2019
    Alex Becerra
    Edgar Bryan
    Gerald Davis
    Dave Deany 
    Mari Eastman
    Mark Grotjahn
    Jessica Jackson Hutchins
    Caitlin Lonegan
    Maysha Mohamedi
    Rebecca Morris
    Jennifer Rochlin
    Joe Sola
     
    Reception 
    Sunday, April 14
    4-7 pm
     
    **food and drink
    street parking limited / rideshare encouraged
     
    LA LOMA PROJECTS
    1357 Brixton Road (at La Loma)
    Pasadena, California 91105
    626.272.8730
    Gallery hours: Friday 2-6 pm, Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday 2-5 pm & by appointment  
  • EXHIBITION: Deep Seep opens at Left Field Gallery on March 2nd, 2019

    Deep Seep

    Maysha Mohamedi

    March 2 - March 31, 2019

    Opening Reception SATURDAY, March 2nd, 5-8 pm
     

    Left Field Gallery
    1036 Los Osos Valley Rd.
    Los Osos, CA 93402

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    Left Field Gallery presents Deep Seep, an exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles based artist Maysha Mohamedi. This is the artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery. It will be on view from March 2 - March 31, 2019, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 2nd from 5 - 8pm.

    Maysha Mohamedi is an Iranian-American painter who was raised in San Luis Obispo and now lives and works in Los Angeles. Her studio is located in the Fashion District in Downtown LA. She has exhibited widely in New York and Los Angeles, including exhibitions at The Lodge, The Hole, The Pit and Lowell Ryan Projects. She is also a founding member of the Los Angeles art collective, The Binder. Mohamedi is the recipient of several awards and residences, ranging from a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Tokyo, to an AICAD New York Studio Residency. Her work has been profiled in the LA Times, The Huffington Post, SF Arts Quarterly and The Conversation Art Podcast.

    For the exhibition, Deep Seep, Mohamedi once again constructs a group of paintings that weave between idiosyncratic worlds that are both visible and invisible, while also being generous with a gestural language and mark-making techniques inspired by an open-ended and unrestrained use of materials. Beach tar collected near her home and rare paint, procured from Iran, are applied to the surface using unorthodox writing implements such as found crayon nubs, re-purposed coffee stirrers and a stale Red Vine candy.  Freed from linguistic association, the shapes generated serve as jumping off points for improvisation, much like the calligraphic nature of her first language - Farsi - which operates simultaneously as abstract and narrative. Mohamedi's capacity to reinvent her mark-making underscore a rigorous exploration, yielding paintings that are patterned, expansive and inexplicably pleasurable.
     

    leftfieldgallery.com
     

    For All Inquires Please CONTACT

    Nick Wilkinson

    leftfieldslo@gmail.com

    805 305 9292

  • PRESS: Flaunt Magazine Interview for Mind Body Soul

    MIND BODY SOUL INSTALLMENT

    BY PAULETTE ELY

    The inaugural Exhibit, Mind Body Soul, was the talk of the town at the Lowell Ryan Projects back in January. The show is an masterpiece of masterpieces from the visions of artists Spencer Lewis, Samuel Jablon and Maysha Mohamedi. We got a few words in with these creative contributors to get a better feel for the inspirations and implications of their work. 

    Maysha Mohamedi

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    How did you discover your sensibility as an artist? Did you immediately identify with your Iran roots and Farsi calligraphy as a means to your vision or did it take time to discover? 

    I discovered my artistic sensibility at 10 years old. My mom took me to a remote wholesale plant nursery and as I was walking through the aisles by myself, an invisible, oncoming force seized my neck with what felt like a latticed burning sensation. Around the same time I read a Salvador Dali biography which included an anecdote from his childhood about how he used to lie naked in the sun with cornmeal poured on top of his genitals, allowing the cornmeal to dry and pop in the heat; I didn't understand the implications of why he aimed to generate that particular sensation, but I knew I wanted to live my life in service of creating idiosyncratic worlds that are both visible and invisible, inexplicable, pleasurable and wondrous. Farsi was my first language and backgammon was my first board game, but I identified more with being a California surfer girl while growing up. I've since rediscovered my Persian self and now I am like Scrooge McDuck, joyously flapping around in the sea of riches that is my own cultural heritage. 

    What attracts you to tar as an artistic medium? Is it directly related to your writings about interactions with the natural world?

    What attracts me to the tar is that it exists entirely outside of consumerism. Prospecting, collecting and distilling this material for use as paint further imbues each mark with meaning because the entire life cycle of the mark originates from my hand alone.  The beach tar is also gorgeous and the richest black color I've ever seen. Black form a tube is notoriously lacking in depth and richness.  

    Was your process any different for these two pieces being they were created on site?

    The main difference was painting with an audience. For example, I won't make a mark on the surface unless I am 100% compelled to - which means sometimes I sit in my chair watching the painting for long stretches of time - and I felt a bit self-conscious of this apparent idleness in front of the construction crew who was working tirelessly to finish the gallery.