NEWS

  • PRESS: VOYAGE LA PROFILE, 06/18

    Today we’d like to introduce you to Maysha Mohamedi.

    Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
    I am an Iranian-American artist. I grew up on the California Coast in a small town called San Luis Obispo. I come from a long line of creative people: my grandmother is a painter and my mother is a designer; my father can build anything. My first language was Farsi – a language rich in metaphor and poetic suggestion – thus the lens with which I first interpreted the world greatly amplified the already-psychedelic point of view of a child. Representing an internal world (my own, my gender’s, my species’) in abstract and unexpected ways, primarily through paint on a canvas, is the long-running thesis of my studio.

    Please tell us about your art.
    I make large-scale, colorful, abstract paintings that include illustrative and representational moments. Formally, I pull inspiration from the iconic calligraphic line of my native language of Farsi. The content of my work is drawn from what I know to be true in my everyday life: the experience of being a woman, mother, wife and Iranian in my American world. My work originates out of a deep connection with myself, but I make this work for the people.

    Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
    Artists have a unique power to explore, provide commentary and elicit engagement around social and cultural issues with more flexibility in intention and execution than a journalist might; it’s not a new responsibility. I primarily make abstract work that can be influenced by our current political climate, however sometimes I will punctuate this abstraction with an explicitly political sculpture. For example: my recent sculpture “Surfing the Apocalypse” shows four different deadly dinosaurs surfing a great wave. Each dinosaur is painted in colors and patterns symbolizing the flags of the following four countries: North Korea, Russia, Iran and the United States.

    How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
    My solo show opens at The Lodge in Los Angeles on September 8th, 2018.

  • EXHIBITION: Airtight Garage, opens 03/17/18

    AIRTIGHT GARAGE – CURATED BY LAURIE NYE – MARCH 17 – MAY 12, 2018

    Featuring Hayley Barker, Fred Burton, Spencer Carmona, Andre Ethier, Brian Fahlstrom, Helen Rebekah Garber, Rema Ghuloum, Jade Gordon, Jasmine Little, Kristy Luck, Max Maslansky, Adam D. Miller, Maysha Mohamedi, Aaron Morse, JP Munro, Laurie Nye, Jennifer Rochlin, Erin Trefry, Tyler Vlahovich.  An opening reception will be held March 17th, 2018, 6pm – 9:30pm.

    In 1976 The Airtight Garage, conceived by French cartoonist Jean Giraud aka Moebius, began appearing as a comic strip in the French magazine, Métal Hurlant. The garage refers to an asteroid contained in the constellation Leo, which houses a pocket universe of developing worlds, overseen by a space colonist. Collected into a graphic novel, Airtight Garage has been described as a “map of creation”, which goes beyond world-building to explore the creative act itself. The fantasy world of the Garage accommodated any idea and welcomed any representational style of self description.

    Like the interstellar garage, holding an interconnected multiverse, the artists assembled for this exhibition represent a microcosm of visionary modalities. Each has developed a singular vision and created a new world born from various experiences and influences such as primitivism, psychedelic abstraction, and neo-symbolism. The artworks range from sculpture, painting, and drawing, and convey shifts between fantasy and reality. By being so thoroughly concerned with the worlds they describe these works create an interesting tension at the fringe of the contemporary art sphere, while being wholly modern in their timeless abandon.

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  • PROJECT: BINDER OF WOMEN, EDITION AVAILABLE 12/03/17


    Los Angeles, California 11/12/17

    Binder of Women - an artist-led project - is a folio of ten works is available in an edition of 20 for $500 each. To purchase, contact The Pit or go to thebinderofwomen.com beginning December 3. An Artist Print edition is also framed and installed in the Pit's zine shop, and this fully framed AP edition is available for $2,000 and on view December 3-18.

    Artists Hayley Barker, Michelle Blade, Claire Colette, Jamie Felton, Kysa Johnson, Lindsey Lyons, Maysha Mohamedi, Erin Morrison, Laurie Nye, and Hilary Pecis have contributed works on paper ranging from representational and unique paintings to abstract and gestural forms with pressed paper for this first release. Conceptualized in Los Angeles this year by painter Hilary Pecis, Binder of Women is an independent platform for contemporary artists to directly share their work as they see fit. This is a unified move to empower female artists, expand their reach, broach the topic of equality and consent in the art world, and take action to grow the number of works by female identifying artists in contemporary art collections.
     

  • RELEASE PARTY: Binder of Women, The Pit, 12/3/17

    The Pit is pleased to announce an installation of a new folio of printed works by The Binder of Women, a group of ten LA based artists, in our zine shop.  

    Hayley Barker, Michelle Blade, Claire Colette, Jamie Felton, Kysa Johnson, Lindsey Lyons, Maysha Mohamedi, Erin Morrison, Laurie Nye, Hilary Pecis

    Release party Sunday 12/3/17 from 3-6pm

    Binder of Women is an artist-run project creating a collective folio of limited edition works. Artists Hayley Barker, Michelle Blade, Claire Colette, Jamie Felton, Kysa Johnson, Lindsey Lyons, Maysha Mohamedi, Erin Morrison, Laurie Nye, and Hilary Pecis have contributed works on paper ranging from representational and unique paintings to abstract and gestural forms with pressed paper for this first release. The project offers twenty limited edition sets containing a signed work by each of the ten artists.

    Conceptualized in Los Angeles this year by painter Hilary Pecis, Binder of Women is an independent platform for contemporary artists to directly share their work as they see fit. This is a unified move to empower female artists, expand their reach, broach the topic of equality and consent in the art world, and take action to grow the number of works by female identifying artists in contemporary art collections.