Group Show "Vernacular Environments, Part 3 at Edward Cella Art & Architecture

July 18, 2019

Edward Cella Art & Architecture is hosting “Vernacular Environments, Part 3,” the third of an annual exhibition that explores a diversity of tensions between the figure and the environment.

On view through August 24, 2019, the exhibition features work by David Alekhuogie, Allan Bennetts, Daniel Cummings, Kirsten Deirup, Adriene Jenik, Erik Hanson, Shannon Lucy, Constance Mallinson, Thomas McDonell, Syd Mead, and Wendy Red Star.

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You've Never Seen Skate Parks Like This Before (Amir Zaki's California Concrete)

July 1, 2019 - Michael Hardy

When you think of skateboard photography, you probably picture a skater flying through the air while performing some recondite feat of physical wizardry. In Amir Zaki's photographs, though, skaters themselves are nowhere to be seen. Zaki grew up skating in Beaumont, California, and has the greatest respect for practitioners of the sport. But when he turned his own camera on the skate parks of his home region, his interest was more in the parks than the skating. Read more.

Chapelle de Poulet AN ESSAY IN XIII PIECES

June 25, 2019 - Jeffrey Vallance

In 1978 artist Jeffrey Vallance bought a frozen fryer chicken at the Ralph’s Supermarket in Canoga Park, California. He later buried the chicken at the Los Angeles Pet Cemetery after a brief memorial service. He also installed a grave marker for the frozen bird, naming her Blinky the Friendly Hen. This seriocomic artwork has taken the concept and processes of documentation to its most absurd conclusion. The piece became the quintessential conceptual artwork of the 1970s and Vallance’s straightforward approach offers a striking commentary on our society, the treatment of animals, spirituality and death. The year 2018 marked the 40th anniversary of Vallance’s Blinky project and, in celebration of this historic event, Vallance has released The Special 40th Anniversary Edition of the publication, Blinky (published in 2019 by California State University, Northridge Art Galleries) in conjunction with an exhibition at CSUN featuring a Blinky Chapel, Reliquary Chamber, Theatre, Poultry Gift Shop and “Free Range” a group show including over 80 international artists. Below, we’ve Vallance’s reflections on the sanctity of the chicken—a study of the chicken as a catechistic carrion vehicle for the serious study of spirituality in thirteen pieces. Click through the titles to take the essay piece by piece

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UNDER THE RADAR: A Dismal Decade (Jeffrey Vallance)

May 30, 2019 - Doug Harvey

Eighties nostalgia is a sad and sick thing. In Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater’s early-’90s exercise in ’70s nostalgia, the character Cynthia (played by Beck’s future wife!) explains her Every Other Decade theory thusly: “The ’50s were boring. The ’60s rocked. The ’70s, my God, they obviously suck. So maybe the ’80s will be like, radical. I figure we’ll be in our 20s and hey, it can’t get any worse.” This was a joke directed at those who actually lived through the ’80s, which sucked in ways Cynthia could have never dreamed of.

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Artist Explores Ideology of California’s Built Environment

May 22, 2019 - DREW ZEIBA

Working between Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California, artist Aili Schmeltzculls from a wide array of architectural and design iconographies, reducing and remixing them in paintings and sculptures, to question their ideological underpinnings. In A Future Perfect, her solo show on display now at the Los Angeles gallery Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Schmeltz toys with art deco and modernist visual languages that compose so much of the built landscape of Southern California.    Read More.  

Sara Carter’s “A Novel's Protagonist” at Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles

May 20, 2019

Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, is showcasing new paintings by Sara Carter in the artist's first solo show with the gallery titled “A Novel's Protagonist.”

Carter, after working in San Francisco for several years, is back in Austin, Texas. Her artistic narrative is a personal and spiritual quest for beauty where she aims to build a transcendent environment through a wide range of expression and technical abilities. In a recent interview, she states, “My work is an articulation of perspective, perception, and experience as it pertains to states of mind within and beyond what is considered ordinary.”

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Chris Trueman | Artillery Pick of the Week

April 18, 2019 - Annabel Osberg

The title of Chris Trueman‘s show, “After(image),” betokens the fleeting vivid impressions his paintings convey. Hovering between abstraction and representation, each of his nine vibrant works currently on view at Edward Cella embodies a wide array of marks, evocations and references. Read more on Artillery.

New Armin Mühsam Mini Doc

April 13, 2019

 Check out this new mini doc by Two Seams Videos about Armin Mühsam.


Jennifer Vanderpool's Untold Stories: A Forgotten Underclass in Rust Belt Urban Renewal

April 2, 2019

Untold Stories is an ongoing multi-venue project where the exhibition functions as a case study of the city where it is taking place. For each location, Vanderpool creates imaginary realism prints and documentaries and curates archival materials into the exhibition. Untold Stories' narrative objectifies outmoded imagery of blighted deindustrialized cities and employs them as allegories to evoke questions about neighborhood decay and gentrification, segregation and integrated cities, generations of unemployment and economic redevelopment.   


Untold Stories is on view at The Tyler History Center where the exhibition functions as a case study of Youngstown, while at the Emily Davis Gallery it emphasizes Akron. Together the venues work hand in hand to query the social, political, economic, and racial crises faced by these legacy cities located 50 miles apart in Northeast Ohio.   The Exhibition runs from March 11 - April 19, 2019   

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George Legrady: ART and CAKE review of Stargazers: Intersections of Contemporary Art & Astronomy

March 28, 2019 - Liz Goldner

If looking at the heavens at night and at the origins of the universe are palliatives for today’s troubled times, this exhibition will soothe our anxious souls.

This art meets science exhibition is inspired by Orange Coast College’s new planetarium, and comprised of drawings, paintings, sculpture, assemblage, photography and computer generated images. The show alludes to the international movement, combining art with science and technology—prevalent in studios, universities and journals.


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