Statement

Photo Credit: David Palmer

My approach to making art is rooted in experimentation with process and materials. My practice involves a range of visual genres and I am known for creating works that suggest a tension between fragility and strength: works that are at once ephemeral yet anchored with a sense of permanence. Using partially recognizable imagery—abstract and repressed images of humans, animals, architectural and machine-like forms—and questionable materials ranging from blobs of paint and glue to non-art materials, such as socks and sticks and other unlikely but charged substances, I reopen their associative meanings, allowing the viewer to explore origins. My goal is to articulate a visual language that promotes inquiry into human behavior and ecology. I deliberately efface or remove large portions of the format of my works, scaring them with staples, nails, tacks, blades, screws and other dulled objects. The brutal and direct reduction of format reinforces the repressive processes in cultural memory, having the effect of coaxing one back toward the moment of definition when image "A" might have been placed alongside "B". Because the rationale for these alignments may be only partially known, or perhaps subterfuge for other meanings, the viewer has the task of deciphering, and in the task must cycle through personal and cultural memory for an answer that, through the processes of erosion, can’t be entirely known. It’s in the not knowing, the attempt at knowing, that a host of real possibilities occur. These images replicate themselves and reconnect the viewer to these speculative early moments in which the original memory pictures might have been, even temporarily, joined and propagated or dismembered and buried.

 



Education

Master of Fine Arts, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. 2001

Master of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior, WI. 1999

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior, WI. 1998

 

Solo Exhibitions and Collaborative Projects

2017
Creatures Featured, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA. (with Marley VanPeebles).
Heads from Tails, House Guest, Culver City, CA.

2016
Golden Home Mishaps, SOO Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN.
ATTACK OF THE KILLER fill in the blank, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA. (with Christian Larrazabal)

2014
In the Company of Myrtle, McNish Gallery at Oxnard College, Oxnard, CA. (with Amy Green)
Teeth and Tape, Blackstone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. (with Fabian Pablo)

2012
Presidential Portraits, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA.

2011
Their Ways, Armory Center For The Arts, Pasadena, CA.
Blot, Monte Vista, Los Angeles, CA.

2010
Half a Dozen From The Underground, Sophia Louisa Projects, Los Angeles, CA. (with Kristina Faragher) 

2009
Flowers Grow, 24-hour Gallery, Pasadena, CA.

2008
Impoverished Armaments, Metro Gallery, Pasadena, CA.

2005
The Murder of Becky, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. (with Asher Hartman)

2003
The Girl Was Saved, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. (with Asher Hartman)

2001
Body Broadcasting, Spruce Street Forum,  San Diego, CA. (with Melissa Smedley)
Seven Display, East Gallery, Claremont, CA.

1999
Vessels of Journey, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019
Handled, PØST @ MiM, Los Angeles, CA.
What Climate, h.o.t.e. Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Out There, Los Angeles Art Association - Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA.
Scream Queens, AMAX Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

2018
Byrdes of on Kynde and Color Flok and Flye Allwayes Together, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA.

2017
Irrational Exhibits 10: Mapping the Divide, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.
Obverse, Durden and Rae, Los Angeles, CA.
Infamous, First Street Gallery Art Center, Claremont, CA.

2016
Irrational Exhibits 9: Reports from the Field, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.
…better than one, Armory Center For The Arts – Community Gallery, Pasadena, CA.
AmericaS, Joshua Tree Art Gallery, Joshua Tree, CA.
Victor Frias and Everyone (Part II), dA Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA.

2015
The Writing on the Wall, The Painting Center, New York, NY.

2014
LAnCV 2, Coachella Valley Art Center, Indio, CA.

2013
reFORM, C24 Gallery, New York, NY.

2011
Side Project, POST, Los Angeles, CA.
Irrational Exhibits 8, Track 16, Santa Monica, CA.
For This Purpose Only, Project O.N.S., Ventura, CA.
More is More, Jose Drudis-Biada Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
reFORM, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA.
So Funny It Hurts, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. (designed costumes for Asher Hartman’s The All Stars of Non-violet Communication and Paul Outlaw’s - What did I do to be so black and…) 

2010
Annie Okay, The Hammer Museum/Machine Project AIR, Los Angeles, CA. (designed costumes for theatrical performance written and directed by Asher Hartman)

2009
Until We Come to One that Reminds Us, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, CA.
Bias Cut, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA.
Anatomy Riot 30, Los Angeles, CA.
Fresh Start, Arena One, Santa Monica, CA.

2008
The Sago Incident, Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA.
Hugely Tiny Festival, Newtown Arts, Pasadena, CA.

2007
The Exquisite Corpse, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC.
Eight by Eight, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Irrational Exhibits 6, Track 16, Santa Monica, CA.
Berkeley International Video and Film Festival, East Bay Media Center, Berkeley, CA.
UNICEF - VI Festival Internacional de la Imagen, Universidad de Caldos, Manizales, Colombia

2006
From America, Museum of Contemporary Art, Minsk, Belarus
Everything is Wrong, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA.

2005
Creatures Featured, Crazy Space, Santa Monica, CA.

2004
Irrational Exhibits 3, Track 16, Santa Monica, CA.

2003
Fresh Start, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA.
Why Hast Thou Done Me Thus, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.
Out of Me and Into You, California Institute for the Arts. Valencia, CA. (performer in theatrical performance written and directed by Asher Hartman)

2002
Sketches and Gestures, Weingart Gallery, Ocidental College, Los Angeles, CA.
Valedictories, Raid Projects, Los Angeles, CA.
Give and Take, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA.
A Bed of Pigs, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA.
Odorific, Crazy Space Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. 
Taboo Painting, Crazy Space Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
Phant, The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City, CA. (lead role in experimental film written and directed by Asher Hartman)

2001
A Borrowed Day, Luna International, Berlin, Germany.
The Greatest Drawing Show on Earth, The Hatch, Venice, CA.
Winter Museum, The Electric Lodge, Venice, CA.
Performance Slam, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA.
Fairy, Side Streets Live, Los Angeles, CA.

2000
Execution Funk, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
In Formation, USC School of Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA.
Inter-actions, Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CA

 

Grants, Fellowships and Awards

2012
Artist Resource for Completion Grant. The Center for Cultural Innovation

1999
Artist’s Grant and Residency. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.

 

Selected Publications

Stern, Melissa. “Presidential Portraits,” Posit, Vol. 7. 2015

James. Falling. “Performance on Parade,” Artillery, Vol. 5, Issue 6. 2011

Getnik, Brian, Barr, Zemula, and Sullivan, Molly. “Brian Getnick on Curt      Lemieux,” Native Strategies, Vol. 1, So Funny It Hurts. 2011

Meyer, Holly. “Art Review: ‘Until We Come to One that Reminds Us’ at Monte Vista Projects,” Los Angeles Times. August 19, 2009

Lipton, Shana Ting. “What’s Hot this Weekend, The Murder of Becky,” Los Angeles Times. CalendarLive.com. April 21, 2005

Bercaw, Marti, “Cruelty as Add Campaign”.  Socal.com, Tuesday, April 26, 2005

“The Murder of Becky” Metro LA. Vol. 8, No. 2 p 16, April 12 - 25, 2005

“Murder of Becky”. KTLA Channel 5 Nightly News Los Angeles. Thursday, April 21, 2005

KXLU 89.9FM Los Angeles. Center Stage with Mark Gordon. “Murder of Becky Interview”. Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Frank, Peter, Irrational Exhibits 3, Hubby IV” LA Weekly, October 22-28, 2004

Brenneman, A., “Ghetto Fabulous at Highways Performance Space,” Artweek, 2002

Lemons, Stephen. “Art Smells: Odorific! A Group Show of Olfactory Art exhibits at Crazy Space in Santa Monica,” New Times, March 7, 2002

Pincus, Robert L.  "Adjusting the View: A pair of shows serve as examples of art’s broad reach".  The San Diego Union-Tribune Night & Day. December 27, 2001

Ross, Sandra. "Performance Pick of The Week: Fairy," LA Weekly, August 24-30, 2001

Briggs, Jack, "This Fairy Isn't for Children," Downtown News, August 20, 22.
Best Bets, ” Los Angeles Times. Friday August 24, 2001

Choen, Nichole and Arda Kosar, Arzu.  "In Fomation” International Survey of Alternative Artscene. USC School of  Fine Arts. 2001

Klefstad, Ann. "You'll Want To Touch It But Don't". Duluth News-Tribune,  Duluth, MN. 28 February 1999

 

Selected Private Collections

Shayne Bigelow, Los Angeles, CA.
Angelika Bowles, Venice, CA. 
Benjamin Brown, Minneapolis, MN.
Martin Brest, Pacific Palisades, CA.
Carol Dyas, Los Angeles,  CA.
John Ford, Minneapolis, MN.
Ken Hertz, Beverly Hills, CA.
Ben Heywood, Minneapolis, MN.
Jason Howard, Minneapolis, MN.
Michelle Isenburg, , Los Angeles,  CA.
Asheley Emennger, Los Angeles,  CA.
John Pascal, Los Angeles, CA.
Jonathan Roth, Los Angeles, CA.
David Schneiderman, Los Angeles, CA.
Francis Jens Spitta, Los Angeles, CA.
Bryan Wilkinson, Minneapolis, MN.

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