“Curate This 2″ is the second annual exhibition highlighting the artwork of well-respected Los Angeles Artist/Curators presented by The Gabba Gallery. The exhibition will remain on view throught February 26, 2016. The 2000 sq. ft. Gabba Gallery will be filled with the work of contemporary Los Angeles tastemakers who both create and curate art.
“These talented artists are also the curators whose influence is being felt in many galleries in Los Angeles today. Having the work of these minds together under one roof annually is a great record of L.A.’s place in the landscape of the art world.” – Jason Ostro
Curated by Jason Ostro and Phil Santos, the energy of transformation is predominant in this showing of artwork, with explosions of color and explorations of form. The viewer is compelled forward from room to room, and reflective of Los Angeles itself, the diversity of the work generates both jarring juxtapositions and, ultimately, improbably harmony. Artists such as critic, writer, and curator Shana Nys Dambrot, artist/curator Mitchelito Orguiola and Agapito Doronio of Collective Aesthetics are among those included in this survey.
Artist/Curator Huss Hardan will be showing three works in the group exhibition. All are archival photographic prints, limited editions of 15, printed at 12 by 18 matted to 20 by 28.
He talks about his inspiration, “Kosmic Koi is a representation of sentient beings travelling through inner and outer space, blurring boundaries of time and reason. Gazing up into a starry sky, or gazing down into the nightime reflections in a body of water realizes a very similar sense of calm and purpose.”
See image: Huss Hardan, photographic print, limited edition of 15, printed at 12 by 18 matted to 20 by 28.
This will be the first time Hardan will be showing at Gabba Gallery. “The theme of the show is interesting as it will be an interesting blend of styles,” said Harden. “Once curators become part of a group show they give up their autonomy and become artists once more. It is freeing in a way.”
Mixed media artist Mark Satterlee will have three works in “Curate This 2” and said he is looking forward to seeing the other work included in the exhibition.
See image: Mark Satterlee, Portrait of Larry Bell
His work Portrait of Larry Bell is inspired by the cubism and a love for Polaroid photography. This portrait series goal is to capture the multiple emotions that make up a person that cannot be captured by any one view point.
Renowned DJ Mark X Farina will also be part of the group exhibition. In addition to being a DJ, Mark X Farina is a visual pop artist and reverse engineer and a curator. His studio practice includes painting, stencil, silk screening, goo, earth sculpture and experimental film. Curatorial work has included the Venice family clinics annual Surf & Skate benefit auction and Hal’s bar and grill gallery. He is currently enrolled in the graduate Public Practice program at Otis College of Art and Design.
Farina served on the curatorial team for the Venice Family clinics Surf and Skate benefit show during its 4 year run and has created many skateboards as sculptural pieces. “Work fast, Cure slow, Destroy before collecting dust.” – Mark X Farina
See image: By Mark Farina, Jackalope Skate, Mixed Media / Fur MXF 2015
The artists included in “Curate This 2” are contemporary Los Angeles-based curator/artists selected by Gabba Gallery curators Jason Ostro and Phil Santos as a testament to their vision for the Los Angeles art scene. Artists include: A.S. Ashley, Agapito Doronio, Britt Harrison, Dani Dodge, Daniel Rolnik, David Brady, David Cedeño, Huss Hardan, Jason Ostro, Juri Koll, Kat Monroe, Daniella Batsheva , Kristine Schomaker, Lisa Derrick, Mark Farina, Mark Satterlee, Mark Waldman, Mitchelito Orquiola, Nathan Cartwright, Osceola Refetoff, Peter Goode, Phil Santos, Radhika Hersey, Dicapria, Shana Nys Dambrot, Skye Amber Sweet, Ted Meyer.
On view: February 6 – February 28, 2016
What: Opening reception
Where: The Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd. 90057
When: 7:00pm – 11:00pm