In Chinatown…Charlie James Gallery hosted an art party for its solo show of Los Angeles-based artist Manuel López titled “Still Life Goes On.” It opened on January 29, 2022, at the gallery’s additional space (see address below), and will remain on view through February 26, 2022. Masks are required in the gallery. 

Manuel López’s drawings and paintings are informed by his immediate surroundings. Each piece is a careful examination of elements found around his environment: books, records, boxes, houseplants, various elements from his home, his neighborhood, and studio.  López relies on observation, memories, materiality, touch, and presence to evoke a feeling of familiarity in the compositions. This show will present a series of still life works, executed in drawings and in paintings, developed during pandemic lockdowns. Taken together, the content of the drawings and paintings build a portrait of the artist – his memories and affections, his culture and personal history, expressed through carefully composed depictions of arranged objects. This is Manuel López’s first solo show with the gallery.

On view: January 29 – February 26, 2022

What: “Still Life Goes On,” Manuel López 
Where: Charlie James Gallery, 961 Chung King Road LA, 90012  (2nd gallery)