Luis De Jesus Los Angeles debuts three solo exhibitions “Rodrigo Valenzuela: New Works for a Post-Worker World,” “Another Land,” by Ken Gonzales-Day, and Michael Kindred Knight’s “Guide Meridian.” The exhibitions will remain on view from January 8 through February 19, 2022. Remember to confirm with gallery all covid protocols and guidelines –(proof of vaccination and masks MAY be required).
This is Valenzuela’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. In their projection of a post-worker’s world, the artist’s Afterwork series speaks to the elimination not only of individual laborers but of the idea itself of the work force, pushed aside by the very shapes we see here: odd machines and automation, engines that no longer require an operator, but that rage when no one is watching.
“Another Land,” Ken Gonzales-Day’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, will present a new series of drawings the artist started in 2020 as part of a commission print project for the Smithsonian’s Journal of the Archives of American Art. The artwork is a creative and critical intervention into the Archives that is directly informed by his ongoing Erased Lynching series, in which he re-photographs and manipulates historic lynching images and postcards.
Michael Kindred Knight’s newest body of work represents a progression in his approach to abstraction. Urged on by curiosity, Knight’s abstractions are complex pictorial events that are developed over time. He often refers to the works as “places,” partially attributed to Knight’s fondness for the flourishes, fixtures, facades, and sunset-bathed stucco that constitute LA architecture. While fictional in nature, these “places” are brimming with a sense of gravity, structure, improbable horizons and time-of-day.
On view: January 8 – February 19, 2022; Masks and social distancing required. Be sure to check the gallery’s website for its safety guidelines and vaccine mandates.
What: Opening Reception, New Exhibitions
Where: Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 1110 Mateo Street, Los Angeles (in the Arts District)