The Kayne Griffin Corcoran Gallery (1201 South La Brea Ave., LA, 90019) is following the guidelines issued by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health in response to increased cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Los Angeles area.
The two solo exhibitions by Japanese artist Tatsuo Kawaguchi, and Aline Kominsky-Crumb will be on view during the gallery’s regular hours, Tuesday through Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, and exhibitions will be on view as scheduled from March 14 – May 9, 2020. We encourage the public to call (310) 586‑6886 to confirm hours.
This will mark Kawaguchi’s second exhibition with the gallery and will comprise of works executed between 1974 – 1989. Kawaguchi’s “Relation Quality” series, which are at the fore of this exhibition, rely on the natural and organic occurrence of rust. These works consist of either metals such as iron and copper or wood that are wrapped in cloth. An acidic solution is then applied to the surface of the cloth and the artist begins to make impressions with his hands or other tools on to the surface so the cloth could make contact with the metal or wood backing and the solution could begin to cause a reaction and rust. While the artists hand is present during the impression making process, the patterns and forms that begin to form are created through chance and the chemical reaction at play. As critic Yusuke Nakahara has written on the works, “there is no doubt that Kawaguchi has at the root of his inspiration the relationship between ‘that which is seen,’ and ‘that which is not seen.” These works attempt to give a visual presence to something that is most often hidden from sight.
Also opening at Kayne Griffin Corcoran is a solo exhibition by artist, writer, and cartoonist Aline Kominsky-Crumb. A pioneer of underground and alternative comics, Kominsky-Crumb is one of the most influential cartoonists of the underground era. The exhibition presents a selection of ink on paper comics and mixed media drawings spanning from the 1970s to today, along with her acclaimed thirty-page story “Dream House” which looks back on her Long Island childhood, fifty years later.
Kominsky-Crumb’s work is as urgent, open, and expressive in content as it is in style. Influenced by German artists Otto Dix and George Grosz, Kominsky-Crumb draws with a rough and imperfect hand, depicting distorted, loose, and sometimes grotesque figures imbued with raw, irreverent, in-your-face vigor.
On view: March 14 – May 9, 2020
What: Opening reception
Where: Kayne Griffin Corcoran, 1201 South La Brea Ave., LA, 90019
Phone: (310) 586‑6886 – Call prior to visiting