Kayne Griffin is pleased to present two solo exhibitions by Mary Obering, and Willie Birch. The gallery is open by appointment ONLY! Call (310) 586‑6886.
Obering’s second exhibition with the gallery is a survey of work by Obering from the early 1970s through the 2010s. The paintings on view highlight the developments in her painting practice – including material, inspiration and technique – that occurred over forty years. Central to all is Obering’s commitment to geometric abstraction while exploring the essence of color.
This will be Kayne Griffin’s first solo exhibition featuring the art of New Orleans based artist, Willie Birch. The exhibition will include Birch’s iconic black and white works on paper that expound upon New Orleans neighborhood life in terms of race and class. This exhibition will mark Birch’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, California.
Birch was first recognized for his own papier maché sculptures that depicted African American men, women, and children engaged in common activities and rituals. In the late 1980’s Birch returned to New Orleans from New York City where he was living, to attend the World Fair and visited the iconic Saint Louis Cathedral Catholic church. While there, he came upon a classical figurative sculpture from 15th century Spain depicting a crucifixion created in papier maché. This experience was monumental for Birch. It was the catalyst for connecting metaphorical and symbolic interpretation in his artistic practice. It opened up the ideas of how “art” is conveyed in terms of its fragility, preciousness, the value in our society, and the art world.
On view: March 6 – May 1, 2021
What: Opening by appointment ONLY
Where: Kayne Griffin Corcoran, 1201 S. La Brea Ave., LA, 90019
When: 10am – 6pm, and after with RSVP
Phone: 310 586-6886