Art LALAC-Logoos Angeles Contemporary continues…featuring over seventy international galleries. It’s the fifth year for Art Los Angeles Contemporary which is returning to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica through Sunday. The event will feature an eclectic mix of both established and emerging galleries from all over the world with many of our West Coast favorites.

RiPOWALAC DoleRecio Telleschard Telles Fine Art (Los Angeles) will present work by celebrated California artists Lecoa Dole-Recio and Roger Herman.

See image: by Lecoa Dole-Recio

David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles) will present a solo project from Los Angeles artist Ruby Neri, whose figurative sculptures and ceramics were featured in the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. biennial.

1-Day Pass  $20
3-Day Pass  $30

What: Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Where: Barker Hanger, 3021 Airport Ave., SM 90405
When: 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Website:  http://artlosangelesfair.com/

In the Miracle Mile area (near Hancock Park)…Enjoy the work of Fiona Conner at 637 S Cloverdale, unit # 7 LA 90036 from 2-4 pm today. Email for appointment after that at info@1301PE.com

In Malibu…

MaliblSat-Feb1-Malibleueu Gallery holds an opening reception a group exhibit entitled “LIFE.” Come see the newly established Malibleu Gallery and celebrate the diversity and creativity of local artists.

The group exhibition is curated by Nina Herzog and will feature artists Robert Standish, Tom Savage, Jill McDonell, Richie Niles Pollock and Julie Okah.

Enjoy complimentary valet parking, wine, refreshments, and entertainment upon arrival at the reception.

On view: February 1st – March 2nd

What: Opening reception
Where: Malibleu Gallery, 21201 Pacific Coast Hwy. @ Las Flores Canyon, in the Cosentino’s Center
When: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Website: https://www.facebook.com/MalibleuArt

In Santa Monica

At Bergamot Station…several happenings are taking place. There’s a group show at TAG Gallery from 5-7pm. http://www.taggallery.net

Sat-Feb1-Schomburg-AugustusFrancis-image3Schomburg Gallery holds an opening reception for artist Augustus Francis.

Francis divides his time between Santa Monica and the Northern English countryside.  In his artwork, Francis paints speed, rhythm, time, gravity and movement.

On view: February 1st – February 26th

What: Opening reception
Where: Schomburg Gallery, E-3A Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., SM
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Phone: (310) 453-5757
Website: http://www.schomburggallery.com/


Also at Bergamot Station…Gallery Luisotti is pleased to announce the opening of Lick Creek Line, a photographic series by Ron Jude.

SeSat-Feb1-Luisotti-RonJudee Image: Ron Jude, An element from ‘LCL Group #4’, 1998/2013, archival pigment inkjet prints on fiber, edition of 5, each 24 x 29.625 inches
© Ron Jude

Completed in 2011, Lick Creek Line is a photographic narrative that combines autobiography, fiction, and documentary. The last in a trilogy of works that has included Alpine Star (2006), and emmett (2010), Lick Creek Line takes as its subject the landscape, character, and life in Jude’s home state, Idaho. Focused on the seemingly menial task of a modern-day fur-trapper checking his traps, Lick Creek Line is a poetic engagement with western American landscape.

Accompanying the exhibition will be signed copies of two related publications by Jude, Lick Creek Line from MACK (2011) and FIRES by MOCP, Chicago/RAM (2012).

On view: January 25th – March 15th

What: Opening reception
Where: Gallery Luisotti, (A-2), Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica, 90404
When:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (310) 453-0043
Website:
http://www.galleryluisotti.com

Also at ADC & Building Bridges…

BaiSat-Feb1-ADC-JohorStraitek Art presents a new exhibition, entitled “Johor Strait: Three Artists from Malaysia and Singapore.”

Like those in the neighboring countries of South Asia, the art scenes of Singapore and Malaysia figure little in current international artistic discourse – understandably, given their relatively recent arrival in that discourse, but unfairly, given the quality and substance of actual artistic practice on either side of the Straits. This exhibition features only three artists, a pair from the larger country and a single painter from the smaller; but the sophistication, imagination, and skill readily apparent in the work here attest not simply to the gifts of these individual artists but the substance of the art worlds that host them.

On view: February 1st – February 19th

What: Opening Reception
When: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: ADC & BUILDING BRIDGES International Art Exchange Bergamot Station, F-2, 2525 Michigan Ave., SM 90404
Phone: 323-839-5786
Website: http://www.adcbuildingbridgesartexchange.org

Also in Santa Monica…

ASat-Feb1-18-st-18yht St. ElanaBaja-horizontals Artist Lab Resident at 18th Street Arts Center, anarchistic and ecosophistic artist Elena Bajo will develop a site-specific body of work. In With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch), Bajo continues to investigate the “sculptural anarchive” of suppressed political histories, extending her research to the geopolitical context of California.

See image: Elena Bajo, The Cosmic Artisan, 2013, Magnifying glass ball , 12 hand carved Daturan Stramonium,18 Karat Gold seeds, copper ‘tulip’, cling film, LED blue light © Courtesy of Siegfried Contemporary, London and D+T Project Gallery, Brussels. Photo by Bastien Rousseau

By examining botanical, topographical, and textual elements as past subject matter, the layers of the everyday and the specific temporality of social encounters born out of the Center’s residency, a meta-narrative will unfold as an emancipatory and autonomous form of the present.

What: Opening reception
Where: 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St. Santa Monica, 90404
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-1912
Website: http://18thstreet.org/

In Culver City…Koplin Del Rio Gallery (6031 Washington Blvd.), hosts an art talk from 4-6pm. You must RSVP…see website. http://www.koplindelrio.com/  Also another art party happens at Thinkspace (6009 Washington Blvd), from 6-9pm. http://www.thinkspacegallery.com

Fresh Paint is pleased to present “Edge and Surface”, featuring new paintings by Claudia Meyer and Meredith Pardue.

MSat-Feb1-FreshPaint-ElysianGemseyer’s sculptural wall paintings are a complex fusion of hard edged acrylic surfaces with both front and reverse surface painting, carving and mixed media material applications. Pardue’s paintings have a luscious jewel-toned surface texture by utilizing ink, oil and graphite or charcoal on canvas.

The juxtaposition of Meyer’s harder edged paintings with a variety of surface textures contrasted with Pardue’s softer colorful paintings with curvaceous shapes compliment each other while sharing a unique dialogue.

On view: February 1st – March 29th

What: Opening Reception
Where: Fresh Paint Art, 5835 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Phone: 323-931-5835
Website: http://www.freshpaintart.com

In Laguna Beach…

Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow presents “Never Fast Enough,” a renegade-inspired exhibition that Sat-Feb1-ArtRepublic4Today-NFE.Flyer.Frontbrings together three west coast artists who each uphold successful artistic careers and endeavors though rarely have works seen in Southern California gallery settings.

For this reason, the exhibition promises to be a fresh look at a timeless aesthetic. Patrick “Duffy” DeArmas, Nick Simich, and Brian Bent subscribe to varying concepts of vintage as they explore worlds of imagined bizarro – and culturally iconic – characters.

Together, Never Fast Enough is a study on born rebels, born losers, and being born somewhere between the dividing lines of history.

What: Opening Reception-“Never Fast Enough”
When: 6-9 PM
Where: Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow- 1175 S. Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: (949) 988-0603
Website: htt://www.ar4t.com


In Hollywood…Diane Rosenstein Fine Art (831 North Highland Ave), offers a reception from 6-8pm. http://www.dianerosenstein.com

In the Miracle Mile area…Dysonna City Art Gallery (5373 Wilshire Blvd), hosts an art party from 7-9pm. http://www.dysonnacityartgallery.com

LAUNCH LA is proud to present “Before Arriving” by Daniela Campins and Rema Ghuloum. Though featuring work by two artists with divergent perspectives and backgrounds, this exhibition finds unity in its exploration of abstraction. The resulting artworks are a testament to its power to express the otherwise inexplicable.

Sat-Feb1-Launch-DanielaCampins-TransferSee image: Daniela Campins, Transfer

Campins focuses on the invisible forces and occurrences that drive our universe, morphing them into things we can see and feel.

Concepts like gravity, buoyancy, pulling and dissolution feature prominently in her work, distilled into their purest, non-representational essences. Sometimes her paintings are more clearly influenced by reality, imitating instances like a rain shower, or the tug of gravity on an individual water drop. In Campins’ hands, paint and ink become protagonists rather than inert tools of expression: each daub of viscous paint or drip of diluted ink has its own message and tone to impart.

What: Opening reception
Where: LAUNCH, 170 S. La Brea Ave., 2nd floor LA, 90036
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: (323) 899-1363
Website: www.launchla.org

Merry Karnowsky Gallery celebrates artist Victor Castillo with “Pure Pleasure,” featuring 12 black-and-white paintings on paper and a large-scale mural installation that emphasize the artist’s deft hand and brilliant compositions.

See image: Victor Castillo, Kiss is on my list, 2013, ink and acrylic on paperSat-Feb1-MKGallery-Castillo 2-Kiss is on my list

“Pure Pleasure” is a pause, a departure from the vividly-colored acrylic paintings he has previously presented. What Castillo proposes in paring down to the essence, to ink on paper, is refreshing and equally impactful. It’s like championing a return to analog in an image-saturated digital world.

YOU MUST RSVP for this one…. rsvp@mkgallery.com

On view: July 27th – August 24th

What: Opening reception
Where: Merry Karnowsky Gallery 170 S. La Brea Ave. (In the Art 170 Building), LA 90036
When: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm 
Phone: 323.933.4408
Website: http://www.mkgallery.com

In Silverlake…

At the Gabba Gallery… Deborah Vankin of Los Angeles Times ‘Culture Monster’ will be moderating a very entertaining Art Talk Panel with featured artists participating in “Platforms & Paint.”

Sat-Jan18-GabbaGalleryThe group show is an all-female, multidisciplinary art show featuring 17 LA based artists including emerging and established with street art to fine art.

Artists: Alisa Yang, Allie Pohl, Allison Isenberg, Andrea LaHue, Essi Zimm, Hannah Streety, Ingrid Allen, Isabelle Alford-Lago, Jaime Becker, J.A.W. Cooper, Jennifer Korsen, Joanna DeGeneres, Karin Lindberg Freda, Mary Hanson, Miri Chais, Nicole Bruckman, N.S. David, Trixy Starr.

Doors open at 7pm, talk starts about 8 pm and will last 1 – 1 1/2 hours. The gallery closes at 11pm. Exhibition is open during and after the talk. Seating is first come first serve with standing room available.

Complimentary drinks and snacks provided by our sponsors: Societe Perrier, Hubert’s Lemonade and Ips All Natural Chips.

There is street parking at church near by at 3001 Beverly Blvd. This is a FREE event

January 18th – February 23rd

What: Opening reception
Where: The Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd. 90057
When: 7 pm – 11 pm.
Phone: 310-498-2697
Website: www.thegabbagallery.com

In Downtown LA (Chinatown)….taking place early from 2-4 pm Jancar Jones Gallery (1031 N. Broadway) hosts a reception for a book release. http://www.jancarjones.com  Then another opening takes place nearby at Coagula Curatorial  (974 Chung King Rd.) a bit later from 7-11pm. http://www.coagulacuratorial.com