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In Santa Monica…Sat-Jan9-Gallery169-AaronKramer

Gallery 169 hosts a closing reception for “Selfie” new works by Aaron Kramer and will offering RustiCoffee.

Aaron Kramer is a multidimensional artist who works in wood, metal and paint. He is an inventor of “contraptions,” a weaver and a painter.

This self reflective body of work was developed on a recent 3 year hiatus in London. In this time he explored new materials and techniques surrounding the theme of the “Selfie”, that innate desire that most people have to say, “I was here” with an arm’s length snapshot in time. His portraits are rough and direct. Painted on found wooden panels recovered on his daily bicycle commute to the studio. His machines are mesmerizing mechanical wonders. Twisted and welded wire, hand cut wooden gears and even a machine that draws selfies! All of these works explore the deeper meanings of identity, place and self. “

Complimentary valet parking available the night of the opening.

What: Opening Reception
Where: Gallery 169, 169 West Channel Road, Santa Monica, CA 90402
When: 5:00pm – 8:00 pm


BergamotStationlogo copyBergamot Station Art Center (B Building) also features a full line-up of gallery talks taking place each half hour. At 10:30am, Craig Krull Gallery (B-3) kicks it off wth Carol Es and Phranc.

Later in the evening (starting at 5pm) come back to Bergamot for more art events. See below.


Skidmore Contemporary Art hosts an art talk with Nina Jun on Saturday, January 9 at 11:00am

Here is some info on Nina Jun…


One day, as a mylar balloon slipped from her hand and drifted up into the sky, Nina Jun reflected upon the fleeting happiness the balloon had initially brought to her and the subsequent loss she experienced as the balloon escaped. In recognition of this transient happiness, Nina recreated the mylar balloon in ceramic, imbuing the balloon with a permanence, and raising it to the status of an object of art.

See image: Nina Jun, Galaxy ORFL, 2015, glazed ceramic, 15″ x 15″ x 7½”

With her first ceramic balloon, Nina Jun realized that her interest in space, balloons, and the human desire to fly could converge within her sculptures. The abstract patterns with which Jun decorates her balloons allude to the space formations she finds beautiful for their random yet orderly organization, merging galaxies, exploding stars, and vivid colors. Within the balloons, Jun uses dots to represent galaxies and butterflies for constellations. Her sculpture Laniakea is in fact a group of galaxies, while Supernovae is an explosion of stars, and Interstellar, a merging of galaxies. – Kelly Bertrado, July, 2015

On view: November 28  – January 9, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4 Santa Monica, 90404
When: 11:00am – Saturday, January 9

Phone: 310-828-5070



At 11:30am, Sloan Projects (B5) features artist Karley Sullivan who will discusses her ambitious project Satellite Hand, a series of one-hundred forty-three, 5 x 7 inch scratchboards depicting each of the named moons of our solar system. A selection of fifty-three moons of Saturn culled from Satellite Hand are currently on view in the group exhibition, GRAVITY. An additional selection from the project will be on view exclusively during the artist’s gallery talk.


At 12:00 Lora Schlesinger Gallery (B5b) will host an art talk with Tom Krumpak.


And finally…

Sat-Jan9-RobertBerman-GreggGibbs-newROBERT BERMAN GALLERY presents an early art talk (12:30pm) in conjunction with “Gregg Gibbs Midlife Crisis Retrospective,” a comprehensive exhibition presenting highlights from 40 years of work by Los Angeles-based artist Gregg Gibbs and focusing on the vastly different styles of his so-called “career.”

After the recent death of his father and the subsequent loss of his boyhood home, Gibbs designated the year 2015 as his “annus horribilis.” These unfortunate events led to a period of crisis and self-reflection, resulting in the curation of a compendium of artwork going back to the age of 10, when he first took up painting.

Gibbs’ work is an investigation of the perceived cultural distinctions between high and lowbrow art. In addition to a plethora of self-portraits and new work, the retrospective presents a number of themes that have preoccupied his creativity over the years: circus and carnival, psychics, hillbilly and outhouse humor, Americana, street vendors, and classical portraiture. The show will feature paintings, sculptures, videos and room-sized installations, some of which have never been exhibited. Key works include the “Psychic Valet” series, large scale paintings from “Street and Low,” and the overly ambitious “R. Biggs Memorial Museums.”

What: Opening reception
Where: THE ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY, Bergamot Station, (B-7) 2525 Michigan Ave.
When: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Phone: (310)315.1937


Downtown…another early art happening takes place…

For his 11th solo exhibition at Rosamund Felsen GallerySteven Hull’s presentation is part seaside carnival, part ocean voyage.

Sat-Jan9-2016-Rosamund-SHull-photoby-Grant-MudfordAlthough this exhibition is mainly focused around large scale abstract and figurative paintings, sound is also very crucial to the viewers’ experience. The show also includes a number of large scale wood sculptures and oil paint transfers. As seen in previous exhibitions by the artist, the sculptures address the paintings combining themselves into captivating tableaus creating new dialogues and conversations.

See image: courtesy of Grant Mudford

Hull is established as an engaged and multi-faceted artistic and curatorial practitioner. His diverse interests and methods have led him to undertake a varied range of projects, which at times have included long-term collaborative efforts with other artists, musicians, and writers resulting in ambitious traveling shows and exhibition catalogues. These efforts are further exemplified by the Los Angeles artist-run non-profit space founded by Hull, Las Cienegas Projects, which has a curatorial program emphasizing experimentation and communal involvement.

On view: January 9th, 2016 – February 6th, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: Rosamund Felsen Gallery 1923 S Santa Fe #100, LA CA 90021
When: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Phone: 310-828-8488


Right next door…

Sat-Jan9-CB-chuck-agro-my-head-is-a-ghostCB1 Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new small drawings…its second solo exhibiiton of NY based artist Chuck Agro, “My Head is a Ghost.”

See image: Chuck Agro, My head is a ghost, 2015, Watercolor and ink on paper, 8.5″ x 6.25″

“My Head is a Ghost” is a new project by the artist exploring the relationship between gender politics, the tyranny of aging and daytime TV. With influences as diverse as Camus and John Lennon, new insights are manufactured from both traditional and modern structures and new synergies are distilled from both constructed and discovered textures.

Also opening today…”Chris Oatey: Snowmelt Paintings” and Drawings and “Paul Donald: Endymion Project.”

What: Opening reception
Where: CB1 Gallery, 1923 S Santa Fe Ave, LA, 90021
When: 3:00 – 6:00pm
Phone: (213) 806-7889


Back in Santa Monica later….

Bergamot Station will be hosting several art parties.

From 5-7pm, Richard Heller Gallery (B-5A) and FIG (G-6) hosts artist receptions. /


Leslie Sacks Gallery is pleased to present “Portability,” the latest series of paintings by acclaimed Los Angeles based artist, Charles Christopher Hill. The exhibition will feature square-format acrylic paintings on canvas ranging in size from 10 x 10 inches, 12 x 12 inches, 2 x 2 feet up to 5 x 5 feet.

See Sat-Jan9-LeslieSacks-CharlesChristopherHillimage: gallery view

While Charles Christopher Hill’s recent paintings echo themes of his older work, they invariably diverge in their own distinctive direction by way of the palette and portability. His iconic glossy, acrylic paintings of the past decade are juicy and visually stunning, but they are heavy and incredibly fragile. Hill sought to construct something lighter, brighter and invulnerable in the new paintings. He brandishes the newspaper-collaged canvases with a brilliant spectrum of colors, among them vivid turquoise, luminous marigolds and shocking pinks. Unquestionably, they are happy paintings with an element of playfulness. The variable square-format sizing introduces a modular component to this body of work, allowing for infinite installation permutations. 

On view: January 9, 2016 – February 13, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: Leslie Sacks Contemporary (B6),Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica 
When: 5:00 – 7:00pm


TAG Gallery, (Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue D3, SM 90404) features an opening from 5-8pm.


Pop into one of my favorite galleries…

SSat-Jan9-ShoshanaWayne-PhilipArgenthoshana Wayne Gallery is pleased to present “Misaligned,” a neAw solo exhibition by Philip Argent.

This is the artist’s fourth show with the gallery. Misalinged continues Argent’s refined interpretation of the swift flow of digital information and tempers that rapidity with his meticulous handmade acrylic on canvas paintings.

Balancing digitization with traditional painting has become Argent’s signature and this new body of work takes the artist’s interest in spatiality, temporality, and digitization further as he exhibits a more experimental painting style. The subtle texture and randomness are a result of new methods employed by Argent who, for example, has used rubber dipped in paint to apply a sort of “print” to many of the paintings surfaces.

On view: January 09 – February 06, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station (B-1) 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, 90404
When: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Phone: 310.453.7535


Lois Lambert Gallery Bergamot Station (E-3) also offers a reception for new exhibitions from 6-9pm.


In West Los Angeles…Haphazard (1543 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025) throws an art party from 7-9pm.  


Or head East…ltd los angeles, (7561 Sunset Blvd #103, LA 90046) presents “Infinite Regress,” a two person exhibition by Ian James and Katie Shapiro from 7-10pm.


In West Hollywood….another art event takes place at Thomas Duncan Gallery (6109 Melrose Ave., LA 90028) from 6-8pm. 


In Hollywood…

KoSat-Jan9-2016-KohnGallery-LitaAlbuquerquehn Gallery is pleased to present a new body of work by Lita Albuquerque – composed of new pigment paintings and salt installations, “Embodiment” continues her investigations into space, color, materiality and the body.

For decades, Albuquerque has been working in remote locations and deserts as sites to execute artworks that mark time and space, and in so doing our relationship to light, matter and one another. Often working with materials as raw and essential as her subject matter, Albuquerque’s work, whether on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica, the Pyramids at Giza, or taking her graduate students to the ancient Mayan temples and sacred cenotes, elucidates an intense participatory experience.

On view: January 9, 2016 – February 20, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: Kohn Gallery, 1227 N. Highland Ave., LA 90038
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Phone: 323.658.8088


Nearby…Tif Sigfrids (1507 Wilcox Ave., LA 90028), holds an artist reception from 4-5pm.


Regen Projects, (6750 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90038) debuts a new exhibition from 6-8pm.


In Culver City…(where the Pick of the Week takes place – at the George Billis Gallery), there are quite a few art parties.

Start off at Baik Art (2600 La Cienega Blvd.) throws an art party from 6-8pm.


LoudHailer (2648 S. La Cienega Blvd., LA), holds an opening reception from 6-8pm. 


Von Lintel Gallery (2685 S. La Cienega Blvd.) debuts new exhibitions from 6-8pm.


Cherry and Martin (2712 S. La Cienega Blvd.) features a reception from 6-8pm – remember they have two galleries on La Cienega.


Stroll down to Washington Blvd., then take a left and head east on Washington…From 6-8pm, Roberts & Tilton (5801 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232) and Mark Moore Gallery (5790 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 90232) also feature openings.


Keep walking East on Washington…

Sat-Jan9-2016-Dirk-DeBruycker-Flood-YellowFP Contemporary presents a solo exhibition titled “In Tribute” featuring work by friend and artist Dirk De Bruycker.  Dirk De Bruycker passed away unexpectedly on July 26, 2015.  

Dirk will be greatly missed but his contributions to the art world will live on.

See image: Dirk De Bruycker, “Flood Yellow” (1995), 48 x 36 x 2 inches, oil and mixed media on canvas

Celebrate Dirk’s life with the closing reception for this beautiful retrospective exhibition including several of De Bruycker’s earlier works from the 1990’s as well as never-before-seen paintings in this exhibition.

What: Opening reception
Where: FP Contemporary, 5835 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm – Saturday, September 12


In the Miracle Mile area…Couturier Gallery, 166 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036) hosts an art event from 6-8pm.


ACME (6150 Wilshire Blvd., LA 90048), offers a new exhibit opening from 6-8pm. 


Or head back downtown…

There are several events taking place in the evening….

CSat-Jan9-2016-Chimento-Kim editHIMENTO CONTEMPORARY is pleased to present “Sightline Construction Series” and “Book Truck #1” by Los Angeles artist Kim Schoenstadt.

See image: Kim Schoenstadt, Sightline Construction No. 5, Acrylic Paint on shaped wood panel with metal, 32 x 26 x 20 inches
The Sightline Constructions are the most recent in the artist’s mash-ups of architectural sources and minimalist sculptures, manifesting in a combination of two and three-dimensional elements. Schoenstadt continues her investigation into interactive/collaborative art projects with Book Truck #1, a project inviting local artists and curators to loan a book to the show, creating a small library of what’s currently on the minds of LA’s art community.

On view: January 9 – February 20, 2016

What: Opening recepton
Where: CHIMENTO CONTEMPORARY, 622 South Andersen Street, Space 105, LA 90023
When: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Phone: 310.433.0508


Just down the street…

Museum as Retail Space (MaRS) is pleased to present “T​he Night Brightens,” ​a solo exhibition by Marty Schnapf. The exhibition will feature bronze sculptures, oil paintings and drawings.

A Sat-Jan9-2016-MARS-MartySchnapf oil on canvascursory read of Schnapf’s works might lead one to see them as portents of eschatological cataclysm. In actuality they operate in a modality of synchronicity – a receptivity to the semiotic emergence of coincident events and atemporal perspectives.

‘Time’ and ‘Presence’ wrestle in orgiastic confrontation, rather than reference social or narrative particulars. Geometric manifestations, vitruvian figures, and amalgamations of orifice, phallus, and carapace perform in an orchestration of apocalypse and genesis.

Circumventing societal references, the work reveals meta-societal subjects. The viewer is left in a position of parallax – asked to accept the proposition of synchronistic events against a praxis concerned with immortal forms.

On view: January 9 – February 20

What: Opening reception
Where: MUSEUM as RETAIL SPACE (MARS), 649 S Anderson St., LA, 90023
When: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Phone: (323) 526-8097


Or stop by Chinatown…

All of these galleries will be hosting events from 7-11pm.

Charlie James Gallery, (969 Chung King Road); Coagula Curatorial (974 Chung King Road); ChungKing Studio (975 Chung King Road);

and Gregorio Escalante Gallery (978 Chung King Rd, LA, 90012), presents an exhibition of 9 new paintings and 15 drawings by Brian Mains.


In the Rampart district….very close to downtown…

Collectively entitled “Metro Dreams,” the Gabba Gallery presents another installment of it’s signature showJan9-2016-GABBA style of four separate mini exhibitions, curated by Jason Ostro and Phil Santos. Moncho1929, Vakseen, Amy Smith and HERO are the four artists showing their diverse yet loosely connected works for Metro Dreams filling the almost 2000 sq. ft. gallery space.

Much loved Moncho1929 will be exhibiting another brilliant twist on his signature style with a salute to our winged friends. An antidote to the usual definition of beauty is found in Vakseen’s unique, well executed painting style of colliding color with cubism combined with realism for the love of women’s complicated legacy in today’s culture. Amy Smith will show her collage style using paint and collage to make use of negative space in portraiture, akin to traditional stenciling. Entitled Inheritance, in his exhibition, Hero addresses contemporary social issues and what flows through and is handed down to the next generation. He creates his works via multimedia with a contemporary virtuosity in aerosol.

The artists included in Metro Dreams are Moncho1929, Vakseen, Amy Smith, and Hero. “Metro Dreams” opens on January 9th, 2016 and will be on view through January 23rd, 2016. A reception for the artists with DJ Jonathan Williams is on Saturday, January 9th, 7 – 11 p.m. and is sponsored by Hubert’s and Perrier.

For more info on this exhibition, visit our Upcoming Events Page.

On view: January 9th – January 23rd, 2016

What: Opening reception
Where: The Gabba Gallery, 3126 Beverly Blvd. 90057
When: Saturday, January 9th, 2016, 7pm – 11 p.m.
Phone: 310-498-2697



Hive Gallery welcomes the new year withn a a massive group show titled “HIVE TAROT 7,” and its newest Tarot Deck. 22 featured artists from 2015, have made custom tarot cards for HIVE TAROT 7 deck

Sat-Jan9-2016-HIVEFeatured Artist 1: Alan Kocharian
Featured Artist 2: Ivan Preciado
Tall Wall Artist: Stefanie Vega (exhibiting new sculpted cards inspired by a reading
she had at the start of the year)

The Fool- Edward Cao, The Magician- David Natale, The High Priestess- Kimberly Lyons, The Empress- Mary Ancilla Martinez, The Emperor- Amanda Dempsey, The Hierophant- PAZ, The Lovers- Laura Doolin, The Chariot- Henry Cram, Strength- Irene Garcia, The Hermit- Arlou Somo, Wheel of Fortune- Preston Thomas, Justice- Michelle Orozco, The Hanged Man- Peter Goode, Death- Clinton Neuhaus, Temperence- Sayuka Bloodstone, The Devil- Jimi Martinez, The Tower- Manny Chinacat Tang, The Star- Sean Ghobad, The Moon- Luciano Martinez, The Sun- Renee Lawter, Judgement- Teodor Dumtrescu, The World- Naoshi

Featured Resident Artists:
Andrew Danielsen / Andi Garcia / Alexis Michael / Arlou Somo / / Christine Rasmussen / Daisuke Okamoto / Gian Flores Norte /
Greg Gould / Jennifer Korsen /Keli-Aylin Arslancan / Ken Dougherty / Marcel DeJure / Patrick Haemmerlein / Sarah Stone / Shinjuku-za / Stephen Holman /
Taku Ichinose / Teod Tomlinson / Vakseen

Check the website for a full list of artists

$5 suggested donation on opening night (Donations help keep the Hive Alive); 10% off drinks at Peking Tavern night of the opening (see front Hive attendant)

On view: January 9th – January 30

What: Group Show
Where: The Hive Gallery 729 South Spring St., LA 90014
When: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Phone: 213 955-9051