HVW8HVW8 – Art + Design Gallery Los Angeles https://hvw8.com Art + Design Gallery Los Angeles Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:34:28 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.14 Beirut Youth https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2018/beirut-youth/ https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2018/beirut-youth/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 01:34:14 +0000 Tyg https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2018/auto-draft/ Opening Reception :
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 6 – 10pm
rsvp@hvw8.com

HVW8 Gallery is pleased to announce Beirut Youth, an immersive multimedia installation of Jey Perie and Gogy Esparza’s experiences while in Beirut, Lebanon.

The duo arrived in August 2016 with little more than a tentative plan to recount the lives of the city’s youth, from the affluent to the disenfranchised. Honest, raw and sensitive, the exhibition crystallizes the emotion they felt there, and in its people. The beauty and blood of its pulse, the pain and fruits of its history. Though war-torn and fractured, the juxtaposition of such diversity in cultures, religions and opinions breeds its chaos, seductively, beautifully, the way only a Beruti enchantress could.

Esparza photographed these images exclusively on 35mm film in August 2016, and on a second trip in March 2017 (over a total of 20 days). He also shot digital video and constructed four short films on their experiences.

Beirut Youth has created physical extensions of the project via its photography book including all exhibition images, and a tee shirt commemorating the history and culture of the city. 50% of proceeds from these sales will be donated directly to Shatila Refugee Camp’s CYC Youth Center in Southern Beirut. Initially set-up in 1949 for displaced Palestinians, the camp is also home for over 6,000 Syrian Refugees since the start of the 2011 Syrian Civil War. Donations will go towards providing CYC’s children with educational materials, stationary, uniforms and sneakers for the center’s youth football program.

Direct donations can also be made through the project’s GoFundMe link found at the project’s site: www.beirutyouth.com

After premiering in New York City in June 2017, the Beirut Youth exhibition traveled to Dubai and Tokyo before its upcoming debut in Los Angeles.

Gogy Esparza

(b. 1987) is a New York City-based artist who concentrates in fine art, photography, and video.

His project, El Vacîo (2012-13) featured a photography book published by Dashwood Books, and accompanying exhibitions with Comme Des Garçons in Berlin and the Wayward Gallery in London. He has also exhibited at Test Gallery (Copenhagen), SO Gallery (Tokyo), NO ROMANCE Gallery (NYC), Know-Wave Gallery (NYC), AUTO BODY (NYC/MIAMI).

He and his work have been featured in publications such as ARTFORUM, Purple Diary, Interview, Richardson Magazine, VICE Creators Project, i-D, Dazed, Ollie, and Hypebeast.

 Jey Perie

Born in the south of France in 1984, Jey has lived in Barcelona, Hong Kong and Tokyo for extended periods and now resides in New York. His network of friends and partners sprawl far and wide, with roots in all corners of culture.

 His passion for travel and the exchange of cultures is what drives his curiosity. As the Creative Director of Kinfolk, Jey uses his travel to influence and guide his work. He also consults for several Japanese labels including BEDWIN & THE HEARTBREAKERS, and has helped expand the brand’s presence outside of Japan with global collaborations such as Converse, adidas Originals and Stussy.

He currently directs The Kinfolk Store and their in-house label. Over the last decade Jey Perie has been credited for introducing several cult Japanese labels to the US market and also for his work around soccer and the sport’s relationship with Fashion. To that regard, he is currently working alongside soccer institution FC Barcelona, Nike, adidas and Stone Island to promote soccer culture in the US.

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CREATIVE CLASS – Miami Art Week https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/creative-class-miami-art-week/ https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/creative-class-miami-art-week/#respond Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:41:31 +0000 Tyg https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/auto-draft/ Opening Reception + Performance
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6-10pm Please RSVP at rsvp@hvw8.com

December 8th – 10th Hours: 11am – 6pm

YoungArts Jewel Box
2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami FL 33137

HVW8 Gallery and adidas Originals present Creative Class, a pop-up exhibition that celebrates diversity in artistic expression with five artists working across a spectrum of mediums. A series of performances, interactive workshops, and artist talks will accompany the show.

The exhibition and related programming will take place at the National YoungArts Foundation’s (YoungArts) historic Jewel Box during Miami Art Week featuring:

Real — Safe is a multi-medium collection of installation works by Los Angeles based artist Kilo Kish. Through film, performance, and immersive soundscapes Kish aims to create the fabricated nature of our online interactions in real life. The installation explores the poles of reality, which she has deemed hyper-reality, perceived reality, and actuality. Her performance confronts our need for personal space in public and freedom online. Through strategic musical composition and timing, she tests comfortable and uncomfortable forms of attention in public.

Brian Lotti will exhibit Recent Studies, new paintings on paper that chronicle his recent travels and continued interest in figures set within particular landscapes. The work demonstrates Lotti’s primary interest in color, both observed and imagined. Works employ broken colors and impressionistic brushstrokes, and often depict groups of people or individuals pursuing activities or travelling through a given setting. Viewed as a group, the series suggests a larger story about color, texture, and the variegated nature of modern experience.

Atiba Jefferson, a Los Angeles based photographer internationally known for his sports, music, lifestyle, and skateboarding photography, will present Heart Shaped Box, an interactive installation of his photographs.

Paris based painter Inès Longevial will exhibit select works from Sous Le Soleil, her first solo exhibition in the U.S. The artist conveys a strong and complex vision of femininity across her paintings, using small brush strokes and distortion techniques to emphasize forms of flesh that are often forgotten, such as fingertips and cheekbones, to show that femininity can be unique.

Lisa Leone will show a new installation from her photo archive, with a focus on the final period before hip-hop’s mainstream cultural influence and global expansion; presenting both a documentation and personal exploration of the grit, audacity and raw creative spirit that has become the aesthetic of 80’s and 90’s hip-hop, its innovators, and the often harsh realism that fueled it. Lisa is also Vice President of Artistic Programs at YoungArts, our host organization that supports emerging artists across 10 disciplines at critical junctures in their careers. Her participation in Creative Class as an artist and her role as an arts leader champions the level of artistic diversity inherent to this exhibition.

All five participating artists had their first solo exhibition with HVW8 Gallery made possible with the support of adidas Originals. Creative Class continues a long standing partnership between HVW8 and adidas to foster the growth of emerging artists from diverse backgrounds.

Friday, December 8, 2017:

Kilo Kish interactive performance workshop. (1 – 2:30pm) Atiba Jefferson artist talk. (3 – 4pm)

Saturday, December 9, 2017:

Contemporary painting & photography panel discussion with Brian Lotti and Lisa Leone. Moderated by HVW8 Gallery curator Tyler Gibney. (1 – 3pm)
Interactive painting workshop with Brian Lotti. (3 – 4pm)

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KILO KISH

Kish Robinson has been making genre-bending, experimental music projects under the moniker Kilo Kish since 2012. Starting rst as a student of design at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, Kish has been heralded for her cross- medium approach as an artist. In July 2017, Kish exhibited her first solo art installation at HVW8 Gallery in Los Angeles, combining performance, film, and sound. Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Vogue, W, Fader, and The Village Voice. Kish released her debut full length LP “Re ections in Real Time (RRT)” in 2016 through her own label, kisha soundscape + audio (ksa). She is currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA.

BRIAN LOTTI

New York based painter Brian Lotti uses varied washes of vibrant color, quick staccatos and heavy impasto strokes to create urban landscapes that capture the spontaneity of light and movement in his immediate environment. Lotti’s affinity for the urban landscape began as a professional skateboarder and filmmaker. His colorful works celebrate the commonplace alleys, streets, and scenes with which he has been so intimately familiar. Brian graduated with a BA in Art from San Francisco State University in 1998 and moved to Northern California where he practiced landscape and portrait painting for several years. In 2004 Brian moved to Southern California to direct two motion pictures about skateboarding, then returned to his painting practice. Brian currently spends his time working in and around his home neighborhood of Boerum Hill in Brooklyn, NY.

ATIBA JEFFERSON

Atiba Jefferson is an American photographer living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Although perhaps best known for his skateboarding photography, Atiba has a deep history in basketball as well, being a staff photographer for the LA Lakers during the Shaq and Kobe years and shooting more SLAM magazine covers than any other photographer. Other subjects include music and just life in general. HVW8 Gallery produced his first solo photography exhibitions in N. America (Sorry For Not Showing Art, HVW8 Los Angeles 2013) and in Europe (So Long, Lonesome, HVW8 Berlin 2015). Currently a sta photographer for Thrasher Magazine, Atiba has also shot for commercial clients such as adidas, ESPN, Gatorade, Mountain Dew, Oakley, Panasonic, Pepsi and Supreme.

LISA LEONE

Bronx born Lisa Leone began her career as a photographer shooting musicians such as D’Angelo, Lauryn Hill and Maxwell, as well as personalities like Debi Mazar and Spike Lee. She worked for British Vogue and VIBE where she was a contributing photographer and columnist. A few years later, Lisa began work on Stanley Kubrick’s last film Eyes Wide Shut, where Kubrick became her mentor. Leone’s work has been shown in exhibitions at HVW8 Art + Design Gallery in Los Angeles (May 2012), which travelled to the Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, and The Andenken Gallery, Amsterdam. In 2014, her solo exhibition, Here I Am, opened at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and was accompanied with a book of the same title, published by Minor Matters Books. Additionally, she has exhibited in Dubai at Dubai Design District,in Berlin with a solo show, and in Los Angeles at the Leica Gallery. Last fall her works were exhibited at Gallery 212 and her photos will be on view at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture – Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Lisa is Vice President of Artistic Programs at the National YoungArts Foundation.

INÈS LONGEVIAL

Inès Longevial is a painter and illustrator working in Paris. She started drawing and painting at a very young age, and studied at an Applied Arts high school before obtaining her Diploma in Applied Arts. Her paintings in oil, simultaneously tender and strong, concentrate on two principal themes: femininity and nature. Using parts of the body, face, and skin color, her art developed a novel and sensual body image in which women can be round and their skin can be different shades and colors. Inès’ childhood, spent “in the little house in the prairie” as she says, always feeds her work in which oral elements together with numerous nuances of color nd their way to her canvases. In addition to working with brands such as Levi’s and Sezane ou Amelie Pichard, her work garnered widespread attention after being featured on @instagram.

HVW8 Art + Design Gallery was founded in 2006 in Los Angeles by Tyler Gibney and Addison Liu with a focus on supporting ne art & avant-garde graphic design. By furthering artistic visions at the intersection of art, music and design, it soon became one of the premier underground galleries in Los Angeles. Emerging and established artists such as Parra, Geoff McFetridge, Kevin Lyons, Hassan Rahim, Mark Gonzales, Cody Hudson, Lisa Leone, Janette Beckman, and Jean André have exhibited their works with the gallery. In 2014 HVW8 Gallery expanded with a location in Berlin, Germany.

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SOUS LE SOLEIL – Los Angeles https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/sous-le-soleil/ https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/sous-le-soleil/#respond Wed, 11 Oct 2017 03:46:20 +0000 Tyg https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/auto-draft/ Opening Friday, October 20th, 6 – 10pm

please RSVP at rsvp@hvw8.com

HVW8 Gallery Los Angeles presents the first solo exhibition of French painter Inès Longevial.  The artist conveys a strong and complex vision of femininity across her paintings, “…using small brush strokes, distortion techniques, fragments.” Originally from the South West of France, the Spanish influence is one of the keys to understanding her work which embodies the spirit of such masters as Pablo Picasso and Pedro Almodovar.

“Naturally, I was very attracted by the cliché and idealistic representation of the female body, like so many that are posted on Instagram. However, I quickly realized that this would be a problem for me to draw female bodies modeled after the expectations and fantasies of our society. Today, I try to paint bodies differently…I like to emphasize forms of flesh that are forgotten: fingertips, cheekbones…it’s important to not cultivate only “girly” culture when we talk about women, but on the contrary, to show that femininity can be unique.”

– Inès

Biography

Inès Longevial (b. 1990) is a painter and illustrator working in Paris. She started drawing and painting at a very young age and studied at an Applied Arts high school, before obtaining her Diploma in Applied Arts.  Her paintings in oil, simultaneously tender and strong, concentrate on two principal themes: femininity and nature. Using parts of the body, face, and skin color, her art developed a novel and sensual body image in which women can be round and their skin can be different shades and colors. Inès’ childhood, spent “in the little house in the prairie” as she says, always feeds her work in which floral elements together with numerous nuances of color find their way to her canvases. In addition to working with brands such as Levi’s and Sezane ou Amelie Pichard, her work garnered widespread attention after being featured on @instagram.

 

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La jeune artiste française désir déployer à travers ses peintures une vision puissante et complexe de la féminité. « Naturellement, j’étais très attirée par la représentation clichée et idéalisée du corps de la femme, comme il en pleuvait sur Instagram. Mais je me suis vite aperçue que ça me posait problème de dessiner des corps de femmes calqués sur les attentes et les fantasmes de notre société. Aujourd’hui, j’essaie de peindre les corps différemment : par petites touches, crops, fragments. J’aime souligner les formes charnues oubliées: le bout des doigts, les pommettes… C’est important de ne pas seulement cultiver la culture «girly» quand on parle des femmes et de montrer que la féminité peut être unique à chacune. » – Inès

Biographie

Inès Longevial est une peintre et illustratrice travaillant de Paris. Originaire du Sud Ouest de la France, son influence espagnole est également une des clefs pour comprendre son travail dont l’esprit des maîtres Pablo Picasso et Pedro Almodovar est indéniablement présent. Aujourd’hui 26 ans, Inès a commencé à dessiner et peindre dès son plus jeune âge et a étudié dans un lycée d’Arts Appliqués avant d’obtenir un Diplôme Supérieur d’Arts Appliqués. Sa peinture à l’huile, à la fois tendre et forte, se concentre sur deux thèmes principaux : la féminité et la nature. Parties du corps, visages, couleurs de peau, son art développe une image du corps nouvelle et sensuelle où les femmes peuvent être en rondeur et leur peau de couleurs différentes. Son enfance, « à la petite maison dans la prairie » comme elle le dit, nourrit toujours son travail où l’élément floral ainsi que de nombreuses teintes colorées font leur chemin vers sa toile. En plus de travailler avec des marques comme Levi’s, Sézane et Amélie Pichard, Inès travaille en ce moment sur une première exposition individuelle présentée le 20 Octobre à Los Angeles.

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For press and artwork inquiries please email info@hvw8.com

 

In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious

HVW8 Gallery in collaboration with One Love Books presents In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious, the first West Coast solo exhibition of work by prolific Jamaican illustrator Wilfred Limonious (1949–99). The display includes reproductions of work from the early 1970s through the mid-1990s, spanning three key phases in Limonious’ career: his comic strips for the Jamaican newspapers, his illustrations for the publications of JAMAL (the Jamaican Movement for the Advancement of Literacy), and his distinctive artwork for the burgeoning dancehall scene coming out of 1980s Jamaica. The exhibition is curated by Al “Fingers” Newman and Christopher Bateman and accompanies their book, In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious (One Love Books, 2016).

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Portrait of Wilfred Limonious from The Star newspaper, 18 May 1985 (Gibbs Photo).

 

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Amos comic strip from The Star newspaper, 10 November 1971.

 

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Back cover illustration from the LP Animal Party by Papa San (Scar Face Music, 1986).

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Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London
London-based photographer Alex Bartsch makes his debut at HVW8 Gallery LA with photographs from his book, Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London, forthcoming on One Love Books. After researching various reggae LPs and twelve-inches from his record collection, Bartsch has rephotographed fifty sleeves in their original London locations, holding them up at arm’s-length so that they blend in with their surroundings, decades later. Presented in this way, the photographs document the transition of time, with the album cover serving as a window into the past, juxtaposed against today’s backdrop. From an ethnomusicological perspective the photographs also provide a fascinating insight into the history of reggae music in London, inviting the viewer to rethink the relationship between the city and its musical heritage. The exhibition is curated by Al “Fingers” Newman and includes ten select prints from the project, featuring records by artists such as John Holt, Carroll Thompson, Peter Tosh, Jah Woosh, Pat Kelly and Smiley Culture.

 

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John Holt, 2000 Volts of Holt (Trojan Records, 1976), rephotographed in Holland Park, London W14, 39 years later.

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Jah Woosh, Religious Dread (Trojan, 1978), rephotographed at the Parish Church of Saint John the Evangelist, Kensal Green, London W10, 38 years later.

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Carroll Thompson, Hopelessly in Love (Carib Gems, 1981), rephotographed on Milton Avenue, London NW10, 34 years later

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Al Campbell, Rainy Days (Hawkeye, 1978), rephotographed in King Edward VII Park, London NW10, 38 years later.

 

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BERLIN — HVW8 Gallery Berlin in collaboration with One Love Books presents

THREE THE HARD WAY

WILFRED LIMONIOUS: IN FINE STYLE
ALEX BARTSCH: COVERS
MAXINE WALTERS: SERIOUS THINGS A GO HAPPEN

September 8th – October 14th, 2017
Opening Reception September 8th 18:00 – 22:00

In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious, is the first solo exhibition of work by prolific Jamaican illustrator Wilfred Limonious (1949–99) in Germany, and includes reproductions of work from the early 1970s through the mid-1990s, spanning three key phases in his career: his comic strips for the Jamaican newspapers, his illustrations for the publications of JAMAL (the Jamaican Movement for the Advancement of Literacy), and his distinctive artwork for the burgeoning dancehall scene coming out of 1980s Jamaica. The exhibition is curated by Al “Fingers” Newman and Christopher Bateman and is produced by One Love Books with the support of the Limonious Estate, to accompany their book, In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious, the first study into the artist’s life and work.

London-based photographer Alex Bartsch makes his debut at HVW8 Gallery Berlin with photographs from his book, Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London, forthcoming on One Love Books. After researching various reggae LPs and twelve-inches from his record collection, Bartsch has re-photographed fifty sleeves in their original London locations, holding them up at arm’s-length so that they blend in with their surroundings, decades later. Presented in this way, the photographs document the transition of time, with the album cover serving as a window into the past, juxtaposed against today’s backdrop. From an ethnomusicological perspective the photographs also provide a fascinating insight into the history of reggae music in London, inviting the viewer to rethink the relationship between the city and its musical heritage. The exhibition includes ten select prints from the project, featuring records by artists such as John Holt, Carroll Thompson, Peter Tosh, Moodie, Jah Woosh, Pat Kelly and Smiley Culture.

Serious Things a Go Happen features various original signs and posters from the early 1980s through today, drawn from the collection of Jamaican film and television producer and director Maxine Walters. Jamaican dancehall emerged out of reggae in the late 1970s and brought with it a new visual style characterized by bright colors and bold, hand-drawn lettering. One-of-a-kind, hand-painted posters advertising local parties and concerts have become a ubiquitous part of Jamaica’s landscape, nailed to poles and trees across the island. The exhibition in conjunction with Walters’ book Serious Things A Go Happen: Three Decades of Jamaican Dancehall Signs (Hat & Beard Press) presents an unofficial history of Jamaican dancehall music told through its graphic design.

Gallery & media contact
HVW8 Gallery Berlin , Linienstraße 161, 10115 Berlin

Jenne Grabowski
+49(0)179 – 488 1004
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Jenny Ames
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ÉLÉGIES – Berlin https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/elegies/ https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/elegies/#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:17:49 +0000 Tyg https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/auto-draft/ HVW8 Berlin is pleased to present ‘Élégies’, a solo show by Berlin-based artist Sebastian Haslauer. The exhibition compiles painting, collage, cartoon, found objects and poetry, produced as a stretching exercise during the artist’s lengthy marathon of painting. As the title hints, Haslauer offers a lament to the 21st Century, contemplating the visual saturation of the digital world and the content of modern mass media. He is inspired by the melancholy in the work of Ovid, Goethe and Schiller–‘Élégies’ presents a similar sentimentality, but this becomes satirised through the artist’s distortion of contemporary found imagery and playful, non-figurative forms. By removing visual material from its original context, Haslauer teases us with ambiguous social and political narratives, undermining the desire to follow the status quo.

As a maker of art and illustration and everything in between, Haslauer proves a challenge to categorise. His ‘Élégies’ are characterised by instinct and abstraction, layering motifs and materials to create visual representations of our confused reactions to current affairs. His emotive but ironic artistic approach conveys the attitude of Berlin bluntness and honesty–Haslauer comments that in these works, a fleeting thought is visualised as a complete work of art. Haslauer also toys with the tendency of scrolling through topical material, compiling unrelated and unfiltered material from everyday life into a new, offbeat interpretation of the zeitgeist. ‘Élégies’ is a visual and conceptual cut-up of the daily, medial noise.

Alongside creating fine art projects, Haslauer produces illustrations on a freelance basis for magazines including NEON, Cicero, Dummy, Süddeutsche Zeitung and the SZ-Magazin. He has created work through scholarships with various studios in Argentina, Italy, Spain and Germany, where he has dedicated himself predominantly to the medium of paint. With a background in Communication Design, Haslauer has also worked with HORT (formerly Eikes Grafischer Hort) and Lodown Magazine. This influence of exploring graphic media can be perceived in his work exhibited at HVW8 Berlin.

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real — safe – Los Angeles https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/real-safe/ https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/real-safe/#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:51:24 +0000 Tyg https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/auto-draft/ Opening Reception + Performance

Friday, July 7, 2017, 6-10 PM

rsvp@hvw8.com

HVW8 Gallery is pleased to present Real — Safe a multi-medium collection of installation works by Los Angeles based artist Kilo Kish. Through film, performance, and immersive soundscapes Kish aims to create the fabricated nature of our online interactions in real life. The exhibition explores the poles of reality, which she has deemed hyper-reality, perceived reality, and actuality. Her performance installation confronts our need for personal space in public and freedom online. Through strategic musical composition and timing, she tests comfortable and uncomfortable forms of attention in public.

In addition to the performance installation, various film-works created in collaboration with photographers Sam Massey and Emmanuel Olunkwa will be on view in the adjacent gallery. These films allude to similar subjects on her debut LP, “Reflections in Real Time”, including the relationship between technology and our emotional wellbeing. These films reflect mundane moments transformed to grandeur through social media and online interaction.

Real — Safe softly surveils the curatorial labor of the viewer in self-presentation, performativity, and self-importance, and reciprocates the exchange value of that virtualized selfhood back to the reader. An exploitative embrace that creates a loving singularity between past object, present subject, and future context, Real — Safe accelerates past the ninth circle of self-referential hell and triggers blissfully blasé consensual appropriation.

Kish Robinson has been making genre-bending, experimental music projects under the moniker Kilo Kish since 2012. Starting first as a student of design at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, Kish has been heralded for her cross-medium approach to creating music. Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Vogue, W, Fader, and The Village Voice. Kish released her debut full length LP “Reflections in Real Time (RRT)” in 2016 through her own label, kisha soundscape + audio (ksa). She is currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA.

Media Contact: Jessica McCormack jessica@artsandculturepr.com

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real—safe an essay by Michelle Joan Papillion

Lakisha Robinson is apart of the exciting new wave coming back into the art
world. She like many new young emerging artists are working conceptually and
multidisciplinary. Under her Kilo Kish project she has pursued ideas in music,
fashion, film and performance.

In 2016 she released Reflections in Real Time. This full-length album chronicles
what appear to be her day-to-day thoughts on her own emotions and feelings. I
was lucky enough to have gone to her record release party in Los Angeles when
this album came out. The entire evening felt like a scene from Spike Jonze’
Being John Malkovich but this is what Robinson wanted. She wanted the
audience to step inside her mind whether it is weird or uncomfortable or
strange, she was opening herself up. During the evening as the record played
different characters around the room acted out scenes. Later on during the Life
Aquatic Tour with Vince Staples she would create a performance that included
her and two other women called “employees”. You see these women appear in
the visuals from that tour and in this exhibition.

The 3-channel installation in “real—safe” brings the interactive experience back
to the audience. At times your trying to figure out what’s actually going on, at
other moments your completely relating. For example the last few minutes of
the video when the voices are chanting “Love you, so much for the follow back,
love you for life” the dialogue sounds like the comments section on social
media.

What Robinson is attempting in her work is not to celebrate or examine the
“otherness” rather she is giving you glimpses into a world that we all are
participants in. A reality where the viewer is also being viewed. A reality where
anything you do or type can become viral for any reason or no reason at all. This
exhibition brings you into the hidden space. The secret vulnerability we as the
viewer and the viewed are also experiencing in real time in real life. This type of
work has great art historical context with artists like Adrian Piper and Yoko Ono
who both have created public works in performance and video that redirected
the lens of society back on to itself.

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PARK LIFE – Berlin https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/park-life-berlin/ https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/park-life-berlin/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:19:52 +0000 Tyg https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/auto-draft/ Los Angeles based artist Brian Lotti will present a new body of work in his first ever solo exhibition in Germany at HVW8 Gallery Berlin.

HVW8 Gallery Berlin is pleased to present ‘PARK LIFE’, an exhibition of new monotypes and paintings from Brian Lotti. Based out of Los Angeles, home to a famous sky that attracted both the entertainment industry and a myriad of West Coast landscape painters because of the quality of light, this attribute finds itself and its many characteristics alive in Lotti’s work.

These paintings have been created in the studio through a process of distillation and color mixing based on memory, photographs and sketches. Form, figure and color compose Lotti’s palette. As in the works of David Hockney, the figures are the subject of the paintings as much as the colors and locations are. A student of color and texture, Lotti offers the viewer a dreamscape in which to enter: oranges and purples meet rather than collide; swimming pool scenes offered in both day and night render the subject immutable; tennis players run on pink and blue courts with violet mountains in the distance; surfers ride crisp and deep blue waves with a hot orange beach in the foreground. Figures are wrapped by broad patches of fuzzy color and structure that evoke movement and rhythm.

If part of the modern experience is the feeling that one occupies many places at one time, then we have Lotti to thank for spending his days and nights studying these encounters. His appreciation of the different shades, tints and tones that wash over us everyday manifests itself in the work composed for ‘PARK LIFE’. Individuals seem to inhabit a ruminating space in these paintings where the landscapes and light act as both diversion and co-conspirator.

Opening: April 27, 2017 7–10pm
Exhibition Runs: April 28 – June 17, 2017
Location: HVW8 Gallery, Linienstr. 161, Berlin

Gallery & Media Contact
Jenne Grabowski, Gallery Manager
+49(0)179 – 488 1004
jenne@hvw8.com

Supported by adidas Originals

About Brian Lotti

Brian Lotti was born in Okinawa, Japan in 1972 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Lotti’s affinity for the urban landscape began as a professional skateboarder and filmmaker. Brian graduated with a BA in Art from San Francisco State University in 1998 and moved to Northern California where he practiced landscape and portrait painting for several years. In 2004 Brian returned to Southern California to direct two motion pictures about skateboarding, then returned to his painting practice. Brian currently spends his time working on landscape and figure paintings in and around his home neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles. He uses varied swathes of vibrant color, quick staccatos and heavy impasto strokes to create urban landscapes that capture the spontaneity of light and movement in his immediate environment. His colorful works celebrate the commonplace alleys and streets with which he has been so intimately familiar.

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FOWER PLOWER – Los Angeles https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/fower-plower/ https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/fower-plower/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:57:57 +0000 Tyg https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/auto-draft/  

OPENING Friday May 19, 2017, 6-10 PM

HVW8 Gallery is pleased to announce “Fower Plower,” an exhibition of new paintings by New York artist Mark Gonzales. Investigating ideas of color theory, mood, the humor and geometry of Paul Klee, the graphic/non-graphic qualities of Donald Baechler, semiotics, and theology—and, of course, classic floral themes—the paintings are luminous and alive.

The artworks crackle with movement fittingly—Gonzales is a dancer, in the tradition of Merce Cunningham or Trisha Brown, but on wheels. His teenage years in 1980s Los Angeles were spent traversing the streets, which, by proxy, became his moving canvas. He earned a reputation as a pioneer of modern skateboarding—a master, albeit one not bound by flawlessness or precision, but the anarchy afforded only after achieving true mastery. It was as if he haphazardly broke the laws of nature, causing time and space to bend to him, leaving a wake of influential agitation behind him.

His art, like his poetry, is not separate from his skating. Gonzales’s canvases are filled with painterly technique honed over years of drawing and painting, but they also exhibit a shambolic quality; the works are precise and imprecise all at once. This particular body is inspired by the disappointment he felt when his business partner “sold out” in the early 1990s, the faces are bursting with bitterness. They are put-on fake smiles, cheerful in the face of misery and embarrassment. Years later, however, the harsh cynicism has softened, and the power of the smiles seems to have cracked the regret. Indeed, Gonzales seems to be saying, flowers, grown in even the harshest of conditions, can have an immutable healing power.

Mark Gonzales
Born 1968 in Los Angeles, CA
Lives and Works in New York, NY

Solo Exhibitions
2016      Flammable Attitude, The Last Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Storage Space, The Boardr HQ, Tampa
2015    Mozart of The Ipad, Screening, Orchard Gallery Boston, MA
2014    Baby Don’t Mind, The Last Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2013   Mark Gonzales: new work, a show in four parts, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
            One Week, One Show, 71a Gallery, London, England
2011   Mark Gonzales, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
           Mark Gonzales: Round ‘n’ Round, 212 Gallery, Aspen, CO
2010   Invitation, Last Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (catalogue)
           Mark Gonzales, Cartel Zero Onze, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2009   Round N’ Round, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New  York, NY (catalogue)
             South West, Half Gallery, New York, NY
2007   Priest, Kemistry Gallery, London, England
2003   Shopping, Andrew Roth, New York, NY
2001   Untitled 2001, Alleged Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
             The Priest, The Annex, Los Angeles, CA
2000 The Mark Gonzales Art Show, Purple Institute, Paris, France. Traveling to Alleged Gallery, New York, NY  (2000)
          Weapons and Armor, Museum Het Domein Sittard, Sittard, The Netherlands
1998 Backworlds Forwards, Museum Abteiberg, Stadtisches Museum, Monchengladbach, Germany

Two-Person Exhibitions
2010   Mark Gonzales + Ari Marcopoulos, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
2008   Alva/Gonz, Exhibit A Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006   Mark Gonzales with Christian Hosoi, Journal Gallery, New York, NY
1994   Maurizio Cattelan – Mark Gonzales, Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland

Group Exhibitions
2017     Drawing Island, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014     Freezer Burn, Curated by Rita Ackermann, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY
2011     alexander, gonzales, kauffman, shore, wine, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
            Art in the Streets, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,  CA
2010   Multiple Pleasures: Functional Objects in Contemporary Art, Curated by Nathalie Karg/Cumulus Studios,  Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
            Printed Matter Warehouse Sale, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
            California Maximalism, Nyehaus, New York, NY
            ZINE*FAIR, Kinsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
            Salad Days, Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009   The Detournements of Wynn Miller, Exhibit A Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
              Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed Matter, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany. Traveling to  MoMA PS1, New York, NY (2009)
              Topsy Turvy, Janet Borden Gallery, New York, NY
              I Am Snowboarding, OnSix Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008   There is Xerox on the Insides of Your Eyelids, Nog Gallery, London, England
             Sonic  Youth  etc. – Sensational Fix, International Space for Emerging Arts, Saint Nazaire, France. Traveling to Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst, Bolzano, Italy (2008); Kunsthalle  Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany; Kunst im Tunnel, Dusseldorf, Germany; Malmö Konsthall, Malmö,     Sweden (2009); Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, Spain (2010)
2006   ”Draw” Tour, Fuse Gallery, New  York, NY. Traveling to Gallery Lombardi, Austin, TX (2007); Stolenspace  Gallery, London, England (2008); Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2009); Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico (2010)
             The Kate Show, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
             Saudades, Crac Alsace, Altkirch, France. Traveling to Museum het Domein Sittard, Sittard, The Netherlands (2006)
             Skate Culture, Preus Museum, Horten, Norway
2005   rupture des evidences, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France
             10 Years of New York’s Notorious Alleged Gallery, Printed Matter, New  York, NY
2004   Beautiful Losers, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH. Traveling to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA (2004); Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; University of South Florida / CAM, Tampa, FL (2005); La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy; Le Tri Postal, Lille, France (2006); Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland (2007); La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain (2009)
            The Human Face is an Empty  Force…, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2003   Models & Mavericks, Museum het Domein Sittard, Sittard, The Netherlands
2002   Bay Area Now 3, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
From the Trenches, Five San Francisco Painters, Curated by Chris Lindig, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2000   Kim’s Bedroom, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. Traveling to MU, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2000)
1999   Kill All Lies, Curated by Michele Maccarone, Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY
1997   The Independents, Alleged Gallery, New York, NY
1993   Minimal Tricks, Alleged Gallery, New York, NY

Publications
2014  Aarons, Phil and Reeves, Emma, ed. Non Stop Poetry: The Zines of Mark Gonzales. Printed Matter. 1 Oct. 2014.
2011  Instead of Eros Avenged. Nieves. 30 Sept. 2011.
2010   Invitation. The Last Gallery. 10 Dec. 2010.
           “Portfolio: Mark Gonzales and Harmony Korine.” The Journal, No. 29. 2010.
             Focus Photo Finishers. Elk Books. 2010.
2008   Emportant News. Decathlon Books. 2008.
             The Collected Fanzines (with Harmony Korine). Drag City. 2008.
2006   Gonzales, Mark, ed. The Journal, No. 17. 2006.
2005   Rose, Aaron. Young,  Sleek, and Full of Hell: Ten Years of New York’s Alleged Gallery. Drago Arts and Communications. 2005.
             Rose, Aaron and Strike, Christian, ed. Beautiful Losers. Iconoclast/DAP. 2005.
2002   High Tech Poetry. Contingency Publishing. 2002.
2000   Weapons & Armor, Museum Het Domein. 2000.
1998 Social Problems, Little More. 1998.  
Broken Poems: Stories, Poetry and Drawings. Tropen Verlang. 1998.

Bibliography
2016 Hendrikx, Eric. “Mark Gonzales on Art, the Olympics, Why Street Skating Is Like the Blues,” Rolling Stone, 21 June.
2010   Gonzales, Mark and Marcopoulos, Ari. “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” Hobo Magazine, Issue No. 12.
             O’Brien, Glenn. “Mark Gonzales,” Hobo Magazine, Issue No. 12.
             Valdez, Sarah.  “Mark Gonzales,” Art in America. 10 Feb.
2009   Reeves,  Emma. “Gonzo For Mark Gonzales,” Interview Magazine. 8 July. 
Nelson, Karin. “PULSE; Brush Strokes Slanted Southwest” The New York Times. 24 July.
2007   Riggio, Jay. “Mark Gonzales City Dreaming,” Huck Magazine. 2007.
2005   Cotter,  Holland. “Young, Sleek and Full of Hell,” The New York Times. 13 May.
2003   Weyland, Jocko. “Free Wheeler” The New York Times. 9 March.
2000   Cotter,  Holland. “The Mark Gonzales Show”  The New York Times. February.
1999   Smith, Roberta. “Kill All Lies.” The New York Times. 9 July.

Filmography

2009   “Circle Board in New York City,” directed by William Strobeck
             “Circle Board in Paris” (featured), directed by Ludovic Azemar
             “Any Fun,” directed by Mark Gonzales. (music  video for Coconut Records)
2008   “Beautiful Losers” (featured), directed by Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard
2007   “Gnar Gnar,” VHS, ed. 1000. Filmed and edited by Mark Gonzales and Sam Salganik
2006   “McBeth,” released in conjunction with The Journal, No. 17
1999    “Backworlds For Words,” written by Mark Gonzales, directed by Cheryl Dunn (released in conjunction with Broken Poems)
1997   Gummo (featured), directed by Harmony Korine
             “How They Got There” (featured), directed by Spike Jonze
1991   “Video Days” (featured), directed by Spike Jonze    

 

HVW8 Gallery Los Angeles
661 N. Spaulding Ave. LA, CA 90036

Contact :
Jessica McCormack
jessica@artsandculturepr.com

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FLAT OUT – Berlin https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/flat-out/ https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/flat-out/#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:39:55 +0000 Tyg https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2017/auto-draft/

In FLAT OUT graphic artist Jean Jullien applies his signature style to three-dimensional sculpture in his series of six steel artworks now displayed at HVW8 Berlin.

The French graphic artist playfully explores the theme of laziness in soft brilliant-hued, life-sized figures that resolutely refuse to “do” much of anything. A keen observer of the everyday and current events, Jullien here focuses on moments of unadorned idleness that punctuate the hyperactivity of modern life. Jullien’s transition from paper to steel still bears traces of two-dimensionality as the large cut-outs evocatively lounge in various states of repose, resignation, or ennui. Their painted expressions are muted but conveyed with the emphatically thick, inky lines characteristic of the artist’s illustrations.

The title of FLAT OUT underlines both the at affect the figures and the surprising strength of the steel, a substantial medium for the presentation of seemingly unsubstantial and mundane moments. The weighty sculptural quality of the large figures is pronounced with an illusive lightness of paper-like delicacy. The softly bending sheets of metal, fabricated by Bram Kerkhofs, loom about the gallery space, unproductive yet sympathetic. The colorful figures invite the attention of the viewer both through and in spite of their inactivity; their private moments of stasis are on display. In spite of their languor, these gures pose the question of what laziness looks like in our world of modern technology, where productivity, amusement, idleness, visibility, and spectatorship often blur all too seamlessly together.

Before this exhibition at HVW8 Berlin, Jullien’s steel sculptures were exhibited by DIFT Gallery in the WATT event space in Ghent, Belgium and at the Nina Sagt Galerie in Düsseldorf.

Opening: April 27, 2017 7–10pm
Exhibition Runs: April 28 – June 17, 2017 Location: HVW8 Gallery, Linienstr. 161, Berlin

Gallery & Media Contact

HVW8 Gallery Berlin
Linienstraße 161 10115 Berlin
Jenne Grabowski,
Gallery Manager
+49(0)179 – 488 1004
jenne@hvw8.com

Supported by adidas Originals

About Jean Jullien

Jean Jullien is a French graphic artist educated in London’s Central Saint Martin’s and Royal College of Art. He animates 80s action and Dungeons & Dragons inspired fantasy videos for his brother Nico’s electronic project Niwouinwouin. He has illustrated for The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Tate, Pitchfork, The New York Times, SZ-Magazin (Süddeutsche Zeitungamong) among others. He currently lives and works in London.

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IN FINE STYLE: THE DANCEHALL ART OF WILFRED LIMONIOUS – Miami https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2016/infinestyle/ https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2016/infinestyle/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:21:05 +0000 Tyg https://hvw8.com/exhibitions/2016/auto-draft/  

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

HVW8 GALLERY IN COLLABORATION WITH ONE LOVE BOOKS PRESENTS

IN FINE STYLE: THE DANCEHALL ART OF WILFRED LIMONIOUS

MIAMI ART WEEK

On view Thursday, December 1st through Sunday, December 4th, 9am–9pm

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 1st, 6pm–11pm

888 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

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ART WEEK MIAMI — HVW8 Gallery, in collaboration with One Love Books, presents In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious, the first U.S. exhibition of work by the prolific Jamaican illustrator, Wilfred Limonious (1949–1999).

The exhibition includes reproductions of work from the early 1970s through to the mid-1990s, spanning three key phases in Limonious’ career: his newspaper comic strips, his illustrations for the publications of the Jamaican Movement for the Advancement of Literacy (JAMAL), and his distinctive artwork for the burgeoning 80’s dancehall scene in Jamaica. The exhibition was produced by One Love Books to accompany their August 2016 book release that explores Limonious’ life and work.

Wilfred Limonious began his career producing comic strips for the Jamaican daily newspaper, The Star, with cartoon characters such as Amos and Chicken becoming particularly popular. During the 1970s, Limonious worked as the in-house illustrator for Jamaica’s national literacy program, JAMAL, before going on to produce a large body of work for the Jamaican music industry, illustrating hundreds of LP jackets and record centers for labels such as Jammy’s, Power House, Studio One, Techniques, Ujama and Midnight Rock. Vibrant, humorous and often outrageous, Limonious’ unique style perfectly embodies the spirit of the music inside the sleeve. Today his art lives on, providing the inspiration for the artistic style and typeface of Major Lazer among others.

Limonious remains an important part of Jamaica’s cartooning tradition, and the father of what has become known as “dancehall art”. However, despite being widely recognized among reggae and dancehall circles, his illustrations are relatively unknown in the wider art world.

 

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HVW8 and One Love Books will also be exhibiting a preview of photographs by Alex Bartsch from his project Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London. After researching various reggae LPs and twelve-inches from his record collection, Bartsch re-photographed more than 40 sleeves in their original London locations, holding them up at arm’s-length to blend in with their surroundings, decades later. Presented in this way, the images represent the passing of time, and provide a fascinating insight into the history of reggae music in London, inviting the viewer to rethink the relationship between the city and its musical heritage. A Kickstarter campaign to publish the photographs in a book runs from October 25th to December 6th, 2016.

In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious is curated by Al “Fingers” Newman and Christopher Bateman and arrives in the U.S. following a U.K. tour of galleries such as South London Gallery, New Art Exchange and the V&A. Here it will be presented at Neo-Global, a larger group show hosted by _space Caribbean, featuring curated works from the contemporary Caribbean creative community. Other artists include Marlon James, Matthew McCarthy and dancehall signs from the collection of Maxine Walters.

The exhibition will feature limited-edition prints by Wilfred Limonious as well as other artists inspired by Limonious. Bateman and Newman will be signing copies of In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious on Saturday, December 3rd.

Opening Reception: Thursday December 1st, 6pm–11pm

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Gallery Contact

Tyler Gibney / Co-Founder

tyg@hvw8.com

Media Contact

Jenny Ames / Public Relations

jenny@hvw8.com

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