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2013 City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowships Visual Arts Exhibition

May 17, 2013 by Megan Koester in Upcoming Events with 0 Comments

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), and the LAMAG Associates are pleased to announce the City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowships Visual Arts Exhibition, on view at LAMAG from May 19th through July 7th. An opening reception will take place from 2 to 5PM on Sunday, May 19th; filmaker Patricia Valencia, whose works will concurrently be on display during the duration of the exhibition, will also be awarded the 2013 Feitelson Arts Fellowship on that date.

Patricia Valencia, In Memoriam (Still)

Patricia Valencia, In Memoriam (Still)

The 2013 C.O.L.A. award recipients in the visual arts are Lisa Anne Auerbach, Krysten Cunningham, Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Samantha Fields, Judithe Hernández, Carole Kim, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Rebeca Méndez, and Rebecca Morris. The 2013 C.O.L.A. award recipients in the performing arts are Malathi Iyengar and Michael White. The C.O.L.A. Exhibition showcases new work by each artist created with the aid of the $10,000 award from DCA.

2013 C.O.L.A. Award Winners:
Lisa Anne Auerbach is multi-faceted visual artist whose wry works include writ- ing, knitting, photography, and political action. They nearly always evoke a quizzical smile from viewers. Her new series of photographs presents frontal (almost vexing) views of super-church facades.

Lisa Auerbach, Kennedy/Nixon 1960 Campaign Sweater (Let’s Get America moving again/We never had it so good), 2008

Lisa Auerbach, Kennedy/Nixon 1960 Campaign Sweater (Let’s Get America moving again/We never had it so good), 2008

Krysten Cunningham’s artworks demonstrate different conceptual intelligences about geometry, from handicraft to computer science. Her sculptures foster playful, academic, and sometimes spiritual consideration of pattern; and they arouse our delight though strategic tensions like hard-soft, armature-façade, and support-object.

Krysten Cunningham. Wall Piece Triangle

Krysten Cunningham. Wall Piece Triangle

Ramiro Diaz-Granados is a creative architect whose rendered ideas demon- strate that profound trans-formation between line and space. He thinks and practices from a deep place where the intersection of vision, perception, con- tent, and atmosphere can generate marvelous beliefs.

Ramiro Diaz Granados, Adumbrate Pair

Ramiro Diaz Granados, Adumbrate Pair

Samantha Fields is a master painter whose “metacognitive” process involves placing herself (and us) at a transition between a state of being and a state of experiencing nature. With her C.O.L.A. fellowship, she has continued to deepen an oeuvre of paintings based upon “failed photographs,” which is her term for photographic-studies, as opposed to photographic-artworks.

Samantha Fields, Eugene #3, 2013

Samantha Fields, Eugene #3, 2013

Judithe Hernández has had a profound influence on Chicano art as a member of the celebrated East Los Angeles artist collective, Los Four, and on contemporary Los Angeles visual aesthetics through public art by creating a new visual library for the city.

Judithe Hernandez, La Asunción, 2013

Judithe Hernandez, La Asunción, 2013

Carole Kim is well-known and respected as a performance media artist. She describes her own work as the creation of an “amplified hybrid phenomeno- logical space.” With the same philosophy and a C.O.L.A. fellowship award, she has created an engaging installation to which one must bring imagination and sensory-openness.

Carole Kim, Detail Installation of SCAN

Carole Kim, Detail Installation of SCAN

Nery Gabriel Lemus constructs poignant objects that act as creative contem- porary metaphors linking culture with environment. His personal identity and artistic lexicon give extra emphasis to, or meaning for, Latino-Americans. His C.O.L.A. project is a four-channel video installation with text, inspired by an interview with the great American writer James Baldwin.

Nery Gabriel Lemus, Alfombra Domestica (Domestic Rug - detail), 2012

Nery Gabriel Lemus, Alfombra Domestica (Domestic Rug – detail), 2012

Rebeca Méndez is a world traveler and media artist whose meditations on nature capture and keep our attention through lyrical color and composition. Her C.O.L.A. fellowship project is a photo-video installation about pathways and connections linking: the journeys of the Artic Tern (a genus of bird with an amaz- ing global-migration pattern); scientists from ten or more countries; and the artist herself in a remote Norwegian village in the Artic Circle.

Rebeca Mendez, 80° 01’ 00” N, 2013

Rebeca Mendez, 80° 01’ 00” N, 2013

Rebecca Morris’ body of work argues for painting to be rigorous, deeply felt, and not without a needed touch of humor by joining independent, stand-alone, and improperly connected forms. She works where form meets drift, ignoring notions of good and bad taste, and exploiting awkward moments as spaces
for productive tension.

Rebecca Morris, Image #1, Untitled

Rebecca Morris, Image #1, Untitled

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