Bart Exposito (b. 1970, Texas) is an artist based in Los Angeles. He paints geometric images in a graphic design style. Exposito’s work has appeared in a number of shows including “Game Over” at Galerie Grimm/Rosenfeld in Munich and “Wake Up & Apologise” at the Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles. He has exhibited internationally at galleries such as Studio 9, London and Galerie Fur Gegenwarstkunst, Bremen. He is represented by Black Dragon Society in Los Angeles.

Benjamin Ball works at the nexus of installation, architecture, and industrial design. He is one half of Ball-Nogues Studio, a Los Angeles-based design and fabrication practice that creates experimental built environments to enhance and celebrate the potential for social interaction through sensation, spectacle, and physical engagement by working with unusual materials, developing new digital tools, and applying architectural techniques in unorthodox ways. With collaborator Gaston Nogues, Ball has exhibited at major institutions throughout the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art; the Guggenheim Museum; MoMA PS1; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; the Venice Biennale; the Hong Kong | Shenzhen Biennale; and the Beijing Biennale. The pair has received numerous honors including two AIA Design Awards, United States Artists Fellowships, and a grant from the Graham Foundation. In 2007, they won the Museum of Modern Arts Young Architects Program Competition, and recently, their work became part of the collection of MoMA. Benjamin Ball has taught in the graduate architecture programs at SCI-Arc, UCLA, and USC. The work of Ball-Nogues has appeared in publications worldwide including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, Architectural Record, Artforum, Icon, Log, Architectural Digest, and Sculpture.

Brian Bress is a Los Angeles-based artist and filmmaker. Born in Norfolk, VA, in 1975, Brian received his BFA from RISD and his MFA from UCLA. Recent solo exhibitions include Interventions: Brian Bress, Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Brian Bress: Status Report, New Museum, New York; and Brian Bress: Under Performing, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles. Recent group exhibitions include Future Present: Five Artists, Five Weeks, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin; Stagecraft, curated by David Norr, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum; Object Orientation: Bodies and/as Things, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, CA; and Staff Curated Video Show, LA><Art, Los Angeles.

Brian Wills explores abstraction through the use of unconventional materials to create lush paintings steeped in a minimalist tradition. With an array of media such as dental floss, vinyl tape, and rayon thread, the work takes on a seemingly tactile feel as Wills painstakingly creates layered constructions that seem to be in constant flux. At the heart of the work is Will’s interest in optics and the way the brain registers color, movement, and spatial relationships. Wills is a graduate of Denison and Harvard Universities. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions in the US and abroad. Recent shows include Unwound, Nye + Brown, Los Angeles; Swell Art 1950-2010, NY; Gallery Min Min in Tokyo; Themes and Variations at the Torrance Art Museum; Made in California, Selected Works from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, and Consequence at Museum 52 in London. Brian Wills lives and works in Los Angeles.

Chloë Flores and Matt Lipps

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Chloë Flores is a writer, curator, and arts producer based in Los Angeles. She received her Master of Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California in 2011. From 2005 to 2007 she co-directed and co-curated enView Gallery in Long Beach. She currently directs GuestHaus Residency, which offers housing to artists and scholars who are visiting Los Angeles in conjunction with a project, education, or research at a local institution. In 2010 she was enlisted by the artist collective Fallen Fruit to assist with the production of Let Them Eat LACMA, and has contributed an essay for the forthcoming artist book that catalogues the event. She has contributed additional texts to the catalogues for the the 2010 California Biennial, the J. Paul Getty Museum’s California Video exhibition, and for LACE. Her ongoing curatorial project, Chloë Flores, is an art space and curatorial project that utilizes the user-based, social interface of Facebook as a public space for exhibition and representation—of oneself, of others, and of art.

Matt Lipps received his MFA in Studio Art from University of California, Irvine in 2004. After seventeen years in Los Angeles, he recently returned to the Bay Area to assume the role of Assistant Professor, teaching photography in the Department of Art at San Francisco State University. Lipps has had solo exhibitions including HORIZON/S at Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles; Silverman Gallery, San Francisco; and Josh Lilley Gallery, London. His work has also been featured in group exhibitions in national and international galleries including Saatchi Gallery; Pool Gallery, Berlin; The Apartment, Greece; Artists Space, New York, among others. Lipps’ work is held the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Ciara Ennis is the director/curator of Pitzer Art Galleries at Pitzer College and was formerly the curator of exhibitions at the University of California Riverside/California Museum of Photography. Ennis moved from London to Los Angeles where she was project director for Public Offerings, an international survey of contemporary art, at MOCA, Los Angeles in 2001. From there she became associate curator at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, where she initiated the Project Room and programmed a series of experimental exhibitions. Ennis has been director of Pitzer Art Galleries for the past four years, during which time she has curated a number of exhibitions. Ennis’ curatorial practice merges fact with fiction and focuses on storytelling as a means to explore the fluidity and fragility of identity, revealing the subtleties of the social, political, and the cultural issues that impact our lives. She received her MA in curating contemporary art from the Royal College of Art, London.

Crescent City is the inaugural production of The Industry, Los Angeles’ new home for experimental opera. Directed by Yuval Sharon and produced by Laura Kay Swanson, Crescent City is a hyper-opera featuring music by Anne LeBaron and libretto by Douglas Kearney. The Industry commissioned six visual artists – Mason Cooley, Brianna Gorton, Katie Grinnan, Alice Könitz, Jeff Kopp, and Olga Koumoundouros – to create a major new sculptural work for the immersive set of Crescent City. The production runs May 10-27 at Atwater Crossing. 50% of proceeds from the sale of works curated by Crescent City will directly benefit the production.

David Pagel is an art critic who writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times. He is an associate professor of art theory and history at Claremont Graduate University and an adjunct curator at The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York, where he recently organized EST-3: Southern California in New York: Los Angeles Art from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection and Underground Pop. He also organized Stone Gravy, a nine-artist show about the precarious powers of art, for Ameringer / McEnery / Yohe, in New York. An avid cyclist, he is a three-time winner of the California Triple Crown and a two-time member of the Thousand-Mile Club.

In 2010, Emma Gray launched Emma GrayHQ (EGHQ), a one-year project space for contemporary art on La Cienega Blvd in Culver City. Gray was also the former Features and West Coast Editor for ArtReview Magazine and a columnist for Artnet and Saatchi. Most recently she worked as West Coast consultant to the New York-based firm The Heller Group. EGHQ, a small, triangle-shaped gallery, was established in September 2010 until August 2011 to showcase contemporary artists who were invited to create month-long site-specific exhibitions. EGHQ has been featured in The Art Newspaper and Angeleno Magazine and the shows there have been reviewed in Artforum, The L.A. Times and L.A. Weekly among other publications.

Geoff Tuck is the founder of Notes on Looking. He is an amateur, an autodidact and an aspiring polymath who who writes and makes art from a funny point of view. Geoff makes his home in Los Angeles.Geoff Tuck is the founder of Notes on Looking. He is an amateur, an autodidact and an aspiring polymath who who writes and makes art from a funny point of view. Geoff makes his home in Los Angeles.

Renee Petropoulos holds a fine arts degree from UCLA and lives and works in Venice, California. Petropoulos is a painter whose work has become increasingly three-dimensional, reflecting an interest in decorative forms and images of different cultures. Heavily influenced by street art, her works often involve several layers of painted imagery. Her public art commissions include a large painted ceiling at the downtown Los Angeles Public Library, a series of sculptures in Culver City, and a collaborative project for the Municipal Services Building in downtown Philadelphia.George Stoll is a sculptor who lives and works in Los Angeles. He has show his work internationally since 1994, including solo shows at Anthony Grant, New York; Paule Anglim, San Francisco; Angles, Los Angeles; Windows, Brussels; and Gallery Seomi, Seoul among others. Other exhibitions include a survey with Clay Ketter at the Rose Museum at Brandeis University (2000) and a joint show with Mark Bennett at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati (1996). George Stoll’s work has been acquired by several institutions, including UCLA’s Hammer Museum; MOCA, Los Angeles; and the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington. In 2005, he became a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. His work is represented by Kim Light/Lightbox in Los Angeles and by the Baldwin Gallery in Aspen, Colorado.

Gina Osterloh is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles. Her practice investigates operations of mimesis and perception within the realm of photography. Her photographs depict constructed life-size room environments activated through still, serial performances; papier-mâché models; and cardboard cut-outs. Recent exhibitions include Body Prop at the Silverlens Gallery and Differentiate, a two-person exhibition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She was also awarded a Medici Grant and a Completion Grant by the Silverlens Foundation of the Philippines. While at Monte Vista Projects LA, she curated the exhibition Minimum Yields Maximum, which presented conceptual and political works from the Philippines, Vietnam, and California. Upcoming projects include moving her entire studio practice into LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) for GROUP DYNAMIC AND IMPROPER LIGHT (June-September 2012). Her work will also be exhibited in Asia Serendipity at Photo España, Madrid; Workplace Gallery UK; and ART Hong Kong. Osterloh holds a BA in media studies from DePaul University and an MFA in studio art from the University of California, Irvine. Her work is represented by Silverlens Gallery, Manila and François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles.

Janet Levy is a curator and director of See Line Gallery. See Line Gallery is a contemporary exhibition space founded April 2006 by Janet Levy in Santa Monica. In 2009, See Line Gallery relocated to the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. With a focus on an exceptional curatorial program, See Line Gallery is dedicated to showing the works of talented contemporary artists with an emphasis on sculpture, collage, mixed media, and installations.

Justin Cole is a Los Angeles-based artist working in drawing, photography, sculpture, and audio – his multi-disciplinary practice addressing the complexities of the cultural landscape of Los Angeles, Cole’s native Detroit, and the United States in general. Cole’s work has been exhibited at Five Thirty Three, Los Angeles; The Project, Los Angeles; Lizabeth Olivera Gallery, Los Angeles; Co-Lab, Copenhagen; LA>< Art, Los Angeles; Queens Nails, San Francisco; and Centre Pour l’Art et le Culture, Aix-en-Provence, among others. Most recently, Cole presented a solo exhibition, entitled Historical Impulse, at Pepin Moore, Los Angeles. Additionally, Cole performs as part of the collaborative art and music group OJO.

Karen Lofren (b. 1976, Toronto) earned an MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in 2000. Her work has been exhibited at See Line Gallery, Carter & Citizen, Human Resources, Royale Projects, LACE, LA Mart, Craft and Folk Art Musuem, the temporary space, Pacific Design Design, Pitzer Art Galleries, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Slab, and Five Thirty Three among others.

Liz Young has exhibited her work internationally including exhibitions at LACE; MOCA, Los Angeles; the Santa Monica Museum of Art; the Luckman Center; Exit Art; Molndal Konsthall, Sweden; the Long Beach Museum; the Skirball Center; Kappa Museum, Prague; the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department; Western Project; Andrew Shire; Deep River; and POST. Young has received a City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs grant, two California Arts Council grants, a Surdna Fellowship, a J. Paul Getty Fellowship, as well as grants from Art Matters, Inc. She has participated in residencies at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, North Carolina; the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming; and the Headlands Center for the Art and the MacDowell Art Colony. Her works are in many private and public collections including LACMA, Lef Foundation, Greve Foundation, and the Norton Family Foundation. Liz Young has taught at the California Institute for the Arts, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Art Center College of Art and Design, and Claremont Graduate School.

Marc Pally is an artist and curator/administrator specializing in public art. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Pally’s artwork may be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Orange County Museum of Art; and the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art among others. Pally taught studio art for many years at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California; served as the Director of LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions); and was City Planner for Public Art at the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles. The latter position began Pally's career in the field of public art, where he has become a nationally-recognized leader for the development and management of public art projects, primarily in the private sector. Pally currently serves as Artistic Director of Glow, a biannual dusk and beyond art event on the beach in Santa Monica, California. His passion and commitment is to engage the vision of artists in the public realm thereby helping to create environments in which the unexpected and often the enigmatic reside as key elements in our common spaces.

Renee Petropoulos

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Renee Petropoulos holds a fine arts degree from UCLA and lives and works in Venice, California. Petropoulos is a painter whose work has become increasingly three-dimensional, reflecting an interest in decorative forms and images of different cultures. Heavily influenced by street art, her works often involve several layers of painted imagery. Her public art commissions include a large painted ceiling at the downtown Los Angeles Public Library, a series of sculptures in Culver City, and a collaborative project for the Municipal Services Building in downtown Philadelphia.

Sam Durant (born 1961 in Seattle, WA) is a multimedia artist whose works engage a variety of social, political, and cultural issues. Often referencing American history, his work explores the varying relationships between culture and politics, engaging subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music, and modernism. Durant's work has been widely exhibited internationally and in the United States. He has had solo museum exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium, and the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand. His work has been included in the Panama, Sydney, Venice, and Whitney Biennales. Durant shows with several galleries including Blum and Poe in Los Angeles, Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, Praz-Delavallade in Paris and Sadie Coles HQ in London. His work has been extensively written about including seven monographic catalogs and books. Durant’s work can be found in many public collections including The Art Gallery of Western Australia in Perth, Tate Modern in London, Project Row Houses in Houston, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Durant teaches art at the California Institute of the Arts. He received a BFA in sculpture in 1986 from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from CalArts.

Sean Sullivan received a BFA from Art Center College of Design in 2005, and an MFA from the University of California Irvine in 2009. Currently he is working interchangeably between drawing, painting, and digital media. His large scale mural Grand Pale Maw was on exhibit at LACE from late 2011 through early 2012. Other recent public art projects include Earth and Sky, a group installation at Los Angeles International airport. He has exhibited at EGS gallery, Switzerland; LA><ART in Culver City; Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica; and Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles. He has taught drawing courses at Southern California Institute of Architecture, and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Sullivan lives and works in Lincoln Heights, California. Sean Sullivan received a BFA from Art Center College of Design in 2005, and an MFA from the University of California Irvine in 2009. Currently he is working interchangeably between drawing, painting, and digital media. His large scale mural Grand Pale Maw was on exhibit at LACE from late 2011 through early 2012. Other recent public art projects include Earth and Sky, a group installation at Los Angeles International airport. He has exhibited at EGS gallery, Switzerland; LA><ART in Culver City; Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica; and Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles. He has taught drawing courses at Southern California Institute of Architecture, and the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Sullivan lives and works in Lincoln Heights, California.

Tucker Neel is an artist, freelance writer, and independent curator living and working in Los Angeles, CA. Embracing a heterogeneous practice, Neel utilizes drawing, painting, sculpture, video, installation, and online communication to create works that investigate questions of allegiance, memory, and collective experience. Neel holds an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design and a BA in Art History and Visual Arts from Occidental College. He has exhibited work in Los Angeles and across the country in venues such as Commissary Arts, Samuel Freeman, Bonnelli Contemporary, Control Room, D-Block Projects, LA Freewaves, and well as in various site-specific exhibitions in public spaces. As a curator he has organized exhibitions for The Regent Galleries, the Bolsky Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, Highways Gallery in Santa Monica, and GATE Projects in Glendale, CA. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Communication Arts, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Graphic Design MFA departments at Otis College of Art & Design, and teaches professional practices, critique, studio art, and critical theory to both Undergraduate and Graduate students. He is Vice President of GYST-Ink, an artist-run company offering professional practices software and services to artists. He is also Curator and Project Manager for GATE Projects; a Contributing Editor for Artillery Magazine; and founder of 323 Projects, an art gallery that exists solely as a voicemail system and website.

Wendy Dembo is a curator, marketing consultant, and freelance writer. She earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and served as Director of Communications at Creative Time until 2001. Currently, she works as a strategic marketing and trend consultant, connecting artists, graffiti artists, and tattoo artists with major brands like Nike, RedScout, and Faith Popcorn’s BrainReserve for marketing opportunities. Dembo is also a freelance contributor to Coolhunting, writing about art and trends. She lives and works in Los Angeles.