Aaron Rose is an artist, film director, writer, musician, and independent curator currently living in Los Angeles. For ten years (1992-2002) he was owner/director of the Alleged Gallery in New York, which inspired a book, Young, Sleek and Full of Hell (2002). Since then, Rose has been working as a freelance curator, choosing artists for the Undefeated Billboard Project, a public art project in Los Angeles produced in conjunction with Nike. He was co-curator of the successful museum exhibition and book Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art & Street Culture which toured the world through 2008. Rose directed the feature documentary film “Beautiful Losers” (Arthouse Films/US theatrical in 2008) and recently completed the short documentary film “Become A Microscope” based on the life of 1960’s artist/activist nun Sister Corita. Rose runs his own publishing imprint, Alleged Press (in conjunction with Italian publisher Damiani), which releases hardcover books by contemporary artists. He is also co-editor (along with Ed Templeton & Brendan Fowler) of ANP Quarterly, a free arts/culture magazine. He plays music and tours with his band The Sads and continues to organize exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide.
Amy & Wendy Yao
Wendy and Amy Yao were born and raised in Los Angeles, and over the last two decades have collaborated together in various bands, such as Emily’s Sassy Lime, Meditation Duo, and Shady Ladies. They have also worked together in curatorial projects such as their long-running Art Swap Meet at Andrea Zittel’s High Desert Test Sites. In 1999, Amy co-founded China Art Objects Gallery with three fellow art librarians, and is now a practicing artist residing in New York City. She received her MFA from Yale in 2007 and exhibits her work nationally while teaching art at City College New York. Wendy is the founder and owner of Ooga Booga store in Chinatown, specializing in artist books, art ephemera, music and design, from 2004 to the present. For more information: www.amysyao.info, www.oogaboogastore.com
Anna Sew Hoy
Anna Sew Hoy is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Recent
exhibitions include the "California Biennial 2008" at the Orange
County Museum, and "Now You See It," at the Aspen Art Museum, as well
as "Against the Grain," at LACE. Anna has had solo exhibitions with
Renwick Gallery in New York, and with Karyn Lovegrove Gallery in Los
Angeles. She has taught sculpture at UC Irvine and at UCLA. She also
recently curated a show, Kimono My House, for Artist Curated Projects,
Anne Collier was born in Los Angeles and is currently based in New York. She received her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (1993) and her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles (2001). Her current solo exhibitions include Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, England, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles. She has also exhibited in group shows including Group Exhibition, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York (2009), Friends and Family, Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2008), A New High In Getting Low, John Connelly Presents, New York (2008), Group Exhibition, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles (2008), and Two Years, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007). In 2010 she will have a solo exhibition with Anton Kern Gallery, New York, Corvi-Mora, London, and Kemper Museum, Kansas City. She is currently a visiting faculty member at CCA, San Francisco since 2002.
Carlee Fernandez is a sculptor. Her work typically is transforms natural objects (i.e. taxidermic animals or human bodies) into a single new form that challenges the boundaries of singularity and formal distinction. Born in Santa Ana, California in 1973, Fernandez received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 1999. Her work has been recently exhibited in “Phantom Sightings” at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “Lola Isern” from her “Friends” series is currently on view in “Acclimatation” at Villa Arson in Nice, France and will remain in France as part of Jean Paul Gualtier’s art collection. Solo exhibitions include “Man,” “Bear Studies,” “Still Lifes” and “Friends,” all shown at Acuna-Hansen Gallery. Her work has been reviewed in Frieze and Art in America, and has been published in Art Tomorrow and Sculpture Today. Fernandez is a recipient of the 2008 California Community Foundation Fellowship. Currently, she is working on new sculptures and photography about her son, Xavier.
Carol Stakenas is the Executive Director of LACE. Since her arrival in 2005, she has worked with over 400 artists, of which more than 50 artists have participated in developing unique and innovative projects that could only be realized through a residency at LACE. Stakenas leads LACE’s staff, through training and experience, to deliver our core programs, which require socially intensive processes to engage numerous community groups, local businesses, City agencies and thousands of residents. She is also a faculty member at the University of Southern California in Public Art Studies.
Previously, Stakenas was the Deputy Director/Curator of Creative Time, New York City’s adventurous public arts presenter. She has worked with a broad range of artists including Asymptote, Haluk Akakçe, Natalie Bookchin, Chris Doyle, Cai Guo-Qiang, Granular Synthesis, Shu Lea Cheang, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Marjetica Potrç, Toshi Reagon, Erwin Redl, Steve Roden, Christopher Russell, Mary Ellen Strom and Lebbeus Woods. She curated and produced multidisciplinary public art at sites such as Massless Medium and Music in the Anchorage in the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage; Consuming Places in DUMBO Brooklyn; the DNA Deli Cups and the DNAid Billboards; PDPal, a mobile mapping project commission in Times Square; and Shimon Attie's Between Dreams and History on Manhattan's Lower East Side; and Karaoke Ice, a mobile public art project that traveled throughout Los Angeles.
Catherine Taft is a Los Angeles based writer and curator. Her essays on contemporary art and culture have appeared in publications including Artforum, Modern Painters, ArtReview, Metropolis M, X-Tra, The Journal. She has also contributed to various exhibition catalogs in the U.S. and abroad, which most recently include monographs on Sterling Ruby and Justin Lieberman. In addition to her writing, Taft is Curatorial Assistant in the department of Contemporary Programs and Research at the Getty Research Institute, where she helped organize the 2008 exhibition, California Video. She is now assisting on Pacific Standard Time, an exhibition and city-wide series of events focusing on postwar art in Los Angeles scheduled to open in fall of 2011. Taft has independently curated exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York and currently organizes an ongoing film and video series at Mandrake in Culver City. In spring of 2009, she will travel to Budapest, Hungary where she will present a series on west coast video art at the non-profit, experimental art space, Tranzit.
Ed & Deanna Templeton
Ed Templeton was born in Orange County, California. He grew up
in Anaheim, then his family moved to a trailer park in Corona. His
father ran off with his babysitter. He eventually moved to Huntington
Beach and began skateboarding when he was 13. By the time he was 18 I
had started skateboarding professionally and left high school to enter
skate contests in Europe. Upon his return he started painting and
taking photographs. In 1994 he had his first solo exhibition at
Alleged Gallery in New York. Since then he has exhibited his work
internationally including exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris,
Kunsthalle, Vienna, ICA Philadelphia, Modern Art, London, Tim Van
Laere, Belgium, and Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles. His first hardcover
monograph, Deformer, was published in 2008 by Italian publisher
Damiani. To this day Templeton still skates professionally and runs a
skateboard company, Toy Machine Bloodsucking Skateboard Company. He
lives and works in Huntington Beach, California with his wife Deanna.
Deanna Templeton is a photographer originally from Orange County, CA and, still lives and works there in Huntington Beach. Templeton has led the perfect suburban life. Coming from a dysfunctional family and emerging from tumultuous teenage years relatively unscathed, she now lives in a big suburban house with her skateboarder husband, Ed Templeton. She came to photography, (twice) through her travels, and soon started documenting the people and places that make the Orange County suburbs so strange. Her work is a close-up glimpse into the youth culture and bland architecture that slips through the cracks in this mega-suburb. Her first solo exhibition was at Etnies’ Broome Street showroom in Ney York in 2004; another was Only Once, at the Museum het Domein in Sittard, Holland in 2005.
Eve Fowler & Lucas Michael / ACP
Eve Fowler is a Los Angeles based artist. Her work was recenetly included in The Way That We Rhyme at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in San Francisco and The Japanese American Museum, Los Angeles. Fowler’s work has recently been exhibited at Participant in New York, New Langton Arts and The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, Thomas Solomon Gallery and LACE in Los Angeles(Shared Women which she co- organized with Emily Roysdon and A.L. Steiner). She received her MFA from Yale University and has taught at UCLA, USC and CalArts among other schools in California and New York.
Lucas Michael was born in Argentina. His work has been shown and screened at galleries, museums, and international festivals, including the Getty Center in Los Angeles; Art gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; GenderBender Festival in Bologna, Italy; Boston Center for the Arts, MA; Salon 94 at Frieze Art Fair, London; S.M.A.K. Museum, Gent, Belgium; Apexart, NY; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Bahia Blanca, Argentina; White Columns, NY. His performance piece No, u didn't was performed at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as part of the Off Screen series. Lucas currently lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is also the co-founder and co-director of ACP, Artist Curated Projects.
Jenée Misraje is an independent curator and art consultant based in Los Angeles. She graduated with a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 1990 and received her MA Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco in 2005. Past curatorial projects include: The End of the End of the Line at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis and Art and The Afterall Effect at Playspace Gallery, San Francisco. Misraje has managed numerous site-related works, including San Francisco-based New Langton Arts’ land-based art initiative Terrain Terroir and projects by artists Christoph Büchel, Edgar Arceneaux and Charles Gaines. She continues to serve on several advisory boards: YARD magazine, 12 Duffield: The Glen Seator Foundation and greenmuseum.org <http://greenmuseum.org> . Her writing has appeared in publications including CCA’s Curating Now publication, ArtLies and she has contributed essays to the exhibition catalogues for Downtime: Constructing Leisure, Modern and Contemporary: Lannan Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago and Bill Viola: Stations. In fall 2008 Misraje curated an exhibition of new work by Erlea Maneros for the Fellows of Contemporary Art’s Curators Lab award program and a project titled Solo Solo: Jenée Misraje and Joe Sola at Crisp London|Los Angeles. She served on Hammer Museum’s curatorial staff from 2006 to 2009. Misraje is currently working on a comparative text examining contemporary art of Los Angeles, London and Paris.
John Knuth's art has been a continual examination of natural death, decay, and metamorphosis. In the past he has made use of a number different insects. In addition to his studio practice, John Knuth is the director of the Circus of Books Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Knuth received his MFA from The University of Southern California in 2005. He has recently exhibited at Dan Hug Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and Southern Exposure in San Francisco, CA. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
Lucas Reiner is an artist who lives and work in Los Angeles. His work has been seen locally over the years at Thomas Solomon's Garage, Domestic Setting, Bennett Roberts Fine Art, Carl Berg, and LA Louver. He most recently exhibited his work in New York at Dinter Fine Art, and in Germany and Italy at Galerie Biedermann and Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea respectively. Los Angeles Trees, 2001-2008, Paintings, Drawings, Filmstills was recently published By Prestel and is available at Art Catalogues at Moca, Pacific Design Center.
Marco Rios is an artist who works in sculpture, photography, video, and performance. He received his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine and his undergraduate degree from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.
His work has recently been exhibited at Artists Space, NY; Phantom Sightings, a traveling group exhibition at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art); LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), Los Angeles; Estacion, Tijuana, Mexico; and a two-person exhibit at Simon Preston Gallery, New York. Upcoming exhibitions include Mixed Signals, a traveling exhibition organized by ICI; This is Killing Me, a group exhibition at Mass Moca; and a follow-up solo show at Simon Preston Gallery, New York.
In 2007, he was a recipient of the California Community Foundation Fellowship. In 2008, he was selected as one of the James Irvine Foundation Visions from the New California awardees, and was only recently awarded an ARC grant from The Durfee Foundation.
Marco Rios lives and works in Los Angeles.
Matt Wardell is an artist and curator living in Los Angeles. Wardell is founding member of the artist collective 10lb Ape (The Pound Ape). Wardell has shown work at REDCAT, Black Dragon Society, 16:1 Gallery, SFMOMA, among others. Recent excursions include a solo project in Mexicali (Baja California, Mexico) and a Ten Pound Ape project at the Claremont Museum of Art.
Maya Schindler is an Israeli artist who is currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MFA in 2002 from Yale University, and BFA in 2000 from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. Solo exhibitions include, Wishful thinking Wishful (part of Plastic Poetics) Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, PA (2008), WE MAKE IT HARDER THEN IT HAS TO BE, The Glass Pavilion, Berlin, Germany (2007), and HAPPY ENDINGS, Me-di-um Gallery, St. Barthlemy, French West Indies (2007). She has also been featured in group shows such as Start, Zaum projects, Lisbon, Portugal (2008), Stoneface, FOCA, Los Angeles, California (2007), and Aporia, LACE, Los Angeles, California (2007).
Nayland Blake is an American artist who currently lives and works in New York. He received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and his BFA from Bard College. He has exhibited in solo shows at Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (2008), Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco (2007), FRED, London (2006), and Rhodes + Mann Gallery, London (2003). He has also been featured in group shows with the Puppet show, Institute of Contemporary Art (2008), NeoIntegrity, Derek Eller Gallery, New York (2007), and Into Me/Out of Me, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York in which he traveled to Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2006).
Phil Chang received his MFA from CalArts. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles and New York. He is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at Otis College of Art and Design. Chang lives and works in Los Angeles.
Soo Kim is an artist and educator whose practice questions the nature of the way photographic images are read. Each of Kim’s works are unique pieces – photographs with parts of the image cut away – that use the indexical photographic image, and its removal, to examine and alter the depiction of time and space within a photograph. The deliberately lengthy process involved in making the work introduces a slowness that is a direct response to the haste in which many pictures are created and consumed today.
Kim’s work has been exhibited internationally in London, Seoul, The Hague, New York, and Los Angeles, and is represented by Sandroni Rey Gallery in Los Angeles. Her works are in many public and private collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Broad Foundation, and she has curated numerous exhibitions and projects since 1990. Kim’s work will be included in a three-person exhibition at the Getty Center in February 2010.
Sterling Ruby is an American artist born in Bitburg, Germany. He lives and works in Los Angeles and holds a BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA. He has had numerous solo exhibitions including Spectrum Ripper, Sprüth Magers, London, "Grid Ripper," Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy, "Sterling Ruby Supermax," Museum of Contemporary Art, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, "KILN Works," Metro Pictures, New, "Chron," and The Drawing Room, New York. He has also exhibited in a range of group shows including "Dirt on Delight: Impulses that Form Clay," Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, "The Station," Midblock East, Miami Metro Pictures, New York, "Begin Again Right Back Here," White Columns, New York, and "If you destroy the image you destroy the thing it self," Bergen Kunsthall, Norway.
Stuart Comer lives and works in London and currently holds the position of Curator of Film and Events at Tate Modern. He organizes an extensive program of lectures and screenings focusing on current cultural issues. He has contributed to numerous publications and periodicals, including Artforum, Frieze, Afterall, Parkett and Art Review. Recent freelance curatorial projects include An American Family at CASCO, Utrecht and Kunstvere in Munich; America's Most Wanted for The Artists' Cinema at the 2006 Frieze Art Fair, London; and Double Lunar Trouble at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.
Terri Phillips was born in Alabama and lives and works now in Los Angeles. She studied art in Paris at Ecole des Beaux-Arts and received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1996. She has published three books of poetry, makes sculptures out of candy and is represented by Acuna-Hansen Gallery. Her writing has appeared in Errant Bodies, Artillery, Art on Paper and Travel and Leisure. Phillips has had solo exhibitions at the Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles (2003 and 2002), and has recently participated in group exhibitions at the Bart Wells Institute, London (2002); Cohan Leslie and Browne, New York; PS1, Long Island City, New York; Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles (2001); and Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris (2000).
Thomas Solomon is owner and director of Thomas Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles.
Solomon has flourished in many different types of art spaces, in Museums, galleries, abandoned buildings and other non-art venues. He was director and Chief Curator of White Columns, and alternative, non-profit art space in New York City from 1982 to 1985, and then moved to Los Angeles in 1986. He served as owner and Director of Thomas Solomon’s Garage (in a two-car garage) in Los Angeles from 1987 to 1996, working with local and international artists from many different generations, including Robert Barry, Sol LeWitt, Franz Ackermann, and Jorge Pardo. He has also curated numerous museum exhibitions throughout the world. While serving from 1999 to 2001 as Administrator and Curator of the Peter and Eileen Norton Museum Donations Program, he devised and executed a diverse program for the Norton collection that has since donated more than 1000 works of art to 34 worldwide museums. In 2001 Solomon instigated a series of curatorial projects in hotel rooms throughout Los Angeles; these Solo Projects featured single works by artists such as Gordon Matta Clark, Andy Warhol, and Kurt Schwitters. Each exhibition presented a seminal artwork in a non-art space.
In 2002, Solomon curated “Beyond Boundaries: Bay Area Art of the 1970s,” for the Pasadena Museum of California Art. It was a show of Seventies conceptual art of the Bay area: Howard Fried, Tom Marrioni, Paul Kos, Terry Fox, Jim Melchert, Lynn Hershman, Tony Labat and David Ireland.
In 2004 Solomon started another LA gallery in a garage space also called 'Solo Projects,' continuing the idea of focusing on one work of art, shifting later to include more works from each artist, such as drawings by Lee Lozano from the 1960s, Marcel Broodthaers from 1975, and Joe Zucker drawings from the 1970s.
Solomon moved to Chinatown in 2006 to Rental Gallery and did four exhibitions, one sculpture show called "Material Space," combining artists from different generations, such as Fred Sandback, Alan Saret, John Chamberlain, Michael Gonzales, and Krysten Cunningham. It was a drawing show disguised as a sculpture show. He followed with an sculpture show disguised as a photography show, titled ‘Interventions,’ which included artists Robert Smithson, Gilbert and George, Bas Van Ader, to name a few. Gordon Matta-Clark drawings from the early 70s was the next exhibition, followed by a one-person photography show by Los Angeles artist Eve Fowler.
Thomas Solomon and Cary Brooks Oken of Aardvark Letterpress launched Aardvark Letterpress Editions (ALE), with a Letterpress collaborative edition project between Los Angeles artist Karen Kimmel and Creative Growth, a non-profit art studio and gallery in Oakland, California. The sales of this unique three-part edition go to benefit Creative Growth Art Center. The second ALE edition is by Los Angeles artist Greg Colson, and more information on both these pieces can be seen under Editions on this site.
In 2007, Solomon was hired to curate LA25 by Skadden & Arps, an international law firm interested in supporting the arts in Los Angeles. LA25 celebrates 25 emerging artist’s from Los Angeles in a three-part exhibition at the law firm. Skadden also shows their support by acquiring work from each artist for the firm’s collection. All 25 artists shown at Skadden as a part of LA25 will be curated by Solomon into an exhibition at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) in Oct./Nov 2008.
Solomon is now entering in on a unique opportunity in 2008 to join forces with three young galleries, two from Los Angeles: China Art Objects and Sister, as well as Peres Projects from LA/NY/Berlin, in a collaborative space called Cottage Home. The large space (4000 sq. ft.) in Chinatown, formerly a movie theater, will house rotating shows by each gallery and one collaborative group show per year.