All Time Greatest, curated by Natilee Harren, is the fourth exhibit in our recently rededicated Kitty Chester Series of Curator’s Laboratory Projects.
Beyond the emergent field of sound art, there exist certain artists for whom music forms one aspect of a multi-faceted practice or for whom it plays a deep influence that may not find expression outside the studio. Conceived as a concept album-turned-exhibition, All Time Greatest offers the opportunity to consider how artists’ musical predilections—the hidden soundtrack to their production—might add a dimension of significance to their work in an exhibition setting. The exhibition features the work of 11 LA-based artists: Gabrielle Ferrer, Brendan Fowler, Alex Klein, Dave Muller, Eamon Ore-Giron, Vincent Ramos, Steve Roden, Brian Roettinger, Sumi Ink Club (Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara), and Stephanie Taylor.
With the curator repositioned as fan or enthusiast, artists were selected out of an admiration for or curiosity about their musical knowledge and tastes. The center of the gallery will feature a turntable and record collection composed of each artist’s chosen “all time greatest” album. Visitors are welcome to thumb through and listen to the records. The pairing of visual art and music emphasizes the temporal dimension of viewing, and comfortable seating will invite visitors to spend extended time with the works on display. Against the culture of rapid digital file sharing, All Time Greatest uses the exhibition format as an opportunity to revive an analog, old-school approach to sharing music at the same time that it adapts the fan culture of audiophiles to the task of the curator.
A limited edition catalogue designed by Brian Roettinger as his contribution to the exhibition, including essays by Andrew Berardini and Natilee Harren, will be released in early 2010.
All Time Greatest will be accompanied by programming that takes advantage of the gallery’s location in a Chinatown office park with terrace views to the LA skyline. Events include collective public drawing sessions on December 5 and 6 by Sumi Ink Club; an opening reception on December 12 with DJ Dave Muller and DJ Lengua; a concert on December 19 with performances by Steve Roden, Lucky Dragons (Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara), BARR (Brendan Fowler), and Eamon Ore-Giron; listening parties; and a catalogue release party in early 2010.
About the artists:
Gabrielle Ferrer received her BFA from Amherst College in 2005, which included study at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. She will complete an MFA in Printmaking from California State University Long Beach in 2010. Her work has been shown at the University Art Museum at CSU Long Beach.
Brendan Fowler received his BFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2002. He has had solo exhibitions at Rental (NY), Rivington Arms (NY), Mesler&Hug (LA), and 2nd Cannons (LA). He was recently included in The Generational: Younger Than Jesus at the New Museum for Contemporary Art and in Vaguely Paperly, curated by Chris Johanson at Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago). Fowler’s work frequently relates to his musical career, performed under the name BARR, which has appeared at various venues including John Connelly Presents (NY), The Kitchen (NY) and the Orange County Museum of Art.
Alex Klein received her MFA from UCLA (2007), her MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art (2005), and her BA in Art History from Columbia University (2001). She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Most recently her work was included in the exhibitions Don't Perish, Leo Koenig Inc. Projekte, New York, NY (2009); “Extended Caption” (DDDG), Culturgest, Porto, Portugal (2009); In Real Life, Capricious Space, New York, NY (2009); Dilettantes, Dandies and Divas, Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL (2008); and The World Is All That Is the Case, Hudson Franklin Gallery, New York, NY (2008). She is also a frequent contributor to Dot Dot Dot, a founding member of Oslo Editions, and a contributor and the editor of the LACMA publication, Words Without Pictures (2009).
Dave Muller received his MFA from CalArts (1993) and studied at the Fine Arts Graduate Program of the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1990-91. Recent solo shows include Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (2009); Gladstone Gallery, Brussels (2009); the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain (2008); The Approach, London (2008); The Wrong Gallery (2005); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2004); and the CCS Bard Hessel Museum (2002). Muller has participated in the group shows Rock–Paper–Scissors, Pop Music as Subject of Visual Art, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Thank You for The Music (London Beat), Spruth Magers Lee, London; the 7th and 8th Lyon Biennales of Contemporary Art (2003, 2005); the 2004 Whitney Biennial; and “Playlist,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2004).
Eamon Ore-Giron received a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute (1996) and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles (2006). He has had solo exhibitions at MUCA ROMA, Mexico City (2006); Queen’s Nails Annex, San Francisco (2005) and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia (2005); and his work has appeared in group shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Along with his collaborator Julio Cesar Morales, Ore-Giron creates DJ and audio culture forums under the name Los Jaichackers as well as his solo music as DJ LENGUA. He is also a member of the performance group OJO.
Vincent Ramos received his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2002 and his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007. He has had solo exhibitions at Crisp London/Los Angeles (2008); The Mini Wrong Gallery at LAXART (2007); Sixteen: One Gallery (2005); and 4-F Gallery (2002). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including NY/LA: Artists from New York and Los Angeles, GBK Gallery, Sydney, Aus. (2008); A>B: A Field Guide to Urban Commuting (2008) and Performing Economies (2008), FOCA; and most recently Post-American L.A. at the 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica (2009).
Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist whose work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, and performance. Roden received an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA in 1989, and a BFA from Otis Parsons in Los Angeles in 1986. Roden has been exhibiting his visual and sound works since the mid 1980s, and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, including: Susanne Vielmetter LA projects, Studio la Citta Gallery Verona Italy, the Mercosur Biennial Porto Alegre Brazil, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, the UCLA Hammer Museum Los Angeles, and the Museum of Contemporary Art EMST Athens.
Brian Roettinger’s design studio and record label Hand Held Heart has produced packaging and apparel for bands including No Age and Liars and released albums for Pretty Girls Make Graves, Blood Brothers, Chromatics, Orchid, and John Wiese. Roettinger was named “Best Album Cover Designer in 2008” by Rolling Stone magazine and was nominated for the 2009 Grammy for Best Record Packaging. Roettinger teaches design at CalArts and serves as design director for the Southern California Institute of Architecture and Honor Fraser Gallery. He has designed monographs for Rosson Crow, Jason Rhoades, and Mark Licari and recently completed the Hammer Projects 10 year retrospective catalogue. He is currently editing and designing Touchable Sound, a retrospective look at 20 years of DIY 7" record packaging to be published in early 2010. His work has been exhibited in LA at Hope Gallery and Space 15 Twenty.
Sumi Ink Club (Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck) is a Los Angeles-based drawing collective founded in 2005. The group holds regular open meetings to execute topsy-turvy, detailed, collaborative drawings using ink on paper. In each of its permutations, Sumi Ink Club uses group drawings as a means to open and fortify social interactions that bleed into everyday life. Sumi Ink Club is non-hierarchical: all ages, all humans, all styles.
Stephanie Taylor received her MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, in 2000. In addition to three solo exhibitions and one two-person show with Galerie Nagel (2009, 2006, 2004, 2002) and two solo exhibitions with Gallery Daniel Hug (2007, 2004), her work was selected for Statements, Art Basel, Miami Beach in 2004. Solo exhibitions include Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2003) and Room Gallery, University of California, Irvine (2006). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Salon 94, New York (2007); Hotel, London (2007); the Generali Foundation, Vienna (2007); Patrick Painter Inc., Los Angeles (2008); and Galerie Kunstbuero, Vienna (2009). Her book Chop Shop was published by Les Figues Press in 2007.
About the curator:
Natilee Harren is an art historian, critic, and curator based in Los Angeles. She is currently a doctoral candidate in modern and contemporary art history and critical theory at the UCLA, writing a dissertation on Fluxus objects, and a recent participant in the 1st Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course. Previous curated projects include Solo Solo: Vincent Ramos (2008), DRIP EVENT (for George Brecht) (2007), and The Trans-Siberian Radio Project (2005). Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Modern Painters, artUS, Athanor, PART, and Framework: The Finnish Art Review.