Itch Scratch Scar

Fellows of Contemporary Art proudly presents Itch Scratch Scar as their final exhibition for the 2014 Curators Lab series. Curated by Kohl King and Alevé Mei Loh, Itch Scratch Scar will feature the work of 15 Los Angeles based artists whose works are substantially rich in process and investigate and interpret the theme of impulse, action and fulfillment.

Historically, during 1880s-1920s it was observed that the cultural hallmarks of boredom, cynicism and pessimism lead to the rejection of social order and traditional values, which, in turn, impacted artistic philosophy and production.

Similarly over the period thus far from 1980, there has been extensive political change, environmental degradation, technological advancement and economic inflation and turmoil. The current generation describes a world that has gotten smaller and time is perceived to have sped up. The exponential ripple effects of all these factors have left many with a deep unshakeable feeling that the world may not experience the dawn of a new century; and yet, within this unrest, artists still answer to the need to create and leave a mark in whatever ways possible, while still sustaining their existence.

As we head towards 2020, the theme of Itch Scratch Scar is to survey current artists who are actively engaged in capturing the relevant narratives of the epoch either through subject matter, choice of materials or genre.

Featuring artists Peter Wu, Christian Tedeschi, Kiki Seror, Christine Nguyen, York Chang, Shiva Aliabadi, Mariel Carranza, Marc Horowitz, Cody Trepte, Yoshie Sakai, Emmett Walsh, Patricia Valencia, Finishing School, Alevé Mei Loh and Kohl King.


September 20th: Opening reception with performance by Mariel Carranza.

November 8th: WETLAB: an instrument assembly, mapping activity and training workshop by Finishing School, 1-3 pm, FOCA location. Free, open to public.

Catalog Release featuring exhibition essay by Tulsa Kinney accompanied by artist talk.