Kenneth Tam
's Basement
Travis Diehl
The Female
Cool School
Catherine Wagley
The Rise
of the L.A.
Art Witch
Amanda Yates Garcia
Interview with
Mernet Larsen
Julie Weitz
Agnes Martin
at LACMA
Jessica Simmons
Launch Party Carla Issue 6
Exquisite L.A.
Featuring:
Analia Saban
Ry Rocklen
Sarah Cain
Intro by Claressinka Anderson
Portraits by Joe Pugliese
Reviews:
Made in L.A. 2016
Doug Aitken Electric Earth
Mertzbau

Jean-Pascal Flavian and Mika Tajima
Mark A. Rodruigez
The Weeping Line
Molly Larkey, Aaron Horst,
Keith J. Varadi, Katie Bode,
Stuart Krimko, Matt Stromberg
Non-Fiction
at The Underground Museum
Catherine Wagley
The Art of Birth Carmen Winant
Escape from Bunker Hill
John Knight
at REDCAT
Travis Diehl
Ed Boreal Speaks Benjamin Lord
Art Advice (from Men) Sarah Weber
Routine Pleasures
at the MAK Center
Jonathan Griffin
Launch Party Carla Issue 5
Exquisite L.A.
Featuring:
Fay Ray
John Baldessari
Claire Kennedy
Intro by Claressinka Anderson
Portraits by Joe Pugliese
Reviews Hana Cohn, Eli Diner,
Claire De Dobay Rifelj,
Katie Bode, Molly Larkey,
Keith J. Varadi
Moon, laub, and Love Catherine Wagley
Walk Artisanal Jonathan Griffin
Reconsidering
Marva Marrow's
Inside the L.A. Artist
Anthony Pearson
Mystery Science Thater
Diana Thater
at LACMA
Aaron Horst
Informal Feminisms Federica Bueti and Jan Verwoert
Marva Marrow Photographs
Lita Albuquerque
Launch Party Carla Issue 4
Interiors and Interiority:
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Char Jansen
Reviews Claire de Dobay Rifelj,
Matt Stromberg, Hana Cohn,
Lindsay Preston Zappas,
Simone Krug, Keith Vaughn,
Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi
Le Louvre, Las Vegas Evan Moffitt
iPhones, Flesh,
and the Word
F.B.I.
at Arturo Bandini
Lindsay Preston Zappas
Women Talking About Barney Catherine Wagley
Lingua Ignota
Faith Wilding
at The Armory Center
for the Arts
and LOUDHAILER
Benjamin Lord
A Conversation
with Amalia Ulman
Char Jansen
How We Practice Carmen Winant
Launch Party Carla Issue 3
Share Your Piece of the Puzzle Federica Bueti
Amanda Ross-Ho Photographs
Erik Frydenborg
Reviews Eli Diner, Jonathan Griffin,
Don Edler, Aaron Horst
Hot Tears Carmen Winant
Slow View:
Molly Larkey
Anna Breininger and Kate Whitlock
Americanicity's Paintings
Orion Martin
at Favorite Goods
Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal
Layers of Leimert Park Catherine Wagley
Junkspace Junk Food
Parker Ito
at Kaldi, Smart Objects,
White Cube, and
Château Shatto
Evan Moffitt
Melrose Hustle Keith Vaughn
Reviews Benjamin Lord, Aaron Horst, Stephen Kent
Top-Down Bottom-Up Jenny Gagalka
Snap Reviews Aaron Horst, Char Jansen, Randy Rice, Lindsay Preston Zappas
Max Maslansky Photographs
Monica Majoli
at the Tom of Finland Foundation
White Lee, Black Lee
William Pope.L’s Reenactor
Travis Diehl
Dora Budor Interview Char Jensen
MEAT PHYSICS/
Metaphysical L.A.
Travis Diehl
Art for Art’s Sake:
L.A. in the 1990s
Anthony Pearson
A Dialogue in Two
Synchronous Atmospheres
Erik Morse
with Alexandra Grant
SOGTFO
at François Ghebaly
Jonathan Griffin
#studio #visit
with #devin #kenny
@barnettcohen
Mateo Tannatt
Photographs
Jibade-Khalil Huffman
VESSEL // CINS and
VESSEL // PERF
Ben Medansky
I've been a lot of places,
seen so many faces
Nora Slade
Launch Party Carla Issue 1
Slow View:
Discussion on One Work
Anna Breininger
with Julian Rogers
Reviews Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, Catherine Wagley, Keith Vaughn, Aaron Horst, Kate Wolf, Mateo Tannatt, Evan Moffitt, Cal Siegel
We’re in This Together Lauren Cherry & Max Springer
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Los Angeles, CA 90013

Central Park
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Los Angeles, CA 90014

CES Gallery
711 Mateo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Cirrus Gallery
2011 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Château Shatto
406 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Club Pro
1525 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Fahrenheit
2245 E. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Ghebaly Gallery
2245 E. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Geffen Contemporary
    & at MOCA
152 N. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Harmony Murphy
358 E. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

LACA
2245 E. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

MAMA
1242 Palmetto St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Mistake Room
1811 E. 20th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90058

MOCA Grand Avenue
250 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Night Gallery
2276 E. 16th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021

The Box
805 Traction Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Wilding Cran Gallery
939 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Chinatown
A.G. Geiger
502 Chung King Ct.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

EMBASSY
422 Ord St., Suite G
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Human Resources
410 Cottage Home St.
Los Angeles CA, 90012

Ooga Booga
943 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Mid-City
1301PE
6150 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Chainlink Gallery
1051 S. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Commonwealth and Council
3006 W. 7th St. #220
Los Angeles CA 90005

David Kordansky Gallery
5130 W. Edgewood Pl.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

HILDE
4727 W. Washington
Los Angeles, CA 90016

JOAN
4300 W. Jefferson Blvd. #1
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Kayne Griffin Corcoran
1201 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

ltd Los Angeles
1119 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Marc Foxx
6150 Wilshire Blvd. #5
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Martos Gallery
3315 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Ochi Projects
3301 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018

The Landing
5118 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Park View
836 S. Park View St. Unit 8
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Skibum MacArthur
712 S. Grand View St., #204
Los Angeles, CA 90057

SPRÜTH MAGERS
5900 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Underground Museum
3508 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018

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2524 1/2 James M. Wood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006

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Culver City, CA 90232

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Los Angeles, CA 90034

Cherry and Martin
2712 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Honor Fraser
2622 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Klowden Mann
6023 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Luis De Jesus
2685 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

MiM Gallery
2636 La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Roberts and Tilton
5801 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Samuel Freeman
2639 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Susanne Vielmetter
6006 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Silverlake/ Echo Park
Smart Objects
1828 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Otherwild
1768 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Hollywood
Diane Rosenstein
831 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Family Books
436 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

GAVLAK
1034 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Hannah Hoffman
1010 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

LAXART
7000 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90038

M+B
612 N. Almont Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Mier
1107 Greenacre Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Moskowitz Bayse
743 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Regen Projects
6750 Santa Monica Blvd.
LLos Angeles, CA 90038

Shulamit Nazarian
616 N. La Brea
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Various Small Fires
812 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Westside
18th Street Arts
1639 18th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis
    &College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Christopher Grimes Gallery
916 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

DXIX Projects
519 Santa Clara Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90291

Five Car Garage
(Emma Gray HQ)

Team (Bungalow)
306 Windward Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
Eastside
ACME
2939 Denby Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

ESXLA
602 Moulton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031

SADE
204 S. Avenue 19
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Boyle Heights
BBQLA
2315 Jesse St.
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Chimento Contemporary
622 S. Anderson St., #105
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Ibid.
670 S. Anderson St.
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Ooga Twooga
356 Mission Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Parrasch Heijnen Gallery
1326 S. Boyle Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Museum as Retail Space (MaRS)
649 S. Anderson St.
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Nicodim Gallery
571 S. Anderson St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Venus Over Los Angeles
601 S. Anderson St.
Los Angeles, CA 90023
Pasadena/ Glendale/ Valley
The Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103

Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Ave.
Valley Glen, CA 91401

Natural
15168 Raymer St.
Van Nuys, CA 91405

The Pit
918 Ruberta Ave.
Glendale, CA 91201

Exquisite L.A.

Featuring Fay Ray, John Baldessari, and Claire Kennedy

Portraits by Joe Pugliese

Los Angeles: the seductress that likes to put her hand up my skirt. There is something about L.A.’s contradictory undulations that allude to the body: the ocean perimeter, the growing, shrinking river, the dry hills and shady canyons. Like our own casing, it is an impeccable, flawed specimen—an often delicate, sometimes brutal map of an exquisite shape.

Angelenos like to complain about the city’s geographical separation, but almost as a function of its sprawl, the city creates an environment in which we desire to interweave more closely. We fight the disconnect. The art world, like other tight-knit creative groups, is one that relies strongly on connections. Influence follows the river of history, winding its way through centuries of movements and communities.

Intrigued by the Surrealist fascination with Consequences (an old parlor game dating back to Georgian-era Britain), and fueled by a desire to forge connections, I have long dreamt of playing my own version with L.A. artists as the subject. In Consequences, collectively assembled works are made from words or images where each section is concealed from the next participant. The final piece is an amalgam of the individual parts.

The nonsensical French sentence, le cadaver exquis boira le vin nouveau (the exquisite corpse will drink the new wine), is the genesis of the name Exquisite Corpse, and supposedly the result of the first game the Surrealists played. These text-based exercises played perfectly into their mission to disconnect from the conscious mind, employ chance and invoke the uncanny.

Exquisite L.A. draws on this history to create a communal portrait of the current Los Angeles art world. The project will consist of photographic portraits of artists taken in their studio. Each artist will introduce the next one with text that accompanies the photographs, outlining their connection or interest in the artist that will follow them in the series. We want this to be an ongoing story of L.A.—its twists and turns, side streets, and freeways. We hope this project will go on to have several volumes, with different starting points, creating a larger map of connections and full circles. Starting with this issue of Carla, we will present three artists per quarterly issue, completing twelve portraits over the course of a year.

I asked my husband Joe Pugliese, an established editorial portrait photographer, to be my partner in this project because I wanted the imagery to be rooted in classical portraiture, which strives to capture the essence and emotion of the subject. I did not want to capture the artist in the backdrop of their work, but rather to isolate them from it; their individual gaze, pose, or gesture becoming a continuous visual marker for the exquisite corpse.

When I started thinking about a possible first artist, I went back and forth between distancing myself from the subject and choosing someone that made sense to me in the context of the project. In doing this, I moved away from the automatic reaction that is ultimately required in a game that originated from a group of close friends. Yet, an exquisite corpse is not an exercise of distance; the process of the game is meant to be automatic, not labored over. When I reacted swiftly, I always came back to Fay Ray, an artist that I have worked with through my space, Marine Projects, but who has also become a close friend and daily inspiration.

Even before I was certain of my choice, I thought it was important to begin this story with a female artist, because the original Surrealist group was predominantly male. For me, Fay looks at Surrealism from a Feminist perspective. In her collages and photography, she mines Surrealism’s methods of production, but questions masculine traditions and the idea of femininity in relation to cultural hierarchies. There is use of the body as a stand in for states of consciousness, perhaps even for psychological and physical freedom. There are dreams, but this is not the psychic automatism of Surrealism. Here there is cathartic gravitas.

In Fay’s sculptures, there is falling, there is surrender, there is weight. We see a questioning of devotion. There is no blind faith to a particular culture or to a particular period of time, but there is passion and ritual. Most of all, there is confession. Fay’s world is one of object-fetishism and female identity. Her surfaces are cool and monotone, but they sing with heat, with shadows of the figure, of mortality.

Exquisite L.A. is a blueprint of a collective shape. And Fay’s work is part of that; it is an arm, a leg, a toe. It explores female experience; it is the feminine form moving through shared space.

And what of the Exquisite Corpse? The name itself is seductive. The idea of a corpse being exquisite speaks to our fear of death, of death as the ultimate annihilating perfection. Where do you begin and I end? This narrative will take on a life, and ultimately death, of its own. Like the exquisiteness of existence, it has both infinite possibility and ultimate finality wrapped up in the surface of our skin.


Fay Ray on John Baldessari

John is the last artist I assisted before focusing more on my own work. He helped me complete the final part of the bridge between life as an art student and one as a working artist. I watched him synthesize material fast and negotiate business, politics, and practice, always keeping the betterment and perpetuity of art in the front of his mind. I’ve never met anyone more dedicated to art’s past and present than he.

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John Baldessari on Claire Kennedy

I chose Claire because I find her works very minimal but very elegant and I like them as art. Her work approaches an ideal of mine: the depiction of a single line.

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Claire Kennedy on Analia Saban

I have known Analia for about five years. I met her through John Baldessari. We connected over our love for books. I will never forget the first time I saw her work on his studio walls. It resonated deeply with me. So much of what she does has to do with artistic process and materials. Her work asks questions. It dismantles and reconstitutes. The breadth of media she has worked with in her career has been an inspiration to me in my work.

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2016-07-12

Originally published in Carla Issue 5.