Kai Rittun - "Skandinavian Waves"

 

Artist's Opening Reception

Saturday, October 1st, 5pm - 8pm.

From the clarity of light to the mysteries of darkness; from the obscure, impenetrable to the playful and loving. Kai Rittun's work is a trail through varying moods such as one would experience when walking through the varied and dramatic nature of his native Norway. The sun scattered woodlands, the murky seas and the clarity of the fjords provide ample inspiration for Rittun's distinctive woodcuts.

Gallery 169 is proud to present Kai Rittun, an established Norwegian artist and a master of the woodcut technique, one of the oldest techniques in fine art printmaking.

The Scandinavian Wave Exhibition brings together a broad based selection whose theme and expression are characteristic of Rittun's flair for capturing the essence of natural life. Born in 1962, in Oslo, Rittun's work draws the public into the world of nature, to explore and revel in the details and shapes that are all around us. The stark outlines in black and white are a naked contrast to the tenderness with which the figures are revealed.

An uplifting experience, his woodcuts take us on a fluid journey with the animals he portrays. We have the opportunity to become one with their movements and their surroundings. At once, imitating the ease and the struggle of everyday life for both man and creature.

Norwegian art history is widely acclaimed and Rittun's expression and style are directly derived from the influence of Edvard Munch and, fittingly, Rittun's work forms part of the collections at The Norwegian National Gallery, The Norwegian National Bank and the Northern Norway Art Museum. The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design has also bought his work into their national collection.

Rittun has exhibited work throughout Norway in both individual exhibitions and with selected artists.

"The Scandinavian Wave Exhibition" will be on view at Gallery 169 from October 1st - November, 2016. 

Complimentary valet parking available the night of the opening. 

 

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Sal Taylor Kydd "Origins"

Sal Taylor Kydd - "Origins"

Artist's Opening Reception
Saturday, March 5th, 5pm - 8pm.

Gallery 169 is extremely proud to announce a show featuring Sal Taylor Kydd's most recent work.

In her series "Origins", artist and photographer Sal Taylor Kydd explores themes of transformation and change, both change in the natural world and that she observes in her children and immediate family. Kydd specializes in making Salted Paper prints, an antique photographic process pioneered by British photographer Fox Henry Talbot in the 1800s. This hand-wrought process brings the hand of the artist into each print, producing unique, ethereal and timeless images.

"Origins" will be on view at Gallery 169 from March 5th - May 15th, 2016. 

Complimentary valet parking available the night of the opening. 


Jessie Homer French "TWO DEGREES CELSIUS?"

Artist's Opening Reception

Saturday, January 16th, 5pm - 8pm.

Gallery 169 is proud to present "TWO DEGREES CELSIUS?" new works by Jessie Homer French.

Jessie Homer French was born in New York in 1940. Over the last five decades, with little formal training, Jessie has developed her own regional narrative style. She has had many solo exhibitions at Los Angeles and Victoria, BC galleries. Her work has also been featured in numerous group shows here in California and in Canada. She has been profiled in print and on television.

Many of her paintings are permanently displayed in government buildings, hospitals, and hotels, and are also part of scores of private collections. About the paintings on display at gallery 169 Jessie states the following:

"These fire paintings, hung at eye level, are mostly horizontally long and vertically short as if seen from a military pillbox with shooting slit windows. Seeing all the fires of the last years on TV I felt as though I was in that pillbox watching the world burn. Global Warming - will it stop at 2 degrees Celsius?"

"TWO DEGREES CELSIUS?" will be on view at Gallery 169 from January 16th - February, 2016. 

Complimentary valet parking available the night of the opening. 

 

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Coffee & Art this Saturday 1.9.2016 at Gallery 169 from 10-3!

Coffee & Art this Saturday 1.9.2016 at Gallery 169 from 10-3!

Join Aaron Kramer for a closing celebration while sipping a RustiCoffee.

Join us for the closing celebration of "Selfie" new works by Aaron Kramer.

Aaron Kramer is a multidimensional artist who works in wood, metal and paint. He is an inventor of "contraptions", a weaver and a painter. This self reflective body of work was developed on a recent 3 year hiatus in London. In this time he explored new materials and techniques surrounding the theme of the "Selfie", that innate desire that most people have to say, "I was here" with an arm's length snapshot in time. His portraits are rough and direct. Painted on found wooden panels recovered on his daily bicycle commute to the studio. His machines are mesmerizing mechanical wonders. Twisted and welded wire, hand cut wooden gears and even a machine that draws selfies! All of these works explore the deeper meanings of identity, place and self.

 

Aaron Kramer - "Selfie"

Artist's Opening Reception

Saturday, November 14th, 5pm - 8pm.

Gallery 169 is proud to present "Selfie" new works by Aaron Kramer.

Aaron Kramer is a multidimensional artist who works in wood, metal and paint. He is an inventor of "contraptions", a weaver and a painter. This self reflective body of work was developed on a recent 3 year hiatus in London. In this time he explored new materials and techniques surrounding the theme of the "Selfie", that innate desire that most people have to say, "I was here" with an arm's length snapshot in time. His portraits are rough and direct. Painted on found wooden panels recovered on his daily bicycle commute to the studio. His machines are mesmerizing mechanical wonders. Twisted and welded wire, hand cut wooden gears and even a machine that draws selfies! All of these works explore the deeper meanings of identity, place and self. "

"Selfie" will be on view at Gallery 169 from November 14th - December 31st, 2015. 

Complimentary valet parking available the night of the opening. 

E. F. K I T C H E N - "Visions in Platinum" -

Artist's Opening Reception

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Saturday, September 12th, 5pm - 8pm.

Gallery 169 is proud to host an exhibition of platinum prints by E. F. Kitchen.

During the early eighties E. F. Kitchen focused a career on fine art photography, specializing in the art of platinum/palladium printing. To create the images, E. F. works mostly with a large-format 8 x 10 camera and then makes custom platinum prints from the original negatives. She choses antique photographic equipment and an archival printing method to achieve a look that would be impossible to create using a modern, point-and-shoot camera: the antique lenses have defects that make the images unique, and the platinum prints evoke a certain timelessness with their exceptional detail and rich, expanded tonal scale.

Over the years E. F. has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States and internationally, including at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport, Louisiana; the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas; the Accademia di Belle Art, Genoa, Italy; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

E.F. Kitchen's work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, the George Eastman House in Rochester, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, among others. It is also in numerous private and corporate collections, including the Elton John Collection and the Polaroid Collection.

In 2011, International Photography Awards awarded her first book project, Suburban Knights: A Return to the Middle Ages, first place in the category Fine Art, Portrait. The project was published by powerHouse Books in 2010 and reviewed by the New Yorker and the Los Angeles Times, and an excerpt was published in Harper's (October 2012).

E. F. Kitchen's photography has been published in The Greatest Album Covers That Never Were by Michael Ochs and Craig Butler (2003), Adam: The Male Figure in Art by Edward Lucie-Smith (1998), and Flora Photographica: Masterpieces of Flower Photography from 1835 to the Present by William A. Ewing (1991).

"Visions in Platinum" will be on view at Gallery 169 from September 12th - October 30th, 2015. 

Complimentary valet parking available the night of the opening. 

Bess Frelinghuysen Ratliff - "Feathers" Pastel on Paper

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Artist's Opening Reception

 

Gallery 169 is proud to announce the works of Bess Frelinghuysen Ratliff. Bess has an MFA from Columbia University in film. She has worked in film, marble, and most enduringly, pastel, the medium of this show. Since her early days as an artist, she has enjoyed working with her hands (and not a paint brush), reveling in the vibrant color and textural depth pastels provide. A Medieval and Renaissance Studies major at Vassar College, Bess has used this era to mine much inspiration, both of spirit and design.

This is the second installment of a two part series, the first of which Bess debuted at Treillage Gallery in NYC in the fall of 2013. The amassing of feathers is more of a pseudo-scientific pursuit. Inspired by the art of the Middle Ages, the fresco cycle and the illuminated manuscript, the feathers are meant to blow up what is small and play with the idea of what is sacred in our culture. In her next series, Bess will focus more on the storytelling aspect of the fresco cycle with large pastels illustrating Radiohead's "Pyramid Song," with abstract, figurative and landscape pieces joined together.

"Feathers" will be on view at Gallery 169 from May 30th - August 2015. 

 

 

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Paintings by Nancy Vescovo- "Everyone has a story...."

Artist's Opening Reception -    Saturday, April 11th, 5pm - 8pm.

Gallery 169 is proud to announce the works of Nancy Vescovo. Nancy got her BFA at Pratt Institute in New York and furthered her education with a focus on drawing and painting at the Art Student's League and School of Visual Arts also in New York.

In this show, Nancy Vescovo plays with the concepts of storytelling through portraiture, creating visual narratives about a diverse group of subjects that range from loved-ones to strangers. By encasing her images in resin and adding found objects or text in multiple layers built up on top of the surface of the paintings, Nancy creates modern fossils that reveal aspects of each individual and allows the viewer to consider the subject's personal history.

"Everyone has a story..." will be on view at Gallery 169 through Sunday, May 24, 2015. 

Complimentary valet parking available the night of the opening

 

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ARTIST TALK, SLIDE SHOW and Q & A.

Artist's Talk, Slideshow and Q&A
Saturday, January 31st, 5pm - 8pm.

THE POACHING WARS is a documentary photo exhibition on the struggle to stop rhino and elephant poaching in Africa.

Frank af Petersens is a Swedish professional photographer with a background in Africa. He has spent several years documenting the rapidly escalating poaching crisis.

Killing Africa's rhinos and elephants is now a multi-billion dollar industry, controlled by groups with links to terrorist organizations and global criminal networks. Rhino horn is highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine, and is worth more than gold in Vietnam and other countries in Southeast Asia. 1,120 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa in 2014, a dramatic increase from 13 rhinos killed in 2007.

Elephant ivory is smuggled from Africa to China and other countries in Southeast Asia, where it is carved into religious figurines and luxury gift items. Over 100,000 elephants have been killed by poachers in Africa over the last three years.

Wildlife rangers risk their lives every day trying to stop the poachers. Most rangers have old weapons and equipment, few vehicles and little or no training. The poachers have automatic weapons and powerful protection from corrupt officials and politicians. A ranger is killed in the line of duty every four days. The poachers very rarely get caught.

Frank af Petersens is a contributing photographer to several conservation organizations. He also works directly with national parks and conservancies in Africa in their struggle against organized poaching.

Frank af Petersens is represented in private and corporate collections in the United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Spain and Italy. "The Poaching Wars" will be on view at Gallery 169 through Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Frank af Petersens - THE POACHING WARS

 

Photo exhibition January 24 – March

 Gallery 169 is pleased to announce: 

The Poaching Wars, a documentary photo exhibition on the struggle to stop rhino and elephant poaching in Africa, opens for the first time in the United States at Gallery 169 in Santa Monica.

Opening reception at Gallery 169, 169 West Channel Road, Santa Monica, on January 24, 5 pm – 8 pm.

Frank af Petersens is a Swedish professional photographer with a background in Africa. He has spent several years documenting the people on the frontline in the rapidly escalating poaching crisis. 

”This is a very real disaster, and it’s happening right now. Wildlife rangers risk their lives every day to save the last rhinos and the rapidly shrinking elephant herds in Africa. Over 100,000 elephants have been killed by poachers in the last three years,  and rangers are dying in the line of duty at the rate of one every four days” says Frank af Petersens.

Poaching of Africa’s rhinos and elephants is a multi-billion dollar industry, controlled by groups with links to terrorist organizations and global criminal networks. Rhino horn is highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine, and is worth more than gold on the markets in Southeast Asia. In 2013, 1,004 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa alone, a dramatic increase from the 13 rhinos killed in 2007. Elephant ivory is smuggled from Africa to China and other countries in Southeast Asia, where it is carved into luxury gift items and sold openly. The ivory market in Bangkok, Thailand, has tripled in volume over the last few years, despite a global ban on ivory exports.

Frank af Petersens is a contributing photographer to several conservation organizations, including Wildlife Conservation Network, Save The Elephants, International Anti Poaching Foundation and The Thin Green Line Foundation. He also works directly with national parks and conservancies in Africa to support them in saving endangered species.

Frank af Petersens is represented in private and corporate collections in the United States, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Spain and Italy.

 

The Poaching Wars has been shown in several countries in Europe. Gallery 169 is proud to be the first venue to host the exhibition in the United States.

Frank af Petersens will be present at the opening, and is available for interviews and personal meetings from January 21 – 30.

Brüder - "Photographs"

Artist's Opening Reception
Saturday, December 6th, 5pm - 8pm.

Gallery 169 is excited to announce and host a collaboration of two accomplished photographers becoming one.

There is a decisive moment in our life when questioning our bodily relationship to the expanding cosmos is made loud and clear. Only with fearless enthusiasm, experimental procedure, and perhaps a bit of perspective can we inch closer to knowing our true selves. It is a quest left only to dreamers and fools alike. The large scale photographic prints in Brüder's breakout exhibition that opens this Saturday deal with this very urge to radically decontextualize what has become all too familiar. This line of thinking has inspired a tag team duo down a path of explosive beauty and authentic gratitude for the simple mysteries of life. Hi-speed capture of novelty pyrotechnics, passionate hair growth frozen in full windmill, and the gaze-like study of the body itself invite wonder and awe in what becomes the truly sublime.

"Photographs" will be on view at Gallery 169 through Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Complimentary valet parking available the night of the opening. 

Nikolai Soren Goodich - “Persephone’s Kiss”

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Opening Reception Saturday October 25th, 5-8PM. 

A solo exhibition of new artwork by evocative contemporary artist Nikolai Soren Goodich.

In a Socratic dialogue written by Plato, Meno a representation of the unconnected consciousness as “I”, an individual, is reduced to aporia, or confusion. Within this analogue to chaos theory, the opening of transmutation allows for the genesis of ordered consciousness through the recollection of primordial existence, and all its eras thereafter, allowing the uninhibited consciousness to roam freely between parallels. In this state, “I” as self, becomes a spectator, witnessing the unfolding of all cosmic alchemy. Unplugged from the greaterconsciousness, the “I” as self, encounters its own demons in its journey to understand divinity.

Goodich seeks to explore the complexities of an undefined universe and traverse its many portals of psyche. Using a vast lexicon of media, and decades of experimentation to perfect various unique techniques, the images formed leave a distinct and lasting impression on the viewer. Within his work, are parallels in expression to our deepest fears, passions, and inclinations. A line drawing can spiral into a gargoyle, a passionate kiss can morph into a dangerous dance with Persephone, darkness can phase into compositions of white light.   

Viewing his work is like taking a trance walk into three, or sometimes four, simultaneous realities. And though some of his pieces are actually illuminated, even the works on paper give the feeling of luminosity through space and time. Silhouettes pass in and out of emotions of color and temperature, as if passing through levels of intensity. Forms evolve from chaos.

Whether it is layers of plexiglass interwoven with glassine papers, monotype imagery, oil stick drawings, or black sharpie draftsmanship combined with frottage textures and adjoined text fragments, the work punctures into the consciousness creating various portals of perception. There they seek to (de)reconstruct and (pre)explore, investigate, the simplest and most profound places, the complexities of our universal (dis)connectedness, in layered time fragments.

Nikolai Soren Goodich attended Otis Parsons, Art Institute of Chicago, and Rhode Island School of Design. He is a California native, and is the son of a renowned Cinematographer and a Black History Historian. He previously ran Orbetello, a creative loft venue and studio based in Los Angeles, has exhibited at Coagula, and has frequently set up multi-media pop up shows in both New York and Southern California. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Chuck Arnoldi "Paper Metal" Summer 2014




Gallery 169 is pleased and excited to announce drawings and paintings by Charles Arnoldi. Chuck is an American painter, sculptor and printmaker who came to Los Angeles from Dayton Ohio. Producing art since the 1970's Chuck continues to be one of the most productive abstract painters in America, pushing himself to create, consummately blending meaning with beauty. When Chuck walks into the room you can't help but notice. His enthusiasm and optimistic approach to life permeates his art. Taken from an essay written by Dave Hickey in 2008 Chuck is quoted and described eloquently.

As my grandmother would say whenever the occasion presented itself, "It's not right, but it's so." So, even though Charles Arnoldi, today, is a mature and profoundly innovative artist at the zenith of a thirty-year career, to the Venice Beach artists with whom his life and career has always been associated, he is still "the kid"-the d'Artagnan of the Venice Musketeers, prone to spontaneous acts of profound innocence, generosity, enthusiasm and aesthetic impropriety.
He shares with them a passion for the material world and a commitment to unflagging studio production; he shares their comfort level with the business of the art business and with the insouciance of California social life. But he's still "the kid." Like Ed Ruscha, Joe Goode and Billy Al Bengston he is a refugee from the flat banality of the American Middle West, from the concrete grids of streets called Elm and Jefferson punctuated with Circle K's and hardware stores. Like them, he came to Los Angeles to be a commercial artist and fell among evil companions.

Complimentary valet parking available the night of the opening. 

Max Hooper Schneider "Lab Matters 2: 2012-2013"

Max Hooper Schneider
"Lab Matters 2: 2012-2013"

January 25, 2014 - March 22, 2014

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Artist's Opening Reception
Saturday, January 25th, 5pm - 8pm.

Gallery 169 is pleased to present Lab Matters 2: 2012-2013, recent works from the studio/laboratory of Max Hooper Schneider. The survey marks the Los Angeles debut of Hooper Schneider's life-sized glowing Beluga whale skeleton cast from photoluminescent epoxy resin and brings together drawing, aquaria, tapestry, collage, and photography. While the assembled works are diverse they share a general thematics that foregrounds the agency of matter and problematizes the border between art and science, natural and artifactual. The result is a re-staging of the gallery space as a living system wherein works, visitors, specimens and so forth interact in a performance of mutually modificatory molecular movement and taxonomic confusion.

Max Hooper Schneider (born Santa Monica, 1982) is an artist holding a master's degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and additional degrees in urban design and biology. Hooper Schneider's work is supported conceptually by Spinozan materialist principles regarding the agency of all matter (organic and inorganic, living and dead, human and nonhuman) and the displacement of humans from their traditional position of centrality and superiority as knowers and actors in the world.

These principles are performed in the produced works in diverse ways, including, for example, a 1:1 replica of a Beluga whale skeleton, expanded and suspended on chains and motors and comprised of glowing pigments that are in a constant state of molecular vibration; the rigging and staging of open systems and environments that confuse who/what is acting and being acted upon (e.g., a phosphorescent mountain along a nomadic walkabout in the Gobi Desert or aquaria repurposed as a mini-galleries for their nonhuman occupants); the use of animals, minerals, and synthetic materials for blurring taxonomies and exploring surrealist humor (e.g., a surfboard as rare earth-based specimen or an invertebrate reef constructed of a yellow-chromed Buddha's fist lemon); the deployment of chromatic density and pattern for the purpose of calling into question what, categorically, something is (e.g., tapestry as drawing, drawing as a weave, collage as landscape, a landscape photograph as collage), and so forth.

What is most important to Hooper Schneider is for the viewer of any given work to ask, 'What is it I am looking at and what is looking at me,' thus abdicating prescriptive modes of experiencing 'art' which position the human as active and the art work as passive.

Since opening his studio Hooper Schneider has exhibited widely in a variety of venues. He continues to work across all sites and scales and through public and private commission. The heterogeneity of the work has opened up collaborations with visual artists, architects, musicians, and designers. His recent show in Milan was reviewed in the November 2013 issue of Artforum and he has published with Routledge and Princeton University Press. In August he will return to Mongolia as an invited guest to participate a second time in the Mongolia Land Art Biennial. Max currently lives and works in Los Angeles, New York, and Mexico City.

Max, a fourth generation Angelino, proceeds with his work in the Santa Monica Canyon with a quotation by Teodor Adorno: "The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying glass." The aphorism is taken from Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life written by Adorno between 1941 and 1947 while he was living near the Canyon in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of German exiles that Thomas Mann referred to as "German California."

Complimentary valet parking available the night of the opening. 

Tom Zimmerman

Artist's Opening Reception
Saturday, December 7th, 5pm - 8pm.

Gallery 169 is pleased to present "Neon Noir," a collection of images by Los Angeles photographer and historian Tom Zimmerman.

"Neon Noir" is part historical document, part moody, atmospheric urban pictorial. But most of all, it is a character study of modern day Los Angeles. Showcasing the City of Angels at night, "Neon Noir" profiles the area's neon signs in their street settings, from the deepest corners of Downtown LA to the tourist mecca of the Santa Monica Pier and beyond. Tom Zimmerman's portrait of Los Angeles captures the vintage to the modern, the sophisticated to the seedy, with equal savvy and reverence for these varied aspects of the city, and how they combine to form the essential personality and visage of Los Angeles.

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Tom Zimmerman is a native of Los Angeles whose photographs can be found in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the California State Library, to name a few. He has taken historic recordation photos of the Ambassador Hotel, Olympic Swim Stadium, Tom Gilmore's Old Bank District in Los Angeles, Santa Fe Repair Yards in San Bernardino, the last orange packing plant in Irvine, and hundreds of others. He is the author of several books, including Paradise Promoted: The Booster Campaign that Created Los Angeles 1870-1930 and Downtown in Detail: Close-up on the Historic Buildings of Downtown Los Angeles. Both titles are published by Angel City Press.

 

Artist's Statement-"Neon Noir"

"'Neon Noir.' That complete inability to know what lies just beneath the vibrant, obvious exterior in the dark of Los Angeles. Endless nighttime boulevards. Street lights stretching to infinity. Streams of light flowing from the cars that conquered the city. Lights in high rises and neon signs dot the darkness. All right there on the shiny surface.

Who knows what's really going on. The whole city has become Chinatown, Jake. The home of both the easy, casual life in the best climate in the United States as well as the reinvented personality and the last desperate chance. Is that bar with the colorful neon sign full of young lovers brimming with plans and hope or the frenzied loner out of excuses

It's a whole new century. But the noir sensibility of the middle of the last century has taken root. The old broken neon signs hanging on their closed buildings remind us that everything is transitional. The new and old signs that are still lit scream out excitement with their colorful demand for recognition. But what are you being drawn to really? There's the rub. You want to believe that glowing exterior will deliver on all its promises. But come on. It's the 21stcentury. No one believes anything is as it seems.

Meanwhile the cars, the endless cars, stream on by. Lights shine in the buildings. Advertising signs glow their invitation and promise. The nighttime city surface is never all that dark. The lingering darkness is all under the surface. Waiting."

-Tom Zimmerman

 

Complimentary valet parking available the night of the opening.