Opening Saturday July 27th – Katrina Umber – Dwelling in Erasure – Perform Chinatown


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Saturday, July 27th

Katrina Umber – And
July 27 – August 24, 2013
Opening Reception 7-10pm this Saturday July 27th

Dwelling in Erasure – Curated by Alexandra Wetzel
July 27 – August 24, 2013
Opening Reception 7-10pm this Saturday July 27th

Perform Chinatown
July 27 – One Night Only!
5-10pm, Chung King Plaza

Katrina Umber – Included Middle (Lake Wesserunset), 2011, 40" x 26.75"

Charlie James Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition:


JULY 27 – AUGUST 24 2013


And brings together two recent, ongoing photographic series by Los Angeles artist Katrina Umber in her first solo show at Charlie James Gallery. As the title "And" suggests, the space of the photograph is continually proposed in these series as a means of conjunction, a conjoining or combining of images. Images are paired off or layered on top of one another, two-ness and separation giving way to a questioning of the notion of relationality itself, its logical procedures and ontological implications.

Enlarged black-and-white split-frame photographs comprise the Included Middle series, in which the space of one standard negative is divided in half to yield a twofold image. Sequential images are inexorably coupled by the camera, diptychs that loosely evoke the private narratives of everyday life as well as the formal language of art history: the release of white fluid from a sexual organ, then black out; the luminous appearances of a Suprematist-like square and acute triangle on shadowed walls; Vija Celmins-esque images of sunlight falling on agitated waters. Alluding to Aristotle’s Law of the Excluded Middle, which states that every proposition or its negation must be true, this series suspends the structure of logic to shift the inquiry into truth towards the ontological. Each photograph in this series not only presents the capture and juxtaposition of two different moments, but also represents the passage through space and time lived in between. Thus, each photograph appears to affirm the presence of both the paired images as well as what those two images are not-the passage or void created by and in between the two. The principle of the "Included Middle," then, would simply be the affirming of presence as true in and of itself: presence is truth.

In contrast to the coupled images in the Included Middle series, the photographs in Soft Mirrors entail images that overlie and eat into others. The photographs in this series have been dually processed: black-and-white negatives are printed on chromogenic paper and then these prints are soaked in dyed water. In the resulting photographs, faded images of indoor and outdoor scenes give way to unexpected patterns and vibrant eruptions of color. Cobalt and ultramarine blues, violets, vermillion, crimson, and a range of siennas leech away the referential and indexical to reveal the unpredictable yet systematic process of erosion the paper underwent in its watery bath. The immutable laws of chemistry dictate the dissolution and destruction of one image that leads to the efflorescent emergence, a coming into being, of yet another.

Text by Kavior Moon

Katrina Umber (b. 1979. Minneapolis, MN). She received her BFA from Art Center College of Design (2004) and MFA from University of California Los Angeles (2010). She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2011). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally; most recently in the group show FLICKER curated by Jan Tumlir at Control Room Los Angeles. Her work is included in the Stewart and Lynda Resnik Collection and has been profiled in publications including the current Fabrik. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Christopher Richmond, Video Still from A Stop at Willoughby, 2012, HD video, sound transferred to Blu-­-ray, 5 minutes, 34 seconds (loop)

Charlie James Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition:


JULY 27 – AUGUST 24 2013


We may be the most restless people to date. We move around a lot. We see things

remotely, we see things at speed, we find it hard to dwell on things. We exist in a constant state of arrival, neither fully here nor fully there. We click through endless images, constantly communicate through shifting platforms. Our jumbled experiences arrive out of order and in no particular order. Chronology removed, we are left in the perpetual now.

What happens then, when through artistic device, the context and point of origin are lost? By striping down, visually parsing the information presented, the viewer is left to identify with reduced space, dwelling in the experience without necessarily contextualizing it. This loss of context allows the viewer to reach a dream-like, tranquil state with shapes and objects that are familiar and whose potential readings are now doubled and tripled through redaction. To the dreamer, a dream is like reality and the anchor is not so much lost as it is displaced.

Dwelling in Erasure brings together five artists working across all media who employ acts of removal and dislocation to suspend the viewer, creating quieter, contemplative moments allowing for reflection and simply being.

Michael Henry Hayden‘s and Chris Succo‘s works appear like a blurred memory, faded or manipulated. Hayden’s use of ubiquitous domestic architecture allows the viewer to dwell in the memories of recorded non-moments. For Succo, it is not what to paint, but how to paint. While there is a layering to remove it is not random. The poetic decision of each gesture and composition is foregrounded. The process becomes the anchor.
Similarly, Christopher Richmond removes the narrative, the story-the very thing being told-to focus instead on the telling, the discourse. The viewer is left in a non-place, the loop seamless, the experience without orientation.

Matthew Brandt‘s and Bobbi Wood‘s works literally paint over and wash away parts of the image until very little is left for the viewer to "hold on to." This loss of context forces the viewer to hold tightly to what is left and from there to find a way out, to make out meaning.
*With special thanks to Tellef Tellefson, Dwyer Kilcollin and Randall Wetzel.

Matthew Brandt (b. 1982, Los Angeles, CA) received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2004 and MFA from the University of California Los Angeles in 2008. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Columbus Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Elton John Collection, UK; the UBS Art Collection, NY; Bidwell Projects, Cleveland, OH; and the Statoil Collection, UK. His first solo exhibition at M+B was selected by Modern Painters as one of "The 100 Best Fall Shows" and reviewed in the December 2011/January 2012 edition. Other notable press includes The New Yorker, TIME Lightbox, Arte Fuse and Elle Décor. Brandt’s second solo exhibition at M+B is scheduled for Fall 2013 and the Columbus Museum of Art will present Brandt’s first solo museum exhibition later this year. Brandt lives and works in Los Angeles.

Michael Henry Hayden (b. 1981, Siloam Springs, Arkansas) received his BFA from The Cooper Union, NY in 2004 and his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2009. Hayden also attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo presentations of Hayden’s work include Steve Turner (2012) and LA>

Christopher Richmond (b. 1986, San Diego, California) received his BFA from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University in 2005 and is currently an MFA candidate at the Roski School of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. Richmond has shown his work widely, including exhibitions and screenings in Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. Most recently Richmond was featured in Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art and invited to participate in Fotogalerie Wien’s exhibition, Appropriation – Re-enactment, curated by Petra Noll. Richmond currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Chris Succo (b. 1979, Dusseldorf, Germany) completed his MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2012. He earned his Meisterschueler from Prof. Georg Herold in 2008 and his Diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts, Düsseldorf in 2009. Succo has shown throughout Europe including solo exhibitions at DUVE Berlin, Berlin; Rod Barton Gallery, London (upcoming); fiebach, minninger, Köln; Tidens Krav, Oslo (upcoming), Kunstverein Düsseldorf; and Kunstverein Schichtwechsel, Liechtenstein. Recent group exhibitions include Brand New Gallery in Milan, City Gallery of Prague, Vigo Gallery in London, and 304 Days in Vancouver, Canada. Succo lives and works between London and Dusseldorf.

Bobbi Woods (b. 1973, St. Louis, MO) received her BFA and MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Solo exhibitions of her work have been presented at Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland; Workspace, Los Angeles; Annie Wharton, Los Angeles; and 2nd Cannons, Los Angeles; among others. Woods’s work is currently included in the group exhibitions Painting in Place, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) at Farmers & Merchants Bank, Los Angeles; More Young Americans at L’Enclos des Bernardins, Paris; and California Visual Music at Chapman University, Orange, CA. Woods lives and works in Los Angeles, and is represented by Pepin Moore and Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland.

Curatorial statement / text by Alexandra Wetzel, July 2013

poster-performance-chinatown.jpg PERFORM CHINATOWN

JULY 27, 5-10pm, Chung King Road

The legendary performance event returns for its 4th installment and promises an exciting and provocative collection of performers from all over the world. On July 27th from 5pm- 10pm artists working in the field of performance and action art will descend upon the pedestrian only streets of Chung King Road for a free and one night only experience featuring more than 25 different live artworks from Thailand, Northern Ireland, Chile, Canada, Massachusetts, Iowa and a large contingent of participants from Southern California.

Works will vary greatly in style, cultural and sociological influence, ranging from the radical street interventions of the anarchist Thai painter Vasan Sitthiket, to the body- driven works by the iconic Sheree Rose, to the beautifully moving performance installations by native Peruvian, Mariel Carranza. Chung King Road will be lined with large boxes in which several artists will present long-term "durational" performance installations that will morph in aesthetic and meaning throughout the entire course of the event, while other performances will happen as roving works or pop-ups in various locations throughout the area.

The line up to date includes:
Scott Benzel (Los Angeles) w/collaborator Anita Pace
Claudia Bucher (Los Angeles)
Jeffrey Byrd (Waterloo, Iowa)
Mariel Carranza (Los Angeles)
Alexander del Re (Chile)
Dino Dinco (Los Angeles)
Rafael Esparza (Los Angeles)
Kate Gilbert (Los Angeles)
Ryan Hawk (Boston)
Natalie Loveless (Canada)
Tatiana Lubovski-Acosta (Los Angeles)
Sinead O’Donnell (Northern Ireland)
Vela Phelan (Boston)
Dominic Quagliozzi (Los Angeles)
Rain on Genitalia (Los Angeles)
Christy Roberts (Los Angeles)
Sheree Rose (Los Angeles)
Sara Schnadt (Los Angeles)
Vasan Sitthiket (Thailand)
Paul Waddell (Los Angeles)
Allison Wyper (Los Angeles) w/collaborators Marcos Najera and Esther Baker-Tarpaga Samuel White (Los Angeles)
Tim Youd (Los Angeles)

The quality of each artist’s work and commitment that they all have to their visions and to their medium will be clearly witnessed by those fortunate enough to attend this extraordinary gathering of performances. It is free to the public, come one, come all and Perform Chinatown.


KCHUNG! Radio online and at 1630AM will be broadcasting a special program as part of the event.

The Public School will be creating a special program of events to correspond with Perform Chinatown 2013.

Red Pipe Gallery and DRKRM will be spaces that are participating in the official Perform Chinatown program

Tim Youd and Tatiana Lubovski-Acosta are included in the event as part of the Coagula Curatorial Perform Chinatown program.

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