Saturday Sept 14th – Jennifer Dalton & Dressed in Gray Group Show


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Upcoming EventsSaturday, September 14th, 2013

Jennifer Dalton – On A Scale From Not Really OK To Really Not OK
September 14 – October 19, 2013
Opening Reception 7-10pm Saturday September 14th

Dressed in Gray – Curated by Lisa Ohlweiler
September 14 – October 19, 2013
Opening Reception 7-10pm Saturday September 14th

Jennifer Dalton – “Paradox Party Favors”, 2012, acrylic box, approximately 800 wrapped candies, silicone tongs, on painted wood base

Charlie James Gallery is delighted to present the exhibition:






OCTOBER 19 2013


SEPTEMBER 14, 2013


On a Scale from Not Really OK to Really Not OK addresses social anxiety and the mutually uncomfortable extremes that Jennifer Dalton perceives herself to be vacillating between, such as guilt vs. resentment, fairness vs. loyalty, validation vs. iconoclasm, manic vs. depressive, loser vs. pig. Viewers are invited to interact with elements of the exhibition, and add to Dalton’s ongoing accumulation of findings that she reflects back to visitors through her work.
In each of her works Dalton measures self-worth and cultural value in subjective dichotomies, imperfect paradoxes, arbitrary hierarchies and/or sliding scales. In Dalton’s view, opposing values, emotions and attributes exist not in balance but in constant asymmetrical flux. She has manufactured her own subjective taxonomies to make sense of herself and the outside world and invites viewers to participate and implicate themselves within the show by choosing between extremes in a variety of ways.

Jennifer Dalton is a visual artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. In her drawings, sculptures and installations she excavates, organizes and evaluates cultural information according to her own personal criteria. Her subjects are often chosen in an attempt to test a hypothesis or to dissect a chip on her own shoulder.

Jennifer earned a BA in Fine Art from UCLA and an MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She received a Pollock/Krasner Foundation grant in 2002 and a Smack Mellon Studio Fellowship for 2005-2006. Her work has been discussed in Artforum, ArtNEWS, Art + Auction, Art in America, Flash Art, Modern Painters, New York Magazine, the New York Times, and The Washington Post, among other publications. Her work has most recently been exhibited at Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY; Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany; and The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY.

Mark McKnight, Blind, 2013, silver gelatin print, 21.5 x 14.5, edition of 6

Charlie James Gallery is delighted to present the exhibition:



OCTOBER 19, 2013



Curated by LA-based artist Lisa Ohlweiler, Dressed in Gray brings together seven works that explore the tension in contemporary photography between clarity and obscurity. By sourcing existing images, employing analog methods and digital interventions, the works in the show disrupt the expectations of straight photography, examining its limits with images that exist at threshold of photographic formulation. Through the works of Walead Beshty, Gil Blank, Whitney Hubbs, Dwyer Kilcollin, Mark McKnight, Matt Siegle, and

James Welling, the show creates a space between image and recognition. The works challenge traditional modes of viewing without discarding the connection created by and derived from a photograph’s arm to the world.

Dressed in Gray includes work from James Welling‘s ongoing War series, which features scenes of destruction within virtual city layouts created in 3-D rendering programs. Gil Blank presents an untitled piece isolating the name “Tokyo,” the image sourced from a sign mounted outside the former Times Square headquarters of Lehman Brothers. Matt Siegle‘s “unfinished” photo-realistic drawings draw from photographs of specific, often politically tragic moments in history. Sculptural reliefs by Dwyer Kilcollin map the tonal values of magazine images. A nude by Whitney Hubbs digitally removes a girl’s tattoo, and Mark McKnight‘s Blind depicts a blind cat casting contrasting shadows before a mirror. Tracing physical travel, the work by Walead Beshty places unexposed film through airport x-ray machines.

Walead Beshty is a Los Angeles-based artist and writer, and Associate Professor in the Graduate Fine Art Program of Art Center College of Art and Design. Beshty holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art. His solo exhibitions include: Walead Beshty: Legibility on Colored Backgrounds, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (2009); Pulleys, Cogwheels, Mirrors, and Windows, The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI (2009); Travel Pictures (2006-2008), LAX ART, Los Angeles, CA (2009); Industrial Pictures, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium; Hammer Project: Walead Beshty, The Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2006); Walead Beshty, P.S.1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, Los Angeles (2004).

Gil Blank is a photographer and a frequent writer on the social, political, and historical contexts of photographic practices. His photographs have been exhibited at PS1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center and White Columns, New York; Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver; CB Roppongi, Tokyo; and Ville D’Images, Vevey, Switzerland. Active in publishing, he has served in various editorial capacities for Art On Paper, Issue, and Whitewall, and was a founding editor of Influence, an independently published magazine devoted to contemporary image-making. His writing also regularly appears in monographs, including Freischwimmer, by Wolfgang Tillmans (Tokyo Opera City, 2005), and White Planet, Black Heart, by Torbjørn Rødland (Steidl, 2006), as well as in surveys, such as In Numbers: Serial Artist Editions, 1955-2008 (JRP/Ringier and PPP Editions, 2009) and Words Without Pictures (Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Aperture, 2010). An essay on photographic portraiture practice is forthcoming in the catalog for Becoming Disfarmer, to be published by The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 2014.

Whitney Hubbs holds her MFA from UCLA and her BFA from California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Hubbs work is held in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art: Library, New York and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Recent exhibitions include Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, Los Angeles, Carter and Citizen, Los Angeles, Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles. Hubbs was included in 2010’s FotoFest Biennial, Houston, Texas and notable press includes a highlight in Vince Aletti’s “Eight Emerging Photographers from Southern California” for The New Yorker (2011) as well as featured in Blind Spot Issue 38 (2008). Her recent solo show, The Song Iteself is Already a Skip was exhibited at M+B gallery Los Angeles 2013. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Dwyer Kilcollin is a Los Angeles based artist working in the intersection of physical sculpture and virtual space. Kilcollin received her MFA from USC and her recent exhibitions include Stein in Sein at USC Roski Gallery, Los Angeles and 10 forms at Machine Projects, Los Angeles. Her works have also been exhibited at Pepin Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, and in an uncoming exhibition Surface Area at Favorite Goods which opens September 20th.

Mark McKnight received his BFA in 2007 from the San Francisco Art Institute and is the recipient of both a Fulbright scholarship (2008) and a Lois Roth Endowment. Mark is currently a Chancellor’s Fellow and MFA Candidate at the University of California, Riverside. Recent exhibitions include Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, Post Gallery, Los Angeles, Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach, the New York Photo Festival, New York, and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Underground Museum, Los Angeles.

Matt Siegle is a Los Angeles based mixed-media artist. His drawings and performances explore altruism, counterculture, and embodied history. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2009. Exhibitions include: Artists Space, New York, Anthony Greaney, Boston, The Bindery Projects (Minneapolis), 104 CENTQUATRE, Paris, Dan Graham, Los Angeles, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, Human Resources Los Angeles, NADA Hudson, New York, Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, Los Anegles, PACT-Zollverien, Essen. Siegle’s practice also includes writing (“Doubtful Motion: Gesture as Performance” in Prism Of Reality, 2012), and he co-runs the artist-project space metro pcs.

James Welling is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. He received both his MFA and BFA from California Institute of the Arts and in 1995, he moved from New York to Los Angeles and became area head of the photography program at UCLA. Solo exhibitions include Regen Projects, Los Angeles; David Zwirner, New York; Maureen Paley, London; Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris; Wako Works of Art, Tokyo; Donald Young, Chicago, and Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna. Recent exhibitions include the 2008 Whitney Biennial, The Pictures Generation 1974-1984 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Originating at the Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio, his upcoming retrospective exhibition James Welling: Monograph opens at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles September 29th.

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