Nikki Pressley @ Charlie James – Final Week


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Extended thru December 6th

Nikki Pressley – Elsewhere, in Another Form

October 26 – December 6, 2013
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Connection, Reflection – Curated by Nikki Pressley
October 26 – December 6, 2013
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Opening January 11th, 2014

Ramiro Gomez – Domestic Scenes
January 11 – February 15, 2013
Opening Reception: January 11, 7-10pm

Charlie James Gallery is delighted to present the exhibition:



In Elsewhere, In Another Form, LA-based artist Nikki Pressley employs drawing, performance, and sculpture in an effort to examine how personal and collective narratives evolve and remain connected. Pressley’s work is chiefly concerned with how objects and spaces, particularly objects that point to routine

domestic life and the idea of home, inform the generation of meaning and narrative.

The drawings in the show are landscape studies that use domestic space as a focal point, subtly pointing to the struggle to place oneself within a narrative and pondering how context can be lost and projected along the way. Pressley’s sculptural pieces, also in the main gallery, emerge from objects found in the drawings but are transformed slightly to create new manifestations that form a dialogue between form and function.

The investigation of continuous, connected narratives expands in the rear gallery with works addressing a specific historical subject – Othar Turner, a farmer in Northern Mississippi whose Labor Day ‘farm parties’ featured the playing of the fife, a small flute fashioned out of locally harvested rivercane. Turner’s story serves to show how personal narratives born of domestic occupation and routine become larger expressions of community, identity, and history.

Nikki Pressley was born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1982. She received her BA from Furman University and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2008. Nikki was included in the fourth installment of the emerging artist exhibition Fore at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2012, and was also included in the 2010 California Biennial. Pressley has had solo exhibitions at Furman University and Las Cienegas Projects. She has participated in group exhibitions at the New Museum in New York, California African American Museum, UC Irvine, FOCA, Charlie James Gallery, Torrance Art Museum, Coma Art Space in Los Angeles and others. She is also a contributor/Art Director for the Liberator Magazine. Nikki Pressley currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Zach Kleyn, Removing All Trace (Of the Family) Single Channel Video, 4:51 2009

Charlie James Gallery is delighted to present the exhibition:




Connection, Reflection is an exhibition curated by Nikki Pressley that features emerging artists based in Los Angeles using a range of media and approaches to explore ideas surrounding the reality and generation of personal and cultural narratives. The works are invested in the subjective connections related to navigating questions of family, lineage, language and myth-making. The artists use as points of departure a wide spectrum of inspiration from personal, archival material to cultural myth and memory, both real and imagined. The works include video, sculpture, works on paper and canvas.

Sadie Barnette uses drawing, photography, objects, book and print making, and site-specific interventions to construct a visual language out of cultural codes and west coast vernacular, economic formalism, text and abstractions. Sadie Barnette is from Oakland, California. She received her BFA from CalArts and her Masters in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Barnette’s work deals in the currency of west-coast vernacular, urbanism, fantasy, and abstraction, and is unconfined to any particular medium. She has shown her work at Ever Gold Gallery in San Francisco, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Self Help Graphics in Los Angeles – where she currently lives.

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
is an interdisciplinary visual artist, writer and performer. She is an alum of the California Institute of the Arts’ Interschool program in which she received her MFA in Art & Critical Studies/Creative Writing. Her artwork and experimental writing has been exhibited and performed at The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, Project Row Houses in Houston, TX, and The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Hinkle was the youngest artist to participate in the multi-generational biennial Made in LA 2012. Her artwork and performances of experimental texts have been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Artforum, The Huffington Post and The New York Times. Hinkle was listed on The Huffington Post’s Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know.

Zach Kleyn is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work is an examination into the ways in which ideologies weave themselves into the tapestry of a human personality. His projects have been shown at the Torrance Art Museum, the New York Center for Art and Media Studies in New York, Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles, Monte Vista Projects in Los Angeles, and Espace Curtat Tunnel in Lausanne, Switzerland. His writing has been published inThe Art Book Review and Notes on Looking, and his artwork has appeared in several literary journals, including LIT, VLAK, and SPECS. He received his MFA from CalArts in 2010.

Stephanie Owens‘s video is complex and poignant meditation on a cross-cultural and multi-national experience of relation to land, language and family. Owens earned her BA at the University of Virginia. She went on to earn her MFA at CalArts where she studied both art and film. Her previous films Hollywood and All That Paper have screened in various film festivals domestically and internationally. Owens has also participated in group shows including a most recent exhibition of her film Damsel in the Transformer Gallery in Washington DC. Owens was also awarded funds from the Arts Council for Long Beach to curate and present an animation film festival as part of the NEA supported A LOT Initiative.

Megan Sant’s work investigates the psychological negotiations made between her environment and her family. Born in 1978 in Ohio, Megan Sant graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art (BFA) and received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2008. She has presented solo shows in Valencia, California and Columbus, Ohio. Her work as been included in numerous exhibitions including "Made For More" at Chime and Co. in Los Angeles, "Painting’s Edge" at the Riverside Art Museum and "Snapshot,"at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Sant also participated in a residency, Painting’s Edge, in Idyllwild Arts. She is currently living and working in Los Angeles.

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