ITCH SCRATCH SCAR @ Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) Chinatown, Los Angeles. September 20th, 2014.
Itch Scratch Scar is a curatorial endeavor by Kohl King and Alevé Loh to showcase the works of artists whose works are substantially rich in process and/ or materials to investigate and interpret the theme of impulse, action and fulfillment/ result.
1. ITCH— a deep or uncontrollable longing, desire, or impulse for a person, time, or feeling. It maybe something that was once held but now lost.
2. SCRATCH—the spontaneous, unconscious or controlled response to the itch. It is the action, behavior, creation or the movement to fulfill the original urge.
3. SCAR—the result or consequence, intentional or not…it is the remains or the documentation that the act has occurred.
The theme of Itch, Scratch, Scar is specific to the zeitgeist of our own fin de siècle culture (20 years before/after a new century).
During 1880-1920, it was observed the cultural hallmarks of boredom, cynicism, pessimism lead to the rejection of social order and traditional values, which impacted artistic philosophy and the type of work produced.
Similarly over the period thus far from 1980, there has been extensive political change, environmental degradation, technological advancement and economic turmoil.
The current generation describes a world that has gotten smaller and time is perceived to have sped up. The exponential ripple effects of all these factors have left many with a deep unshakeable feeling that the world may not experience the dawn of a new century; and yet, artists still have to answer to the need to create and leave a mark in whatever ways possible, while still sustaining their existence.
As we head towards 2020, the theme of Itch Scratch Scar is to survey current artists who are actively engaged in capturing the relevant narratives of the epoch either through subject matter, choice of materials or genre.
“White Soup & Weighty Air” at JAUS. Opening: February 1st. 6:30-9.30 2013.
JAUS ART: 11851 La Grange Ave. Los Angeles, CA, 90025.Background image credit. Sherry McLane Alejos. Delay suspense, or for Fellini. Single chanel HD video. 3:02 min 2012
About White Soup & Weighty Air
For this exhibition “White Soup & Weighty Air” artists have created predominantly all white works, a choice which creates visual unity and evokes a sense of harmony, weightlessness, and freedom. However when examined on closer level it is apparent that all these works have contradictory elements working within and amongst each other that push and pull the viewer in opposing directions. These works are investigations of where states of being, matter, air and light cross over.
11 artists from the USA and Australia are participating in the show including: Dani Tull, Mark Power, Reed Barrow, Georgie Mattingly, Sherry McLane, Alevé Mei Loh, Michelle Carla Handel, Peter Wu, Daniel Aksten, Malte Wagenfeld, Julia Schwartz.
A quote that inspired the show:
“It’s an incredibly loaded subject- this diaphanous soup we live in…It feels primeval- there’s a sense of the undifferentiated, the non hierarchical It’s not exactly a dramatic light. In fact, ‘dramatic’ is exactly what it’s not. If anything it’s meditative. And there’s something really peculiar about it… you get confronted with a strong contrasting duality: illumination and opacity. But when you have the kind of veiled light we get here more regularly you become aware of a sort of multiplicity – not illumination so much as luminosity. Southern California glows… the opacity melts away into translucency, and even transparency.”
Coy Howard, Architect, as quoted by Lawrence Weschler in “LA Glows”, The New Yorker, Feb. 23rd 1998.
Caesura @ The Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica.
2505 North Miami Avenue (at the corner of 25th St) | Miami, FL 33137
MORE is MORE @ Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery in Brentwood. Curated by Jody Baral.
Mount St Mary’s College 12001 Chalon Road, Los Angeles 90049Aleve Mei Loh – More Is More @ Jose Drudis-Biada Art Gallery
Glass Garage Gallery: The Year Of The Chimera.
Metallic show curated by Daniel Aksten @ PØST Gallery – July 10th.
Summer Sol Sis at Jaus Art Space.
Also you can see artwork on display at Jose Neira Salon in Studio City.
Or at Yoshimoto Entertainment USA located 2917 Santa Monica Blvd.
Check out the photos from “A New Day”….More
Chain Letter @ Shoshanna Wayne Gallery curated by Christian Cummings and Doug Harvey . July 23rd.
In Paris – Crystalle Gourdon at Galerie FMR.Hard Candy., 2010. Acrylic on Linen 52 x21 inches.
“Right before the moment of collision and the precise moment of impact you are hurled into another reality, with a focus rarely experienced in everyday life. Rather than viewing something like a car crash from a purely negative point of view I am investigating how moments like these can be transformative when taken out of context of the norm. The underlying feeling in moments like these is just a feeling of awe. With my work I am aiming to recreate for the viewer this feeling of awe, even if for a fleeting moment.” – Aleve-Mei Loh.“Just A Feeling of Awe” Mixed Media on Crushed Porsche 911 hood, status: sold. Blankie For The Soul, 2010. Acrylic and Resin on Linen. 36 X 36 status: sold Cosmic Intelligence, 2010. Acrylic on Crushed reinforced Linen 38 X 61 inches Freedom Chase, Acrylic and Enamel on Crushed reinforced cotton. 96 X 48 inches. The piece featured in “The Killing Game” (2011) starring Kellan Lutz/Samuel L Jackson.