I'm excited to be a part of Salvage, curated by Christopher Jobson, founder of Colossal, at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia. The exhibition opens Friday, January 22, and there will be an online Q & A with the curator and artists at 5:30 pm EST. The Q & A is free with limited space available. (RSVP here). Salvage is a group exhibition featuring new work by Yurim Gough, Debra Broz, André Schulze, and the Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR).
From the gallery: In a culture awash in disposable objects and materiality, it is seemingly impossible to determine what has finally outlived its usefulness or nostalgic pull only to be relegated to storage, the thrift store, or finally, the landfill. This faded sentiment is just the beginning of the journey for this group of four artists who use their abilities to miraculously salvage fragments of tradition and culture that were destined to be lost, relegated to the periphery, or buried forever....
From her studio in L.A., artist Debra Broz morphs the dusty porcelain animals from an antique curio into wholly new hybrid creatures. At once hilarious and jarring, she deftly shatters and reassembles each figure to introduce duplicate limbs, heads, or tails. As if tampering with the DNA of an industrial porcelain workshop itself, the cross-species organisms appear wholly intentional and disturbingly cute.
Read more about the exhibition here.
I just received my copy of Céramique, a new book just published in France. There are 90 artists featured and I'm excited to be included alongside some of my favorite artists working in contemporary ceramics. This beautifully designed book was compiled and edited by Charlotte Vannier of Pyramyd Editions. The text is all in French, but it's still a wonderful art book to look at if you don't speak French. Available for purchase here.
The Carrot Babies just made their debut in Repurposed at ICOSA Collective in Austin! Here are the show details:
EXHIBITION DATES: July 5 – August 3, 2019
Repurposed is a group exhibition co-curated by Erin Cunningham and Amanda Linn McInerney, both members of the artist-run gallery ICOSA Collective. This exhibition focuses on artworks that have been created from discarded and undervalued materials that possess a status of the imbued history of those objects. The diverse group of artists, from six different states, are known for their ability to elevate their materials and refine their craft through a variety of techniques. When developing the concept for this exhibition, the curators both had recent experiences that made them consider the impact of consumerism on the environment and on personal psychology. It seemed there was enough “stuff” in the world. They realized how important it was to feature works of art that reused materials and reconceptualized them into things that were beautiful, sometimes humorous or tongue in cheek, but also thoughtful and meaningful. The show draws upon family connections, folklore, and cultural and personal histories to create works that repeat and reconstruct forms and ideas.
Carolina Alamilla (Miami, FL)
Doug Baulos (Birmingham, AL)
Michael Bonadio (Birmingham, AL)
Melanie Brauner (Everett, WA)
Debra Broz (Van Nuys, CA)
Zach Clark (Oakland, CA)
Erin Cunningham (Austin, TX)
Tobias Flores (Hays, KS)
Vladimir Mejia (Austin, TX)
Amanda McInerney (Austin, TX)
Karri Paul (Los Angeles, CA)
Jerry Slayton (Austin, TX)
Shalena White (Austin, TX)
Jason Tanner Young (Montevallo, AL)
I'm excited to have work in 2 venues for B-LA Connect, an international exchange between art spaces in Berlin and Los Angeles. I'll be showing three sculptures from my White Rabbit series in Didn’t you know what you were carrying on your back? at ROSALUX curated by Sean Meredith of Track 16 gallery (Details and press release here). I'll also be part of Call & Response, an exhibit at Kronenboden in which myself and other members of Monte Vista Projects in Los Angeles collaborated through a series of postcards with the MADLAB collective of Rotterdam (Details and press release here). There are 20 spaces involved in B-LA connect that will be showing work this June. For all the details check out the B-LA Connect website here.
Saturday, June 1st through Saturday June 22 I'll be showing a group of 14 small sculptures at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan alongside Bodies Of... an exhibit of contemporary ceramics.
This little pair of Persian Spaniels will be on view, along with several other new things. If you happen to live in that area stop by and see the show!
I'll be participating in an artist talk with Simone Gad & Marsian De Lellis as part of our exhibition Stuck Together at Track 16 Gallery. The conversation will be led by Marcus Kuiland-Nazario. Come say hello, see the work and learn more about what inspired this show.
Thursday, April 11 at 7pm at Track 16 Gallery in the Bendix Building, DTLA.
Additional info here.
Below image: a series of works from my White Rabbits installation. See images of the entire series here.
I'll be showing a new body of work in the back gallery at Track 16 as part of Stuck Together: Marsian De Lellis, Simone Gad & Debra Broz. Over the past 2 months, I've collected and altered 25 ceramic rabbits originally created in the 1950s and '60s by the Japanese company Lefton. White rabbits are albinos created by selective breeding and have been a prime source for fur and animal testing, but they are also a symbol of Easter and the catalyst that brought Alice to Wonderland. My White Rabbits are a study of variations on a single form, each alteration is a walk into the realm of possibility with an animal that represents the dual worlds of science and magic.
From the press release:
Track 16 presents “Stuck Together,” an exhibition featuring Marsian De Lellis, Simone Gad, and Debra Broz. The three Los Angeles-based artists create a handmade response to mass-produced images and objects, re-contextualizing and re-purposing through collage and assemblage. The work consists of anthropomorphic imagery—animals and representations of bodies. Each artist imparts into the work an aura that is both ludic and obsessive, and each artist gives attention to objects and creatures that might be discarded, and instead reworks, reinvents, and gives the objects a chance to stand up, warts and all.
Runs through May 11.
See the press release for more about the exhibit here.
Stuck Together opens Saturday, March 16, 7-10 pm and will be up through May 11 at Track 16 Gallery, 1206 Maple Ave, #1005, Downtown, Los Angeles, 90015
Photo by Sean Meredith, Track 16
I did a little interview with Voyage LA earlier this month. If you've ever wanted to know my origin story, or wanted to know more about my process, you can get the scoop in this interview! Read it here.