April 13- May 5, 2019
Opening reception Saturday April 13th, 6-10pm
Rooms 1 & 2:
Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles
Tiger Strikes Asteroid is a network of artist-run spaces with locations in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Each space is independently operated and focuses on presenting a varied program of emerging and mid-career artists. Our goal is to collectively bring people together, expand connections and build community through artist-initiated exhibitions, projects, and curatorial opportunities. We seek to further empower the artist’s role beyond that of studio practitioner to include the roles of curator, critic, and community developer; and to act as an alternate model to the conventions of the current commercial art market.
Our exhibitions and projects have been featured in numerous print and online publications including The New York Times, The Chicago Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Hyperallergic, Art F City, The Huffington Post, L Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, Two Coats of Paint, Artinfo, Artnet News, Beautiful Decay, and the artblog. Tiger Strikes Asteroid is a 501c3 federally tax-exempt non-profit arts organization.
It’s tricky and maybe too slight a distinction to get worked up over but let’s give it a go: Before any fun, there is a moment of blushing; you see yourself acting or getting away with something and are half-uncomfortable with it -The Manet bar painting for instance looks like that. The flush comes to you during the act, that’s impossible to capture really, forget it.
Then there is the glow after the fact, a fruitful place from which to work. Having moved to LA (every last artist in TSA LA is from elsewhere), we know the lure of the sunset, working with the sense that life is meant to be spent and time is elapsing. Or maybe it is more like something radiating once energized. Living through recollection of the very recent past is au courant and though it is easy to bash, at its best contains some of that afterglow. -Chris Ulivo
Rooms 3 & 4:
Monte Vista Projects
Majestic Proton Vest
Monte Vista Projects is a Los Angeles based artist-run collective established in 2007. Through exhibitions, lectures, events, and performances, MVP strives to question existing standards that emerge from academia and contemporary art institutions. Monte Vista Projects collaborates with local, national, and international artist-run spaces. We prioritize working with under-represented artists to broaden access to artistic discourse.
The members of Monte Vista Projects include:
Majestic Proton Vest brings together work from the members of the Los Angeles artist-run space and curatorial collective, Monte Vista Projects. The seven exhibiting artists use a wide variety of materials to create works that are technically precise and often colorful. Roberta Gentry’s kaleidoscopic paintings, Chris Miller’s wall-hanging plaster Maze, and Justin Michell’s frankenstein circuit board paintings all use pattern to create balance and movement.
Rakeem Cunningham’s mixed media collages and Andy Fedak’s video piece both address the collision of mind and body. The use of the figure continues, combined with notes of fragility and humor, in Emily Jones’s sculpted portraits and Debra Broz’s altered kitsch ceramics. The work of the artists in Monte Vista Projects isn’t wholly connected by any specific theme or idea, but the members come together ideologically through the projects that they support collectively, as well as their encouragement of each other as individual artists. As such, the exhibition title was derived from an anagram of the collective’s name.