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Flames on the Side of My Face

curated by David Gilbert

February 13 - March 15, 2015

Opening Reception : February 13, 2015 6-8 pm

Flames on the Side of My Face brings together work by four artists working in different media to explore anger. The work presented eschews stereotypes of angry artwork such as noise, yelling, or violent movement; instead the agitation is held eerily still and quiet. Through this exploration and focus, the work becomes intensely physical and bodily.

Judith Bernstein exhibits a charcoal drawing from 1973. As viewers, we’re left with the aftermath of a frenetic, scribbled outburst that resembles yet critiques the mark-marking of the (male) minimalist artists of the day. Judith Bernstein was born in 1942 and lives in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include The New Museum, New York; The BOX, Los Angeles; Studio Voltaire, London; Karma International, Zurich; and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York. She has an upcoming exhibition at Mary Boone, New York curated by Piper Marshall.

Sam Contis shows two photographs from her recent body of work made at Deep Springs, a small, all-male college located in the remote California desert. This body of work deals with constructions of masculinity within the landscape of the American West. She was born in 1982 and received her MFA from Yale University in 2008. Her work has been published in Blind Spot, The New York Times Magazine, and Capricious. She has exhibited work at Danziger Gallery, New York; Workspace, Los Angeles; and The Newspace Center for Photography, Portland.

Tony Feher suspends a group of bottles filled with black liquid from the ceiling, their hectic swarm momentarily arrested mid-air. Feher was born in 1956 and lives in New York. Since the 1980s, Feher has exhibited poetic sculptures and installations made from everyday, recognizable materials: his 25 year survey show organized by the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston just concluded its five city tour. Recent gallery exhibitions include Sikkema Jenkins, and Co., New York; Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco; and Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston.

Daniel Ingroff’s paintings are intensely worked; layer upon layer of bright color attempts to conceal a darker underpainting. His work draws on a history of abstraction, often incorporating complex optical effects into detailed drawings and paintings. Daniel Ingroff was born in 1983 and received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2014. His work has been included in exhibitions at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles; Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn; and Night Gallery, Los Angeles.