A SUM OTHER THAN ITS PARTS, PARTS OF SOME
(February 21 to March 14)
Luke Mastny’s Childhood Revisited works are graphite and oil pastel drawings made on aged newsprint paper. The graphite marks were made 14 years ago, the oil pastel imagery was made in 2014. Luke describes this gesture as wanting to collaborate with his artistic youth to show the contrast between old and new artistic thought systems and beliefs. Defacing or going over the old sketches completed them and gave them a new life. For him, they are a physical representation of his youth collaborating with his adulthood.
Luke Mastny is a self-taught artist living in San Francisco. This will be his first exhibition.
Weaving narrative between films, object-making and performance, Alison O’Daniel builds a visual, aural, and haptic vocabulary through varying levels of access to sound, color and material. Alison is currently working on The Tuba Thieves, a feature-length narrative film and series of sculptures made in response to an epidemic of tuba thefts occurring in Los Angeles high schools. The Tuba Thieves is comprised of two parallel explorations of commissioned musical scores; one travels the path of narrative filmmaking while the other is rooted in sculpture. Both practices begin with a curiosity toward listening to the boundaries of sound and attempts to translate commissioned musical scores into formal physical elements and narrative storytelling.
Alison O’Daniel’s previous feature-length film Night Sky premiered at the Anthology Film Archive in conjunction with Performa 11 and the exhibition Walking Forward-Running Past at Art In General, New York. Her work has been screened and exhibited at venues including the Aspen Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, New York University, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, High Desert Test Sites, Samuel Freeman Gallery, and L.A. Louver. She has been awarded grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Art Matters, the Franklin Furnace Fund and the California Community Foundation. Writing about her work has appeared in ArtForum, the L.A. Times, and ArtReview. Forthcoming exhibitions include solo presentations at Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France and Art In General, NYC.
Jason Starr’s Beard Paintings project begins with an infinite series of oil paintings depicting random imagery pulled arbitrarily from web searches and daily experience. Once enough panels are completed, the paintings are hung vertically on a four-sided column-like structure. At the top of each side hangs an unfinished self-portrait that gets completed while on the column; finished off by globs of flowing paint depicting facial hair. The beard grows, dripping over the paintings below; completing them - so that a new cycle can begin. For Starr, the beard mimics the relentlessness of time and production, a process that invokes the perpetual and inevitable.
Jason Starr is a graduate of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts (MFA 2007) and the California Institute of the Arts (BFA 2005). His work has presented at venues including Kavi Gupta Gallery, Berlin; Locust Projects, Miami; Circus Gallery and China Art Objects, LA. Writing about Jason’s work has appeared in Surfer Magazine, LA Weekly, The Chicago Tribune and ArtForum. Jason Starr lives and works in LA.