101/EXHIBIT proudly presents Koi No Yokan III, a concentrated group exhibition organized by New York-based curator Dexter Wimberly. This showing marks Wimberly’s 35th exhibition, first in Los Angeles, and is the gallery’s third annual installment of the Koi No Yokan summer invitational. The opening will be held from 7-9pm on Saturday, July 9 at 668 N La Peer Drive, located on the southeast corner of the Santa Monica Blvd and N La Peer Drive intersection. A 40-page catalog with foreword by the curator and the gallery director will accompany the exhibition. This year’s show features six artists: Leonardo Benzant, Dominik Halmer, Galia Linn, Nelson Loskamp, Sam Vernon, and Cullen Washington Jr. Performance, painting, sculpture, and installation are included.
Koi No Yokan (Japanese) is a truly beautiful concept. It can be defined as the sense one can have upon first meeting another person that the two of them are going to fall in love. In other words, it is the knowledge one has that he/ she is going to fall in love with another person. This differs from the idea of “love at first sight” in that it does not imply that the feeling of love exists, rather it refers to the knowledge that a future love is inevitable. -Nita Sharma. Untranslatable Words – Culture – High Tower Flashes, 2010, 2011. July 24, 2013. Web.
Each year 101/EXHIBIT takes on the challenge of fortifying the casual art world summer show construct with an exhibition that is identifiably ambitious in nature, thematic in curatorial angle, and that involves artists that are not represented by the gallery. Beginning in 2013 after the gallery relocated from Miami to Los Angeles, the Koi No Yokan show has been an incredibly rewarding endeavor. It is a tradition that has allowed the program to make experimental leaps into new grounds of artistic practice as we aim to continuously diversify and expand our dialogue.
More importantly, KNY is an annual exhibition that - if there is a recurring element - is primarily concerned with relationships and the human connection. The participants each year are artists the gallery has been aware of for some time prior to each show, and through the exhibition, we explore the potential of collaboration. Representational relationships have developed on account of the exhibition that exist to this day. For instance, this year’s show is curated by Dexter Wimberly - a close friend of Micah Ganske and Colette Robbins – two gallery artists who exhibited during the previous two respective KNYs. After the introduction was made and witnessing Wimberly’s spirited approach to curation, the gallery gladly invited him to exercise a concept important to him for this year’s show.
As Wimberly explains, "This iteration of Koi No Yokan focuses on abstraction, materiality and experimentation with form. My curatorial objective is to present an engaging array of works that are meditative, process-driven; rigorous in their construction; yet fluid and lyrical in presentation. Beauty and romance have been largely abandoned by an art world that places a high premium on irony and cynicism. My position, liberatingly naive, is that great art always involves a quantum of love, however minute. In selecting the artists for this exhibition I had the challenge of considering hundreds of possibilities. However, once selected this group was tenacious and driven to deliver."
Leonardo Benzant’s sculptures call upon his spiritual beliefs and practices, conjuring both power and healing. Dominik Halmer pushes up against the very idea of painting, combining it with sculpture and installation. Galia Linn’s vessels and totems explore the relationships between subject, object, and their environments while hinting to the fragility and sturdiness of the human form. Nelson Loskamp uses spontaneity and interaction to create experiences that make the viewer an integral part of his work. Sam Vernon’s Xeroxed drawings, photographs, and paintings are an exploration of a deeply personal narrative. Cullen Washington Jr. conveys materiality and the idea of noir by using everything at his disposal including tape, canvas, acrylic paint, and charcoal dust.
Wimberly’s emphasis on beauty, romance, and love is as timely as ever in a society that appears to be going in a direction that is counter to these essential elements of life and art making. Please join us for the opening as we enjoy the summer air, our cocktails, and simply share in the experience of coming together to view the works of six incredible artists from very diverse backgrounds and practices.
Dexter Wimberly is an independent curator based in New York. A passionate collector and supporter of the arts, Wimberly has exhibited the work of hundreds of artists in the U.S. and abroad. Wimberly maintains a critical dialogue with artists throughout the world by way of his exhibitions, public programs, and talks at galleries and public art spaces. Wimberly is the former Director of Strategic Planning at Independent Curators International (ICI). He is currently the Visiting Curator at Aljira - a Center for Contemporary Art, and serves on the board of The Laundromat Project. Wimberly has organized exhibitions and programs for Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh; Driscoll Babcock Galleries; 101/EXHIBIT; Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art; bitforms gallery; Koki Arts, Tokyo; the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA); and The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; among others. His exhibition in Chapel Hill, The Ease of Fiction, will be traveling to The California African American Museum in Los Angeles this fall.