Weekends at Depart Foundation marks Joey Wolf’s first solo exhibition. Working with oil on canvas and watercolor on paper, Wolf presents familiar scenes that capture southern California living while also presenting a very personal snapshot into the artist’s life and circle of friends. The vignettes–a guy’s weekend in Palm Springs, a day at the beach, camping trips, and more intimate scenes from his painting studio–are often pieced together from multiple photographs taken by Wolf that he mentally ‘Photoshops’
to form the final composition. The large and life-like works on canvas are energized by a vibrant palette and dense application of paint that sometimes hangs beyond the frame of the canvas. In contrast are the smaller watercolor works on paper that have a delicate quality and often depict more serene memories.
Joey Wolf (Born. 1987, Newport Beach, CA) currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Wolf received his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles in 2010. His recent group exhibitions include Look at Us at GNYP Gallery, Berlin, and his work is also included in several private collections as well as the collection at International Creative Management.
On view in the project room, Theo Triantafyllidis (b. 1988) is an artist and architect from Greece. He received his Master of Fine Arts from UCLA in Design | Media Arts under scholarships by UCLA and the Onassis Foundation, presenting for his thesis a guide called “how to everything”. Previously, he received his Diploma of Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens. Humor, lush visuals and gaming tropes provide an entry point to his work. Computer simulations, improvisations and failures, awkward interactions and precarious physics are employed to produce visual gags. By manipulating emerging technologies, he is searching for their potential emotional impact and the designated limits of their use, often trying to break them. Webpages, virtual and augmented reality, games and interactive installations are his mediums of choice for this. At the point of their climax, his pieces often becoming overwhelming, exaggerated or outrageous, trying to expose the audience to the underlying themes that inform his practice. These are strongly related to internet culture and include isolation, sexuality, violence, addiction and fear of missing out. Together with a general overflow of information and its nonsensical natures, this is the part of the internet that he considers the context for his work.
Triantafyllidis has shown at the Hammer Museum in LA and NRW Forum in Dusseldorf, DE and various galleries such as Meredith Rosen Gallery, the Breeder, Sargent’s Daughters, Young Projects, New Wright and Intelligentsia Gallery in North America, Europe and Asia. He was part of Hyper Pavilion in the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Triantafyllidis currently has work on view in “Still Human” at the Rubell Family Collection Miami, FL through August 25, 2018 and will be included in “Nature of Justice: A Visual Arts Response to the Birds” organized by the Onassis Foundation, USA curated by Mari Spirito at St. Anne’s Warehouse, Brooklyn NY from May 2-13, 2018
Now in the Depart Foundation Shop
The shop at Depart Foundation features a curated selection of limited edition artwork, hand-crafted home goods, locally made surf gear, art books, jewelry, and much more. Shop sales benefit Depart Foundation’s exhibitions and public programs. A new collaboration debuting on Saturday, May 26 will feature a curated selection of limited edition works from Artflash, Curatorial Hub, and Lapis Press.
Artflash mines the archives of prestigious non-profit arts organizations in Europe and brings back to life (online) limited editions from modern and contemporary artists, including renowned figures such as Marina Abramović, John Cage, Francesco Clemente, Jenny Holzer, Mary Heilmann, Raymond Pettibon as well as emerging artists. With an outpost in Berlin, Germany, artflash is able to provide works both from Europe and the U.S., some art editions will be presented on the West Coast for the first time. Editions by Jenny Holzer, Marina Abramovic, Elizabeth Peyton, Mary Heilmann and Raymond Pettibon will be available on Saturday, May 26. All works are priced $350–$1,500. More info at artflash.net
Curatorial Hub is an online gallery featuring affordable and diverse work by well-known and emerging artists from Los Angeles and beyond. The concept for Curatorial Hub was created by artist Bettina Hubby who generously devotes part of her practice to collaboration and connection, both of which are central to this new initiative. Hubby’s collaborator, Saskia Wilson-Brown, is the founder of The Institute of Art and Olfaction, a non-profit devoted to experimentation and access in perfumery and experimental scent. Teaming up, they form a partnership in this new arts-venture that draws on their combined strengths of curating, collaborating and poetic outreach. More info at curatorialhub.com
The Lapis Press is committed to collaborating with contemporary visual artists throughout the world who possess a unique and uncompromising vision. Lapis provides a dynamic and enriching environment that enables artists to articulate work in any medium. Lapis is dedicated to achieving the level of trust necessary to realize successful editions. The quality and relevance of the work produced is a direct result of the enduring relationships Lapis cultivates with its artists. More info at lapispress.com
DEPART FOUNDATION provides an alternative platform for creative experimentation and exploration, set within a global context, that thrives outside of conventional, cultural structures. The impact of its work can best be understood as the charting of new artistic destinations with every project and program it undertakes.
Since its founding in 2008, DEPART Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. DEPART Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of space and resources conducive to research, production and exhibition of new work, and to the presentation of educational and public programs.
Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by DEPART Foundation. They include Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck and Frances Stark.
Since 2014, DEPART Foundation Los Angeles has presented solo exhibitions for Gabriele de Santis, Kour Pour, Grear Patterson, Petra Cortright, Mark Horowitz, Giorgio Andreotta Calo, Cameron Platter, Edward S. Curtis, Ulay, and Michael Pybus, Chase Hall and the group show Seasick in Paradise curated by Amy Yao.