Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce our participation in our seventh edition of UNTITLED Miami Beach with a group presentation featuring the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery 2019 Outwin Boochever Award winner Hugo Crosthwaite and Caitlin Cherry, Ken Gonzales-Day, Chris Engman, Lia Halloran, Laura Krifka, and Federico Solmi.
As part of UNTITLED, ART's new initiative, Monuments, Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares will present a large scale, site specific installation in Lummus Park adjacent to the fair.
Crosthwaite's drawings, paintings and videos seamlessly combine classical figurative representation with modern abstraction. This mixture creates feelings of chaos and spontaneity, reminiscent of the Mexican border community. Each work becomes an enfoldment of personal vision in which reality, history, and mythology collide as he explores the complexities of human expression.
Caitlin Cherry addresses history, identity, and present-day politics in pursuit of cultural reclamation and the dismantling of structural oppression. To create her obliquely narrative compositions and disorienting characters that re-examine notions of the self and the body, Cherry draws upon the traditions of art history, integrating contemporary cultural theories on race, gender, economics, and the impact of technology.
Chris Engman’s work takes the human condition as its central theme and calls attention to our misperceptions: the gulf that exists between how we see and how we think we see—the inconstant and constructed nature of memory. It is a meditation on impermanence and the fact that not only existence but even the features of the physical world are temporal and will come to an end. Engman’s photographs are documentations of sculptures and installations but they are also records of actions and elaborate processes.
Ken Gonzales-Day’s interdisciplinary and conceptually grounded photographic projects consider the history of photography, the construction of race, and the limits of representational systems. Gonzales-Day is a Getty scholar and a Terra Foundation and Smithsonian Museum fellow. Gonzales-Day’s exhaustive research and book "Lynching in the West, 1850-1935" led to a re-evaluation of the history of lynching in this country. The Erased Lynchings series of photographs was a product of this research, which revealed that race was a contributing factor in California's own history of lynching and vigilantism, and through which he discovered that the majority of victims were Mexican or, like him, Mexican-American.
Lia Halloran’s practice has been in dialogue with science and nature, and discusses topics such as astrophysics, magnetism and gravity, perception and scale, giant crystal and ice caves, cabinets of curiosity, taxonomy and classification, the periodic table of elements, and interconnected relativity. Her most recent work brings attention to the work of female scientists including the Harvard Observatory's "Pickering's Harem", a group of 19th Century female astronomers who were hired because they could be paid less and nevertheless made significant contributions to the field of astronomy,
Through intimate and carefully constructed figurative paintings, artist Laura Krifka dissects the mechanisms of power, identity, and observation found in visual culture. With non-descript references to the history of painting, Krifka incorporates the contemporary frameworks of film and photography into her understanding of portraiture and psychology. By collapsing several views of the same pose, subject, space, and time into each painting Krifka creates scenes that appear deceptively simple, but are rife with distortions, puzzles, and physical impossibilities that make visual factuality tenuous and challenge the viewer’s perceptual abilities.
Federico Solmi is an internationally acclaimed multi-media artist who employs a satirical aesthetic in order to portray a dystopian vision of our present-day society. Combining traditional media, such as drawing and painting, with emerging technologies such as 3D animation, video-game software, and kinetic technology, Solmi's animations playfully and irreverently depict the most loathed and hypocritical aspects of contemporary life and western society through absurd narratives. Solmi stages a world where our leaders become puppets and the absurdity of exploitative action is accentuated, brilliantly animated by computer scripts and motion capture.
Antonia Wright explores empathy in contemporary life through a multidisciplinary practice that blurs the boundaries between live performance, video, photography, poetry, sound, and sculpture.