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Mary Weatherford
Bakersfield Paintings
Sep 21 - Oct 27, 2012

In January, Mary Weatherford spent several weeks in Bakersfield, California to produce a series of seven paintings entitled “The Bakersfield Project,” made in conjunction with California State University Bakersfield's visiting artists program at Todd Madigan Gallery organized by Joey Kotting.

Weatherford’s work grows from her understanding of a particular site. Working in a subjective manner, Weatherford transforms her experiential knowledge into intuitive expressions of color and light. Bakersfield Paintings were inspired by the city, past and present: California Water Wars, The Grapes of Wrath, the Bakersfield Sound, Tule Fog, the Killer Kern, and big oil all served as points of departure for her most recent work. Weatherford’s seven large Bakersfield Paintings are named for the streets there. Each is streaked with custom strips of neon light.

LA><ART’s programs are made possible with the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, Karyn Kohl, Bettina Korek, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and The City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs.

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LA><ART IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A SOLO EXHIBITION WITH NEW WORKS BY MARY WEATHERFORD AND TEJPAL AJJI


Mary Weatherford: Bakersfield Paintings
LA><ART Gallery One
September 21 – October 27, 2012
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 21st, from 6-8pm

In January, Mary Weatherford spent several weeks in Bakersfield, California to produce a series of seven paintings entitled “The Bakersfield Project,” made in conjunction with California State University Bakersfield's visiting artists program at Todd Madigan Gallery organized by Joey Kotting.

Weatherford’s work grows from her understanding of a particular site. Working in a subjective manner, Weatherford transforms her experiential knowledge into intuitive expressions of color and light. Bakersfield Paintings were inspired by the city, past and present: California Water Wars, The Grapes of Wrath, the Bakersfield Sound, Tule Fog, the Killer Kern, and big oil all served as points of departure for her most recent work. Weatherford’s seven large Bakersfield Paintings are named for the streets there. Each is streaked with custom strips of neon light.

Born in Ojai, California, the artist graduated from Princeton University in Art History/Visual Arts, was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program and earned her MFA from Bard College.

Weatherford has exhibited widely in the US and abroad. Solo exhibitions include Manhattan at Brennan & Griffin, New York (2012), The Cave at John Tevis Gallery, Paris (2010), and Brick Walls and Sealife at Cottage Home, Los Angeles (2008) with recent group exhibitions: A Painting Show at Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, These are a Few at JGM Galerie, Paris, and the 2008 California Biennial held at the Orange County Museum of Art. 

Mary Weatherford lives and works in Los Angeles.

Mary would like to thank the following students for their work on the exhibition: Tanya Darapiza, Karen Dever, Alexandra Ortiz, Oscar Pena, Bryan Ratkowski, Renee Roy, Porshay Spencer, Kenneth Taylor Jr.



Tejpal Ajji: Direction Pieces
LA><ART Gallery Two
September 21 – October 27, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, September 21st, from 6-8pm

Tejpal Ajji works at the intersection of performance and ethnography, focusing on unexpected encounters that are simple yet transnational. Some of these exchanges are structured by an absent object that sets-up impromptu performances within a conversation, while other artworks rely on scores leading to improvised results. In total, a collective form of action is displaced just enough to let informal encounters reveal the ceremonies that compose everyday life.

Tejpal Ajji obtained his MFA from UCLA. Recently, his videos appeared at the Huangzhou International Experimental Media Arts Festival (2011) and participated in the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial’s “Farewell to Post-Colonialism: Towards a Post-West Society?” exhibition (2008). From 2006-2009, Tejpal was a curator at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto. His curatorial projects there include "South-South: Interruptions & Encounters" (2009) and "Rightfully Yours" (2007) and the "Heritage Complex" exhibited at the Art Gallery of Peel (2008).

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Founded in 2005, LA><ART is a leading independent nonprofit contemporary art space in Los Angeles, committed to the production of experimental exhibitions and public art initiatives. Responding to Los Angeles’ cultural climate, LA><ART produces and presents new work for all audiences and offers the public access to the next generation of artists and curators. LA><ART supports challenging work, reflecting the diversity of the city and stimulates conversations on contemporary art in Los Angeles, fostering dynamic relationships between art, artists and their audiences. Since 2005, LA><ART has produced and commissioned over 200 exhibitions, public initiatives, and projects.

In 2014, LA><ART will launch its Vision Campaign including The Occasional – a city wide exhibition and public art initiative.  This platform for LA continues the organization’s ongoing commitment to supporting artistic and curatorial freedom while focusing on commissioning new work in experimental contexts.

LA><ART’s programs are made possible with the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, Karyn Kohl, Bettina Korek, Linda and Jerry Janger, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and The City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs.
 


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Forthcoming Exhibitions:
Chromatic Circus: Santiago Borja, Edgar Orlaineta, Tilman Wendland                                         
LA><ART Gallery One                                    
November 10 – December 22, 2012
Opening Reception: November 10, 2012, 6-8pm

Aaron Sandnes: Desire Armed
LA><ART Gallery Two
November 10 – December 22, 2012
Opening Reception: November 10, 2012, 6-8pm