Exhibition runs March 19-June 18, 2016
Opening: March 19, 2016, 3-5 pm at 4339 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles, CA (90008)
A Shape That Stands Up examines the gray space between figuration and abstraction in recent painting and sculpture. The artists in this cross-generational show treat the figure as material and the history of representation as one, long open-ended question with many possible answers. Following a historical lineage of artists working similarly—from Philip Guston and Willem de Kooning’s dissolution of the body into line, color, and near violent gesture, to later artists, such as the Chicago Imagists, or those associated with the California funk movement—these works often challenge the centrality of taste, beauty, and mimetic precision in creative production. The body, depicted in a state of becoming something else, is mediated through humor, fantasy, and the grotesque. Participating artists include Robert Colescott, Carroll Dunham, Jamian Juliano-Villani, and Sue Williams, among others.
A+P’s 2014-15 Artists-in-Residence program was a 14-month long residency offered to professional artists living and working in Los Angeles. Artists receive free, non-living studio space for development of new work. The residency culminated in an exhibition of the residents’ work in July, 2015.