Co/Lab all this weekend

Come and visit RAID this weekend and lots of other alternative spaces at Co/Lab all this weekend at the Barker Hangar, part of Art Platform.

In our booth we will be exhibiting past RAID AIRs Tom Dunn and Stephen Parise

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OPEN STUDIO: Bastiaan Arler – Past, Present and Future Works, Sun, Sept 23rd, 3pm

ARTIST STATEMENT

It is my pleasure to invite you to an open studio showcasing works that span the past, present and future of my artistic practice. During my stay at RAID Projects I have revisited earlier works and developed a number of ideas towards future projects. In particular, I will be showing a study for a timepiece that will track recurrent economic phenomena. Like the Mayan calendar which kept time through a series of interlocking wheels, this work will trace

 economic cycles of varying duration, their relationship to each other, to the individual, and to society at large.

Please join me in an informal and open-ended discussion of art and toast to the endless forms it takes on.

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Bastiaan Arler’s systems of mapping offer refreshing modes of understanding the world around us. During his residency Arler has extended his investigation into recurring themes within his practice and utilised the navigational, infrastructural and economic structures of Los Angeles to further his own systems of production.

This is a great opportunity to meet, view and discuss these themes directly with the artist and celebrate his time spent on residency at RAID projects.

– James Marshall (Assistant Director, RAID Projects)

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For more information please call (323) 963-0156, or visit www.arler.net.


Current exhibition: Three Points – James Boulton, Chelsea Dean, and Jay Lizo

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Three Points is anchored physically by a triangular billboard structure in the main room of RAID Projects. Each of the artists uses one side of the billboard along with additional wall space to tell their own story. Drawing from the sighting of a similarly shaped sign atop a downtown Los Angeles building, the Three Points billboard functions both as an outdoor exhibition space and as a display of personal poetics. It functions somewhere between graffiti and installation art, where something grand or intimate can be said, to become temporal and memorable.

James Boulton creates gestural, ab-ex influenced paintings using a variety of layering techniques and gestural brushwork. His largest painting spans 12 feet wide by 9 feet tall. It is a cacophony of brush marks, colors, and textures. For this exhibition, Boulton has also produced an installation of 30 small paintings that function as a visual diary of his everyday meditation.

Chelsea Dean meticulously draws, cuts, pastes, and prints work inspired by modern homes and spaces in southern California. Dean’s mixed-media collages employ a combination of printmaking methods and photography to transform architectural facades into three-dimensional portals. Dean’s silkscreened prints are also tiled together to create complex, balanced, and informed patterns that go beyond their initial read. Chelsea Dean also makes graphite drawings based upon decaying modernist spaces, rendered through microscopic and recurrent circular patterns.

Jay Lizo integrates large colorful text and figurative paintings. Sampled from books, records, and films that the artist has scavenged from his library, these facets are combined rhythmically to create a visual mash-up that express revitalized antique scenarios. The paintings of Lizo represent figures or moments from history that correspond to a textual Zeitgeist. For this exhibition, Jay Lizo utilizes imagery from dancers and protestors, fusing them into fictitious moments of gesture.

Opening reception Saturday, Sept. 8th, 7-10 pm

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