Next Exhibition: Slow Dance – Matt Austin and EJ Hill


Matt Austin, Bird Hanger, Archival Pigment Print, 20×24″, 2012

Slow Dance – Matt Austin and EJ Hill
Opening reception 
Saturday, November 10th, 2012
7-10 pm

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There are innumerable instances in one’s lifetime when a decelerated pace is not only necessary but inevitable. These moments may appear under the guise of an injured lower back, resulting in a perfectly-timed bout of rest and relaxation; they might appear as a mid-day cell phone battery death, granting one the opportunity for a temporary and guiltless disconnect. On the other hand, there are the times when days quickly become nights that become days (which become days all over again). However, these differing moments share the same seat of significance. They are to each other as the up is to the down, as the inhale is to the exhale.
On November 10, Matt Austin and EJ Hill come together at RAID Projects for SLOW DANCE, an exhibition of works highlighting the negotiation of individual positions within a given union. Through photography, writing, and drawing, Austin and Hill dissolve boundaries between what are typically viewed as dichotomous relationships, in order to highlight their complementary nature. In a constant back and forth and sway from left to right, Austin and Hill lead and follow, while committing (and submitting) to synchronous (and syncopated) rhythms.
At the opening, the artists will be releasing a second edition of their collaborative publication titled “/”. The / publication is a 60-page book comprising drawings, writing, and photographs printed in an edition of 30; each copy is signed and numbered.
This is the second Slow Dance between Matt Austin and EJ Hill. The first was held at ACRE Projects in Chicago.
MATT AUSTIN (b. 1986, Hartford, CT) is currently an artist and educator based out of Chicago, IL. He received his BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 and is teaching for the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Senn High School, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lillstreet Art Center, and Hyde Park Art Center. He has recently been involved with various community projects including the ACRE Artist Residency Staff, a co-founded art installation project known as TAIST, and an experimental pedagogical project The Mountain was a Gift. His photographs have been exhibited widely, including exhibitions at the Catherine Edelman Gallery, NEXT: Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, the MDW Art Fair, and the Art Institute of Chicago’s Sullivan Galleries. He recently received the Illinois Artists’ Council Grant that will fund the publishing of his book Wake that will parallel that body of work’s inclusion in the kids are all right, a large group exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in October 2012 that will travel to the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Addison Gallery of American Art through 2013.
More information about Matt Austin can be found at
EJ HILL (b. 1985, Los Angeles, CA) lives and works in Los Angeles. Much of his work incorporates his own body, exploring its physical and psychological properties, their limitations, and their roles in cultural signification. Recent exhibitions include_____A Romantic Measure at Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles), Young Performers Series in collaboration with Collin Pressler as part of Industry of the Ordinary’s Sic Transit Gloria Mundi at the Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago), and MFA 2013 Exhibition at UCLA (Los Angeles). EJ was a 2010 resident of ACRE (Steuben/Chicago) and a 2012 American Austrian Foundation for Fine Arts Fellow (Salzburg). He earned a BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2011 and is a current MFA candidate at UCLA. He is represented by The Mission Projects in Chicago. 
More information about EJ Hill can be found at




Next exhibition: Hiromi Takizawa – Birds i view: traveling LIGHTly


RAID Projects is proud to present a solo exhibition of work by Hiromi TakizawaBirds i view: traveling LIGHTly, including the work Sundown Spectacles and more.

Opening reception

Saturday, October 13th, 7-10 pm

Artist statement:
Sundown Spectacles reflects on the seascape and harbors of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. I work to capture and transform this everyday scenery into an imaginary landscape experimenting with optical illusion.

The Pacific Ocean plays an important role in my work. It holds a deep connection with my memories of my home and the culture in Japan, yet the ocean separates me physically from where I was nurtured and grew up.

I have always been fascinated by the visual phenomenon that occurs when light is transmitted, reflected and refracted on, in and through glass materials. Integrating these optical phenomena into personal narratives shift perception that only the quality of glass itself can generate, transforming emotions into concrete material.

With my personal narrative I attempt to reflect on our contemporary society and a culture where we manage complex feelings and the conflicting emotions of our everyday lives.

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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

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


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

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


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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Next Exhibition: Line Dancing, presented by 5790projects

Opening reception:

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

7-10 pm

Featuring work by: 

Amir H. Fallah
Christine Frerichs
Kyla Hansen
Marissa Textor
Adam Tullie

5790projects is thrilled to announce its third quarterly pop-up group exhibition, Line Dancing, featuring five unrepresented LA-based artists working in the medium of painting, sculpture, and drawing. 

Manipulating the formal attributes of linework, each artist in the exhibition explores the malleability of art’s most basic foundation – giving whimsical, geometric, figurative or outlandish life to a common singular motif. From the contours of a loved one’s face, to the territorial borders drawn upon a map, lines shape our perception of a tangible and conceptual world. They are the genesis of form and composition, be it the familiar bars on a sheet of music or the postulatory blueprints of a Sol LeWitt. 

5790projects focuses on providing an exhibition platform for emerging artists based in Los Angeles. Through a combination of selected artist submissions and invitations, the entity curates local pop-up exhibitions throughout Southern California. The artists included in Line Dancing encompass a diverse miscellany of practice and exhibition history. Amir Fallah received his MFA from UCLA, and has since exhibited in Dubai, New York City, San Francisco, and Miami, among other cities. Christine Frerichs (CA) received her MFA from UC Riverside, and has been featured in a number of galleries in addition to the Torrance Art Museum and Riverside Art Museum. Kyla Hansen (CA) will receive her MFA from Claremont Graduate School this year, and was the 2009 recipient of the “Best in Show” award at the Las Vegas Art Museum’s (NV) “Las Vegas Art Round Up” show. Marissa Textor (CA) graduated from UCLA, and has shown in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Toronto. Adam Tullie (MA) has exhibited internationally, including shows in Auckland, Mexico City, Milan, New York, and Los Angeles, and will be concurrently featured in “Portrait of a Generation” at The Hole (NY). All of the artists live and work in Los Angeles.

For more information on the artists included in this exhibition, please visit, or email

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New and outgoing AIRs

RAID Projects is pleased to have 2 new summer international AIRs:

Bastiann Arler (NL)

Sasha Kopelowitz (US)

and was very pleased to have our outgoing spring AIRs:

Tom Dunn (AU)

Bonnie Lane (AU)

Lyle Perkins (UK)