YEAR 1 Artist Focus: Andrea Joyce Heimer

3 Nov

In the weeks leading up to our first annual survey exhibition, 5790projects will feature one artist per week until the opening reception for “YEAR 1” at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock on Sunday, November 8 (6:30-8:30pm).

This week’s focus is on artist Andrea Joyce Heimer.

The darkly humorous, symbol-laden paintings of Andrea Joyce Heimer depict suburban dramas of love and lunacy that are based upon real people and events, and they are as intricately executed as their circuitous titles (i.e. – to cite one of the briefer ones – “Since Age 16 My Lovers Never Knew What They Were Getting Into, I’ve Wanted To Consume Their Thoughts, Climb Inside Them, And Utterly Devour Them”).

With what must surely be the longest titles in the history of art, it isn’t surprising that Heimer considers herself to be a writer as well as a painter. The text comes first, inspired by memories of adolescent alienation in the suburbs of Great Falls, Montana, where Heimer rode her bicycle around town and observed the often bizarre behavior of her neighbors.

Heimer only started painting eight years ago, entirely of her own volition, and has already produced a vast body of work. During one particularly bleak spell of depression, she abandoned her intention of painting realistically and gave herself over to working intuitively, resulting in her singular style of flat perspectives, misshapen figures and obsessive detail (particularly apparent in her idiosyncratic wallpaper designs). At first, Heimer regarded art as therapy, but it soon took over her life, and she now paints most the time, while continuing to work as a horse-trainer and riding instructor in rural Washington state. With paintings that are inwardly unsettling but outwardly fun, Heimer has succeeded in actualizing a highly personal vision and giving it universal appeal.

Heimer has had exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berlin, Chicago, Seattle and Copenhagen, among other cities. Born in 1981, the self-taught artist resides in Washington. She is the first artist outside of Southern California to be featured in a 5790projects exhibition.


YEAR 1 Artist Focus: Carla Jay Harris

30 Oct

In the weeks leading up to our first annual survey exhibition, 5790projects will feature one artist per week until the opening reception for “YEAR 1” at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock on Sunday, November 8 (6:30-8:30pm).

This week’s focus is on artist, Carla Jay Harris.

Carla Jay Harris documents and evaluates psychological environments. She began her career in 2008 as a documentary photographer. Over the past several years, Harris’ work has transformed into a conceptual, fine art practice that takes the form of sculptural, print, photographic and mixed-media works. Despite these seemingly disparate forms, the camera remains the connecting thread among all of her undertakings. Each piece begins with the camera and then comes to it’s final form through a process of meditation, translation, and manipulation.

As the child of a military man, Carla spent her childhood in flux – moving every 2-3 years for the first half of her life. This pattern of transience continued into adulthood due to familial obligations, financial restrictions and indoctrinated habit. Harris’ work is made in direct response to her nomadic existence. It allows her to connect personally with permanence while providing a platform for social critique.

Carla is continually attracted to the way psychological space can transgress unwritten social laws through the manipulation of light, color, object & perspective. Her most recent bodies of work (Inconspicuous Presence/Conspicuous Absence) evaluate the physiological impact of economic environments. These projects bring into question how much our own identity & self-worth are knowingly, or unknowingly, informed by notions of/mythology regarding race, commerce, & beauty – present & past.

Carla Jay Harris received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of California Los Angeles. She has received numerous professional awards including the Hoyt, Resnick, and Martha Matthias Denny Fellowships, as well as the UCLA Art Council Award among others. Her work has been exhibited nationally including group exhibitions in New York, California, New Jersey, Washington DC, and Virginia and solo exhibitions at Sonce Alexander Gallery and New Wight Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Carla lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


YEAR 1 Artist Focus: Kyle Riedel

20 Oct

In the weeks leading up to our first annual survey exhibition, 5790projects will feature one artist per week until the opening reception for “YEAR 1” at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock on Sunday, November 8 (6:30-8:30pm).

This week’s focus is on artist, Kyle Riedel.

Kyle has long been fascinated by the photographic image and its ability to translate a specter of one space and time into another, something he considers both horrific and captivating. Like the tricks of a magician there is something compelling about their deceit. Yet photography, the most successful of mediums, presents us an illusion so precise that we are vulnerable to simply consume it whole. Without acknowledgment of the deceit, pictures simply masquerade as the real. Distorting our relationship to it. Photographs, while always compelling, are not so interesting taken at face value. Riedel is more more intrigued by their dangerous magic. Much of his output has been aimed at working the gap between their truth and their trickery.

For “YEAR 1,” Kyle is presenting pieces from two bodies of work: Mountain : Color and Image Traps. The origins of Mountain : Color come from Riedel’s time spent in the Eastern Sierras. It addresses his desire and struggle to communicate and connect with the mountains around him. Riedel first photographs particular locations — in this case, Mount San Jacinto and Cottonwood Basin — using specific photographic color gel filters such as Italian Blue, or Minus Green to modify the light. The images are then printed on double-sided paper, wrinkled and re-assembled in their triangular form in the studio, before being re-photographed for the final print. While the works in this series tease us with various photographic detail, they resist being read as pictures. The photographs here are not windows into the world, they do not obey photographic perspective and they acknowledge rather than hide their abstract nature. The resulting images become unhinged from their initial photographic specificity and exist in their own present-moment, more like a sculpture than a picture. In Image Traps, Reidel draws from his time spent in the Mojave desert, ruminating on the animal tracks that mark the sparse alluvial fans and playas, imagining the tracking and trapping methods of the Native Americans who once inhabited the land. The word “capture” is meditated upon here as a connection between photography and these directly experiential techniques. These are photographs of functioning animal traps that Riedel constructed. They are produced in either wilderness or studio locations, or a combination of both. This is a mix of location and dislocation. Some of the images employ frottage or graphite rubbing, which is drawing’s distant cousin to photographic detail. All of them make liberal use of paper white, the material from which images are grasped. These images, while deceitful and seductive in their own way, wear it thinly veiled. They announce their deception and deny their own veracity but in their failure to resolve they may point us to something more honest.

Kyle Riedel received his MFA in Transmedia, a conceptual study of media, and technology from the University of Texas at Austin. Currently he is a Professor at California State University Long Beach in the Photography program. Kyle works in a variety of media often dealing with the relationship between cultures of representation, technology, and the landscape. He has participated in residencies at the The Banff Centre, Canada, and Nida Art Colony, Lithuania among others. His work has been exhibited and screened nationally and internationally including a solo exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne Australia. Kyle Riedel lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Riedel Trap 2

YEAR 1 Artist Focus: Chelsea Mosher

13 Oct

In the weeks leading up to our first annual survey exhibition, 5790projects will feature one artist per week until the opening reception for “YEAR 1” at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock on Sunday, November 8 (6:30-8:30pm).

This week’s focus is on artist, Chelsea Mosher.

Mosher approaches her photographic process through an experiential investigation of the sensory-altering and ever-changing Southern California landscape. Her photographs are primarily black and white silver gelatin prints produced with traditional analog photographic techniques, offering a physicality to the object that echoes her somewhat tactile mode of conceptualization toward subject matter.

The works to be exhibited in “YEAR 1” come from Chelsea’s most recent body of work, Winters Lane. In these photographs, Mosher directly engages the drought in Southern California and the effect this will have on agriculture and citrus, specifically. After relocating to Southern California from Portland, Oregon, Chelsea began a three year search for the quickly disappearing aroma of the Orange Blossom, one that was once omnipresent in the southland. Heading East, she finally located the smell within Riverside County, and followed it South into the Anza Borrego Desert. Knowing that the drought must be spelling an eventual end to the citrus farming in California, Mosher, through the photographs taken on her sensory journeys inland, ponders the physically changing landscape and an almost psychedelic olfactory experience that is breathing its final gasps in our local environment. Likening her images of fallen fruit to Roger Fenton’s famous photograph Valley of The Shadow of Death, depicting jumbled piles of spent cannon balls in the aftermath of the Crimean War, Winters Lane becomes a heartfelt symbol of a fleeting existence in an enthralling yet futile landscape.

Chelsea Mosher is a recent MFA graduate from California State University, Long Beach. she completed her graduate work under the advisement of current Guggenheim Fellow and Professor Mark Ruwedel, Professor Rebecca Sittler Schrock and Professor Bryan Crockett. Mosher was awarded the Distinguished Achievement in Creative Activity Award during the spring 2014 commencement ceremony in recognition of her graduate work.  She currently lives and works in Long Beach, CA.

ChelseaMosher-Untitled, Gelatin Silver Print, 32%22 x 24%22-2015

YEAR 1 Artist Focus: Francisco Alarcon Ruiz

7 Oct

In the weeks leading up to our first annual survey exhibition, 5790projects will feature one artist per week until the opening reception for “YEAR 1” at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock on Sunday, November 8 (6:30-8:30pm).

This week’s focus is on interdisciplinary artist, Francisco Alarcon Ruiz.

Francisco comes to art via architecture – and a more subtle position of questioning. He is actively using his training to misuse the tools that are used to design and represent the physical world. Instead of seamless hyperbolic statements, he often creates an awkward space that is elastic, expanding and compressing as he reinterprets the same piece of landscape or structure in dozens of forms.

His practice unfolds in various works: digital, sculptural, mixed media painting, routed and 3D printed, as well as hand poured and sanded with a constant interrogation of the interface between the digitized and the tangible, the virtually mapped and the arduously excavated. His architectural training becomes a kind of exuberant act of deconstruction that eventually blurs the line between hand and machine. Instead of using new technologies to create new kinds of things, Francisco reverse engineers them, thus celebrating errors that creep into the process.

Francisco Alarcon Ruiz (b. 1983 Almeria, Spain) studied Civil Engineering at Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio in Madrid in 2008, and M.Arch from Southern California Institute of Architecture/SCI-Arc in Los Angeles in 2011, where he gaduated with honors winning the Best Thesis Prize. He collaborates with architecture firms such Selgascano, arquitectos, Populous or Xefirotarch. He has exhibited his work in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Kansas City, Monterrey, and Granada. Alarcon currently lives and works in Los Angeles and Almeria.


5790projects Announces Artists in YEAR 1

22 Jul

5790projects is pleased to announce the first of an annual survey series focused on emerging artists from Los Angeles. “YEAR 1” will take place at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock – November 8 – 28, 2015.

This year’s survey includes new work by:

Carla Jay Harris
Andrea Joyce Heimer
Chelsea Mosher
Kyle Riedel
Francisco Alarcon Ruiz

Spanning practices from silver gelatin photography to carved wood paintings, the artists showcased in “YEAR 1” exemplify the broad and topical trends that are born of social landscapes, and alternative viewpoints of them. While some exhibit this idea more literally or allegorically than others, all demonstrate a level of reaction and meditation on the state of their place within our contemporary society.

The opening reception will take place on Sunday, November 8, 2015 – from 6-8pm.

The exhibition remains on view through December 3, 2015. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 11am-5pm.

Please continue to follow us for artist spotlights that will provide in-depth introductions to each exhibition artist. Image below by Chelsea Mosher.

Chelsea Mosher

5790projects Presents: Year 1

24 Jan

5790projects is proud to announce our shift from quarterly exhibitions, to an annual emerging artist survey. Featuring 10-12 contemporary artists from Southern California, each annual survey show will provide a curated exhibition platform for unrepresented artists that teases out trends within current art-making.

The first show in this annual series – titled “Year 1” – will be held at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. Opening on November 14, 2015 (7-10pm), the exhibition will remain on view for four weeks. Once the show concludes, one artist from the survey will be selected as the recipient of the 5790projects Prize – which consists of a solo exhibition at Mark Moore Gallery (our sponsoring entity) during the following year.

As always, 5790projects is open to submissions. Each exhibition is a combination of invited artists by our curatorial team, and submitted talent – to be considered for this, please send images and information to

Stay informed of our participating artists by following us on Twitter (@5790projects) Facebook, and this website! A full exhibition lineup will be announced this summer.

Chelsea Mosher

Above image by Chelsea Mosher / Ocean Mirror Desert, 2014 / Gelatin Silver Print / 30.5 x 38.5 inches


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