MEGHAN SMYTHE Wins 5790projects Award

16 Jul

Out of each 5790projects show, a selection committee nominates one featured artist to be considered for the annually-awarded Moore Family Trust Grant. This prize consists of a $1,000 cash prize and a Project Room show at Mark Moore Gallery in January of the following year. After much deliberation, the committee has elected to award the 2014 prize to sculpture artist, Meghan Smythe.

Featured in May’s group exhibition at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, “Terra Firma,” Meghan’s tantalizing array of glass, ceramics, and cement earned her the Visiting Artist Residency at California State University, Long Beach (CA) from 2012-2014. Using a traditional sculptural format (the monument), Meghan Smythe captures contradicting extremes within human gesture: intimacy and brutality, beauty and ugliness, or the lewd and tender. In her attempt to achieve an “elegant vulgarity,” she encapsulates moments that define our mortality in unanticipated ways; oftentimes toeing the delicate line between erotic and macabre tendencies that give way to life, and ultimately death. Glass, ceramic, and concrete are woven together in an elaborate, orgy-like web of body parts and organic artifacts, as if suddenly cast with Pompeii-like circumstances. Like excavated antiquities or fossils, Smythe’s ceramic compositions allude to the cyclical nature of civilization – a dramedy in which all of the players are subject to conquest and demise.

Smythe (b. 1984, Kingston, ON) received her MFA from the Alfred University School of Art and Design (NY). Her work has been shown at the Arizona State University Art Museum (AZ) and the Gardiner Museum, Toronto (ON). She was the Visiting Artist in Residence at California State University, Long Beach (CA) from 2012-2014, where she continues to teach Ceramic Arts. The artist lives and works in Long Beach, CA.

Meghan’s Project Room show (yet to be titled) will open on  January 10, 2015, from 6-8pm, alongside Ryan Wallace. Both exhibitions will remain on view through February 14, 2015. We congratulate Meghan on this achievement, as well as all of our other nominees!

Undone

“Terra Firma” – Opening Tonight at CFAER!

3 May

5790projects will open “Terra Firma,” a two-person exhibition featuring Sarah Jones and Meghan Smythe, tonight at the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock. From 8-11pm, you can enjoy new work by both artists, as well as live musical performances by Dylan Ryan Sand, Filardo, and Corey Fogel. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit your local non-profit, CFAER!

To purchase tickets in advance, please visit our ticketing portal – otherwise your admission/donation can be made at the door.

Smythe

ANNOUNCING: “Terra Firma” – Opening May 3, 2014

27 Mar

5790projects is proud to announce its second pop-up group exhibition for 2014, Terra Firma, featuring LA-based sculpture artists Sarah Jones and Meghan Smythe. Produced in tandem with the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock‘s concert series, the opening reception for Terra Firma will also include live musical performances from Dylan Ryan Sand, Filardo, and Corey Fogel. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit your local non-profit, CFAER!

The artists featured in Terra Firma explore the organic, earthly, and petrified textures inherent to their materials. Using elements such as clay, glass, sand, and stone, Jones and Smythe articulate the intricacies and imperfect elegance of terrestrial existence. Often referencing issues of mortality and archive, both artists create three-dimensional works that appear as fossilized remains of modern civilization, or otherworldly relics. Human bones, arrowheads, boulders, and land strata are re-imagined through a chromatic lens, thusly alluding to a romanticized past already in motion.

5790projects focuses on providing a pop-up exhibition platform for emerging artists based in Los Angeles. The artists included in Terra Firma encompass a diverse miscellany of practice and exhibition history. Jones received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL), and has since had exhibitions in Los Angeles, Memphis, Chicago, and Houston. Smythe received her MFA from Alfred University (NY), and was the most recent Ceramic Visiting Artist for the California State University, Long Beach (CA). Both of the artists live and work in Los Angeles.

For more information on the artists included in this exhibition, please visit http://5790projects.com, or email 5790projects@gmail.com. We thank Center for the Arts Eagle Rock for their generous partnership on this exhibition. More information on CFAER can be found at cfaer.org.

Tickets are $10.

Purchase tickets here: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/537921?utm_medium=bks

May 3, 2014, 8-11pm

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90041

SMYTHE

TONIGHT: “The Sleep of Reason” at Cypress College Art Gallery

28 Feb

OPENING RECEPTION:TONIGHT, 7-9PM, 9200 Valley View St., Cypress, California 90630

5790projects is very proud to announce “The Sleep of Reason,” a group exhibition in collaboration with Cypress College Art Gallery‘s guest curator series. Featuring eleven contemporary artists from an array of time periods, the exhibition will include paintings, photography, mixed media installations, video, drawing, and sculpture that deal with fear and paranoia in the modern world.

Stemming from an art historical lineage including Goya’s “Los Caprichos” etchings (used as allegories for sociopolitical anxieties in 18th century Spain) or Hokusai’s “One Hundred Tales” (which delve into universal issues of mortality and ethics), this exhibition asserts that fear has always found its visual embodiment through artistic imagery. Relative to a given time, place, and culture, fear portrayed in art serves as compass for the topical environment of the era. In this exhibition, the featured artists articulate prevailing modern terrors though diverse media and technique. Political, social, environmental, and psychological horrors are often personified through phantasmagorical characters – such as Allison Schulnik’s “Hobo Clown,” – or quietly articulated through subtle abstraction, like the haunting photographs of David Maisel. Whether it’s the ghosts of childhood past that plague our adulthood, as seen in Christopher Russell’s work, or Denis Beaubois’ demonstrated paranoia about government surveillance, the contemporary phobias articulated within this exhibition are at once timely and universal in their materialization.

Featuring Work by: Eric Beltz, Denis Beaubois, Heather Cantrell, Llyn Foulkes, David Maisel, Maquette, Christian Marclay, Raymond Pettibon, Colin Roberts, Christopher Russell, and Allison Schulnik

Cantrell

TONIGHT: 5790projects in Orange County

8 Feb

5790projects will be popping up in the OC this evening for the second installment of TRANSMISSION: A One-Night Video Screening and Artist Talk. Please join us at the Orange County Museum of Art tonight from 5-7pm, and enjoy work and conversation  by Deanna Erdmann, Elana Mann, Emily Mast, Danial Nord, and Tyler Matthew Oyer. Free for museum members and $5 donation for non-members.

Oyer

 

 

Jonah Olson Joins 5790projects Curatorial Team

30 Jan

We are very excited to announce the addition of a third partner to our curatorial team: Jonah Olson. Jonah will be collaborating with existing 5790projects co-directors, Catlin Moore and Matthew Gardocki, on our upcoming pop-up exhibitions for the foreseeable future.

In addition to his position at Mark Moore Gallery as the Gallery Manager, Jonah is a practicing artist that has exhibited work in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Berlin, Seattle, Istanbul, and New York, among other cities. His work is in the permanent collection of ACLA: Art Center Los Angeles (CA). Additionally, Jonah has also curated exhibitions at Monte Vista Projects (CA), The Women’s Building (CA), and Fluxco (CA), in addition to other venues. Prior to his curatorial ventures, he was a Preparator for the Broad Collection (CA) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA). We are honored to include him in our partnership.

Olson

TRANSMISSION Artist Focus: Tyler Matthew Oyer

24 Jan

Leading up to “TRANSMISSION: Part 1 and Part 2” – a traveling two-night video exhibition – we will feature one artist in the show every few days on this blog. “Part 1″ will take place at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (7:30-9:30pm) on January 24th, and “Part 2″ will be at the Orange County Museum of Art (5:00-7:00pm) on February 8th. Today’s focus is interdisciplinary artist Tyler Matthew Oyer.

Tyler Matthew Oyer (b. 1987, PA) loves glitter. Not necessarily for the crafty purposes it is most acquired for, but for its cheap, artificial attempt at lavish glitz. It bears a likeness to the mythology of American culture that Oyer is fixated upon: a promise of the sensational with a delivery of the meretricious. With his glittering, patent leather, gold lamé-clad theatricality, Oyer’s performances are a controlled experiment in the disorienting cabaret we know so well; a quest for meaningful values despite the distraction of flamboyant showmanship, prose, and verse. In his ongoing “Gone for Gold” production, Oyer puts on a dizzying spectacle of rhyming verse and seven songs that tell an allegorical tale of the American condition. Rife with the exhibitionism that chokes modern entertainment, “Gone for Gold” poses critical questions about systems of value when faced with socioeconomic crises, but with all the flash we so easily cave to. Similarly, Oyer’s one-man production of “Hello Dolly!” is a frenetic parable for the multiplicity demanded of our natural and cultural states. As the artist frantically shifts between all of the original stage production’s character lines and songs, we are struck by his fervent ambition; an optimism that feels eerily familiar and fatigued.

Oyer received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. He has shown in Los Angeles, New York, Oslo, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen, among many other cities. His work is currently on view at REDCAT (CA), and is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NY). The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.

Oyer

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