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

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!


“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.


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, or email We thank Center for the Arts Eagle Rock for their generous partnership on this exhibition. More information on CFAER can be found at

Tickets are $10.

Purchase tickets here:

May 3, 2014, 8-11pm

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


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



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