Due to the corona virus update in Los Angeles earlier today, we have postponed until further notice the opening of "Images vs. Words" at our new space within the ViCA gallery at the Bendix Building.
The Bendix Building does draw large crowds so we want to be responsible members of our community and keep everyone safe and healthy.
It was planned to explore four artists whose works use language, type, symbols and numerical expression within their artworks.
In 1968 Nelson Goodman in "The Language of Art" asked how does art cross language barriers? His suggestion was by using visual symbols which we discover and build the worlds we live in, and the interest we have in symbols - artworks amongst them - is distinctively cognitive. All art is made of symbols, which possess different functions and bear different relations with the worlds they refer to. In this day and age of purely visuals - Instagram, Tick Tok - is this even more relevant to review in our society today?
The four artists presented in this show create their work each with a strong voice and messaging -
Scott Froschauer, playing with familiar street signage - where we are always told what not to do but instead he recreates the signage into positive affirmations and suggestions of what you might want to do. Signage that even if unable to read you can visually comprehend in society no matter your age or cultural background or language spoken.
Amy Smith showcases female portraits in her collage portrait series, Amy uses photography, with layers of hand cut stencils, and torn recycled fashion magazine pieces to simultaneously represent her love of fashion and her contempt for excessive consumerism with a dash of neon. These female portraits aim to empower and unify, creating a space to feel connected to oneself and to each other.
Jeremy Novy's unique brand of street art is ripe with thoughtful social examinations known for his peaceful koi fish which refer to anti-authoritarian coded symbols in Chinese art under communism. Each piece linking numerically to Chinese culture with additional messaging within the works - koi swimming up stream or downstream signifying different challenges in life or going with the flow.
Plastic Jesus often questions the norms in contemporary society - he confronts our compliance of culture and current affairs. Plastic Jesus uses scale and contradiction as a means to highlight issues and opinions that often go unquestioned. The aesthetic appeal of his work combined with the engagement produces an addictive mix that challenges our acceptance. Plastic Jesus is not about revolution, he is not a anarchist but would like to see some changes around the place.
Wallspace is a Los Angeles based gallery. We regularly present shows, pop ups, public art projects and participate in International Art Fairs. We are excited about finding new visions and contributing to the launch of careers whilst also representing more established Los Angeles based artists.
Wallspace is based in West Hollywood and DTLA in the Bendix Building - open by appointment within the new ViCA gallery space #722.
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Read an article on the Bendix Building courtesy LA Weekly and Art Critic Shana Nys Dambrot
Wallspace gallery viewing space within Venice Institute of Contemporary Art ViCA