June 28 - September 28, 2018

Opening Reception: June 28th, 6-8pm

“Twist” presents the work of four artists working in geometric abstraction. As the title suggests, particular attention is given to the ways these artists bend, swivel and cut loose from conventional boundaries. Interrogating modernist art history, the works in “Twist” probe the formal properties of line, volume, color, texture, pattern, language and shape in order to satisfy both intellectual curiosity and visual pleasure.

José León Cerrillo’s “Echoes” series consists of multicolored PVC wall reliefs. Symbols such as hands and letters create layers within the compositions that evoke signage or informational charts. In these works and his sculptural practice, Cerrillo uses repetition and reconfiguration to build context and meaning.

Reuven Israel’s slick but handmade sculptures have been coated in perfectly smooth layers of car paint. Out of the Blue consists of three components: a sky blue base, a thin copper rod and a pink conical finial. The minimalist shapes suggest scepters, antennae or an ornamental body with a head and torso.

Ruth Root’s large paintings combine custom-designed patterned fabrics and colored Plexiglas components. The irregularly shaped panels are hung flush against the wall like silhouettes. The use of a black and white palette, punctuated with chromatic pops of yellow, coral, and purple, suggests logos and decals.

Although Lisa Williamson’s “Body Board” series is fixed to the wall, these sculptural paintings extend into the gallery space. The paired down color palette and simple shapes open conversations about symmetry, doubling, and counting. Meanwhile, Williamson’s titles such as Clench and Nerves use language to make bodily provocations.

The works in “Twist” sit in a liminal space between the minimal and fantastic, the humorous and the serious. Despite their abundant references to the human form, architecture, machines, and landscapes, these subtly strange paintings and sculptures display a commitment to abstraction, ambivalence and ambiguity.

José León Cerrillo, Reuven Israel, Ruth Root, Lisa Williamson

José León Cerrillo (b. 1976, San Luis Potosí, Mexico) received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and MFA from Columbia University. Recent projects include Undisciplined Interludes at LIGA, Mexico City; Okayama Art Summit, curated by Liam Gillick and the Gwangju Biennale, curated by Maria Lind, in 2016 as well as Registro 04 at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico and The New Museum Triennial curated by Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin in 2015. Cerrillo’s work is in the collections of the Fundación Jumex in Mexico City and Moderna Museet, in Stockholm. He lives and works in Mexico City.

Reuven Israel (b. 1978, Jerusalem) received an MFA and BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. He has had solo exhibitions at Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv; Fridman Gallery, New York; and Museo Civico Floriano Bodini, Gemonio, Italy; among others. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at Danese Corey, New York; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Lesley Heller Workspace, New York; Haifa Museum of Art; Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, Jerusalem; and Hangar Bicocca, Milan. Israel lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Ruth Root (b. 1967, Chicago, IL) received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993. She has had solo exhibitions at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT and 356 Mission, Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany; Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA and MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY. Root’s work is in the permanent collections of Austin Museum of Art, Bard College, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She lives and works in New York.

Lisa Williamson (b. 1977, Chicago, IL) received her MFA from University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 2008. Recent solo and two person exhibitions include Eleven Holes, a public art commission by LAXART at Kings Road Park, West Hollywood; People in Nature at Tif Sigfrids, Los Angles, Bromeliad Colors Prefer Soft Lightat The Finley, Los Angeles and Weird Walks Into a Room (Comma) at The Box, Los Angeles. Select Group exhibitions include, No Vacancies, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; Variations: Conversations In and Around Abstract Painting, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Made In LA: 2012, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and Reframing, CCA Andratx Kunsthalle, Mallorca, Spain. Williamson lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Ruth Root, 2017  


April 18 - June 1, 2018

Opening Reception: April 18th, 6-8pm

“SuperSet” is a group exhibition that explores strength and fitness in all its guises – literal and figurative, physical and psychological, mental and bodily. To be fit is to be well, aligned, finely tuned—an ideal condition that is also tenuous and elusive. What is the nature of this quest? Is it a search for lucidity, endorphin highs, empowerment? Do we feel most alive when we push ourselves to the limit? And do we transform our inner selves when we sculpt a new exterior?

Photography figures prominently as a means of capturing the movement and exertion of the body. Eadweard Muybridge’s motion studies of a male weightlifter are in dialogue with Robert Mapplethorpe’s 1970s photographs of Lisa Lyon and Arnold Schwarzenegger. A moment of televised exercise in a 1962 photograph by Lee Friedlander suggests a gendered sense of exhaustion in the context of ominous armchair quietude.

Chris Finley’s glossy enamel paintings of power lifters’ faces capture the identity-shifting impact of extreme exertion. Paul Pfeiffer’s miniature video-sculpture, titled “Live Evil,” transforms Michael Jackson’s athletic dance moves into something strange and a little bit demonic. Standing with a skeleton on her shoulders, Marina Abramovic explores the edges of the flesh and death in a 2008 large-scale photograph. Mortality is also a theme in Eric Giradaut’s silicone sculptures, which are inspired by the sporting events of ancient Mayans, games that involved hard rubber balls and human sacrifice. Meanwhile Joshua Abelow paints androgynous witch-warlock figures who are, according to the artist, “running to keep up with the information overload that defines our culture in the twenty-first century.”

Lea Guldditte Hestelund’s combination of richly textured aluminum dumbbells against a background of vibrantly dyed fur has an oxymoronic pain-soothe quality that teases our senses and survival instincts. Libby Black’s sculpted boxing gloves explore weight – real and virtual – and the allures of consumer brands. By contrast, New York–based artist Summer Wheat squeezes her acrylic paint through mesh, a process that echoes the wringing out of the body being enacted by the stretching, contorted yogi she depicts.

Finally, Los Angeles-based Jennifer Locke’s six-channel video presents the artist enacting six sets of exercises, synched with post-production tools, creating a loop of activity that acts as an extended metaphor of endurance.

Joshua Abelow, Marina Abramovic, Libby Black, Chris Finley, Lee Friedlander, Eric Giraudet, Lee Gulditte Hestelund, Jennifer Locke, Robert Mapplethorpe, Eadweard Muybridge, Paul Pfeiffer, Summer Wheat

Running Witch
Running Witch
Joshua Abelow, 2014