The Charlie James Gallery in Chinatown, LA is presenting combined opening exhibitions and receptions of artists this coming Saturday from 7-10PM.

Eske Kath – Arena
and
They’re There – Curated by Dane Johnson

Both exhibitions run September 6 thru October 18, 2014

CJ1 Arena is the chosen title for Danish artist Eske Kath‘s second solo show with the gallery in Los Angeles. This new body of work will examine Kath’s interest in the forces of destruction and rebirth and the tension as an artist between chaos and control. Kath is painting on multiple surfaces for this show. Several pieces are painted directly onto raw linen wherein Kath has drawn compositional rules as the basis for his figuration. Foreground and background change position, and visible bits of linen and sketch lines become part of the finished work. The pattern of woven linen is exposed in these pieces, suggesting patterns of sand. As in all of Kath’s work, the single-family house is again depicted, in this work partially immersed in tides of (linen) sand. There are also paintings on blackboards, with houses in similar states of submergence by the ashen surface of the boards. Some pieces find houses in flight; against the dark surface of the blackboards suggestive of deep space. The surfaces of hard-bound books are also subjects of composition.

Eske Kath (b. 1975, Denmark) studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Artist in Copenhagen, DK, graduating in 2003. In 2009, Kath was commissioned to paint a chamber ceiling in the Crown Prince of Denmark’s Amalienborg Palace. Kath’s work has been exhibited internationally, including Denmark, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Oslo, Frankfurt and Vienna. He is represented by Galerie Mikael Andersen in Copenhagen and Berlin, by Judith Charles Gallery in New York, and by Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles. Kath lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

williamsThey’re There is a group show curated by Los Angeles-based artist Dane Johnson.  Art history, regular history and day-to-day happenings are examined by California Artists: Rafael DeLaCruz, Christopher Lux, Ruby Neri, Willy Reed, Henry Taylor, Jessica Williams and Aaron Wrinkle.  In a presentation of 7 paintings, figure and background are handled with equal gravity.  This democratization of space and the protagonists that exist within it create an exciting, magical and convoluted world where space is flat, rooms can be emotional, people can serve as props and clarity is temporal.  They’re There presents a collection of works that meander in and out of reality while presenting an honest and earnest exploration of our surroundings.

Rafael Delacruz lives and works in Oakland.  He has recently shown at Mission Comics, 1038 gallery and Adobe Books in San Francisco. He is the co-founder of Last Renaissance.

Chris Lux: TableGuache, MDF, Enamel, Wax, Resin, Wood, Twine, Clay 75" x 32" x 28", 2012. Courtesy of The Popular Workshop.
Chris Lux: TableGuache, MDF, Enamel, Wax, Resin, Wood, Twine, Clay 75″ x 32″ x 28″, 2012. Courtesy of The Popular Workshop, San Francisco

Christopher Lux is a sculptor and painter living in San Francisco. He has shown widely across the US and internationally, most recently at Muddguts in New York City.  Other exhibitions include V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Popular Workshop and the Luggage Store in San Francisco.  He is represented by Jancar Jones Gallery in Los Angeles. Lux received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002.

Ruby Neri is a Los Angeles based painter and sculptor. She received her MFA from UCLA in 1998.  Recent exhibitions include The Oracle at The Underground Museum in Los Angeles, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, Berkeley Art Museum, The Rubell Family Collection, Stephen Wirtz gallery and the Hammer’s Made in LA Biennial in 2012. She is represented by David Kordansky in Los Angeles.

Willy Reed is a sculptor and painter living in San Francisco.  He has recently exhibited at Either Way in Los Angeles, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, RVCA and the Luggage Store in San Francisco.  He is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in painting at the California College of Arts in San Francisco.

Los Angeles painter, Henry Taylor has exhibited at MOMA PS1, The Studio Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Rubell Family Collection, MOMA NY, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Whitney, The Hammer and is represented by Blum and Poe. He received a BFA from the California Institute of Arts in 1995.

Jessica Williams is a Los Angeles based painter.  She received an MFA from Columbia University in 2008.  She has most recently exhibited at Sergeants Daughters in NY and is represented by Young Art, Los Angeles.  Other exhibitions include Thierry Goldberg gallery, Smithumenta organized by Bruce High Quality Foundation and Important Projects, Oakland.

Aaron Wrinkle Promotional Image w/ Contour Study 1, Chinese Calligraphy Ink on Canvas, Digital Photograph, 2012
Aaron Wrinkle Promotional Image w/ Contour Study 1, Chinese Calligraphy Ink on Canvas, Digital Photograph, 2012

Aaron Wrinkle is a Los Angeles based multi disciplinary artist. Recent shows include Thomas Solomon Gallery, Actual Size, Cottage Home, Night Gallery, La Cienega Projects and Luis De Jesus Gallery.  He received an MFA from California Institute of Arts in 2008.

Dane Johnson is a Los Angeles based artist and occasional curator.  He has shown with Popular Workshop and Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, New Image Art, Either Way and currently at 356 Mission in Los Angeles. He received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003.

CHARLIE JAMES GALLERY   |   969 CHUNG KING ROAD, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012   |   T: 213.687.0844   F: 213.687.8815   |   WED – SAT, 12 – 5 PM

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