Reception May 5th, 7—9pm
Exhibition open May 5—31 Saturdays 12—4pm and by appointment.
The Autumn, and the Violet, and Orion is an exhibition of recent photographs and sculptures. The suite of photographs explore nature, beauty, harshness and sympathetic alien bodies. Included sculptural objects utilize diverse materials such as fabric, metal, stone, wood, and plastic to create physical collaborations that delight in being viewed.
Joshua West Smith is an artist, curator, and furniture maker who lives and works in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Smith’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the MarinMOCA in Novato, California, ELEVATOR MONDAYS in Los Angeles California, The Contemporary Craft Museum in Portland, Oregon, and Gallery Maskara in Mumbai, India. He has been a visiting artist at University of Wisconsin-Stout and at Whitman College. Before returning to school Smith worked as a welder, fabricator, and machinist. Smith is also one half of the curatorial team TILT Export:, an independent art initiative with no fixed location, which works in partnership with a variety of venues for its exhibitions.
Soma / Sema
Opening Friday, April 13, 7-10pm
Let’s start by counting slowly from one to ten. With each number, you grow more and more relaxed . . .
One . . . your eyes are relaxing…
Two . . . your body is loosening…
Three . . . your legs and torso, relaxing…
Four . . . your chest, back, shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, releasing...
Five . . . your neck, your head, your ears, face, mouth, nose, eyes, relaxing...
Six . . . the crown of your head eases…
Seven . . . your whole body slackens …
Eight . . . you feel a comfortable, light, floating sensation...
Nine . . . you are in a trance state … weightless...
Ten . . . you feel light and comfortable and safe.
I invite you to step into an environment that makes you feel safe and peaceful. It can be someplace you remember, or a place you have never been. Experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes until this scene becomes real. You come upon a path meandering away from this scene. Follow that path. It takes you deeper into trance with every step you take. The sights and sounds, more vivid. The smells, more pleasant. The feeling, more comfortable. You now enter into a sacred area in your inner landscape. There you encounter a structure in the center. It feels both safe and wondrous. It is your own inner resource, recording all that your soul experiences through eternity. You have come here for a special purpose. You have come here for the answers you have always sought. This knowledge exists deep within your soul. Here you can retrieve whatever you need to know.
Soma / Sema is on view April 13-28. The gallery is open Saturdays, 12-4pm and by appointment.
Opening reception March 10, 7— 10pm
“I no longer feel the sun. But I also can’t recall last feeling cold. At what we’ve now resolved to call night, when the light slumps close to that distant margin, we climb up to the roof. We watch it settle into a low crouch that paraphrases every form. And when briefly in this position, all of the last creatures begin to stir and sound. This conduct seems to conjure the wind from otherwise unending stillness. It threads every ruptured window and useless doorway in the city. I close my eyes and all of this is the sound of an orchestra tuning. And then when achieved, it halts and we acquiesce again to arid silence. And the light rises again and it resumes its languid assault on every surface beneath it. The paint on every façade is faltering. Desiccation curls every outer edge. There is less and less to hold onto. And this is now how it is.”
- Celine Harper, Finally Endless.
Exhibition open from March 5—31. Open Saturdays 12— 4pm and by appointment.
Opening Reception Saturday February 10 from 7 to 10pm
Open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6pm
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Elephant, in association with Pretend Gallery, is eager to present Adult Contemporary, a solo exhibition of new self-portraits painted by Jonathon Hornedo.
Adult Contemporary is also the title of Hornedo’s forthcoming second visual album. In 2016, with Art Catalogues at LACMA, he released his debut album called What’s Knew, a group of small individual prints of abstract paintings that were rich in tonal variation, color, and shiny lines. For Adult Contemporary, Hornedo maintains an exploratory use of color with translucent stains and opaque layers in oil. There is still some shine, especially in the T-zone area. Hornedo’s interactions with the genre of self-portraiture bridge structured improvisation, self-channeling, and alignment of material and subject. His strokes are broad, loose, and tight. The subject is mannered, illusionistic, expressive, and distortions ooze through the cracks. On view at Elephant are a selected preview of paintings for the new solo album of 11 prints called Adult Contemporary.
There is more than one Hornedo in this show. There’s a red Hornedo. A gold one, a blue one, and one where he kind of looks like a vampire. In another he looks like an androgynous green alien with greasy long hair. He’s wearing the same thing in each painting like a uniform, the same white collared shirt and dull ochre peacoat that he bought specifically for this project. He appears calm, anxious, annoyed, and joyful. This is a guy who once slipped on a banana peel. It’s the face he often made when telling people about these paintings before he painted them. It’s the Pura Vida vibe of a first generation Costa Rican who accidently took a dance class once and saved all his receipts last year to calculate his business tax deductions and who recently bought a cold-pressed masticating juicer. He masticates daily now. Sometimes twice a day.
15% off pre-orders for Adult Contemporary at the opening. The album includes 11 individual prints, digital copies, a soundtrack, and an opportunity to have your portrait painted by Jonathon Hornedo.
Edition Popcorn: Beet Pop Blush by Sara Chao
No Way Rosé by Pretend Gallery
Jonathon Hornedo was born in Long Beach, CA in 1982. He has a BA in Art from UCLA and graduated in 2010. In 2012 his solo show Canvas Panels was reviewed by David Pagel in the Los Angeles Times. Pagel said he was “wicked silly and wildly intelligent”. British journalist Sophie Heawood has called him “a most excellent man”. Paintings from his debut album What’s Knew have been exhibted at Outside Gallery, Pretend Gallery, and AR Projects. His work has been exhibited at the University Art Museum at CSULB and featured in the LA Weekly. In 2016 Hornedo began working with performance artist Anthony Bodlović on a podcast project called Rated PG. It aired on KPFK 90.7FM from November 2016 to February 2017. Episode nine premiered at PØST for Hornedo’s solo show of landscapes called Now Showing. His studio is called Pretend Gallery. He lives and works in Echo Park, Los Angeles.
Opening reception Saturday, January 6th 7-10pm
Ships is an exhibition of new work by Roberta Gentry made up of segmented and stacked groups of shapes in paintings and turned wood. The paintings are bilaterally symmetrical impossible structures that float above beds of pattern. The sculptures are created on a wood lathe, and include a 12 ft. carved pole, as well as strings of painted beads.
Roberta Gentry received her MFA from SUNY Albany and her BFA from the University of Arizona. She has had solo shows at the Joyce Goldstein Gallery in Chatham, NY, and at Stanica Cultural Center in Zilina, Slovakia following a residency funded by the US Embassy. Group shows include Durden and Ray, Brand Library and Art Center, and Left Field Gallery. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
On view Saturdays, 12pm to 4pm through January 27th and by appointment. To schedule a visit, email elephant: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening November 3, 7 - 10pm
The mission of STAR DECK Academy is to explore the physical and symbolic connections between mind, body, spirit and matter through the language of Our Solar System. The point of orientation is Earth, by which is meant The Native, a role we all play beginning at the moment of birth.
The material presented in this inaugural exhibition is both research-based and intuitive. The Academy Star Deck attempts to discern the collective pull of the major planetary bodies through the creation of a series of symbols (i.e. “paintings”).
Meanwhile, in The AstroAerobics Lab, constellations are explored in relation to the (physical, human) body so as to understand through experience the many variables present within a given natal chart (i.e. “life”).
Saturdays & Sundays, 12pm - 4pm 11/3/17-11/26/17
Elephant is pleased to present Josh Atlas’ exhibition support, for beginners. The exhibition will open with a reception on Saturday, October 7th from 6 to 9 pm and will be on view through October 28th.
With this body of work, Atlas wants to open space for empathy. Though the objects are slight, their visual strength helps them hold their posture. Slips of paper jut from their spines, creating a space for breath. Moment to moment, they maintain their surety.
The sculptures are wall mounted and face directly outwards. They are solid and open. Nothing is hiding, nothing is trying to trick you. They present themselves clearly and plainly, giving all they have to offer.
In the Stacks series, several pieces of paper are pierced by wood, making many bodies into one. Their interdependence creates wholeness. In the Mounds series, ribbed shapes reach off to the side. These pieces push their focus into the thin edges between blocks of color and pieces of paper. Separate elements merge with the clarity of a single body.
Josh Atlas was born in Brooklyn, New York. He studied at Carnegie Mellon University (BFA, 2005) and Mountain School of Arts (2015) and attended residencies at Wassaic Project, Vermont Studio Center, and Creative Arts Center - Woodside. His work has been shown in group exhibitions at Regards (Chicago), MAMO (Marseilles, France), Klowden Mann (Culver City) and Allegra LaViola (New York). Josh Atlas lives and works in South Pasadena, California.
On view Saturdays through October 28th and by appointment. To schedule a visit, email elephant: email@example.com