past exhibition
Plum Pudding Peanut Island & The Poet, Blinded by the Sun


Plum Pudding Peanut Island (Gilligan’s Squaw Fire Island II)

Closing Reception w/Performance: Friday, November 22, 2013. 6-9 PM
Performance begins at 7:30

Elephant is pleased to present new work by Vincent Ramos. For this exhibition, the artist has created a new installation and performance piece that is inspired by the collective sense of loss and confusion surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, fifty years ago this month.

Using popular media as his primary resource, Ramos researched and collected over a dozen prime time network television shows that were preempted as a result of the tragedy. From this material, he has created a performative piece that will be intertwined within a site-specific installation inspired by various facets of Kennedy’s biography. It is a body of work steeped in a disjointed pictorial and verbal language: a labyrinth of non-linear actions, narratives, and emotions.

A second, alternative version of Plum Pudding Peanut Island (Gilligan’s Squaw Fire Island II) will be taking place simultaneously in Dallas, Texas at the Brazos Gallery at Richland College, from November 22nd until December 20th, 2013.

Vincent Ramos (b. 1973, Santa Monica, California) received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2002 and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007. Solo and two-person exhibitions include, Pachuco Cadaver or There Are No Heavies in America, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles, Outsider Art: Others from Elsewhere Doing Something Altogether Different…Sort Of, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, and Motown Took Us There and Motown Brought Us Back, Crisp London/Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include, Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum and LAXART, and, In the Good Name of the Company, ForYourArt, Los Angeles and See Me Gallery, NY. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Curatorial projects include, Le Vent d’ Est, Actual Size and Elephant, Los Angeles, After The Gold Rush: Reflections and Postscripts on the National Chicano Moratorium of August 29, 1970, Vincent Price Art Museum, ELAC, Los Angeles, River, Elephant, Los Angeles, Chasing Shadows, The Onion (The Church of the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society), North Hills, and The Sharon Show & 1969, Dan Graham, Los Angeles.

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The Poet, Blinded by the Sun

Date and Time: Saturday, November 23, 2013. 6-9 PM

A one-night exhibition within the current gallery installation and around the premises of the Elephant compound that investigates broader notions of memorials and mourning, as they relate to the erasure and subsequent retrieval of memory, both collective and personal.

Participating Artists:

Merwin Belin
Alice Clements
Stephen Lapthisophon
Lauralee Pope
Konrad Smolenski and Vincent Ramos
Sue Tompkins

Artist Bios:

Merwin Belin (b. 1949, Norwalk, California) received a BA from California State University, Long Beach in 1973 and an MFA from California State University, Long Beach in 1975. Solo exhibitions include, Frontpages, 1984-Present, Assembly, Los Angeles, Merwin Belin, Emeritus College Gallery, Santa Monica, and School of Belin: A Mid-Career Survey, 1973-2010, Warschaw Gallery, San Pedro. Group exhibitions include, Shangrila 2013: Burrito Deluxe, Joshua Tree, Group Show, Las Cienegas Projects, Genre Studies, Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art, Culver City, and Radical Past: Pasadena Art in the 1970’s, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena. He Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Alice Clements (b. 1973, Berkeley, California) received a BA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2005 and an MFA from Art Center College of Design in 2008. Solo exhibitions include, In the Basement, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, and Stillness, POST, Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include, Dig the Dig, LA MART, Los Angeles, Chockablock, University Art Museum, Cal State University, Long Beach, Candor: In Honor of Mike Kelley, Long Beach City College, and Unit/Constellation, Dan Graham, Los Angeles. She Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Stephen Lapthisophon (b. 1956, Elkins, West Virginia) received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. Recent solo exhibitions include Isolation, A Slender Gamut, New York, NY, The Construction of a National Identity, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, and Las Palabras en la Sombra de Esta Fecha, El Escaparate, Barcelona, Spain. Recent group exhibitions include, Variations on Theme: Contemporary Art 1950’s-Present, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, The Café, SHOW Studio, London, UK, and Archival Impulse, Gallery 400, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL. He currently has a solo exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art, as part of their Concentrations series, entitled, Coffee, Seasonal Fruit, Root Vegetables and “Selected Poems”. He Lives and works in Dallas, Texas.

Lauralee Pope (b. 1980, Tulsa, Oklahoma) received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2002 and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2013. Group exhibitions include, Keep in Touch, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, Ex. 11, Brazos Gallery, Dallas, Texas, Show and Tell, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, and The Sharon Show, Dan Graham, Los Angeles. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Konrad Smolenski (b. 1977, Kalisz, Poland) Exhibitions and performances include Was ist ist ..!!, Manifesta 9, Genk, Belgium, Intense Proximity, La Triennale Paris, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, The End of Radio, Manhattan Gallery, Lodz, Poland, and IT’S ON, Leto Gallery, Warsaw, Poland. Most recently, he represented his native Poland in the 55th Venice Biennale with the exhibition entitled, Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More and has just completed a series of performances entitled, Tribute to Errors and Leftovers with the artist Radek Szlaga for PERFORMA 2014, New York, NY. He is based in Warsaw, Poland and Bern, Switzerland.

Sue Tompkins (b. 1971, Glasgow, Scotland) graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1994. Solo exhibitions and performances include, Expressions, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Skype Won’t Do, Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, It’s Chiming in Normaltown, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, SEA DEEP, Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin and Elephants Galore, Scottish Pavilion, Venice Biennale. Group exhibitions include, Repertory, Palazzo Cavour, Turin, SOUNDWORKS, ICA, London, Sáo Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Learn to Read, Tate Modern, London, and Art Now Live Work, Tate Britain, London. She lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.
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