February 8, 2014 - February 23, 2014 Opening Saturday, February 8, 2014, 6-10pm
Elephant is pleased to present BlackMoon, featuring drawings by Caitlin Foster and paintings from Kiki Johnson. The artists' create work with seemingly opposite methods; Johnson makes quick, succinct small paintings on panels, while Foster often labors for months on one large drawing. Johnson's subject matter is culled from historical archives and books, lifting historical objects and figures to create an invocation of her own making. Johnson's work serves to blur the distinctions between truth and fiction, past and present. Foster's detailed drawings are portals into a consideration of endless expanse and black holes. Unidentifiable organic shapes are familiar and yet unplaceable in Foster's dense black and white meditations. What is shared between the artists is the ritualistic act of making the work, of conjuring onto a blank surface. Their work shares an interest in exploring the idea that image-making can take on revelatory properties, and the act of making becomes an integral part of the work itself.
Caitlin Foster (b. 1983) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2006 and Tufts University, and also studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Foster has exhibited her work in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Boston, and has an upcoming solo exhibition in Madrid, Spain.
Kiki Johnson (b. 1985) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Johnson received her MFA in painting from Yale University in 2012, and her BFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2007. Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Houston, and Halifax, Canada. She was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center.
elephant is a contemporary artist-run space in glassell park, los angeles. elephant houses six working studios, a central exhibition space and an outdoor event area. the studio artists collaborate to provide outside curators and artists a physical location for exhibitions, events and gatherings.