Opening | Duality

A Solo Exhibition by Amabelle Aguiluz

Branch Gallery
1031 W. Manchester Blvd #3
Inglewood, CA 90301Exhibition Dates | November 11th, 2017 – January 5th, 2018
Opening Reception  Saturday, November 11th, 3pm -6pm
​Inglewood, CA ­– Branch Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Duality, featuring new work by Amabelle Aguiluz. Aguiluz is a local fiber artist incorporating clothing and textiles in her fiber sculptures and installations. Duality will consist of several site-specific installations, exploring the concepts of light vs. dark and creation vs. destruction. The installations will be constructed from upcycled knitwear and previous yarn installations by Aguiluz.
Aguiluz’s method of unraveling existing garments and re-knitting them into different forms breathes new life into the material. This process provides a coherent rhythm of making that Aguiluz refers to as “a journey of transformation.” The repetitive motions of unraveling and re-knitting allows her to meditate on notions of self exploration, especially rebirth. The work in Duality references this rebirth, urging the audience to examine the material transformations in each installation.
The opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 11 will have a dance performance around 5pm. This reception also coincides with Inglewood’s Open Studios 2017 event, in which Branch Gallery is participating for the first time.
The Branch Gallery is a fiber art space in Los Angeles dedicated to exhibiting local artists. We provide opportunities exclusively for the fiber arts, lending a platform for artists to share their work and techniques with the broader L.A. arts community. The gallery is owned and operated by The Knitting Tree, L.A., a local yarn store located next door. We hope to bring more attention to fiber as a fine art, along with its presence as a craft, between the two spaces. Branch Gallery has recently received the 2017 Best of Inglewood award in the Art Gallery category (“Branch Gallery Receives 2017 Best of Inglewood Award”). The Branch Gallery is a project of The Knitting Tree, L.A., a fiber retail space located next door.
The Knitting Tree, L.A. is Inglewood’s local sanctuary for fiber arts enthusiasts of all skill levels. We offer an extensive selection of high-quality yarns and supplies for knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, and needle felting, as well as hands-on instruction by skilled artisans of diverse backgrounds. Our passion is contagious, inspiring beginners to embrace new skills, while challenging more advanced fiber artists to expand their creative horizons. Fertile soil for yarn enthusiasts of all strands to “Grow Here”!
Amabelle Aguiluz lives and works in Los Angeles. Her practice incorporates clothing, textile, fiber sculpture, and installation processes that are presented as free form sculptures and are often incorporated into live performance, video, and photographs. She studied at Politecnico di Milano, Italy and graduated in 2011 from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York BFA in Fashion Design. Aguiluz’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the La Triennale Internationale des Arts Textiles in Outaouais, Canada.

Opening | A Sense of Things

A Sense of Things
presented by Durden and Ray & Paper
1923 S. Sante Fe Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Opening Reception | Saturday, November 4th, 2017, 4pm -7pm
Exhibition Dates | November 4th – November 25th, 2017
Gallery Hours | Tues – Sat 10am – 6pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — The Sense of Things follows on from the exhibition The Surface of Things presented at PAPER gallery in Manchester over the summer. That exhibition drew inspiration from Piet Mondrian’s 1911 scribble on a note in his sketchbook, “The surface of things gives enjoyment; their interiority gives life.” This was the starting point that led him inexorably towards a pure abstraction in the years that followed.

​As might have been anticipated, this move towards abstraction did not hail the death knell of figuration in painting and drawing, particularly in those artists who strive to challenge and conceptualize a figurative practice.​ The Sense of Things, therefore, attempts to represent a group of contemporary artists, whose work has emerged through the 20th century rhetoric that sought the death of realism swiftly followed by painting. In no way is this exhibition anti-abstraction; instead the work presented here has developed from the symbiotic dialogue of abstraction and figuration in contemporary painting. These artists are adept at shifting between the two poles of abstraction and figuration as they seek to find their own language within painting and drawing, whilst simultaneously providing a commentary on the society in which they live and work. ​
This exhibition also comes out of a dialogue between the USA and the UK and Ireland. Never before have the populations of these two countries become more polarized. In a climate of openly hostile, far right extremism, now more than ever is there a need for artists to speak out. Within the work of these artists is a desperate need to voice their concerns. Yet there is no sloganeering, each artist has subtly embedded their concerns within the surreal, the abstract. They challenge the audience to seek out their meaning and engage in dialogue. These are dreadful times, yet there is a spark of hope below the surface of things, a sense of things in motion and transition. ​
The Sense of Things showcases the work of established, mid-career and emerging artists, all of whom believe passionately in the capacity of painting and drawing to offer a purposeful means of examining the world and our relationships, our exteriority and interiority, and meaning beneath and beyond the sense of things.

Opening | A Narrow Passage

​A Narrow Passage
Noysky Projects
6727 1/2 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Opening Reception | Saturday, October 14th 3 – 6pm
Exhibition Dates | October 14th – November 12th, 2017
Gallery Hours | Thursday – Saturday 12pm – 6pm ​or by appointment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Noysky Projects presents A Narrow Passage, a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores themes of constriction, compression, and concealment as a way to relate to personal biographies. Abstract works from A Narrow Passage are comprised of materials that twist, turn, choke, or smother to the point of entropy, while others have approached constriction in a more gratifying way, like the euphoric sensation of pleasure derived from pain.

Artists have used the compression of space as a visual device to relate  to the body for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians wrapped the body in ornate sheaths that accentuated the unique forms of the individual, while the Japanese developed shibari during the Edo period as a way to decoratively display prisoners with bondage. Twentieth-century post-minimalists like Eva Hesse and Jackie Winsor put the body back into abstraction, using hands-on processes and tactile materials that actively rejected the impersonal qualities of the minimalists.

Some of the works in A Narrow Passage relate to the quirks of the body, straddling the line between fragility and rigidity, using irregular, organic forms. Others have used tension to reveal internal conflict, illuminating our efforts to adapt to our new political realities.

​Moreover, the works in A Narrow Passage touch on core tenets of materialism, the theory that all objects are alive because of their capacity to make a difference in the world, influencing each other in a complex web of interrelationships. These works can be seen as a bridge between animate and inanimate objects, combining to produce effects that are both dramatic and subtle.

Summertime Views

We’ve compiled a list of shows we’re excited about this summer. Here’s just a fraction of what’s happening along the west coast.

Heidi Schwegler + Derek Monypen​THRU Media
1706 NW Gilson St, suite 7,
Portland OR 97209On view:
July 2017
New Modernism
group show
Math Bass – Pat Boas – Chris Gander – Chris Johanson – Samuel Levi Jones -Joanna Pousette-Dart – Amanda Wojick​Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 NW 9th avenue
Portland OR 97209On view:
​July 20th – September 2nd, 2017
Tuesday – Saturday
​1030am – 530pm
​Wolf Haven:
Annie Marie Musselman

Charles A. Hartman Fine Art
134 NW 8th Avenue
Portland OR 07209​On view:
​July 20th – September 2nd, 2017
11am – 5pm
Under Cover
Alison OK FrostFourth Wall Gallery
473 25th St
Oakland CA 94612​On view:
July 22nd – September 9th, 2017
Saturdays, 1 – 5pm
1st Fridays, 6 – 9pm & by appointment
group show
Adele Renault – Bagger 43 – Basik – Caratoes – David Ryan – Jade Rivera – Jaime Molina – Joseph Martinez – Josh Grotto –
Lena Gustafson – Li-Hill – Lie -Miss Van – Roan Victor
First Amendment Gallery
1000 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94103​On view:
​July 20th – August 17th, 2017
Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 630pm
group show
Miguel Aldaz – Thomas Birdsong – Christopher Brown – Nicolas Canales – JooYoung Choi – Seong Chon – Michael Crew – Sylvia Drzewieski – Scott Daniel Ellison – Loren Erdrich – Mandy Lyn Ford – Julio Galarza – Rema Ghuloum – Jamey Hart – Easton Miller – Alex Paulus – Larry Pearsall – Steve Remington – Dale Riley – Karen Veronica Taylor –
UCPLA Washington Reid Gallery
6110 Washington Blvd
Culver City CA 90232Opening Reception:August 5th, 2017
6 – 9pm​

Gathering: Artist Bryan Kring

1251 Solano Ave, Albany, California 94706

Showing July 5 – August 31, 2017
Recption: Saturday July 15, 5 – 7 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday August 12, 5 – 7pm

Bryan Kring shared, as Danielle introduced, “His enchanting images and dark humored writing… often enhanced with interactive mechanisms that pull you into another world held in the palm of your hand” in our Summer 2015 issue.

We’re delighted to have Shared Illusion showing in our retrospective, now up for viewing at Abrams Claghorn through August 31st.


I originally wanted to be a writer but moved on to painting when I found that I didn’t have any stories to tell. I went to art school and filled my home with large canvases. When there was no room left I switched to printmaking and working with small bits of paper. Now, after finding a few stories, I am working in book arts and am able to do a little of everything and am enjoying connecting the circle back to the writing.

Gathering: A Venison Magazine Retrospective

July 5th to August 31, 2017

​Opening night: July 15, 5-7 PM.
Venison Magazine founder Amber Imrie-Situnayake and exhibition curator Rebecca Reeves will be speaking opening night.

August 12, 5-8 PM Artist Talks by exhibiting artists: Amabell Aguiluz, Sarah Ammons, Kay Healy, Jonathan Odom, Samantha Rausch, Clare Szydlowski, Shannon Taylor and Adriana Villagran.

In 2014, Bay Area artist Amber Imrie-Situnayake founded a quarterly online publication called Venison Magazine. Her vision was to highlight emerging artists whose experimentation with process and media created compelling work in an ever-evolving art culture. In fact, Venison Magazine created more than a platform for artist introductions; the publication created a family of artists with one common thread – the necessity to create. For this maiden voyage, we are gathering up the family for the very first Venison Magazine reunion.
Gathering: A Venison Magazine Retrospective is a multi-media, contemporary art exhibition consisting of 27 national and international Venison artists: Amabell Aguiluz, Sarah Ammons, Zoe Childerley, Eric Coppinger, Brian Donnelly, Kay Healy, Meline Höijer Schou, Amber Imrie-Situnayake, Bryan Kring, Skye Livingston, Bernie Lubell, Bonnie MacAllister, Spencer Merolla, Ankica Mitrovska, Jonathan Odom, Jennifer Pettus, Yulia Pinkusevich, Samantha Rausch, Rebecca Reeves, Danielle Schlunegger-Warner, Clare Szydlowski, Shannon Taylor, Jessica Tenbusch, Tyler Thrasher, Adriana Villagran, Chris Vogel and Amber Jean Young.​

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