Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery debuts two solo exhibitions from Feb 14 – Apr 14, 2019. Gravity by David Alekhuogie will feature a series of newly-commissioned, multidisciplinary works that use gravity as a metaphor for human struggle and artist Mariah Garnett’s first solo exhibition in LA will include a selection of her films and installations alongside related prints.
David Alekhuogie’s exhibition Gravity includes a series of backboard paintings, produced by the artist’s repeated attempts to jump and hit the canvas with his hand. The strenuous mark-making of this gesture undercuts the precision of minimalist painting while physical striving and falling become a metaphor for the precariousness of freedom in America. Gravity also includes photographs of models wearing low-slung pants, a trope of urban hip hop culture that has been widely criminalized. Captured in diffuse light and printed on satin, these normally contentious garments become abstracted, painterly images that blur flat photograph and sculptural object while examining the visual poetics underlying the way intersecting cultures assign value to race, and gender in America.
At the heart of Mariah Garnett’s exhibition will be an installation of her new film Trouble, a feature-length experimental documentary about the artist’s burgeoning relationship with her father, whom she only met in adulthood. The film travels to his native Belfast where Garnett immerses herself in past and present political struggles. Trouble has been in the making for over four years and represents the culmination of all of the works in the exhibition. Garnett’s earlier work – from war veterans turned Hollywood stuntmen in Full Burn (2014) to a friendship with a gender ambivalent ten year old in Picaresques – will also feature and what unites the films is a dismantling of the power structures surrounding representation in mainstream cinema. By including her own image, Garnett positions queerness in relationship to subject matter that on the surface may seem disconnected from LGBT identity.
There will be vibrant programming throughout the run of the show with an opening reception on February 10 from 2 – 5 PM. Established in 1954, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is the longest running institution in Los Angeles devoted solely to exhibiting art and has long been a hotbed for artists including John Baldessari, David Hockney, Jeff Koons, Catherine Opie and Andy Warhol. LAMAG is located in Barnsdall Park (4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles) and is open from 11- 4pm on Thursday through Sunday with free admission.