Hold Your Breath
January 21 - February 25, 2016
The black and white photographs in Hold Your Breath are rooted in the history of the constructed photograph. A confluence of portraiture, sculpture, and performance, the images echo the playful absurdity of Oskar Schlemmer’s Bauhaus theater constructions as well as the sensual yet unsettling juxtapositions characteristic of the photographic work by West Coast artist, Jo Ann Callis. Like Callis, whom the artist studied with while earning her MFA at CalArts, Surdam begins her work by making sculptural forms, which become features of her final photographs. For her latest series, Surdam constructed eccentric papier-mâché headpieces, which she then covered with found fabric and wrapped around her models in a studio setting.
October 22 - December 03, 2016
Kelly Berg’s dynamic paintings and multi-layered works evoke the turbulence of geological processes in both color and form. Voluminous layers of paint, sparkling mineral tones and bold permutations in depth create a sense of the earth’s monumental energy in flux. Her work captures moments of rupture where tectonic plates converge, mountain ranges lurch forth and volcanoes erupt spewing molten lava and ash. Often we see hints of landscape, a sky, and fierce weather conditions, framed by sculpted accumulations of paint. Dense, dark and magma-like forms settle around vibrant depictions of stalagmites and stalactites rendered elegantly in artist’s ink and scratchboard technique. Shards of glass and mirror, like volcanic glass, emanate from organic mounds of vibrant color that appear wet and mineral-rich.
September 10 - October 15, 2016
The paintings of Chilean-born artist Rebeca Puga are based on her investigations into how we see and experience the space that surrounds us and how that parallels our consciousness and perception of time. Her canvases possess a dynamic sense of incompletion, where line and shape are continually coming into definition. Puga imbues her work with a high level of gestural energy, constantly reworking her paintings until they vibrate with a sense of expansion and erasure, coming and going, being and unbecoming.
Body of Research
September 10 - October 8, 2016
Sloan Projects is pleased to announce Body of Research, a multimedia group exhibition with works by Rose-Lynn Fisher, Adele Mills, Brittany Neimeth, Amanda Vincelli, Ireland Wisdom and Jenifer Yeuroukis. Body of Research brings together work by six women artists, all of which utilize the body as a site of investigation and revelation. The exhibition consists primarily of photographic prints, augmented by single works in video, charcoal and fabric.
August 13 - September 6, 2016
Sloan Projects is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring photography and video in a new location at Bergamot Station. Recent work by scott b. davis, Isabelle Harada, Alia Malley and Adele Mills will be accompanied by classics from Peter Alexander, Julius Shulman and Timothy O'Sullivan.
Projection for Two Stations
August 17 - 24, 2016
Multi-media artist, Alia Malley, presents a week-long, large-scale, nightly video installation made possible with an Our Town Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department.
WORK / W=Fd
July 9 - August 20, 2016
Isabelle Harada's WORK / W=Fd consists of 999 golden paper cranes suspended from the ceiling and a looped projection on a single unfolded sheet, bathed in an artificial sunset. An allusion to the Japanese tradition of the origami crane and its mythical origin, the installation explores the nature of time and energy in terms of materiality and the virtual. The artist has created a hypnotic, immersive environment using simple materials.
May 14 - July 2, 2016
In her latest body of work Southern California artist, Elizabeth Orleans, expands upon her minimalist repertoire, bringing geometric precision and sensual whimsy together in an installation of unpredictable ceramic objects.
four acts and a landscape
April 2 - May 7, 2016
Over the last decade Adele Mills has honed a technique of combining photography, painting and digital rendering to produce abstract and figurative work with a structural layering, where one image is viewed through the transparency of a second image. The signature gap between the layers in her work creates a displacement of colors, shape and composition and produces doublings, fadings and seeming movement, as aspects of the image are activated through the shifting perspective of the viewer.
December 12 - February 16, 2015
Since opening in March 2015, Sloan Projects has showcased the work of mid-career and emerging multi-disciplinary artists. The budding gallery program focuses almost exclusively on women artists who maintain studios in the Los Angeles area. In this spirit, SECONDS, brings together four L.A. based women who employ a variety of mediums in their studio practices and whose work combines a joy of experimentation with technical gravitas.
December 12 - February 16, 2015
GRAVITY - the force responsible for the creation of our universe and the dominant cause for the formation, shape and orbit of astronomical bodies including stars, planets and even galaxies - provides the thematic thrust for a group exhibition featuring ceramics, cyanotypes, line drawing, photographs on newsprint and scratchboard by Laura Forman, Alia Malley, Elizabeth Orleans, Jason Peters, and Karley Sullivan.
Captains of the Dead Sea
October 24 - December 05, 2015
For her first solo exhibition at Sloan Projects, artist Alia Malley will debut Captains of The Dead Sea, a series of unique, photo-based images that explore the continuity between fact and fiction, history and hoax. A convincing journey through deep space and across the stark terrain of distant planets, the images that comprise Captains read like media artifacts from an authentic space chronicle yet were primarily shot on location in desert settings of California and the Southwestern United States.
Mary Beth Heffernan
September 12 - October 17, 2015
For Mary Beth Heffernan’s first solo exhibition at Sloan Projects, a dynamic series of unique cyanotype photograms will be on view for the very first time. Comprised of ten large-scale works on paper, Blue, utilizes two early photographic techniques to articulate themes of human intimacy and loss and the myriad ways the dead and the living continue to animate one another. Measuring eight feet tall, the sheer life-size of Heffernan’s photograms captivates from a distance, along with stark white negative spaces that dance distinctively on the paper and lend the work a bold, graphic punch. Upon closer inspection, a tenderness emerges; button-holes, gauzy threads and delicate seams, ghostly crystallizations that arose unpredictably in the printing of the work and subtle variations in blue that accentuate the impression of an endless abyss.
The Potholder Show
July 11 - August 29, 2015.
Robbie Cavolina’s giant, brilliantly colored potholders visually and conceptually weave a homespun craft like Gee’s Bend Quilts with the color theories of Joseph Albers. Created on looms at dimensions up to eight by eight feet square, they showcase the transformative power of scale in art production in their allusion to the practice of pop artist Claes Oldenburg and even Jeff Koons.
The Dust of Sunlight: Journals & Collage 1974-2015
June 06 - July 04, 2015
For her first solo exhibition in Los Angeles in eight years, musician and artist Exene Cervenka exhibits selected collages from the past decade, including a triptych from her series in progress, The Singularity. An inquiry into the merging of man and machine that is occurring at an ever-increasing rate, The Singularity marks a decided shift in Cervenka's approach to collage. Works of the past two decades have primarily been loose compositions comprised of found objects, images, and text. The Singularity, on the other hand, falls within the tradition of the obsessively intricate, densely woven collages of Bay Area collage pioneers, Bruce Conner and Jess.
Through the Trees, a Willingness
April 18 - May 31, 2015
Los Angeles artist Eve Wood brings Sloan Projects to life with a vibrant, wall-to-wall installation of works on paper. An array of avian portraits expressively rendered in gouache, graphite and oil stick on handmade rag paper highlight the artist’s life-long connection to orphaned and injured birds and her commitment to their rescue and rehabilitation. Her intimately scaled bird portraits are fraught with an energy that is decidedly playful yet distinctly unsettling. Some of her subjects are captured with thick, assertive brushstrokes while others are loosely defined by unadulterated splatters and frenetic, tangled lines that vibrate against rich, solid hues.
Claudia Parducci + Melinda Gibson
March 07 - April 11, 2015
Los Angeles artist Claudia Parducci deftly navigates the border between humankind's elevated worldview and its destruction and collapse. Inside her work the foundation of what we believe begins to dissolve and the tools we use to situate those beliefs no longer apply. Both on and off the canvas the artist articulates the contemporary catastrophe we face in environmental terms and in terms of our culture's dominant visual language.
UK based artist Melinda Gibson also questions the power of images and the origin of their authority. In her series "The Photograph as Contemporary Art" she recreates Charlotte Cotton's seminal book of the same name, literally tearing into it and refashioning its pages into one-of-a-kind collages.