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Mara Lonner: Burnouts

Mara Lonner
Burnouts

March 17, 2016 – April 28, 2016

Opening Reception for the Artist:  Thursday, March 17, 6 – 8 pm

Please note the Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery will be closed during the following:

  • Cesar Chavez Day - March 31, 2016
  • Spring Break - April 1 to April 8, 2016

Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery is pleased to present Burnouts, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Mara Lonner. Lonner—with a lifelong interest in nature, architecture, and drawing—works with a variety of mediums, techniques, and genres. The artwork in Burnouts is no exception.

The exhibition focuses on Lonner’s recent series that employs the technique of drawing on black velvet, creating large-scale wall hangings that investigate the themes of loss and extinction. In addition, Consequential Abstraction Series, a tangential body of work was created while making the Burnout Series, is also featured.

The title of the exhibition refers to the burnout drawing process (also called devoré)—a technique in which Lonner applies by hand a chemical gel containing sodium hydrogen sulphate to a mixed-fiber material, thus dissolving away the cellulose-based fibers (rayon) and leaving behind the protein-based ones (silk). This results in a semi-transparent image against a more solidly woven fabric.

Lonner’s subjects are methodically chosen from her collection of images culled from the Internet to convey a multitude of meanings. For example, one of the velvet drawings depicts the last known passenger pigeon, a female named Martha; she died at the Cincinnati Zoo, around September 1, 1914, and was roughly 29 years old. The image is a momento mori—a reminder of our mortality. Moreover, it speaks poignantly about the destruction and slaughter of our natural resources by the hand of man.

As Lonner states: “When making the velvet drawings, a large amount of fugitive fibers are released and displaced throughout the studio. The Consequential Abstraction Series captures a portion of these process remnants on prepared paper mounted on panels. These panels are covered with objects found in and around the space where I am working. When the velvet drawing is completed, the objects are removed from the panels, and the fibers that remain are fixed to the surface. Material that could be lost is repurposed into another work as a consequence of the capture.”

Lonner lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BFA and MFA from the California Institute for the Arts, Valencia. Recent exhibitions include LAXART, Hollywood, California; Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, and Cue Art Foundation, New York. The artist recently completed a large-scale, public art installation for the San Angelo Park community center in La Puente, California, commissioned by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and was awarded a project for the Intergenerational Center in the San Fernando Valley in which she collaborated with artist Kim Schoenstadt, commissioned by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Lonner is presently completing a glass pavilion for the Crenshaw/MLK station of the Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX line.

DIRECTIONS to the LAVC Art Gallery:

From the 170 (Hollywood Freeway): exit Oxnard Street, head west, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C. – SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

From the 101 (Ventura Freeway) heading West: exit and head north on Coldwater Canyon Avenue, left on Oxnard Street, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C - SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

From the 101 (Ventura Freeway) heading East: exit and head north on Woodman Avenue, right on Oxnard Street, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C - SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

CAMPUS MAP and PARKING INFORMATION:

Download a high resolution printable map [PDF: 394KB].

Enter the campus at Oxnard Street and Campus Drive (between Fulton and Ethel). Please park in one of the lots: LOT B (northwest), LOT C (north), or PARKING STRUCTURE on Ethel Avenue.

During the opening reception, parking is free. Parking permit is required during regular gallery hours.

REGULAR ART GALLERY HOURS:

The LAVC Art Gallery is located in the Art Building. The exhibition is open during regular gallery hours.

Monday to Thursday, 1 – 4 pm and 6 – 9 pm

All exhibitions and events are free to the public.

Contact:

Sam Lee, Art Gallery Director
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401
818-778-5536

Mailing List:

The public is welcomed to all exhibitions and programs. If you would like to be added to the mailing or emailing list, please contact us by emailing leesb@lavc.edu or mailing a request to: Art Gallery, Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glen, CA  91401.

 

 

Newsworthy

Newsworthy (Photographs Making History)

October 15, 2015 – December 10, 2015

Opening Reception:  Thursday, October 15, 6 – 9 pm

Panel Discussion: Thursday, October 15, 7 – 8 pm

Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery is pleased to present Newsworthy (Photographs Making History), a group exhibition that explores the power of the photographic image through the genre of photojournalism. The exhibition opens October 15, 2015, and closes December 17, 2015. Please join us for the opening reception Thursday, October 15, from 6 to 9 pm; the panel discussion will be held from 7 to 8 pm in Art 103, located down the hall from the art gallery.

Newsworthy (Photographs Making History) brings together a selection of approximately 40 photographs that depict significant events in our world history from the 1920s to 1990s, ranging from public assassinations and executions to war and genocide. Established photographers include Eddie Adams, Malcolm Browne, Dan Budnik, Cornell Capa, Robert Capa, Elliott Erwitt, John Paul Filo, Stanley Forman, Arthur Grace, Thomas Howard, Robert Jackson, Jacques Lowe, Roderick Lyons, Steve McCurry, James Nachtwey, Arnold Newman, Marc Riboud, Sebastião Salgado, Jürgen Schadeberg, William Seaman, Sam Shere, W. Eugene Smith, Huynh Công “Nick” Ut, Weegee (Arthur Fellig), Jeff Widener, Ernest Withers, and Boris Yaro.

Photojournalism emerged as a significant genre of photography in the late 1920s and early 1930s. This practice represented picture making that was candid and unrehearsed, documenting historical events and people on film for publication in magazines and newspapers. The evolution of photojournalism would not have been possible without the introduction of the small, hand-held cameras such as the Leica or the Ermanox in the mid-1920s, using rolled film that could capture sequential images. This development was better suited for the press or news photographer than the cumbersome 4x5 Speed Graphic and the later 4x5 Graflex cameras that required many steps to operate in creating an image. The smaller, 35mm cameras, on the other hand, enabled photographers to work more discretely and quickly. By the mid-1960s, most news photographers used 35mm cameras.

At the turn of the 21st century, the technology of photography took another giant step forward: the development of the digital cameras. At the same time, Internet communications allowed images to be seen around the globe only seconds after they were posted. This exhibition, however, focuses on images that were taken before the digital era, using the analog, film process, and on the prints that were produced by hand in the darkroom. Both are considered archaic to today’s practices of disseminate news-breaking stories.

Related Programming:

Panel Discussion: Thursday, October 15, 7 – 8 pm
Topic: Photojournalism and the World
Panel Location: Art Building – Art 103 (Lecture Hall)
Moderator: Sam Lee, adjunct professor art and art gallery director, Los Angeles Valley College

Panelists:

Roderick Lyons, photographer; associate professor of photography, Los Angeles Valley College
Dennis Reed, collector; former dean of arts and emeritus professor of art, Los Angeles Valley College
Stephen White, collector, gallerist, and independent curator of photography

Generous loans have been made possible by Cohen Gallery, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Peter Fetterman Gallery, John Fiedler and Bess Armstrong, Arthur Grace, Takeshi Ishikawa Archive, Dennis and Annie Reed, Huynh Công “Nick” Ut, and Stephen White Collection II.

General Gallery hours:  Monday to Thursday, 11 am – 2 pm and 6 – 9 pm

DIRECTIONS to the LAVC Art Gallery:

From the 170 (Hollywood Freeway): exit Oxnard Street, head west, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C. – SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

From the 101 (Ventura Freeway) heading West: exit and head north on Coldwater Canyon Avenue, left on Oxnard Street, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C - SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

From the 101 (Ventura Freeway) heading East: exit and head north on Woodman Avenue, right on Oxnard Street, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C - SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

CAMPUS MAP and PARKING INFORMATION:

Download a high resolution printable map [PDF: 394KB].

The Art Gallery is located in the Art Building. Enter the campus at Oxnard Street and Campus Drive (between Fulton and Ethel). Please park in one of the Lot B (northwest) or Lot C (north) of the Art Gallery. During the opening reception, parking is free. Parking permit is required during regular gallery hours: Monday to Thursday, 11 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm.

All events are free to the public.

Contact:

Sam Lee, Art Gallery Director
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401
818-778-5536

Mailing List:

The public is welcomed to all exhibitions and programs. If you would like to be added to the mailing or emailing list, please contact us by emailing leesb@lavc.edu or mailing a request to: Art Gallery, Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glen, CA  91401.

 

 

Student Art show 2015 flyer

Student Art Show

May 21 - 28, 2015 & September 2 - 17, 2015
Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 21, 6 - 8 pm

Note: Art Gallery will be closed during the summer & Labor Day (September 1, 2015).

Student Art Show highlights the tremendous range of artworks created by Los Angeles Valley College students during the 2014-2015 academic year. Juried by the art and photojournalism faculty, the selected works are among exemplary pieces produced in courses taught within the art department that span a wide range of disciplines in the visual arts such as drawing, painting, design, illustration, photography, printmaking, three-dimensional design, sculpture and ceramics.  Students of diverse backgrounds, both art majors and non-art ones, remarkably demonstrate a variety of approaches to material, methodology, and subject matter, revealing the successful outcome of a comprehensive art program.  At the same time, each artwork reflects the very unique and nuanced style of individual students.  Whether at the beginning, intermediate or advanced level, the works on display collectively exhibit a thorough exploration of artistic expressions. It is with great pleasure that the LAVC Art Gallery annually hosts this exhibition, honoring the outstanding achievements of its talented students.

High-resolution images of artworks can be provided upon request.

DIRECTIONS to the LAVC Art Gallery:
From the 170 (Hollywood Freeway): exit Oxnard Street, head west, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C. – SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

From the 101 (Ventura Freeway) heading West: exit and head north on Coldwater Canyon Avenue, left on Oxnard Street, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C - SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

From the 101 (Ventura Freeway) heading East: exit and head north on Woodman Avenue, right on Oxnard Street, enter Campus Drive to Lot B or C - SEE CAMPUS MAP AND PARKING INFORMATION BELOW.

CAMPUS MAP and PARKING INFORMATION:
Download a high resolution printable map [PDF: 394KB].

The Art Gallery is located in the Art Building. Enter the campus at Oxnard Street and Campus Drive (between Fulton and Ethel). Please park in one of the Lot B (northwest) or Lot C (north) of the Art Gallery. During the opening reception, parking is free. Parking permit is required during regular gallery hours: Monday to Thursday, 11 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm.

All events are free to the public.

Contact:
Sam Lee, Art Gallery Director
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401
818-778-5536

Mailing List:
The public is welcomed to all exhibitions and programs. If you would like to be added to the mailing or emailing list, please contact us by emailing leesb@lavc.edu or mailing a request to: Art Gallery, Los Angeles Valley College, 5800 Fulton Avenue, Valley Glen, CA  91401.

 

 

Site Unseen

Site Unseen: Incarceration
Guest-curated by Sheila Pinkel

Download the Site Unseen Catalog [PDF: 4.4MB].

March 12, 2015 – April 23, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 12, 6 to 9 pm
Panel Discussion: Thursday, March 12, 7 to 8 pm

The art gallery will be closed during Spring Break (from April 6 to April 10, 2015).

Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery (San Fernando Valley) is pleased to present Site Unseen: Incarceration—a group exhibition that deals with the issue of imprisonment. Artworks by incarcerated artists who express their experience from inside the prison walls and by non-incarcerated artists who tackle the American criminal justice system from outside its walls are on display. The works provide a multiplicity of perspectives on the prison experience, a phenomenon that is both intimidating and unfamiliar to the general public.

At a time when over 1% of the U.S. population is incarcerated, images of the prison environment itself and the realities and dilemmas confronting individuals locked up are not visible. Site Unseen: Incarceration gives voice to these individuals who are often regarded as invisible. Most of the incarcerated artists are either in solitary confinement or on death row in a California prison.

Artists include Alyse Emdur, Anthony Friedkin, Los Angeles Poverty Department, Robert V. Montenegro, Jack L. Morris, Brendan Murdock, Sheila Pinkel, Gabriel Ramirez, Gabriel Reyes, Richard Ross, Robert Stockton, Mark Strandquist, Margaret Stratton, and David Earl Williams.

Related Programming is as follows:

  • Panel Discussion: Thursday, March 12, 7 to 8 pm
  • Panel Location: MONARCH HALL IN THE CAMPUS CENTER (campus map)
  • Moderator: Sheila Pinkel, Emerita Professor of Art, Pomona College

Panelists:

  • Margie Ghiz, owner of the Midnight Special Bookstore
  • Robert Jacome, Los Angeles Valley College student
  • Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, UC Irvine
  • Mary Sutton, member of CURB, LA No More Jails and Critical Resistance

High-resolution images of artworks can be provided upon request.