Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA) installed at Occidental College

Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA), 2012
Los Angeles, CA – Occidental College is pleased to announce that Alice Könitz’s award-winning work, Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA), has been installed on the campus. The piece is currently on view with programming scheduled through the 2015-2016 academic year. The LAMOA bookstore will also be sited at the college as part of the installation. The inaugural exhibition will feature work by Los Angeles based artist, Alice Clements. A public reception will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

LAMOA is an approximately 13’ x 10’ x 10’ exhibition space curated by Könitz, and a sculpture in its own right. Established in Könitz’s Eagle Rock backyard in 2012, the museum is a venue for exhibitions and performances from members of her artistic community. Artists are invited to create work specifically for the venue and its unique structural form. Through this arrangement the space evolves with each exhibition into a new audience experience.

The work manifests the artist’s interest in the relationship between public and private space. The museum is an open space formerly in the setting of her personal home. With the move to Occidental, it will shift boundaries becoming part of the academic setting and the students’ everyday lives. The artist describes LAMOA as “a platform for an organic institution that lives through participation”. The structure depends upon public interaction for its role as a museum.

Occidental is excited about this collaboration and looks forward to working with Könitz throughout the year. “Hosting the recent recipient of the Mohn Award honoring artistic excellence at the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. 2014 exhibition is an honor and we are excited about the opportunity for the students to engage with the work,” says OxyArts Director, Aandrea Stang. “With the campus installation, LAMOAwill create dialogue within the campus community and for a broader Los Angeles audience.”

A public reception for LAMOA will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, from5:00 – 8:00pm. For ongoing LAMOA programming and calendar information, please visit the LAMOA (http://losangelesmuseumofart.blogspot.com/) and OxyArts (http://www.oxy.edu/oxyarts) websites.

Alice Könitz is a Los Angeles-based artist from Düsseldorf, Germany. She attended the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf before moving to California and receiving her MFA from CalArts. Her work has been included in exhibitions such as the UCLA Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. 2014 and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. She has been featured in Artforum, Frieze magazine, and the New York Times.

Alice Clements lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BA from Wesleyan University prior to completing her MFA from the Art Center College of
Design. Her work has been shown at Elephant, Jancar Gallery, and PØST in Los
Angeles.

Contact: alicekonitz(at)gmail.com

LAMOA is a platform for an organic institution that lives through participation.

Sharp Elbows/LAMOA Projects Series





Sharp Elbows
Michael Minelli, Rebecca Ripple, and Tyler Vlahovich
Organized by John Pearson
May 10-31, 2015

Sharp Elbows is an installation curated by John Pearson and includes the work of Michael Minelli, Rebecca Ripple and Tyler Vlahovich. The work in Sharp Elbows are held in composition by an exquisite tension that explores how boundaries (whether real or imagined) often bring into play the proposed limits of the body, of memory and lived experience. Within Sharp Elbows, these implied limitations elicit responses that are as tactile and suggestive, as they are fragile and fierce.

This is the second exhibition in the LAMOA Project series. The project space has been redesigned for this particular installation.

Opening Reception May 10, Sunday, 5-8pm






view of the bookstore and the exhibition "Sharp Elbows"
works by 
Michael Minelli,
Rebecca Ripple,
Tyler Vlahovich
in the back 
view of the exhibition "danach draußen" 
paintings by 
Jan Stieding 
view of the exhibition "Sharp Elbows"
works by 
Michael Minelli, sponge (from souvenirs), 2007-present, Sculpey III, 5/8" x 5/8" x 3/8”
Rebecca Ripple, ar: from Barrel of 'f's, 2015, stainless steel, rubber, and silicone, 8" x 5" x 3" (variable)
Tyler Vlahovich, Elmo Event, 2015, Elmo balloon, string, and sharpie, 14" x 14" x 6"  (not including string)

Tyler Vlahovich,  Elmo Event, 2015, 
Elmo balloon, string, and sharpie, 14" x 14" x 6"  (not including string)

Tyler Vlahovich, Elmo Event, 2015, 
Elmo balloon, string, and sharpie, 14" x 14" x 6"  (not including string)


Tyler Vlahovich, Elmo Event, 2015, 
Elmo balloon, string, and sharpie, 14" x 14" x 6"  (not including string)

left to right: 
Rebecca Ripple, ar: from Barrel of 'f's, 2015, stainless steel, rubber, and silicone, 8" x 5" x 3" (variable)
Tyler Vlahovich, Elmo Event, 2015, Elmo balloon, string, and sharpie, 14" x 14" x 6"  (not including string)
Michael Minelli, sponge (from souvenirs)2007-present, Sculpey III, 5/8" x 5/8" x 3/8”


left to right: 
Rebecca Ripple, ar: from Barrel of 'f's, 2015, stainless steel, rubber, and silicone, 8" x 5" x 3" (variable)
Tyler Vlahovich, Elmo Event, 2015, Elmo balloon, string, and sharpie, 14" x 14" x 6"  (not including string)
Michael Minelli, sponge (from souvenirs)2007-present, Sculpey III, 5/8" x 5/8" x 3/8”

Rebecca Ripple, Rebecca Ripple, ar: from Barrel of 'f's, 2015, stainless steel, rubber, and silicone, 8" x 5" x 3" (variable)

Michael Minelli, Michael Minelli, sponge (from souvenirs)2007-present, Sculpey III, 5/8" x 5/8" x 3/8”






danach draußen (thereafter outside)




danach draußen refers to a stage after the event already happened (danach), and to those who remained outside (draußen).

Two of Jan Stieding's four paintings show deserted stages, the other two show figures that were taken from Eastern German socialist propaganda posters, promoting the heroes of labor. Staged in the 1970s the heroes look considerably different from the enthusiastic and proud depictions we know from earlier years. They look forlorn as they engage in undefined activities. Translating the method of photographic collage to painting, Stieding took them out of their context and inserted them into his own world.

Jan Stieding was born in 1966 in Bad Langensalzen/Thüringen in Germany. He lives and works in Düsseldorf. He studied from 1991 – 94 at the HDK in Dresden and at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. In his paintings and works on paper Stieding engages with biographical recollections and universal, mostly ambivalent topics. Melancholy and ease, beauty and tragedy, loneliness and togetherness describe a tightrope walk between the pursuit of happiness and the collapse of utopias and ideals and their protagonists. He showed his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions.


In the past two years Jörg Wagner has been interested in the geographic and spatial manifestations of fences and their social implications. Surveying boundaries like the fence in Belfast that protects people on either side from projectiles and explosives, the anti-immigration fence between the US border and Mexico, the ubiquitous standard Euro fence and the chain link fences that are used around private properties, Wagner noticed an increasing demand for fences in our increasingly global culture. Wagner creates photosensitive cyanotype copies of fences in a scale of 1:1. He burns traces of the actual objects onto paper.

Born 1967 in Waiblingen, Germany, Jörg Wagner studiert sculpture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. As an artist and a lecturer he lives in Cologne. Most of his work is developed at specific locations. He visited Japan, the USA, Australia and Ireland to produce his installations. He showed his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions.


With their curatorial project 'die Beton Bar', Jan Stieding and Jörg Wagner were the main inspiration for the inception of LAMOA. At the end of my search for a suitable location to host 'die Beton Bar' I decided to build a museum to be able to organize art projects. I'm proud to say that after three years the exhibition is finally happening. In collaboration with Jan Stieding and Jörg Wagner we built a concrete bar that will be activated during the opening.

http://betonbar.blogspot.com/

In conjunction with the exhibition we will also host an editions and publications fair.
The participating artists and publishers will be:

Commonwealth and Council
DTW>LAX. LAX>DTW
ERIC GERO / Editions
Paul Gellman
Holoholo books, Comment Section #2
LAMOA book store
Molly Larkey
The Pit
Prism of Reality
Statler Waldorf Gallery
Irene Tsatsos
and others

The fair will open at 3:30PM, the event will go until 10PM
Opening reception from 5-10PM
The exhibition will be on view until the 10th of May




Beton Bar (concrete bar)


Beton Bar (concrete bar)
Beton Bar is a project by Jan Steiding and Jörg Wagner
 Beton Bar, 2015, concrete, plaster, metal, and matte board  was made for the exhibition "danach draußen"  by Jan Stieding and Jörg Wagner in collaboration with Alice Könitz


Beton Bar (concrete bar)
Beton Bar is a project by Jan Steiding and Jörg Wagner
 Beton Bar, 2015, concrete, plaster, metal, and matte board  was made for the exhibition "danach draußen"  by Jan Stieding and Jörg Wagner in collaboration with Alice Könitz

Paintings by Jan Stieding
clockwise starting above left: " danach",  untitled (draußen), "nacht", untitled, (draußen2)
2015, oil on canvas 28 x 38 in


Fence installation by Jörg Wagner
untitled, 2015, blueprint on paper, size variable


LAMOA at The Fifth Wall at the Armory Center for the Arts

The Fifth Wall: On view from 07.13.14 to 12.14.14 The Fifth Wall: Tom 

Friedman, Evan Holloway, Farrah Karapetian, Alice Könitz, Marco Rios, 

Corinna Schnitt, Artur Żmijewski


LAMOA performance by West Coast New Energy Encounter Group

 LAMOA performance by West Coast New Energy Encounter Group
Activating LAMOA and Torbjorn Vejvi's sculptures contained within through sound, dialogue, and silence, the West Coast New Energy Encounter Group presents a new performance work. Inspired by August Strindberg's "Dance of Death," the Los Angeles based performance troupe energizes the space through their inimitable use of expressive costuming and powerful musicianship.

Time: 
Saturday, December 13, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: 
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103











Torbjörn Vejvi: Standing in one space looking into another




Memory and space are explored by
Torbjörn Vejvi: Standing in one space looking into another,  third in a series of exhibitions in
Alice Könitz’s Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA), featured in the exhibition The Fifth Wall at Armory Center for the Arts.
For Immediate Release: October 9, 2014
Contact: Jon Lapointe, Communications Director
(626) 792-5101 x 143 | jlapointe@armoryarts.org | www.armoryarts.org
Exhibition:                Torbjörn Vejvi: Standing in one space looking into another  
at the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA),
currently on display in the exhibition The Fifth Wall
at Armory Center for the Arts
Dates:                       Sunday, November 2 – Sunday, December 14, 2014
Opening Reception:     Saturday, November 1, 6–8 pm
Location:                  Caldwell Gallery, Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103



TorbjornL.jpg
Pasadena, CA – The Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to present Standing in one space looking into another by Torbjörn Vejvi as part of the continuing independent programming of the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA), currently on display in the exhibition The Fifth Wall: Tom Friedman, Evan Holloway, Farrah Karapetian, Alice Könitz, Marco Rios, Corinna Schnitt, Artur Żmijewski. Vejvi’s installation draws from personal memories of uncanny moments in time and is on display from Sunday, November 2 through Sunday, December 14, 2014. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, November 1, from 6–8 pm.

Standing in one space looking into another is a series of handmade painted sculptures inspired by Vejvi’s childhood reflections. The installation inside LAMOA attempts to control and minimize the chaos of memory and emotion, sparse and scattered when interpreted from an adult perspective, through a balance of abstraction and realness. Vejvi represents fragmented narratives such as that of a grown man living in his parent’s attic, unable to interact with passersby below, to another of a cryptic castle turned museum where rooms were staged to show the former splendor of past inhabitants. These scenarios are portrayed through playful, mysterious depictions that are personal, social, and psychological in nature.  It is through these recollections that Vejvi simulates the unstable yet fluid negotiations between past experience and memory.

Torbjörn Vejvi was born in Vätjö, Sweden, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from Malmö Academy of Fine Arts in Sweden and the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998. Recent exhibitions include The object without is the object within, Glendale Community College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA; Prince at the Forum, Beacon Arts Building and Group Show, Las Cienegas Projects, both in Los Angeles; and Bullet Train, The Luggage Store, San Francisco.

About Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA)
Alice Könitz’s Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA), a c. 13’ x 10’ x 10’ outdoor sculpture that also functions as a museum, was moved from the driveway of her Eagle Rock, Los Angeles studio and re-installed in the Armory’s Caldwell Gallery, where it provides a literal and metaphorical platform for exhibitions and performances being staged during the run of the exhibition, The Fifth Wall. A sculpture as well as a museum, LAMOA features its own independent programming, including past performances by Kelly Coats and Kathleen Kim of SheKhan, a residency with and exhibition of videos by Skip Arnold entitled “Skip Arnold China” and other ephemera…, and an exhibition of Olivia Booth’s Glass Pavilion Piece.
About the The Fifth Wall
The exhibition The Fifth Wall consists of works on paper, sculpture, painting, video, and photography by Tom Friedman, Evan Holloway, Farrah Karapetian, Alice Könitz, Marco Rios, Corinna Schnitt, and Artur Żmijewski, artists from Los Angeles, rural Connecticut, Warsaw, and Berlin. Each has created works that take into consideration alternate, or “wrong” points of view or perspectives. Drawing from Brecht’s theatrical practice, the show invites critical self-reflectivity in the viewer with works that “show what is shown in the showing,” to borrow Brecht’s phrasing. Viewers are made aware of ideas of labor, point of view, and architectural and social constructs that affect their perception of a piece of work. This show seeks to de-familiarize viewers with their own experience of art and to produce a feeling of strangeness toward what would otherwise have been considered only in a canonical context. Brecht’s word for this was the Verfremdungseffekt, or “alienation effect” which, when applied to art, can offer new content in even the most familiar contexts. Just as Brecht wanted his audience to remain aware of the falsity of the spectacle, The Fifth Wall seeks to remind the viewer of the fallacy of point of view. It provides familiarity of subject matter with an estrangement to the object’s original context.
 


About the Armory
Armory Center for the Arts, in Pasadena, CA, believes that an understanding and appreciation of the arts is essential for a well-rounded human experience and a healthy civic community. Founded in 1989, the Armory builds on the power of art to transform lives and communities through presenting, creating, teaching, and discussing contemporary visual art. The organization’s department of exhibitions mounts over 25 visual arts exhibitions each year at its main facility and in locations throughout the City of Pasadena. In addition, the Armory offers studio art classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to more than fifty schools and community sites.
Parking is available on the street or in the Marriott garage directly north of the Armory for free for 90 minutes. The Armory is off the Gold Line at Memorial Park – walk one half block east to Raymond and one half block north to the Armory. For more information please visit www.armoryarts.org.


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Olivia Booth: Glass Pavilion Piece (Accardi Piece, Copper Piece, Dad Piece, Sand Piece, Ivy Piece, Lamoa Piece, Taut Piece, Jawlensky Piece, Glint Piece, Studio Piece, Citi Piece…) 






Glass Pavilion Piece (Accardi Piece, Copper Piece, Dad Piece, Sand Piece, Ivy Piece, Lamoa Piece, Taut Piece, Jawlensky Piece, Glint Piece, Studio Piece, Citi Piece…) is an homage to the pavilion as exalted shed. The pieces that comprise the installation are a kind of retrospective of my glass centric interests, as reflected in the title. As a group they aim to create a high-strung, exalted space that is neither illusionistic nor literal. The painted reflections on the glass pieces will mingle with the glass’s inherent reflectivity and combine highlights from sites elsewhere, far away, long gone, present and imagined. The pavilion’s openings will be partially blocked by horizontal bands of glass, as if window were becoming vessel but never arriving, and instead were remaining in the in-between state of the wrapped plane. These wrapped planes horizontally mingle with wands and bows meant for optically playing the pieces. The other openings leave space for the much needed glass-less architectural moment, they’re the space of window differed.

I often think of glass– our partner in shared fragility for the past thousands of years– as the stranger among us, and so I aim to defamiliarize us to its perpetually limp role in the built world so that it might be seen instead in all its dimensional weirdness, and so that its tension might speak to our body and nerves, and perhaps above all so that, rather than bring the sense of outward extension that it so often comes with when used as window, it might be used as a means of inward extension; as window turned lens.


LAMOA at the Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA91103
Exhibition Dates: 9.6.2014 - 10.26.2014
Opening reception: 9.6.2014
6-8PM
(626) 792-5101




“Skip Arnold China” and other ephemera…

Skip ArnoldJuly 19 – July 27, 2014
Closing Reception: Sunday, July 27, 3 - 5 pm
During his weeklong residency in LAMOA, artist Skip Arnold will present his recently completed travel film Skip Arnold China, as well as video films from his archives, which include: Video films 2002-2004Girls in BikiniesHot head Babie, as well as Excerpts from the Paris Sessions (2006-2007). Skip will be present during gallery hours to guide viewers through the exhibition.






Get BackMusical performance by Kelly Coats and Kathleen Kim of SheKhan

Saturday, July 12, 2014 7:30 pm
Get Back is a 30-minute experiment in the oscillation of structure and improvisation, harmony and dissonance. Electronic bass lines and beats, interlocked with tactile loops of violin riffs and vocal noise, set the stage for improvisation. Language, introduced as a recognizable form, later dissolves into an eerie cacophony, and ultimately serves as the glue that holds everything together. Get Back is about shifting from center, getting disoriented, and creating a new path.