Reflecting Matter at Matter Studio Gallery, Los Angeles

By Kisito Assangni - Monday, April 8, 2019
Reflecting Matter at Matter Studio Gallery, Los Angeles

"... I am realizing my longstanding vision for an exhibition space in the heart of LA. We welcome artists who are established, to those just starting their careers, whether transplants from afar, to those born and raised here. The artists we represent share their voices and commonality through their artwork". The photography exhibition includes works by contemporary artists Djibril Drame, Martin Cox, Fran Lamothe, and Daniel Wheeler whose cultures and perspectives embody universal themes.

Image: Djibril Drame, Black Afro-Futurist Jesus, 2018

 

Matter Studio Gallery was established by Karla Funderburk in one of Los Angeles ‘s historically African-American neighbourhoods as a venue for local artists to reach new audiences. The gallery is quickly becoming a cultural hub for the community it intends to serve.

Matter Studio Gallery also hosts regular events such as Artist Talk at Two series, where currently-exhibiting artists speak about their work and their creative process, Life Figure Drawing sessions, as well as sound baths and live performances.

Matter Studio Gallery will host the opening reception for Reflecting Matter on Sunday, April 14 from 4 to 7 pm. The photography exhibition includes works by contemporary artists Djibril Drame, Martin Cox, Fran Lamothe, and Daniel Wheeler whose cultures and perspectives embody universal themes.  

The show runs through May 19, 2019.

 

Djibril Drame, Black Afro-Futurist Jesus, 2018

 

Djibril Drame (Senegal) is a visual artist, filmmaker, curator and independent scholar originally from Senegal, West Africa. His photographs reflect the spirituality and beauty within the simple moments of daily life, bringing to light the interconnectedness and timelessness of our human experience. His work was recently exhibited at the Key West Photography Festival, where he was a Spotlight Guest and received the Fresh Voices Award.

Martin Cox (UK)’s photographs concern the visual impression time and the seasons make upon a physical place. His images of towns and landscapes capture subtle, yet dramatic observations that highlight changing and vanishing worlds. He works collaboratively with other artists on the ongoing conceptual project Museum of Ennui.

Fran Lamothe (Canada) is a multimedia artist with a focus in visual arts. Her works in Reflecting Matter capture the explosive energy and abstract forms of people defying gravity on the gymnastic rings at Santa Monica Beach. In these photographs, light, space and composition give the viewer a visceral sensation of movement.

Daniel Wheeler (USA) is an internationally-recognized artist and designer who creates in a variety of media including sculpture, set design, furniture making and photography. He works in a range of scale for both public and private spaces around the world. His photographs in the exhibition demonstrate the physics of our universe and inspire us to contemplate the connections and balance that exist between the macro and the micro in space. 

As Karla Funderburk explains, “With Matter Studio Gallery, I am realizing my longstanding vision for an exhibition space in the heart of LA. We welcome artists who are established, to those just starting their careers, whether transplants from afar, to those born and raised here. The artists we represent share their voices and commonality through their artwork. My desire is that Matter Studio Gallery fills an essential need for a gathering place that celebrates inclusiveness through artistic expression in our ever-evolving, diverse city.”

 

Reflecting Matter

14 April – 19 May 2019

Matter Studio Gallery
Los Angeles, USA

Kisito Assangni is a Togolese-French curator, art consultant, and farmer who studied museology at Ecole du Louvre in Paris. Currently living between UK, France and Togo, his research focuses primarily on psychogeography and the cultural impact of globalisation. He investigates the modes of cultural production that combine theory and practice. He inherently aims at going beyond the usual relations between artist, curator, institution, audience, and artwork in order to engage audiences in encounters with art that are unexpected, transformative, and fun. His discursive public programs and exhibitions have been shown internationally, including the Venice Biennale; ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Malmo Konsthall, Sweden; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Es Baluard Museum of Art, Palma, Spain; National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; Marrakech Biennale among others. Assangni has participated in talks, seminars, and symposia at numerous institutions such as the British Museum, London; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; Ben Uri Museum, London; Pori Art Museum, Finland; Kunsthall 3.14, Bergen (Norway); Bamako Encounters Photography Biennial, Mali; Sala Rekalde Foundation, Bilbao; COP17 Summit, South Africa; Depart Foundation, Malibu (USA); Sint-Lukas University, Brussels; Motorenhalle Centre of Contemporary Art, Dresden (Germany); Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, Brazil; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Switzerland. Assangni is the founder of TIME is Love Screening (International video art program) and art advisor for Latrobe Regional Gallery in Victoria, Australia.

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