FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
C.O.L.A. 2006 Individual Artist Fellowships:
Celebrating C.O.L.A.’s Ten-year Anniversary
Friday, April 28 through Sunday, June 11, 2006
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 2 5 p.m.
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park
4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027
For information on C.O.L.A. performances please call 866-881-8399
Hours, Thursday - Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.; First Fridays, Hours are extended until 9:00 p.m.
Admission, General $5.00; Seniors and Students, $3.00; Children under 12 with Adults, Free. Admission is Free to the exhibition reception, C.O.L.A. performances, and during First Fridays.
Jeffery Keedy, Pattern Recognition, Eye Candy, (detail) from the Ornamental Morphologies series, 2006.
This year marks the Ten-Year Anniversary of the C.O.L.A. (City of Los Angeles) Individual Artist Fellowships. Since 1996, a total of 144 C.O.L.A. fellowships have been awarded to Los Angeles County resident artists. The professional and artistic caliber of these 144 fellows is the reason why C.O.L.A. has been nationally recognized as one of the most prestigious municipal arts funding programs in the country, and it is administered by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).
Of the fifteen C.O.L.A. 2006 Fellows, ten are visual artists, four are performing artists, and one is a literary artist. The C.O.L.A. 2006 Fellows are Lita Albuquerque, Claudia Bucher, Sam Easterson, Margaret Garcia, Janie Geiser, Jeffery Keedy, Hirokazu Kosaka, Dan Kwong, Simon Leung, William Roper, Fran Siegel, Sri Susilowati, Janice Tanaka, Denise Uyehara, and Terry Wolverton.
DCA presents a comprehensive review of artwork by its C.O.L.A. fellows each year. The C.O.L.A. 2006 visual arts exhibition will be held in the Municipal Art Gallery of Barnsdall Park, and it is curated by Mark Steven Greenfield, Executive Director of the Gallery. The C.O.L.A. 2006 Performances will be held in the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Park, and they include performance art pieces, film screenings, and literary readings.
In celebration of the Ten-Year Anniversary of the C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowships, the Municipal Art Gallery will also host a retrospective exhibition of new work by past C.O.L.A. fellows awarded from 1996 to 2005, curated by Scott Canty, in the Gallery’s project room.
Additional Exhibition in Barnsdall Park:
Folding Screens: An Architectural Art
Friday, April 28, through Sunday, June 11
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 5 - 7 p.m.
Hollyhock House Gallery
Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles 90027
Hours, The exhibition may only be viewed as part of a Hollyhock House tour or at the opening reception.
Tour admission, General $5.00; Seniors and Students, $3.00
Tours are held Wednesday through Sunday at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 p.m.
Groups of ten or more should call 323.644.6269 for times and rates.
David Alan Yamamoto, Manzanar Revisited: Adminstration Building, 1995.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and located in Barnsdall Park, is pleased to present the group art exhibition Folding Screens: An Architectural Art. The exhibition will be installed in the Hollyhock House Art Gallery and in several historic rooms of Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark residence. The exhibition will include approximately 14 contemporary works of art by six artists and one designer, as well as several documentary photographs of Hollyhock House.
The exhibition seeks to “restore” screens (contemporary works) to Hollyhock House in rooms where vintage screens were originally displayed but were later lost. Hollyhock House, the first of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs to be built in Los Angeles, initially housed several sets of Japanese and Korean screens sold by Wright to the original owner of the house, Aline Barnsdall. Current photographs of the rooms “restored” with contemporary screens will be exhibited alongside historic photographs taken in the 1920s of the same rooms with original screens in place. Thus, the exhibition will give both an historical interpretation of Hollyhock House by showing the integral relationship of the folding screen to the interiors of the house, as well as act as an index of the diversity of art practices displayed within this traditional format.
According to Exhibition Coordinator Gabriel Cifarelli, “In several rooms of Hollyhock House, Wright began with a screen first, then proceeded to design the space to house it, carefully choosing the room’s color and wood trim based on the color and dimensions of the screen. In this way, the rooms can be seen as extensions of the screen artwork. This exhibition seeks to restore the priority of the artwork to the architectural space.”
Included in the exhibition are artists Sheila Brossman, Tessie Dong, Young Kim, Rachelle Mark, Shizu Saldamando, and David Yamamoto, as well as designer Jacek Ostoya of Mebel Furniture. Works selected for this exhibition are modern interpretations of an ancient format: the folding screen. Within the format of folding panels, these artists have implemented stained and fused glass, clear acrylic, neon and iron-work, large scale photographic prints, as well as more traditional media such as paint on silk.