Wednesday – Saturday. 12 – 5pm.
The Nan Rae Gallery exhibits international, national and regional artists in a multidisciplinary venue for contemporary art. Artist-curated group exhibitions are a particular focus for gallery programming. In addition to professional exhibitions, the gallery displays works from student organizations within the various programs of the School of Media, Culture & Design. The diverse platform of contemporary fine arts programming at the Nan Rae Gallery enriches the cultural life of Woodbury University and provocatively engages the communal cultural fabric of Southern California.
Welcoming the decade with a very special survey, the Nan Rae Gallery will host “Complex Simplicity: A Survey of Paintings and Drawings,” curated by David Pagel and showcasing the work of Toon (1936-2016), a revered and influential contemporary artist, and professor at Woodbury. Carolee Toon’s distinctive artistic voice is found in her monochromatic, non-objective abstract paintings that on first look appear as exceptionally simplistic but in actuality are profoundly complex. In the work of this engaging contemporary artist, these concepts are not just opposites; they are complementary. Her beautifully crafted, idiosyncratic paintings and drawings with hyper-refined surfaces, expose unique relationships between shape, color, and surface.
“What’s More Real Than Flesh is a two-person painting exhibition that pairs recent paintings by Angelenos Victoria Reynolds and Michael Alvarez. Although Reynolds and Alvarez practice very different painting styles and target extremely different subjects, both are drawn to similar situations, the fleshy bodies of animals inhabiting their immediate environment. Reynolds prowls supermarket meat departments and the meat cases of grocery store butchers, while Alvarez strolls through urban milieus in search of intimate scenes from his everyday life.
The Chronic Conundrum is a group exhibition featuring the work of five Los Angeles based artists: Matthew Destefano, Rory Devine, Charlie Engelman, Regina Herod and Joshua Holzmann. The Chronic Conundrum Is organized around the observation of the visceral interconnectedness in approaches to media, process, and image.
Greatest Hits Vol. 1: Highlights from the Fashion Study Collection, a survey fashion exhibition featuring work by important designers of the 20th Century, historically significant garments from the 19th Century, and vintage fashion illustrations by Woodbury alumna Mary Francis Valvo Jacobi.
Woodbury University’s Fashion Study Collection is one of the most unique teaching collections of historic costume and designer fashion in Los Angeles, with over 5,000 pieces of clothing ranging from couture to uniforms. This is the first fashion exhibition of its kind to be shown in the Nan Rae Gallery, signifying the vitality of the collection and the ongoing interest in fashion as art, and it offers a special opportunity to see rare garments by designers such as André Courrèges, Roy Halston, Yohji Yamamoto, and many more up close and in great detail.
A two-person photography exhibition featuring artists Edward Alfano and Lesley Krane, will be featured at Woodbury’s Nan Rae Gallery.
a solo show of paintings by Mary Anna Pomonis
A limited edition poster featuring essays by Doug Harvey
and Annie Wharton, as well as images, are available by request.
Mary Anna Pomonis’ airbrush paintings exist where mysticism, abstract painting, geometry and popular culture intersect. Her source materials are quilt squares, sacred painting, geometry, abstract painting, and digital media. Her solo show at Nan Rae Gallery will feature more than twenty works and include two ritual performances during the opening October 14.
Luis Becerra and Michael Gonzalez.
Luis Becerra describes himself as a “political artist and Muralist following in the traditions of Diego Rivera, Jose Clements and David Alfaro Siqueiros”. Sculpture, painting, drawing, large scale murals all fall within the sphere of influence within his artmaking. The works in this exhibition are wall mounted abstract sculptures consisting of discards and remnants from various forms of media. Mr. Becerra has murals in prominent locations within Los Angeles: Arroyo Seco Regional Public Library in Highland Park and at El Pueblo De Los Angeles, (Olvera Street) and in other locations throughout the city.
Michael Gonzalez sculptural “exo-graphs” constructed with grounding braids used in industrial manufacturing reveal the duality between the beauty and horror of the natural world. Michael Gonzales has had a long and distinguished career as one of Los Angeles most influential artists.Early solo exhibitions at Piezo Electric NY (1986), Thomas Solomon’s Garage LA (1988) and Holly Solomon NY (1990) established his work as a critical component to Los Angles emerging importance as a center for contemporary art.
“Hidden Spaces” celebrates the often-unseen places and pauses in a day as they become visible when framed by the photographer. Submissions were open to all camera types, including phones and disposable cameras and students were encouraged to explore and enjoy the action of making photographs through sponsored photo meet ups. Submissions were open to student’s campus-wide and works shown are from students studying graphic design, architecture, fashion, business, and interdisciplinary studies.
grâce au dessin is a group exhibition focusing on work incorporating drawing and drawing technique in non- traditional ways with respect to notational shorthand, invented personal and visual languages, as well as observational and/or conceptual information leading to – or which is part and parcel of – other forms of an artist’s studio practice like video, installation, sculpture, photography, painting, performance, public art – and ‘drawing’ per se as the completed result or extension from a set of ideas. The exhibitions cast a far reaching net to assemble fascinating relationships, expand shared conversations and galvanize cultural exchange between contemporary art communities.
Curated by Michael Duncan
Brad Killam’s abstract paintings emphasize surface and color to flirt with ruminations on the natural world. These foreground-centric images keenly use the painterly surface and spontaneous gesture as intuitive guideposts
Duane Paul’s work is “concentrated on the fractured, fragmented memories of childhood, strung together and conflated by my adult reflection on past memories and experiences.” Paul uses various materials that may include canvas, plaster and wire, in combination with subtle variations of mold-making and hand-constructed assembly.
Duane Paul – Small Moments Video
The title of the exhibition is posed as a question to allow for the inquiry into what constitutes the photographic imaginary today. We take the rectangular nature of the photograph as natural, yet it is clearly a formal invention, more precisely, both a framing and editing system of image capture that refers to a window onto the world. The photograph records and perceptually reenacts vision, yet photography can also be used to create a fantasy world. Then there are photographs that appears to have been manipulated but are unedited visual artifacts that the photographer witnessed and captured. In this instance I consider it to be a moment when the world reveals itself beyond its everyday appearances. Mainly, there are often photographs taken that one imagines one has captured until seeing the printed work on a screen. The difference between what one imagined having been captured and what the camera rendered is the space of the photographic imaginary.
Vincent Johnson Spring 2017
The political implications inherent within these projects not only underlie their collective group actions, they also influence each of these three artist’s practices outside of their respective collaborations. Through their individual work, they are continually examining larger notions of community via archives, history, language, performance, research, and site-specificity. Considering that we are living in a time tainted by uncertainty on all fronts, all of this material as a whole becomes that much more relevant and vital. The work in Neighborhood Watch will highlight these numerous expressions to promote a cross disciplinary dialogue between the three artists, the general public, and the community of Woodbury University.
Paint Before You Think
A painter for over 30 years, Kilduff’s main focus is plein air painting (painting on location in the landscape). Kilduff’s work has been shown at numerous art festivals and galleries across the United States. For over 15 years he has also hosted a “how to paint” cable access show called “Let’s Paint TV”.
John Kilduff film created by Woodbury University student Brandon Swofford
practice, Practice, practice: Abstract Spirituality in Los Angeles Painting, Sculpture and Performance
Curator Doug Harvey
A group exhibition exploring spirituality through the work of Dina Abdulkarim, Ryan Callis, Linda Day, June Edwards, David McDonald, Rebecca Niederlander, Khang Nguyer, Kenneth Ober, Mary Anna Pomonis, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, and Dan Tull.
Graphic Design Student Exhibition
Curators: Behnoush McKay, Cate Roman, Rebekah Albrecht
The annual exhibition of student work showcases the work of the Woodbury Graphic Design department, ranked as one of the top 25 programs nationally by GD USA Magazine. Exhibition highlights include the work of multiple studios including Entertainment, Advertising, Publications, Environmental, Motion Design, Typography, Photography and more.
Lisa Diane Wedgeworth
Wedgeworth’s studio practice is rooted in storytelling. Her work is informed by both private and public, personal and collective memories. She makes paintings that become abstract interpretations of personal and historical experiences and employs video as meditations on memory, identity and relationships.