Fall 2015

    Catalogue cover - Time Turning Paint: Liat Yossifor
  • Catalogue – Liat Yossifor: Time Turning Paint

    September 12 – December 11, 2015
    Curated by Ciara Ennis
    Pitzer College Art Galleries
    56 pages, with color reproductions, 8” x 7.5”
    ISBN: 978-0-9966445-1-8
    Essay by Glenn Harcourt
    Interview by Ciara Ennis
    Catalogue design by Terry Vuong
    Photography by Ruben Diaz, Jeff Mclane, Gene Ogami
    Images edited by Liat Yossifor

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    Catalogue cover - Artspeak, Kang Seung Lee
  • Catalogue – Artspeak

    Kang Seung Lee: Untitled (Artspeak?)
    September 12 – December 11, 2015
    Curated by Ciara Ennis
    Pitzer College Art Galleries
    56 pages, with color reproductions, 11.75” x 9.75”
    ISBN: 978-0-9829956-9-3
    Essays by Ciara Ennis, Leslie Dick, Jen Hutton
    Catalogue design by SoYun Cho
    Photography by Ruben Diaz

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  • Kang Seung Lee: Untitled (Artspeak?)

    September 12-December 11, 2015
    Lenzner Family Art Gallery

    Opening Reception

    Saturday, September 12, 3-5 p.m.
    Nichols Gallery, Pitzer College Art Galleries

    Artist Lecture

    Kang Seung Lee in conversation with Leslie Dick, artist, writer and faculty at California Institute of the Arts
    Wednesday, October 28, 4:15 p.m.
    Room Q116, West Hall, Pitzer College

    Kang Seung Lee’s installation Untitled (Artspeak?) takes as its starting point ARTSPEAK (1st edition, 1990), the mainstream compendium of “contemporary ideas, movements and buzzwords” from 1945 to 1989. Situating art movements and genres within the context of cultural and historical events, ARTSPEAK provides an overarching view of artistic practice from a Western European perspective that privileges a first-world patriarchal view of art history. In contrast, Lee challenges this narrow interpretation by re-writing the timeline from a critical queer perspective that includes women and artists of color previously erased from the narrative.

    In keeping with the page layout and format of the book, artists, Lee invited writers and critics to contribute images and other textural references from the year of their birth that resonate with particular artistic, cultural and political moments. The resulting large-scale works, which are produced by Lee, are populated with his collaborators’ individualized responses that re-imagine history from the perspective of previously marginalized cultures and identities. Functioning as alternative historical narratives, they also operate as portraits of the participants, who include Leslie Dick, Millie Wilson, Gina Osterloh, Yong Soon Min and Jennifer Moon.

    In a related project, Covers (2015), Lee excavates the gender and racial demographics of catalogues collected by CalArts Library since it opened in 1971. Comprising five bound books, each representing a decade, Covers documents the number of monographs on women and artists of color. By creating this counter-archive, Covers highlights forms of discrimination implicit in conventional systems that construct and disseminate knowledge.

    About the Artist

    Kang Seung Lee is a multidisciplinary artist who was born in South Korea and now lives and works in Los Angeles. He has had solo and group exhibitions at Centro Cultural Border, Mexico City, Mexico; the Weatherspoon Art Museum at University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC; Museo Casa de Leon Trotsky, Mexico City; SOMArts, San Francisco, CA; Center for Art and Thought, Los Angeles, CA. Lee received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2015.

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    Horizontal (2012); 12 by 16 inches; oil on linen
  • Liat Yossifor: Time Turning Paint

    September 12-December 11, 2015
    Nichols Gallery

    Opening Reception

    Saturday, September 12, 3-5 p.m.
    Nichols Gallery, Pitzer College Art Galleries

    Panel Discussion

    “The Politics of Painting”
    Wednesday, September 30, 4:15 p.m.
    Nichols Gallery, Broad Center, Pitzer College

    Panelists: Artists Liat Yossifor and Nery Gabriel Lemus, with Kevin Appel, UC Irvine professor of art and Joanna Roche, Cal State Fullerton professor of art history. Moderated by Christopher Michno, writer, critic and independent curator.

    This panel discussion is generously supported by the Frederick J. Salathé Fund for Music and the Cultural Arts.

    Artist Lecture

    Artists Liat Yossifor and Iva Gueorguieva in conversation with David Pagel, critic, curator and professor of art theory and history at Claremont Graduate University
    Wednesday, November 11, 4:15 p.m.
    Nichols Gallery, Broad Center, Pitzer College

    Painting - The Rider
    The Rider (2014); 16 by 12 inches; oil on linen

    Although Liat Yossifor’s large-scale monochromatic paintings reference the tradition of Abstract Expressionism through their formal language, they have an entirely different agenda. As such, the exhibition, Liat Yossifor: Time Turning Paint, will explore abstraction as a political form and question the efficacy of both the medium and the genre as well as its relationship to artistic practice in the twenty-first century.

    Despite beginning as vibrant blue, red or yellow canvasses, Yossifor’s paintings culminate in somber variations of gray ranging from light slate to almost white. Both tactile and sculptural, these thick impasto paintings are made entirely with palette knives that sculpt, incise and move large quantities of oil paint around on the paintings’ surface. Process-based and performative, these works are governed by a set of rules that delimit the time in which they can be worked on and completed. Produced within three days—the time it takes for the paint to dry—both the color and any discernable representational aspect are erased from the surface, resulting in a void-like space haunted by its expunged referents.

    Although Abstract Expressionism is traditionally a male-dominated medium that celebrated the author-as-genius and abstraction as the purist form, Yossifor’s manipulation of the genre as a time-based gendered performance reconfigures the coordinates. In doing so, Yossifor encourages not only an expansion of the vernacular of Abstract Expressionism but also a different kind of meditation on its function and, as a result, its political potential. [clear]

    About the Artist

    Painting Detail: The Rider
    Detail: The Rider (2014); 16 by 12 inches; oil on linen

    Liat Yossifor has exhibited nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions include Liat Yossifor: Pre-Verbal Painting at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (2015); Liat Yossifor: Thought Patterns at Amerigner | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY (2012); Liat Yossifor: Falling into Ends at Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany (2010); and Liat Yossifor: The Tender Among Us at the Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA (2007). Group exhibitions include Stolen Gestures at Kunsthaus Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany (2013) and A Reflected Gaze, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA (2010).

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