Winter 2021 Exhibitions

January 14 – April 22, 2021

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The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) are pleased to present a series of four solo exhibitions featuring newly commissioned work by Los Angeles artists Panteha Abareshi, Alexandre Dorriz, Tristan Espinoza, and Maru Garcia. These series of exhibitions reimagine the role of the gallery experience for our current times by presenting research-based artists outside of the white box. Each respective exhibition engages a variety of interdisciplinary themes, with Tristan Espinoza\’s activation of machine learning; Panteha Abareshi\’s relationship to epidemiology; Maru Garcia\’s creative approach to experimentation, cellular evolution, and collaboration; and Alexandre Dorriz\’s investigative research into the mechanics of transactions, public policy, and water rights.


Tristan Espinoza: Index, Interiors, January 14 — April 22, 2021

Tristan Espinoza\’s Index, Interiorspresents the site-specific, web-based artwork, perennial, a project archiving the artist\’s personal and cultural histories associated with Southern California\’s ubiquitous citrus heritage. Espinoza indexes an array of recording and rendering approaches—from the hand-made artistic medium of cyanotypes to an obscured second-hand comprehension derived from artificial intelligence—poetically cultivating a discourse around societal relationships and distances to material experiences, memories, and their proxies. 


Tristan Espinoza [b. 1995, Tamuning, Guam (he/they)] has exhibited internationally and in the US, in places such as the Archer Beach Haus, Chicago, IL; the Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL; Supplyframe DesignLab, Pasadena, CA; 187 Augusta, Medford, NY; and Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA. Espinoza is a current MFA candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles\’ Design Media Arts program and holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Panteha Abareshi: Tender Calamities, February 4 — April 22, 2021

Panteha Abareshi\’s exhibition showcases two new films that will premier online along with a sculptural installation, all of which examines the tensions between the impermanence of the human body, and the intimate objects (both biological and synthetic) our bodies leave behind after it ceases to function. Their work plays with the idea of prosthetics as a mechanized object fulfilling malfunction and void in our bodies to back to what is perceived to be normal, including an exploration of how these prosthetics exist as objects and ideas beyond their function. Abareshi\’s work complicates traditional notions of memento mori by how these objects reconsider the frequently otherized body that is diseased and malfunctioning, rather than viewing this natural phenomenon as a normal, inevitable function of life.


Panteha Abareshi [b. 1999, Montreal, Canada (they/them)] is currently completing their BFA at the University of Southern California\’s Roski School of Art and Design. Abareshi has performed and exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; Human Resources, Los Angeles; and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, among others. 


Maru Garcia: membrane tensions, March 4 — April 22, 2021

Maru Garcia\’s exhibition features a multifaceted time-based installation commissioned especially for the LAMAG. Her installation, membrane tensions, is made up of three in-gallery components: an active laboratory of live cultures (yeast and bacteria) to harvest cellulose for the other two components; an intervention light into of gallery\’s windows with the cellulose; and an installation of suspended sculptural forms also made from cellulose. The site-specific installation will be monitored, documented, and presented through online streaming from LAMAG\’s website. 


membrane tensions evoke the beginnings of the primordial soup of life and the early build blocks of when lifeforms first emerged. Essential to this was the biological delineation between internal and external. Garcia\’s uses cellulose created from microbial symbiotic relationships as a metaphorical \”membrane\” that explores these ideas of relationships and interconnectivity through the idea of exchange and collaboration through porous boundaries on a biological, artistic, and sociopolitical level in considering how we can reimagine future relationships and collaborations by examining basic building blocks of primordial relationships. 


Maru Garcia [b. Puebla, Mexico (she/her)] has participated in conferences, solo and group exhibitions in North America, Europe, and Asia. She was an artist in residence in the National Center of Genetic Resources in Mexico. She received awards from Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative, Clifton Webb Scholarship for the Arts, and Fundación Jumex. She is based in LA and holds an MFA in Design & Media Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.S. in Biotechnology and B.S. in Chemistry from Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.


Alexandre Dorriz: Public Sculpture 001-C, March 18 — April 22, 2021

Alexandre Dorriz\’s practice investigates power networks often unnoticed behind the facades of public works, researching politics behind public essentials such as space, land-use, and water distribution. Dorriz\’s Public Sculpture 001-C takes viewers through a journey of research, tallying and mapping the many means and measures involved in advancing an artist\’s concept through production phases and public presentation, ultimately revealing the internal exchanges that determinately shape and shift the materialization and fabricated value structuring a commissioned public work. Dorriz\’s research-based process unfurls bureaucratic affairs to issue a space for vital conversations in creative production, such as the monetization of creative labor, complicated discrepancies in funding, and the dynamics behind transactions such as donations and public acquisitions and their political substrates. 


Alexandre Dorriz [b. 1990, Los Angeles, California (he/him)] has previously exhibited at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Visitor Welcome Center, Human Resources, ltd los angeles, and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Dorriz\’s writing has appeared in Temporary Art Review, and his work has been featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly and reviewed in Artforum. He is an artist-gallerist-organizer and co-founder of the Crenshaw Dairy Mart and inaugural professor for the Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA at Prescott College, where he will teach courses on studio practice and critical museology. Dorriz received his MFA at the University of Southern California and his BA at the University of California, Berkeley.


The online exhibitions will launch a format distinct from LAMAG\’s typical web content. The virtual exhibition design will display artworks and initiate visitor interaction opportunities through response prompts with additional engagement through a free downloadable educator, family and gallery guides, and a chance to further connect by attending LAMAG\’s virtual programming events. Subscribe to LAMAG\’s newsletter and follow us on social to stay updated on all programming and exhibition developments. Find us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook @LAMAGBarnsdall, and join us with #LAMAGallery.

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Panteha Abareshi, Methods of Care for the Precarious Body (video still), 2020. courtesy of the artist.
Alexandre Dorriz, Public Sculpture 001-C, 2020. courtesy of the artist.
Tristan Espinoza, perennial, 2020. courtesy of the artist.
Maru Garcia, membrane tensions, 2020. courtesy of the artist.

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