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'L.A. Looking, or how to engage your stranger friends,' brings together a multitude of approaches to contemporary portraiture. In the included works, some artists push their portraits toward abstraction, while others offer uncanny reads of their subjects—friends, lovers, strangers, public figures, and themselves.

In colloquial use, ‘Stranger friends’ refers to online-only acquaintances. An oxymoronic term, it attests to the range of intimacies, relationships (and the inherent contradictions within) that the selected artists approach. Many of the included portraits intimate a reciprocal exchange—a tenderness even—between sitter and maker. Other works deliberately upend the terms of this intimacy, instead offering critical perspectives on the construction of representational images and the act of looking itself.

Through a variety of media and techniques, including oil on canvas, sculpture, photography, digitally mediated images, and found objects, the artists in 'LA Looking, or how to engage your stranger friends' reference historical conventions of portraiture while attempting to disrupt such restrictive structures.


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This show explores the juncture of the man-made and natural worlds within our metropolis. It is co-curated by Mahara Sinclaire and Colin Roberts, and is the fifth installment of the Lazy Susan curatorial series by Sinclaire.

"LSV: Human Nature" consists of 17 Los Angeles based artists working in photography, printmaking, painting and sculpture. Their works straddle the harsh divide of the colliding worlds of manmade structured space and nature's increasingly elusive presence within it. Within this constant struggle, these artists remind us of our deep, magical connection to nature and how it underlies our rushed societal framework in a variety of ways. "LSV: Human Nature" invites us to pause and rekindle our fascination with nature as it peeks at us through cracks in the concrete walls of our grey jungle.



An exploration of paper as a contemporary medium for expression. Collage, books, origami, painting, drawing, pulping, photos, construction, masks, etc. all made using paper. The most human of all mediums for creation and recording; ubiquitous and humble, paper can be used to make whole worlds. Paper has destroyed whole cultures and preserved others. What is paper in the digital age? Vestigial tool? Fetishized nostalgia object? Flexible and perennial studio standby? These artists answer with their work. Curated by Christopher Wilde.



Fresh Start brings together visionary art makers from various backgrounds that deal in completely different ideas, techniques and materials with drawing, painting and sculpture. The commonality between all this work is that it seeks to break ground and spread awareness of ideas in a much stronger way than previous years. Whether conceptually, figuratively or abstractly, the complicated world we live in, coupled with so much more visual cross dialogue thanks to technology , is causing all artists in LA to rethink and strengthen their creative processes. Fresh Start allows the viewer to see how each of these artists deal in their studios with this through a year of intense feelings and new beginnings. Art is such an important tool for processing and talking about the intense environment around us. The artists in Fresh Start are creating information that helps move this conversation along faster and smarter, to accomplish a Fresh Start for the audience as well. Curated by Colin Roberts.



Please join us for the group exhibition METAL opening at LAVA on Saturday September 2nd from 7 - 10pm. Curated by Colin Roberts.



LAVA Projects, a new contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, is hosting its first exhibition "everything is coming up roses." Curated by Patrick Nickell.