Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Lineamenta" Curated by Renée Fox Opened at Beacon Arts Building on May 12, 2012! PhotoJournal by Ginger Van Hook

"Lineamenta" curated by Renée Fox opened at Beacon Arts Building on May 12th, 2012.

Artists included: China Adams, Steven Bankhead, Fay Ray, GeoVanna Gonzales, Kate Harding, Doug Harvey, Flora Kao, Jed Lind, Nuttaphol Ma, Jessica Minckley, Sandeep Mukherjee, M.A. Peers, Antoine Roegiers, Leigh Salgado, Amy Sarkisian, Lisa C Soto and Tim Youd.      http://beaconartsbuilding.com/pr-lineamenta

Curator, Renée Fox, exhibited  a wide variety of artwork that encompassed the examination of drawing in a multisensory experience with video, sound, sculpture, drawing, and installation. Each of the artists demonstrates the theme of "Lineamenta" in a unique style. 

"Lineamenta", is an exhibition which  examines and expands on the definition of drawing. 
This group of work by different artists from Los Angeles to Geneva seeks to redefine drawing, not as an abstract means to an end but as a finite genre, encompassing many different types of media. Drawing is commonly understood as a vague plan or a sketch of an idea for something else. It is this limbo of undefined territory that the work in this show will inhabit, placing drawing in the spotlight as finished work, using sculpture, video, installation and both traditional and unusual drawing techniques throughout the gallery.

At the opening of the Beacon Arts Gallery, one is welcomed with an ornamental calligraphy of the title and each of the artists names inscribed on the wall appearing almost as hieroglyphs in an elegant line. Subsequently, each artist interpreted the line in drawing as the beginning of a new project and followed it through with such detail as to present the viewer with the whole process in layers of planes. The sculpture at the center of the gallery, for example provides a triangular object similar to the construction of a pyramid only that the lines of the skeleton remain to reveal it's path. 

GeoVanna Gonzales interpreted the theme in swirls that creates delicate bird nests on the wall where she also added the shadow. Up close, one sees even the remnants of transparent lines that appear as blown glass fragments or icicles formed at the tips.

Kate Harding interpreted her line drawings into a quaint demonstration of a landscape complete with the white picket fence, the trees and the path it follows into a canvas of brown drawing paper with the white fence interweaved through the paper marking a delicate balance of winter branches.

Additionally,  art pieces created  for "Lineamenta" are utilized to imbue a space of wonderment and fulfillment as one proceeds through the exhibit discovering new ways to see the process of where lines begin, where they end and often, where they disappear into the work of art to sustain the concept of the theme.

"Lineamenta" runs through the end of June 2012 and the closing reception is held on Sunday afternoon June 24th from 1-4pm at Beacon Arts Building in Inglewood, California. This exhibition "Lineamenta" is a significant grouping of artwork that is really worth coming to see this summer, please put this one on your calendars!    

Exhibition special includes a closing reception / brunch catered by IHOP on Sunday, June 24th, 1:00 – 4:00pm. Moderated by art critic Peter Frank, a closing conversation with the curator and some of the participating artists will also take place 2:00pm-3:00pm on Sunday June 24th.

Beacon Arts is located at  808 N. La Brea Ave., Inglewood, CA 90302. Regular gallery hours are from 1:00pm to 6:00pm Thursday through Saturday, Sundays 1:00pm – 4:00pm. 
All Lineamenta events are free.
For additional information please call 310-419- 4077 or visit 

GeoVanna Gonzales. Photo by Ginger Van Hook©2012

Artwork by Flora Kao. Photo by Ginger Van Hook©2012

The Gallery –

Housed within the iconic Beacon Arts Building, the gallery offers innovative art
programming to enrich the cultural landscape of Los Angeles. Its primary directive is to
provide and maintain the integrity of an exhibition space for contemporary fine art by
Southern California artists working in all media, including painting, sculpture, installation,
video, and performance art. Works by both emerging and established artists are presented
in an effort to provide a variety of ideas in different forms that both challenge and inspire.
As a catalyst and advocate for new ideas, the endeavor enriches public understanding and
appreciation of contemporary fine art by creating conversations through special events,
lectures, symposia, and panel discussions with intellectual commentary on exhibitions.
Exhibiting artists are encouraged to forge new relationships and learn from arts
professionals through programming such as the gallery’s inaugural Critics-as-Curators series
– consecutive shows conceived and curated by art writers and critics. This series ran for
the first year of the space, from October 2010 to October 2011. The gallery plans to
continue the tradition of exciting guest curators with the series; Tastemakers of the LA
Artscene. Invited curators (TBA) will be prestigious artists who are also beloved educators
at our internationally renowned Los Angeles art schools. The gallery will continue to
champion LA artists with self-curated shows like Lineamenta, a group exhibition expanding
the definition of drawing, closing June 24.

Beacon Arts Building –

32,400-square-foot Beacon Arts Building is an iconic four-story, solid reinforced concrete
structure located in the heart of the burgeoning Inglewood Arts District. Having stored
inanimate items for close to sixty years, originally as the legendary Bekins Moving and
Storage Company, this dramatic, 1951 edifice has now transformed into a springboard and
“beacon” for artistic expression. In addition to ground floor gallery and retail spaces, the
building offers a gorgeous New York warehouse-style environment for professional artists,
with spaces in various sizes up to 780 square feet with 11’6” ceilings. It has a high rear
loading facility, large freight elevator, WiFi availability, and sprinkler system throughout.
Beacon Arts Building sits prominently on La Brea Avenue, just South of Centinela, located
only 11 minutes south of the 10 Freeway (I-10). Free parking is available in the on-site lot
or on La Brea. For further information about availabilities in the Beacon Arts Building,
please contact Scott Lane at 310-576-3543 or scottlaneco@yahoo.com.
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