While the New York City location is exhibiting the works of Kenny Harris and Sarah Williams, the Los Angeles location is featuring realist artist Wes Hempel. "A walk through any major museum will reveal paintings that depict or legitimate only certain kinds of experience," writes Hempel in his Artist Statement. "Despite the good intentions of critical theorists questioning the validity of the canon, paintings of the old masters on the walls of museums like the Met, the Louvre, Rijks museum still have a certain cache. They're revered not just for their technique but because they enshrine our collective past experience. Of course, it's a selected past that gets validated. Conspicuously absent to me as a gay man is my own story. By presenting contemporary males as objects of desire in familiar looking art historical settings, I'm able to imagine (and allow viewers to imagine) a past that includes rather than excludes gay experience-and ride the coattails, as it were, of art history's imprimatur."
On view January 21 – February 25, 2017
Artist Reception: Saturday, January 21, 5-8 pm
2716 S. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034