Fay Ray, Hanging Sculptures, JOAN, Los Angeles, (April 25–May 17, 2015)

April 25–May 17, 2015
JOAN, Los Angeles

JOAN presents an installation by Los Angeles based artist Fay Ray titled Hanging Sculptures. For the project, Ray constructs a collection of objects and forms which include cast aluminum objects, bored volcanic rocks, chain, wire, and natural materials. The elements are transformed into a floating constellation concentrated in the center of the space. Creating a suspended mass of various textures and materials, Ray’s installation weaves into physical dimensions of the space; floating, balancing, resting, or precariously dangling as it reaches beyond vertical and horizontal limitations into physical space.

Based on the construction of a massive chandelier or kinetic sculpture, Hanging Sculptures recalls the shapes of charm necklaces, oversize jewelry, and the delicate balance of pendulums. These various references suggest the deliberate arrangements of traditional religious imagery, borrowing the symbolism and composition based in the realm of altars, shrines, and pagan worship. The deliberate placement and stark metallic materiality of the installation recalls ideas of devotion, consumption, and desire as seen through the magnified lens of of a large scale installation made specifically for JOAN. Fay Ray: Hanging Sculptures is organized by Gladys-Katherina Hernando.

 

Installation view of Fay Ray "Hanging Sculptures," JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua WhiteInstallation view of Fay Ray “Hanging Sculptures,” JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White.

Installation view of Fay Ray "Hanging Sculptures," JOAN, May 2015, organized by Gladys-Katherina Hernando, photo by Joshua White
Installation view of Fay Ray “Hanging Sculptures,” JOAN, May 2015, organized by Gladys-Katherina Hernando, photo by Joshua White.
Installation view of Fay Ray "Hanging Sculptures," JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White
Installation view of Fay Ray “Hanging Sculptures,” JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White.
Installation view of Fay Ray "Hanging Sculptures," JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White
Installation view of Fay Ray “Hanging Sculptures,” JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White. 

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Detail view of Fay Ray "Hanging Sculptures," JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White

Installation view of Fay Ray “Hanging Sculptures,” JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White.

Installation view of Fay Ray "Hanging Sculptures," JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White
Installation view of Fay Ray “Hanging Sculptures,” JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White.
Installation view of Fay Ray "Hanging Sculptures," JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White
Installation view of Fay Ray “Hanging Sculptures,” JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White.
Detail view of Fay Ray "Hanging Sculptures," JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White
Detail view of Fay Ray “Hanging Sculptures,” JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White.
Detail view of Fay Ray "Hanging Sculptures," JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White
Detail view of Fay Ray “Hanging Sculptures,” JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White.
Installation view of Fay Ray "Hanging Sculptures," JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White
Installation view of Fay Ray “Hanging Sculptures,” JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White.

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Detail view of Fay Ray “Hanging Sculptures,” JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White.Photo-Joshua_White-jwpictures.com-7073-683x1024

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Detail view of Fay Ray “Hanging Sculptures,” JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White.

Installation view of Fay Ray "Hanging Sculptures," JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White
Installation view of Fay Ray “Hanging Sculptures,” JOAN, May 2015, photo by Joshua White.

The White Album, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles (July 19–August 16, 2014)

The White Album, organized by Gladys-Katherina Hernando

Richard Telles, Los Angeles

July 19–August 16, 2014

Richard Telles Fine Art is pleased to announce The White Album, a group show curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando featuring nineteen Los-Angeles-based artists. The exhibition will present contemporary painting, video, sculpture, and performance that engages with the search for the transcendental in California. Influenced by quintessential aspects and industries of Los Angeles – the landscape, fashion, porn, mysticism, Hollywood, and remnants of the burnt out 60s –The White Album focuses on works that explore ideas of alchemy, animism, vitalism, magic, corporeal transformation, and wonder. These concepts are positioned together to generate a connection that exists outside of ourselves, in alternative modes of consciousness. 

Inspired by the book and essay of the same name by writer Joan Didion, The White Album creates a series of subtexts that relate and play with one another in the attempt to recreate the formation of narratives and the sensation of the intangible magic that inspires these artist’s works. In her essay, Didion writes about the end of the 60s and explores various topics about California, from the opening of the lavish Getty Villa, the emergence of the Women’s Movement, and the importance of water in the desert, and invisible politics. Today there is another ending: the lack of grand narratives, the proliferation of images in culture, and the loss of the imagination of the future. Yet artists have returned to the exploration of the sublime and the metaphysical aspects of lived experience. Like the book, the exhibition focuses on Los Angeles artists dealing with a variety of subjects linked to the intangible qualities of the mystical and transcendental. 

The exhibition includes Christopher Badger, Kristin Beinner James, Eduardo Consuegra, Alika Cooper, Dan Finsel, Mark Hagen, Daniel Ingroff, Barry Johnston, James Krone, Max Maslansky, Dianna Molzan, Laurie Nye, Fay Ray,  Amanda Ross-Ho, Katherine Ryan, Semi-Tropic Spiritualists, Owen Schmit, Mary Weatherford, and Jonas Wood.

A publication will be produced on the occasion of the exhibition with texts by Gladys-Katherina Hernando, Lia Trinka-Browner, and Itza Vilaboy, and available for the duration of the show. On the evening of the opening there will be a performance by Semi-Tropic Spiritualists at 6:30 pm sharp.

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7380 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am – 5pm


For an idea of the desert, Joshua Tree, CA (August 2013)

For an idea of the desert:  Nora Jean Petersen & Fay Ray 

curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando

August 31, 2013

It is a vast nature. Sands of former lakes and rivers. A mysterious eternity, the definitions of this arid place are almost unfathomable. Layers build to form new shapes. Entropy and erosion. They reveal time in their imprint, perhaps it was only a moment.

From this distance to the city, surrounded by the warm summer air, let the landscape shore up a temporary dislocation in favor of discovery. Be here now.

A forced perspective finds you, a mirror image recording a landscape, to create an ideal position of vision from a single vantage point. Like a hallucinogenic scene from a 1970s science fiction film, these facets simulate movement, light and shadow in flux, to capture the warped symmetry and sun-scorched surface of the desert earth.

What are the codes and signs of the medium? Do the historical echos reach these public lands that hands have barely touched? Can these objects reach for the sky like Joshua or the trees just outside?

The Cahuilla Native Americans used the leaves of the Yucca brevifolia to weave baskets and sandals. Now there are only shapes and trails made by other hands, shadows of bodies lay beside the reversed imprints of natural objects. Monochromatic blackness of form and texture, the art of ritualized behavior.

For an idea of the desert these works collide. They reach from their origin in the city, activated by the howling wind, the concentrated particles of dust, a wandering eye, a beating heart, or a racing mind.

Neptune at opposition.

The waning moon will laugh tonight.

August 31, 2013, Shangrila, Joshua Tree

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Nora Jean Petersen received her MFA from Art Center College of Art and Design and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College. She has exhibited at China Art Objects, Los Angeles; Karen Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles; Galerie Nomadenoase, Hamburg; and at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, among others.

Fay Ray received her MFA from Columbia University and her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design. She has exhibited at various institutions and galleries including Aran Cravey Gallery, Venice; Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles; LAXART, Los Angeles; Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY; and El Museo del Barrio, New York, among others.

All photos © Joel Woodman

INFO about SHANGRILA 2013: Burrito Deluxe, Joshua Tree, California

Organized by Steven Bankhead and Jesse Benson

August 30 – September 1

List of Participants:

Rhiannon Aarons
Amy Radio
Animal Charm
Merwin Belin
Big Girls
MC Sky Burchard
Michelle Chong
Ted Byrnes and Nick Deyoe
Justin Cole
Greg Lenczycki
Alan Nakagawa
AJ Collins
Molly Corey
Mark Desiderio
DJ Debbie Downer
Earth Like Planets
Elephant
Elephant
Alex Becerra
Diana-Sofia Estrada
John Hogan
Sarah Peterson
Guan Rong
Women vs. Children
Thor Evensen
DJ Mark X Farina
Quinn Gomez-Heitzeberg & Astri Swendsrud
Hannah Greely
Daniel Handal
David Hendren
Gladys-Katherina Hernando
Nora Jean Petersen
Fay Ray
Chas Higginbottom
Cannon Hudson
Malisa Humphrey
Ricardo Ibarra
Natalie Jones
Bridget Kane
Farrah Karapetian
Becky Koblick
Jamie Isenstein
Sonia Leimer
Faris McReynolds
Jessica Minckley
Joshua Nathanson
Davida Nemeroff
Net Shaker
Bret Nicely
D’Ette Nogle
Tom Norris
One Finger Riot
Shalini Patel
Josh Peters
Renee Petropoulos
Ben Pruskin
Chadwick Rantanen
Mark Roeder
Svetlana Romanova
Asha Schechter
Elana Scherr
Nicolas Shake
Summercamp’s ProjectProject presents:
Inside Job – with Fatima Hoang
Supper
The Softest Handshake
DJ Jan Tumlir
Torbjorn Vejvi
Chris Wilder
Taylor Zepeda
Rodd Zinberg
 
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