Have You Seen Me (Collaborative Project) / Shelli Tollman / Jennifer Sullivan

October 15 – November 12, 2011 
Opening Reception: Saturday October 15, 7-10 pm 

 Main Gallery 
A Collaborative Project by Tanya Haden and Anna Oxygen 
Featuring work by: 
Flora Golden 
Tanya Haden 
Johanna Jackson 
Caitlin Lainoff 
Anna Oxygen 
Tracey Polyflavor 
Alexandra Rushfield 
Allison Schulnik 
Katie Shook 
Marnie Weber 
Johanna Went 
Megan Whitmarsh 

Las Cienegas Projects is pleased to present Have You Seen Me, a collaborative, installation-based project and group of performances conceived of by Tanya Haden and co-curated by Tanya Haden and Anna Oxygen.

Artists were asked to contribute work to be included within an illustrated 3-dimensional forest created by Haden and populated by mythical and familiar female storybook characters in various stages of disarray and displacement. The forest is interwoven with images and sculptural representations of domesticity. The show addresses the convergence of everyday, mundane domestic life with landscapes of fantasy, surrealism and notions of escapism, and poses questions around the meaning of being “lost”, the ways we experience being “seen”, and the stories we create to weave these sensations together.

The opening reception will include live puppet performances, music, and performance art exploring themes of the show. Contributing artists include Flora Golden, Tanya Haden, Johanna Jackson, Caitlin Lainoff, Anna Oxygen, Tracey Polyflavor, Alexandra Rushfield, Allison Schulnik, Katie Shook, Marnie Weber, Johanna Went, and Megan Whitmarsh. The performances will leave behind remnants that will become part of the gallery space for the duration of the exhibition.

Holly Myers, Art Review: ‘Have You Seen Me’ at Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles Times, November 3, 2011

 Project Space
Somewhere In This World 
Shelli Tollman, Somewhere In This World, 2011.
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in.

Las Cienegas Projects is pleased to present Somewhere In This World, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Shelli Tollman. For this exhibition, Tollman will show 6 mixed media paintings on canvas from a body of work which addresses the complexities of diversity and both personal and political upheaval. Rooted in her upbringing during the apartheid era in South Africa, Tollman’s work is expressive of both wistfulness and despondency, hope and hopelessness. Tollman explores themes of oppression, cruelty and predatory behavior from a child-like perspective. Elements of the African and European folk tales of her childhood can be found in the delicate disorder of her paintings, in which evil gnome-like creatures (the Tockeloshes of Zulu mythology) and axe-wielding woodcutters wander through multi-woven narratives seeking victims, while animals consume each other and figures are torn in half or melt away into abstracted drips. The Disneyesque approach of these sinister fairytale-like works reflects Tollman’s experience as an immigrant artist confronted with American culture.

Shelli Tollman received her BFA from The Boston Museum School of Fine Arts in 2005. She also studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town and at WITS University in Johannesburg. Tollman has participated in numerous group shows in Los Angeles, including The Los Angeles Juried Exhibition 2010.

Back Room                                                                                                                                JENNIFER SULLIVAN
Adult Movie

Las Cienegas Projects is pleased to present Adult Movie, a solo exhibition by Jennifer Sullivan. Loosely inspired by Les Blank’s documentary Burden of Dreams, which chronicles the myriad adversities faced during the making of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, Sullivan’s new video Adult Movie explores the internal conflicts and struggles of art making, money making and adulthood through a non-linear, diaristic narrative and a fragmented melodramatized movie-within-a-movie format, reflecting upon the artist’s own past work and the desire to move forward artistically, as well as a recent residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a brief career as a dancer at a lesbian strip club.

In conjunction with this new video, Sullivan will present a series of digitally printed “movie posters”, created by scanning, enlarging and reprinting handmade collage works on paper. The collage poster prints act as poetic storyboards and montages, providing complements and alternate entry points to the narrative threads presented in Adult Movie. The exhibition will take the form of a minimal movie theater set, including a curtained off screening area, and movie posters installed outside the screening, as in the lobby of a cinema.

Jennifer Sullivan (b. Albany, NY 1978) is an interdisciplinary artist who works in performance, video, painting and installation. Her work has been exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at Freight + Volume in NY and Raid Projects in Los Angeles, as well as group exhibitions and performances at MoMA PS1, Horton Gallery, The Kitchen, and Klaus von Nichtsaggend gallery. She has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Ox-Bow, Yaddo and Voom HD Lab, and her videos are included in the Geisel Library collection at the University of California in San Diego. Sullivan received an MFA from Parsons School of Design, New York
 and BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. She currently lives and works in Ridgewood, NY.


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