Galerie Gradiva, Paris
November 3rd – 29th
Opening November 2nd, 6-9pm
As part of the Photo Saint Germain Festival, Galerie Gradiva is pleased to announce Shadows, a collaboration by Alexandra Grant and Keanu Reeves.
“Alexandra Grant’s drawings first came into dialogue with Keanu Reeves’s poetry in Ode To Happiness, published by Steidl in 2011. Five years later, the artists renewed their collaboration with Shadows (Steidl, 2016), in which photographs and poetic writing meld in a single work of art.
Shadows is a photosensitive encounter between an artist-photographer and an actor-poet. In a ritual dance, he offers up to her gaze his feelings, failures, wounds, and raw power. His shadow is born from light. Rather than obscuring the light he moves incessantly around her and her camera’s lens. His shadow shapes and reshapes itself, taking the form and telling the story of an ancient deity, an errant ghost, a beast and an eternal source of light, warmth and protection.
In Shadows she allows us to see his body’s double, his soul, which cannot be captured otherwise. Shadows are truths from beyond our present moment, from time immemorial, the time of myth. They are a subtle presence which invite us, as viewers, to understand that the hereafter is here and now; they provide us a possible telepathic link across the depths of what we fear encountering most, our desire.
His shadow never ceases moving or lets itself be caged or trapped in one pose or another. His hands are those of a earth-bound magician, one who transforms clay into tiny figures that become men when he breathes life into them. There is neither darkness nor guile in the shadow; it emanates white or colored light, auguring only possibility. From the perspective of her lens, his shadow doesn’t haunt or glide by like a ghost; it flickers like a fire full of life, a crackling force. As an image, it doubles upon itself, superimposes one iteration upon another as an optical illusion, a game, the trace of an apparition.
His shadow reveals itself to be fragile, wavering across the liminal bounds of our present, ready to disappear at any moment. To capture this vulnerability the artist stays open and aware, but at a safe distance, ready to tame, assuage, and reassure the shadow with her camera and her self that he won’t become prey, that she will preserve his liberty to come and go at any moment.
Seeing Shadows is like hearing a long poem recited in the dancing of two bodies, one tangible, the other ethereal. The lyrics are delivered like a prayer from the depths, a prophetic song filled with light that reveals what we, as humans, do not know yet.”
— Valérie Fougeirol, Curator of the exhibition.
Image: Shadow (11), after Keanu Reeves’s “I can’t say all I want to say,” 2016. Acrylic pigment printed on Arches velour paper rough, 60” x 40”. Edition of 2 with 1 AP. Printed in Germany by Gerhard Steidl.
Signing: The Artists’ Prison
Saturday, September 23, 2017
NY Art Book Fair, MoMA PS1
X Artists’ Books, Booth N24
Launch and signing of The Artists’ Prison by Alexandra Grant and Eve Wood.
The Artists’ Prison looks askance at the workings of personality and privilege, sexuality, authority, and artifice in the art world. Imagined through the heavily redacted testimony of its warden, the prison is a brutal landscape where sentences range from the allegorical to the downright absurd. In The Artists’ Prison, the act of creating becomes a strangely erotic condemnation, as well as a means of punishment and transformation. It is in these very transformations—sometimes dubious, sometimes oddly sentimental—that the book’s critical edge is sharpest. Juxtaposing word and image, The Artists’ Prison represents a unique visual and literary intersection, in which Eve’s drawings open spaces of potential meaning in Alexandra’s text, and the text, in turn, acts as a framework in which the images can resonate and intensify in significance.
Alexandra Grant is a Los Angeles–based artist who uses language, literature, and exchanges with writers as the basis for her work in painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. Eve Wood is a visual artist, poet, and critic whose drawings and paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries such as Susanne Vielmetter, Western Project, and Ochi Projects.
X Artists’ Books publishes courageous, beautiful books for curious readers. X is a connector, a multiplier, a kiss, a proxy. X is a signature, a mark for uncharted territory, the core of infinity. To join their mailing list and to order a copy of The Artists’ Prison please visit www.xartistsbooks.com.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
1:00pm to 8:00pm
REDCAT Theater (map)
This durational performance of The Words of Others (Palabras Ajenas), set in the REDCAT Theater, will be the first staging of the full work by Léon Ferrari.
The Words of Others (Palabras Ajenas) is a Vietnam-era antiwar piece written in the form of a dramatic script. The Argentine artist Léon Ferrari created this “literary collage,” one of his essential political statements, by cutting and assembling text from various sources, including news agencies, history books, the Bible, and speeches by such political and religious figures as Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, Pope Paul VI and Adolph Hitler.
The September 16th durational performance in the theater at REDCAT will be the first full staging of the work. Partial readings took place at the Arts Lab in London (1968) and in Buenos Aires at the Larrañaga Theater (1972). A cast of thirty readers will give a contemporary voice to the text and constitute a tribute to him as an artist and defender of culture, democracy, and civil rights. Ferrari’s literary collages share the experimental impulse of figures such as Julio Cortázar and Bertolt Brecht in literature and theater, as well as the political unrest of the counterculture movement of the 1960s.
This durational performance is free and open to the public (people can come and go as they please).
Readers: Edgar Arceneaux, Camila Ascencio, Rafael López Barrantes, Samantha Bartow, Nao Bustamante, José Luis Blondet, Ashlyn Delaire, Carlo Figlio, Jessica Fleischmann, Andrea Fraser, Charles Gaines, Alexandra Grant, Jen Hofer, Ashley Hunt, Rett Keeter, Daniel Lavery, Mireya Lucio, Michael Ned Holte, Roberto Martin, Fernando Mitre, Paige McGhee, Alyxaundrea Munson, Silke Otto-Knapp, Mac Rasmus, Christopher Rivas, Juan Rivera, Connie Samaras, Hannah Trujillo and Kristin Wetenkamp.
More about the exhibition and performance at REDCAT here.
To order a copy of X Artists’ Books’ The Words of Others (Palabras Ajenas), please visit their website.
Galería Marco Augusto Quiroa en Casa Santo Domingo
July 15 – August 17, 2017
Opening: Saturday, July 15, 6-9pm
Casa Santo Domingo is pleased to announce the acquisition of ghost town, Alexandra Grant’s large-scale participatory drawing made for the 20 Bienal de Arte Paiz in 2016 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. For ghost town, Grant invited over 600 members of the public to join her in illustrating a series of poems by the Guatemalan writer Vania Vargas titled “Cartografía de un pueblo fantasma” (“Cartography of a Ghost Town”), which map out dreams, real and fictive, across the urban landscape of Guatemala City.
Now in the permanent collection of Casa Santo Domingo, ghost town is a historic record of several generations of Guatemalan artists and non-artists that worked side-by-side with Grant as an extension of her studio practice. This exhibition of the work, a year after its creation, celebrates the spirit of hospitality, collaboration and exchange in which it was made.
Creado con la participacion del publico — lista de nombres adjuntos — durante la 20 Bienal de Arte Paiz.
X Artists’ Books launches in Los Angeles
Announcing X Artists’ Books, a small press focusing on artists’ books and collaborations. XAB’s books are works of art; portals to imagined worlds; treasured companions; the fabric of a community. This year will see the release of our first four projects, which demonstrate the range of our interests as well as our core commitments to emotional courage, intellectual rigor, and aesthetic and material integrity:
The Artists’ Prison, with text by Alexandra Grant and drawings by Eve Wood, imagines the art world in a Kafkaesque future state, where creativity can be a criminal offense and art making, a punishment.
High Winds is an adults’ picture book for sleepless nights. Text by Sylvan Oswald and imagery by Jessica Fleischmann combine to chart a phantasmagorical road trip through kaleidoscopic Western landscapes and vivid emotional terrain.
The Words of Others (Palabras ajenas) is the first full English translation of Argentine artist León Ferrari’s literary masterpiece (1967), an uncompromising critique of military aggression in the context of the Vietnam War. The text is edited by Ruth Estévez, Miguel A. López, and Agustín Diez Fischer, and translated by Jen Hofer, Román Luján, and Tupac Cruz. The editors are also the curators of an exhibition centered on this important work by Ferrari, opening September 16, 2017, at the gallery at REDCAT as part of Pacific Standard Time’s LA/LA initiative. A reading of the full text will be staged in the theater at REDCAT, September 16, 1–9 p.m.
(Zus), by French photographer Benoît Fougeirol, explores the harsh paradoxes of the marginalized suburban zones of Paris, reflecting on their stubborn vitality and their dereliction—and the failures of collective imagination that they represent. The publication of (Zus), which includes an essay by Jean-Christophe Bailly, will coincide with the appearance of Fougeirol’s work in a major exhibition of photography exploring the changing landscapes of France at the Bibliothèque nationale, Paris, opening October 24, 2017.
Become a subscriber and receive the full complement—save money, join our community, and help bring books into the world. The X Artists’ Books 2017 subscription includes The Artists’ Prison, High Winds, The Words of Others (Palabras ajenas), and (Zus).
To learn more about XAB and our books, to join our mailing list and let us know what books are to you, please visit: www.xartistsbooks.com.
Agatha French, “Books as an Artistic Proposition,” LA Times, www.latimes.com/books/la-ca-jc-keanu-reeves-artists-books-20170719-story.html
Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND)
“Frame Rate” – Alexandra Grant presents “Taking Lena Home”
Thursday, June 29, 7pm
Blue Roof Studios
7329 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90003
Los Angeles Nomadic Division is pleased to present the West Coast Premiere of “Taking Lena Home,” Alexandra Grant’s 2016 documentary about the return of a stolen tombstone to rural Nebraska.
“Cixous: Corollaires d’une signature / Corollaries of a Signature”
Paris, Maison Heinrich Heine, Cité internationale universitaire
June 14, 15 and 16
The conference “Cixous: Corollaires d’une signature / Corollaries of a Signature” about the work of French philosopher Hélène Cixous will take place at the University of Paris June 14, 15 and 16. Artist Alexandra Grant will speak Friday, June 16 about the “Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest” and a “Cixousian Methodology for Participatory Art Projects”
Alexandra Grant and the grantLOVE project are pleased to support Angel Art and Project Angel Food. Grant created a unique color way of her LOVE neon in pink and black for Angel Art, which benefits the work of Project Angel Food, a non-profit in Los Angeles that provides food and assistance to those who are too critically ill to take care of themselves.
Online bidding for the LOVE neon is live on Paddle 8 until June 9th and there will be a live auction during the Angel Art event.
Saturday, June 10
7pm Cocktails & Viewing
8pm Live Auction
6121 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tickets available here.
Flaming June VII (Flaming Creatures)
Gavlak Gallery Los Angeles
June 8 – August 5, 2017
Opening June 8, 6-8pm
Gavlak Los Angeles is pleased to present a group exhibition entitled Flaming June VII (Flaming Creatures). This is the seventh iteration of “Flaming June,” a series of exhibitions curated by Sarah Gavlak that began in 1997. The title of the show is attributed to English Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir Frederic Leighton’s famous classist painting Flaming June (1895) which portrays a sleeping woman in a vibrant orange gown.
Artists featured include Lisa Anne Auerbach, Judie Bamber, Amy Bessone, Andrew Brischler, Zoe Buckman, Willie Cole, Mike Davis, Lecia Dole-Recio, Judith Eisler, Alexandra Grant, Keith Haring, David Haxton, Nir Hod, Timothy Horn, Elisabeth Kley, Kelly Lamb, Bovey Lee, Michael Manning, Maynard Monrow, David Mramor, Yuval Pudik, Dean Sameshima, Tabboo!, Betty Tompkins, Marnie Weber, T.J. Wilcox, and Rob Wynne.
The Artists’ Prison is an artist book created by Alexandra Grant and Eve Wood, both artists based in Los Angeles. Known for her collaborations with writers, Grant is a painter who transforms language into large-scale textual landscapes in painting and drawing. Wood is a visual artist, poet and art critic who equally works between visual and textual formats. The Artists’ Prison is Grant’s first collaborative exchange as a writer, where she invited Wood to illustrate her words.
The Artists’ Prison is a brutal Kafka-esque landscape where prisoners are both condemned for their creativity as much as punished with inventive penalties. These penalties are not always in keeping with the crimes committed and it is this ambiguity that drives the narrative forward. In The Artists’ Prison, the act of creating becomes a strangely erotic condemnation and a means to punish and transform those sentenced there. It is this very transformation — sometimes dubious, sometimes oddly sentimental — that becomes suspect.
The Artists’ Prison represents a unique visual and literary intersection wherein Wood’s 44 images do not so much as illustrate Grant’s text, but serve as visual “flourishes” that allow the text to expand out from its original meaning. Similarly, the text does not ground the imagery, but is a point of departure where the visuals continue to spin out and intensify its significance.
The Artists’ Prison was published by X Artists’ Books in 2017.
An exhibition of The Artists’ Prison drawings by Wood opens at Ochi Projects on June 3rd, from 6-9pm. A book signing by Grant and Wood will take place at the gallery, June 10th, from 4-6pm.
Image: Eve Wood, “Prisoner #42: The Broken Plate Artist,” 2015. Mixed media on paper, 7 1/8 x 7″.
The World of Alexandra Grant
Rancho Mirage Public Library
May 16, 2017 2:00 p.m.
Artist Alexandra Grant will share her painting and social practice in relationship to the Palm Spring Art Museum’s Women of Abstract Expressionism exhibition. Alexandra Grant is a Los Angeles-based artist who uses language, literature and exchanges with writers as the basis for her work in painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. Grant’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), among other museums and galleries. Grant is also recognized for her philanthropic grantLOVE project, which produces and sells original artworks and editions to benefit artist projects and arts non-profits.
Moderated by Leonardo Bravo, Director of Education and Public Programs, Palm Springs Art Museum.
Above: LOVE (multi), 2017, letterpress on Shikishi paper, 9 ½” x 11″, edition of 35
Alexandra Grant and the grantLOVE project are teaming up again with master printer Alisa Ratner on a new series of grantLOVE prints to benefit X-TRA Contemporary Art Journal.
The grantLOVE symbol is Alexandra Grant’s trademarked brand for philanthropy in the arts. The grantLOVE project is an artist-driven philanthropic project that produces and sells original artworks and editions to benefit artist projects, arts non-profits and art education. www.grantlove.com
Alisa Ratner is a master printer based in Los Angeles who works with letterpress. She has collaborated with artists such as Sam Falls, Alexandra Grant and Emily Mast.
A percentage of the profits from the sale of these works goes to benefit X-TRA Contemporary Art Journal. X-TRA’s mission is to provoke critical dialogue about contemporary art. Founded in 1997, X-TRA is the longest running art journal in Los Angeles. Edited by a collective of artists and writers, X-TRA presents expansive features, historical essays, commissioned artist’s projects, interviews, columns, and substantive reviews. X-TRA is published in print and digital-reader format, and the complete archive is available online. www.x-traonline.org
Antigone is you is me
Eastern Star Gallery at the Archer School for Girls
January 18 – February 18, 2017
Opening February 2
The driving quote for this project is from the original story of Antigone: “I was born to love not to hate.” The final piece, with over 400 participants, captures a particular moment in time from the perspective of teenage girls, from the historic Women’s Marches across the globe to the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
The Eastern Star Gallery is a unique art exhibition space located on the campus of The Archer School for Girls, an independent middle and high school in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. On Thursday, February 2, Archer will host a public gallery opening and reception for the artist.
Images by Brian Forrest.
Antigone is you is me: Q&A with artist Alexandra Grant
Published in 2016 by 18th Street Arts Center and designed by Jessica Fleischmann, the catalog documents the Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest, a multi-faceted participatory project organized by Los Angeles-based artist Alexandra Grant in collaboration with the French writer and philosopher Hélène Cixous.
A book launch will be held at 18th Street Arts Center on Sunday, December 4th, 2016, from 2-5pm. Please RSVP here.
Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest were two exhibitions that took place in 2013 at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA and Mains d’Œuvres in Saint-Ouen, France. Structured as a residency and an exhibition at each venue, Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest extended Grant’s studio practice into the arena of public engagement. The exhibitions included public drawing sessions to translate Cixous’s novel “Phillipines” into a large-scale work in each gallery via reading groups, artist collaborations, lectures and performances. The twin exhibitions were co-curated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Isabelle Le Normand, and Ann Stouvenel. The Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest catalog includes essays by Alexandra Grant, Robert Nashak, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, a public conversation by Alexandra Grant and Hélène Cixous, and a letter from Hélène Cixous.
The Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest catalog is available at Arcana books: www.arcanabooks.com