FROM THE DESK OF LUCY BULL
FLAMBOYANCE AND FRAGILITY
7.29 - 9.9.18
Sunday, July 29th
4 - 7pm
Q: what is love?
A: Time and distance
Q: What is love?
A: a great big Sun
Q: Why a Sun?
A: A sun rises and dies
Q: What is Love?
A: aA finger pointed somewhere
A: New Zealand
Q: Where is that?
A: it’s completely imaginary
Q: What is love?
A: Hair cut off, then tied in a ribbon
Q: Why a ribbon?
Q: Why hair?
Flamboyance and Fragility is the first group exhibition at the desk, featuring work from Aleksander Hardashnakov, Brook Hsu, Elizabeth Englander + Josefine Seifert, Grant Falardeau, Gretta Johnson, Jordan Barse, Kyle Brown, Lee Mullican and Loren Kramar.
Aleksander Hardashnakov (b. 1982) was born in Toronto and currently lives in Berlin. He is the co-director of The Loon, an artist run space in Toronto. Recent exhibitions include institute für bienenzucht (Cologne), Union Pacific (London) and Jeffrey Stark (New York).
Brook Hsu (b. 1987) grew up in Oklahoma. Hsu received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2010 and her MFA from Yale University, New Haven in 2016. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including Bahamas Biennale (Detroit), Deli Gallery (New York), Double Double Land (Toronto, Canada), Carrie Secrist Gallery (Chicago), Galleri CC (Malmo, Sweden), Page (New York) and Vernon Gardens (Los Angeles). Hsu has a forthcoming presentation at The Renaissance Society (Chicago) in 2018.
Elizabeth Englander (b.1988) has had recent solo shows at Kimberly Klark (New York) and Entrance (New York); as well as group exhibitions with Muzeum Ikon (Warsaw), And Now (Dallas), Hotel Art Pavilion (Brooklyn), What Pipeline (Detroit), Interstate Projects (Brooklyn), Lomex (New York) and The Duck (Berlin). She has a BFA from RISD and will complete her MFA at Hunter College this Spring.
Josefine Seifert (b.1991) grew up in Copenhagen, Denmark. She studied at Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art Photography in Copenhagen from 2010-2011 and at the International Center of Photography, New York from 2012-2013.
Grant Falardeau (b. 1984) is a Los Angeles based interdisciplinary artist focusing in comedy writing, film and sculpture. Recent projects include a two-man show Aleph and the Rock at Hilde Gallery (Los Angeles) and character development/writing for TBS's animated comedy Tarantula.
Gretta Johnson (b.1985) is a New York based artist. She received her BFA from RISD in 2008. Her work has been exhibited at various spaces including Condo NY 2018 with Night Gallery (Los Angeles) hosted by Rachel Uffner Gallery, Paris London Hong Kong (Chicago), Feuer/Mesler (New York), Safe Gallery (New York), Holiday Forever Gallery (Wyoming) and Harpy Gallery (New Jersey). In 2015, her second art book OOLM was published by Dark Chart Press. She was a recipient of the Lighthouse Works Fellowship in 2016.
Jordan Barse (b. 1992) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include Princess (New York), La Cage (New York), Ben’s Books (New York), Apples (New York) and Alt Esc (New York). She is also co-director of Kimberly Klark.
Kyle Brown (b. 1993) is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. He has recently released a book of poetry This isn’t a suicide note but it shouldd be read in the same tone (2018). The exhibition’s title Flamboyance and Fragility and texts were pulled from this book of poetry.
Lee Mullican (b.1919 – d.1998) was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma in 1919 and died in Los Angeles in 1998. His productive sixty-year career was launched in San Francisco as one of three artists who identified as the Dynaton Group. Their shared interests culminated in the seminal Dynaton exhibition at San Francisco Museum of Art in 1951. Mullican won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1959 and belonged to the teaching staff of the UCLA Art Department for nearly 30 years. Mullican’s works are included in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as in numerous other institutions.
Loren Kramar (b. 1988) received his BFA from Cooper Union in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. He has an upcoming solo show at the desk in September 2018, as well as a two-person show at The Hand (New York) in October 2018. He is a painter and musician based in Los Angeles.
Photography by Gillian Steiner.
Gillian Steiner (b. 1987, CA) is an artist living and working in Los Angeles.