Updated: Apr 29, 2020
January 27 - March 16, 2018
Curated by Katie Bode
A garden is [physical] and physicalized time. It is a space to be planned, executed and maintained. It is a space to determine suitability to a climate, to propagate research, and to monitor long term [rustling]. It is a shared space for both expert and beginner. It is an attempt to control chaos [underfoot]. It is a space where the wills of Man and Nature meet, parry blows, and for brief moments find equilibrium [possum babies have nested in the trashcan]. A garden is a witness and participant, as it is a historian and time-keeper.
Garden Variety explores the systems and experiences that encapsulate notions of timekeeping. The exhibition brings together works that engage the history of photographic production, with its scientific genesis and mechanical reproducibility; as well as those that speak to experiential time, of primitive mark making, poetic interpretation, and the wonder of the machine that is nature. Their varied approaches, across a spectrum of media, raise questions about perception, productivity, cycle, and longevity.
Much like a garden, contemporary art practices engage time-keeping in dynamic ways. Time-keeping manifests in the everyday in both natural and highly produced ways, through the embodied knowledge of humans understanding daylight & shadows as the passage of time, to the data visualizations of archives on our mobile devices. The artists presented in “Garden Variety” review their relationship with time as content, resulting in works that question archive, labor, accumulation, rhythm, and cycle.
About the Curator:
Katie Bode is an independent curator and writer who lives and works in Los Angeles. Through various roles as a gallerist, writer, and curator, Bode has developed a special affinity for building connective tissue between communities. Her projects frequently take place in non-traditional environments including private residences, bathrooms, and backyards. Usually, food is involved too. Bode’s various projects and exhibitions signify and champion the current energy among emerging artists in Los Angeles. Her writing can regularly be found in the Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles.
Arden Surdam has exhibited in Los Angeles at The Situation Room, SLOAN Projects, The Armory Center for the Arts, Photo LA, UCLA Wight Biennial, Paris Photo LA, and Arturo Bandini among other venues. She received her BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin College, and her MFA from CalArts in 2015. She was named winner of Focus Photo L.A. at Photo Basel in 2015 as well as a finalist for the Young California Photographer Award at Paris Photo. She recently exhibited work at Paris Photo’s 2016 fair and was featured in their catalog Parcours, a co-publication with Éditions Xavier Barral tracing the fair’s pioneering role for the promotion of photography. Her work has been featured in Photograph Mag, CARLA, Whitewall Magazine, ArtSlant, BlouinArtInfo and The Eye of Photography etc. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Bessie Kunath received her MFA from UC Santa Barbara in 2012. Previous exhibitions include ‘I Know Everything’ curated by Iris Hu for Dave Gallery; ‘Free Normcore’ at Autonomie; ‘Are Friends Electric?’ at Fellows of Contemporary Art; ‘Demolition Woman’ at the University Art Gallery, Chapman University, curated by Young Chung; ‘Odd Ghosts and Unlikely Dancers’ at WEEKEND; and the 2011 and 2012 BOOM MFA Invitational Exhibitions.
Kristin Cammermeyer is a multi-media artist currently based in Los Angeles. She received an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2012. Kristin has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Harpo Foundation, and the Toby Fund. Prominent exhibitions include The Broad Art Museum, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University, The David Brower Center, SOMArts, Bergdorf Goodman, Klowden Mann Gallery, Machine Projects, and Elephant Art Space. She has attended residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Recology SF, Oxbow and Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been published in New American Paintings and Hazlitt Print. Kristin’s work has been collected in The Broad Foundation, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Recology SF, and the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive. This past summer she participated in the I-Park Site Responsive Biennale in East Haddam, CT and then was the MFA in Craft Instructor-in-Residence at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. This coming summer she will have a solo show at 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA.
Cameron Crone lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He completed his MFA in Visual Art at the University of California, Riverside in 2011. Recent exhibitions include Together/Alone at Embassy in Los Angeles, CA; Temporary Contemporary with Night Gallery in 2015 as well as a solo exhibition at Jancar Jones Gallery in Los Angeles, CA in 2014.
Jenalee Harmon received her MFA in studio art from UC Santa Barbara and her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. Harmon has exhibited at Elevator Mondays, Los Angeles, CA, Shangri-La, Joshua Tree, CA, Elephant, Los Angeles, CA, and High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA. Harmon has held residencies at Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI and Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Karen Kimmel is an artist and designer whose flair for experiential marketing, storytelling and community-building has made her an in-demand creative director for brands such as Nike and Target. She has recently returned to her roots in fine art, where her intricate drawing practice forms the basis for works across a wide variety of media, including a recent temporary sculptural installation at the Beverly Center curated by Jenelle Porter in collaboration with the Hammer Musuem. Her organic line drawings take their inspiration from a lifelong study of nature and utilize the elegance of natural forms to extract subtle lessons about the human condition. Karen has shown her work at The Barbican Centre London, Art Institute of Chicago, The Sottsdale Museum of Fine Art and Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Lydia Maria Pfeffer Lydia Maria Pfeffer is an artist, who currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She is also a founding director of Dalton Warehouse, an artist run work and exhibition space in South Central. Born and raised in a small mountain village in Austria, Pfeffer grew up with art and music as leisurely, everyday activities, more in the form of tradition than academic training. She left home at the age of nineteen and traveled the world, settling first in London and later in New York, where she lived for 11 years and where she also began to study Fine Arts. She continued her studies at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, where she graduated with her MFA in 2016.
Exploring the merging of spatial relationships via the built and natural environment, Mueller’s projects engage gravity, the peripheral, and time keeping. Mueller received an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2015, a BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008 and a BA in Political Science from George Washington University in 2004. Mueller’s work has been selected for exhibition at various national and international venues including High Desert Test Tests, CES Gallery, GLAMFA, Flashpoint Gallery, Transformer, TSV Berlin, Arlington Arts Center, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art.
Samuel Scharf lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He was born in Orlando, FL and received his MFA from American University in Washington, D.C. He has participated in an artist run space travel grant residency via Berlin, Germany and has received multiple grants for public art projects in D.C., New York, Berlin and LA. Major publications of Samuel’s work have been discussed in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, New American Paintings and Sculpture Magazine.Samuel currently collaborates in organizing exhibitions on his rooftop in Downtown, LA called Gait.Most recently he has exhibited with BBQ, LA and Elephant Art Space, LA.
Sarah Ann Weber received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her active studio practice includes painting, drawing and writing. Recent exhibitions include “Cavity” with Brian Rochefort at Some.Time.Salon in San Francisco and "Psychonautics," a group exhibition at CES Gallery, Los Angeles. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, ACRE, and Ox-Bow, where she received a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. This is Weber's first exhibition with Club Pro Los Angeles.
Theresa Sterner Theresa Sterner received her BFA from the University of Oregon and her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Growing up amidst a backdrop of open farmland and blue-collar towns in the Pacific Northwest, and traveling throughout the deserts of the Southwestern United States has influenced her interest in how environment and physical structures affect one’s sense of identity and agency within a place. Based in Brooklyn, New York, she makes sculpture and video that explores perception and landscape through physical casts and digital impressions.
She has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Philadelphia, Sweden and Mexico and has been a part of numerous projects, such as a collaboration with the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm for a residency at the Stripa Mine, an historic iron ore mine in Bergslagen Sweden.
Zachary Trow’s minimalist forms convey dimensionality in their visual format and theoretical background. By deconstructing and reassembling materials, he creates landscape-like sculptures which echo concepts of post minimalism and globalized pop culture. Born in Eugene, Oregon, Trow earned his BFA at the University of Oregon, and his MFA in Sculpture at Hunter College (2014). He has mounted solo and group exhibitions in spaces including Greusslich Contemporary, Quer Gallery, both, Berlin, Germany; Bikini Wax, Mexico City, Mexico; Doppler Gallery, Portland, OR; and Forcefield, Philadelphia, PA. He was the 2014 recipient of the SOMA Mexico Summer Scholarship, and held residencies at SOMA Summer, Mexico City, Mexico, as well as Coast Time Residency, Springfield, OR. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Zappas received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2012 and has attended residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Recent solo and group exhibitions include: SPF 15 (San Diego), The Landing (LA), BBQ (LA), Interface (Oakland), hotel-art.us, & Vacancy (LA).
The imagery and inherent critiques in these paintings depend on the accessibility of this material. Rather than being on the irrelevant fringes of the culture --as was once thought of the Valley-- I feel I am at the epicenter of a tidal wave my paintings reveal to the entire world.