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The Harrisons – Counter Extinction Work

Various Small Fires is pleased to present its second solo exhibition by The Harrisons.   Newton Harrison worked from 1969 to 2012 with his wife Helen Mayer Harrison (1927-2018), and has continued to work alone since her passing. After reading Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in the late 1960s, The Harrisons decided to only create artworks […]

BAB & ER Reunited

VSF is pleased to announce the opening of its second gallery location in Seoul, South Korea, with an inaugural exhibition of new and historical works by legendary California artists Billy Al Bengston (b.1934, Dodge City, Kansas) and Ed Ruscha (b. 1937, Omaha, Nebraska). This is the debut gallery presentation of Bengston’s work in South Korea, […]

HARR, BA & ED (home)

Anna Sew Hoy – The Wettest Letter

VSF is pleased to present The Wettest Letter, Anna Sew Hoy’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. Working with clay for over twenty years, Sew Hoy’s sculptures express a multitude of textures, exchanges, and active states by way of the body – hers, the onlooker’s, and the clay’s own physicality, each reactive and mutable. Whether […]

Diedrick Brackens – unholy ghosts

I stand waist deep in the decadence of forgetting. The vain act of looking the other way. Insisting there can be peace and fecundity without confrontation. The nagging question of blood hounds me. How do I honor it? – Essex Hemphill, The Father, Son and Unholy Ghosts, 1996   VSF is pleased to present unholy […]

VSF Sound Program by Dawn Kasper – Everybody is Somebody’s Family

Everybody is Somebody’s Family is an audio recording of an improvisational performance with Zeena Parkins at David Lewis Gallery on December 21, 2018. It was inspired by Claudia La Rocco’s Poem (2018). Everybody is Somebody’s Family was the fourth and final in a four-part performance series inside of the exhibition Four Scores (From Zero to […]

Anna Sew Hoy & Diedrick Brackens (home)

Korakrit Arunanondchai – No History in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names 5

Shown for the first time in Los Angeles, Korakrit Arunanondchai’s newest video works, With history in a room filled with people with funny names 4, 2017 and No History in a room filled with people with funny names 5 (in collaboration with Alex Gvojic), 2018, will screen outdoors for four days within VSF’s 1,800 square […]

Nikki S. Lee – Parts and Scenes

Parts and Scenes is Nikki S. Lee’s first exhibition of the Parts (2002-2004) series in the United States in nearly a decade. The show also presents Scenes (2014), a series of short videos that VSF is proud to debut. Parts and Scenes both feature the artist in tableaux of her own design; her visage is […]

Nikki S. Lee – Parts and Scenes (home)

Lauren Bon & The Metabolic Studio closing performance

February 2, 2019 3–5pm   Please join us for a closing performance of the Portable Wetland for Southern California by Lauren Bon and The Metabolic Studio.   The Portable Wetland for Southern California has been established. It has been three months since the work was first installed in the courtyard at Various Small Fires. A separate […]

Frieze New York 2019-Diedrick Brackens

  For Frieze New York 2019, Various Small Fires will debut a solo presentation of works by Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens (b. 1989, Mexia, TX). Brackens uses woven algorithms stemming from the cultural histories of African, American, and European textiles to generate thoughtful, intricate figurative tapestries. Using his own silhouette as a template for […]

DIS | Katja Novitskova | Christopher Kulendran Thomas – up the river down the tide

The Aymara, an indigenous people native to the Andes mountains, maintain in their language a spatial conception of time distinct from the global mainstream. Whereas in most cultures the future is conceptualized as ahead of the ego, with the past behind it, for the Aymara the opposite is true – they believe that the past […]

Frieze London 2018-Mane

  VSF is pleased to present Mane, a selection of works by Julie Curtiss, Robin F. Williams and Amy Yao, three female artists whose studio practices redefine femininity by turning the traditional male gaze on its head (of hair).   Elucidating the patriarchal capitalization and sexualization of female hair, Curtiss, Williams and Yao will each […]

Joshua Nathanson & Lauren Bon (home)

Joshua Nathanson – An Idea Because They Ate It

A woodland princess, a Pumpkin-headed spirit guide, a gargantuan creature drafted only in its contours,licking unseen wounds, a pale pink perspex shoe, possibly one lost by the princess, a chlorophyll canopy, a colour study: Joshua Nathanson’s paintings unfold with the keen interest of an enfant terrible who could care less for binding logic or “closure” […]

Lauren Bon & The Metabolic Studio

Closing performance, February 2, 2019, 3–5pm   Lauren Bon, an Ecological artist, holds Los Angeles’ first and only private water right—Permit #21342—which allows her to annually divert 106 acre feet of water from the Los Angeles River. This river water is redirected under railway tracks to Bon’s riverfront interdisciplinary atelier of collaborators, The Metabolic Studio. […]

David Leggett & Ryan Richey (home)

Summer Solstice Sound Bath

Come celebrate the summer solstice with us! The summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches its highest peak in the sky. It is the brightest and longest day of the year – symbolizing the triumph of light over dark. Cultures have celebrated this day as far back as the Neolithic age because magic was thought […]

David Leggett | Ryan Richey

“I can’t tell if you’re serious or not,” said the driver.   “I won’t know myself until I find out whether life is serious or not,” said Trout. “It’s dangerous, I know, and it can hurt a lot. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s serious, too.”   Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions   VSF is pleased […]