Category Archives: Exhibitions

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

“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 […]

Julie Curtiss – Altered States

Opening May 19, 6 – 8pm   Various Small Fires (VSF) is pleased to present Julie Curtiss’ West Coast debut and first solo exhibition with VSF, Altered States. Curtiss, whose painting and sculpture practice is informed by the playful yet radical figurations of the Chicago Imagists, the graphic precision of Japanese “Ukiyo-e” painting and the […]

VSF Sound Program by Clinton King – FATHOMS

FATHOMS emulates a deep-sea descent, a pressurized vacuum where tensions dissolve between the reality outside and one’s inner world. A fathom is a unit of length used in reference to the depth of water.   –   Clinton King (b. 1976) is a painter, sculptor and musician based in Brooklyn, NY. King received his MFA […]

Amir Nikravan – World of Interiors

My name performs a paradox of representation: admonishment and celebration, exoticism and familiarity, a positive record of an inclusive America or a negative report on immigration. As a US citizen and artist a catalyzing awareness awakens me to politicized forms, words, signs, and codes of identification.   I explore this in my work by creating […]

Kathryn Garcia – A Tanit

A Tanit is an offering, a sanctuary, a portal. It is a space for communion.   The intention of this installation, informed by matriarchal cultures, is very simple – construct a temple. The temple proposes several questions: What is the body’s relationship to form / its relationship to emptiness? How does one perceive emptiness / […]

Hecate

“W.I.T.C.H. is an all-women Everything. It’s theater, revolution, magic, terror, joy, garlic flowers, spells. It’s an awareness that witches and gypsies were the original guerrillas and resistance fighters against oppression — particularly the oppression of women — down through the ages. Witches have always been women who dared to be: groovy, courageous, aggressive, intelligent, nonconformist, […]

Judith Linhares – The Way She Goes to Town

“In the high desert, where I was raised by Amazons, the days were long and the nights were longer, alas, Cinderella had left twenty years before my arrival. I was borne to a red headed body builder: whose sister was a blond disk jockey, a spinner of fast and loud music. My mother’s mother could […]

Billy Al Bengston – It is the Moon Doggie

  Billy Al truly doesn’t give a shit what you think about these paintings. He’s only ever given a shit as to what his close circle of friends and mentors – Kenny Price, Ed Ruscha… the other Ed (Moses), Craig Kauffman, John Altoon, Larry Bell and Peter Voulkos thought about his practice. Same as how […]

Hurts To Laugh

According to contemporaneously scribbled memos of the gripe-filled meeting, at points animatedly ranting and at others dragging:   She said, it hurts to read the headlines. It hurts to open my laptop. It hurts to check my phone and hear the chime of notifications. It hurts to stay home and it hurts to leave the […]

Andrea Longacre-White – New Sculptures

A state of release cannot amount to much without the hardship that precedes it, a logic that underpins Andrea Longacre-White’s New Sculptures 2016-17. The fringe benefit of this logic was a rare chance to rebuild anew in a manner that may not have otherwise existed, and it was in the precious double-bind of its predicament, […]

Jessie Homer French – Food Chain

Jessie Homer French (b. 1940, New York City) is a self-proclaimed “regional narrative painter” who routinely, perhaps even obsessively, paints archetypes of death and nature.  In addition to painting, Homer considers fly fishing, mapestry-making and hook-latch as other forms of her creative outlet.  The candidly dark themes and consistently earnest representations in her works attest […]