Category Archives: Exhibitions

Gwynn + Billy

Gwynn Murrill and Billy Al Bengston go far back enough that they can’t seem to remember the exact moment that they met. Billy says it was during his last year of teaching at UCLA and “Gwynn was the best student in the art department,” while Gwynn recalls meeting Billy through their mutual friend, Tony Berlant, […]

Diedrick Brackens – the pondkeepers

Juan Capistran – Play Dead

VISIT THE VIRTUAL VIEWING ROOM HERE Play Dead is LA-based artist Juan Capistrán’s first exhibition at Various Small Fires. Originally made in 2014 for the Hammer Museum, the sculpture I wanna be your dog takes on new meaning as it is re-installed today after several events have passed in the last six years attaching new […]

Jessie Homer French – Chernobyl

VISIT THE VIRTUAL VIEWING ROOM HERE Two years in the making, Jessie Homer French’s much anticipated solo exhibition at VSF Los Angeles, which includes paintings of untamed wild fires, recently visited cemeteries, and French’s most current obsession with the Chernobyl “exclusion zone”, suddenly feel like prescient visions of our contemporary world. For most of us, […]

Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon – Variation in Mass, #1-3

Various Small Fires is pleased to present its first solo exhibition with Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Variations in Mass, #1-3, in the gallery courtyard and sound corridor. Gordon, whose multi-media practice meditates on the relationship between sound, architecture, time and the body, debuts her first outdoor work – an immersive, polysensory installation consisting of three new […]

Calida Rawles – A Dream for My Lilith

“All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.” -Toni Morrison   VSF is pleased to present A Dream for My Lilith, the gallery’s first solo exhibition with Calida Rawles. Reflecting on topographical matters which shape and hold black life, Rawles merges realism with poetic abstraction through […]

Liz Magic Laser – People Per Hour

Various Small Fires is pleased to present Liz Magic Laser’s third solo show with the gallery, People Per Hour. The exhibition marks the U.S. debut of Laser’s most recent institutional works, Handle / Poignée (2018), commissioned by Centre Pompidou for MOVE Festival, Paris and In Real Life (2019), commissioned by FACT (Foundation for Art and […]

Robin F. Williams – With Pleasure

Various Small Fires is pleased to present the West Coast debut of Robin F. Williams and her first solo exhibition with VSF. In a series of new paintings that reimagine the coded narratives of American media, Williams isolates and derails the sexual suggestiveness, pandering strategies, and gendered objectifications utilized in representations of women.   Embodiments […]

James Herman – Yardwork

“I worked on the hill – or property, compound, whatever you want to call it – for 5 years building a home and systems for off-grid living while still being only 10 minutes from beautiful downtown LA. The best way to fix up a place is to live in it. By occupying areas of the […]

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 […]