Category Archives: 2019

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 […]