Category Archives: Exhibitions

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 […]

Lena Daly – Night Bell

Various Small Fires (VSF) is pleased to present Lena Daly’s Night Bell, the artist’s debut solo exhibition.   —   An image of a sound on the other side of night.   I’d always heard sound was a wave, but the wave part refers to its frequency not its shape. Ultra sound gets even weirder: […]

The Harrisons

“Our work begins when we perceive an anomaly in the environment that is the result of opposing beliefs or contradictory metaphors. Moments when reality no longer appears seamless and the cost of belief has become outrageous offer the opportunity to create new spaces — first in the mind and thereafter in everyday life.” — The […]

Jeff Zilm – Relics of the Epoch

Various Small Fires (VSF) is pleased to present Jeff Zilm’s Relics of the Epoch, the artist’s Los Angeles debut and first solo exhibition with the gallery.   In his latest series of “emulated paintings” Zilm sources digital image files recovered from his defunct Macintosh computer installed with the System 7.1 operating system (c. 1992-1994), which […]


Opening Reception: July 23, 2016, 6 – 8 pm     I grew up with the feeling that our cities would evolve toward some kind of extreme state; utopian commune, technological wonder, total apocalypse etc. I think I absorbed these notions from our culture. But I’ve come to believe that the current nature of the […]

No! I am No Singular Instrument

Curated by Samuel Kenswil  Opening Reception: June 4, 2016, 7-9 pm   Built environments sculpt and erode us, permeable and penetrable. Architecture and signage move us through structures erected to suit flows of capital first, and people perhaps somewhere down the line. Notice your chair: is your spine in a C or S formation? Design […]

Maybe it wants what it wanted inside out

  Paloma Powers, the futurist art agitator and dark materialist, is fascinated by the body as an interface for aesthetic intervention, inside and out. As the line between art object and lifestyle accessory is increasingly blurred, does corporeal sensation itself also become commodity?   This summer, Paloma is pleased to present a special intervention at […]

Sean Shim – Boyle THIEF

THIEF (fairytale) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   Jack is a young boy living with his widowed mother and a dairy cow as their only source of income. When the cow stops giving milk, Jack’s mother tells him to take it to the market to be sold. On the way, Jack meets an old man […]

Amy Yao – Bay of Smokes

BAY OF SMOKES FILM TRAILER     VSF is pleased to present Amy Yao’s first solo show at Various Small Fires. Titled Bay of Smokes, the exhibition plays with different forms of contamination. It is a continuation of Yao’s interest in the aesthetics of industrial and domestic spaces from the perspective of access, gender, identity, and […]

Jesper Just

  VSF is pleased to present Jesper Just’s first solo exhibition at Various Small Fires. In the Main Gallery is a single-channel video projection of Llano (2012), filmed on location among the dusty Antelope Valley ruins of the failed Socialist-utopian desert city Llano del Rio in north-eastern Los Angeles County. The film seeks to explore […]

April Street – Lay Down Your Arms

VSF is pleased to present Lay Down Your Arms, Los Angeles-based artist April Street’s first solo exhibition at Various Small Fires. Street uses three spaces of the gallery to weave a dialog between a sound work, a sculptural installation and performative paintings. The exhibition is an environmental menagerie of objects and sounds severed from their […]

Joshua Nathanson – Labor Day

VSF is pleased to present Labor Day, a solo presentation of new painting by Los Angeles-based artist Joshua Nathanson, his first at VSF.   Inspired by the frenetic crowds of James Ensor, the vibrant color combinations of Henri Matisse, the cartoonish abjection of Philip Guston, and the back-lit aesthetics of computer drawing software, Nathanson’s paintings […]

Josh Kline – You’re Fired

In the warm breeze of Southern California’s endless summer, the 20th Century dream of life in the early evening after work: a large backyard covered in concrete and grass, a hammock or a lawn chair, cold beer, and a blazing grill. Ground meat sizzling above a glowing bed of charcoal soaked in lighter fluid. Underneath […]

Bjorn Copeland – Over Easy

CV   VSF is pleased to present Over Easy by Bjorn Copeland, a presentation of new sound, sculpture, and collage works for the gallery’s Sound Corridor and Viewing Room.   Amplified through VSF’s Sound Corridor, Scrambled Eggs, Mexican Radio Edit (2015) is a live audio signal from a sound-producing sculpture, made in collaboration with the […]

The Slick & The Sticky

… In conjunction with The Slick and The Sticky, a VSF panel discussion is being held on Thursday, August 6th, at 7:30pm. Andrea Fraser Amelia Jones Vanessa Place Hamza Walker Moderated by Esther Kim Varet Panelists discuss the role of the artists, curators, and critics in addressing work that escapes its intended institutional frame, and the question of the […]

Jim Drain – Seems/Seams

CV VSF is pleased to present Jim Drain’s solo exhibition, Seems/Seams. After spending the past decade in Miami, Drain recently moved back to Providence, Rhode Island, where he had attended RISD and was a member of the artist collective Forcefield. Using processes derived from his background with textiles and collage, Drain takes a radically visceral approach […]