© Chris Johanson

Chris Johanson: Concept Guide, 2004
acrylic on paper, 27" x 41"

Solo Show Solo Soul

Chris Johanson
, Ashley Macomber, Jo Jackson, Douglas Anson, Marie Lorenz, Chris Corales, Jim Schatz, Learning to Love You More

Vedanta Gallery is excited to announce the exhibition "Solo Show Solo Soul" organized by Chris Johanson. "Solo Show Solo Soul" separates itself from the normal group exhibition by presenting the gallery divided into eight smaller exhibition spaces where each artist will individually present their work as a solo project.

"This show is a summertime party celebration of life through art and music. When you look at it that way its AOK. Even the most jaded art critic asshole can't hate on a laid back party with music, visuals and wine" (Chris Johanson).

Chris Johanson is well known for his often political, always social paintings and installations where he comments on the state of the world from where he is standing. Johanson's honest depictions of business men, bums, hippies, drunkards and the general urban public coupled with his own colorful recurring abstract imagery are permeated with a poignant mix of internal turmoil, societal struggles and the happiness and good times that put everything into perspective.

Johanson has exhibited extensively including recent solo shows at SITE Santa Fe, SFMOMA, Jack Hanley Gallery, Georg Kargl in Vienna and at the UCLA Hammer Museum. He was also included in important group shows including the 2002 Whitney Biennial, "Now is Now" and "Widely Unknown" at Deitch Projects, and currently is participating in the traveling museum exhibition "Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art".

Ashley Macomber is a Los Angeles based artist who creates paintings on aged paper that depict animals painted with an extreme delicacy that exhibits a sincere respect with a tendency toward the baroque. The animals are not cute and cuddly but possess an almost human quality that is innocent and haunting. Macomber has exhibited at New Image Art, Los Angeles; White Box, NY; Rocket Gallery, Tokyo and Alleged Galleries, NY. Her paintings have recently been on the cover of Flaunt and Loyal Magazines.

Jo Jackson's paintings, animations and sculptural installations often include recurring images of couples copulating, eagles soaring or bleeding skulls among the silhouette of the United States. Her distinct use of pastel colors with her loaded symbology reduces the images to undulating decorative shapes and patterns. Jo Jackson has recently exhibited in Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture at the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, and at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Luggage Store, San Francisco; Jack Hanley Gallery, and New Image Art, Los Angeles.

Douglas Anson, a Brooklyn based artist, will present a number of paintings, drawings and videos which utilize weighty symbols such as pyramids, fortress walls, busts of political figures, scrolls and rainbows. His work represents the convergence of identity, power, confict, struggle, loss, victory and balance and the lattice of inter-connectivity that binds it. Douglas Anson has exhibited his work in La Superette at Deitch Projects/Participant Gallery, Richard Anderson Gallery, NY and the Ukrainian Museum of Modern Art. He also operates the small label, custom clothing line, A.O.K.N.Y. and leads his new bsynth-tuba-drum band, Eurofox.

Marie Lorenz is a New York based artist who creates large hand printed paper sculptures and installations based onbscenes from comics that the artist designs. For her exhibition Lorenz will create an installation that resembles a swarm of locusts which appears as a dense cloud of swirling bugs in the midst of rolling waves and swaying grass. Lorenz contributed an installation in the experimental art series "High Desert Test Sites", which provides alternative, free space for experimental work along a stretch of desert communities. She was also included in The Art of Beaver College, at The Mockbee in Cincinnati.

Chris Corales is an artist living and working in San Francisco. His paintings are assemblages of scraps of wood and found objects, using the residue of things destroyed, or discarded to create individual works of art. He has exhibited at New Image Art in Los Angeles and The New Langton Arts in San Francisco.

Jim Schatz is a NY based artist who for this exhibition will be presenting video, photography, and a collection of porcelain sculpture. This current body of work, in the artist's words "centers on the struggle to accept a void by outsmarting and conquering debilitating avoidance of the void". Schatz's most recent exhibition was at Four Walls Gallery in San Francisco where he was also the founder of a former alternative art gallery called "Scene/Escena". In 1999 he co-coordinated the alternative San Francisco art fair called SAP.

Learning to Love You More, a collaboration by Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher which was included in this year's Whitney Biennial is both a web site and an ongoing series of work made by the general public. The website offers assignments given by July and Fletcher and various guests which are available for anyone to complete. The project began in 2002 and now is home to more than three hundred drawings, audio recordings, videos, photographs, and written documents.

Exhibition: June 18 - August 31, 2004
Gallery hours: Tue-Fri, 10am - 6pm, Sat, 11am - 5pm

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