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Exhibition Presenting Works by 2019 City of Los Angeles Individual Artists Fellowship Honorees Opens May 19

City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
presents the 2019 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowships’
Honoring the City’s Creative Spirit

The Program’s Visual Arts Exhibition Opens with a Reception May 19, 2-5PM at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Art Park

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) presents the 2019 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowships. The program’s visual arts exhibition will be on view at DCA’s Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Barnsdall Park, from May 23 through July 14, 2019, with an opening reception on Sunday May 19, 2-5PM.

To celebrate the opening, there will be a special performance of 2019 COLA Visual Arts Fellow Katie Grinnan’s “5 Seconds of Dreaming,” played by musicians Kozue Matsumoto and Eugene Moon at 3PM.

Sabrina Gschwandtner, Cinema Sanctuary Study 1: Marion E. Wong’s 1917 The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West (detail), 35mm black and white polyester film, polyester thread, 2019. Footage courtesy of Academy Film Library and Kino Lorber, Inc. Special thanks to Gregory Yee Mark. Artwork courtesy of the artist.

Awarded annually to Los Angeles based artists by DCA, the COLA Fellowships support the creation of new works by a selection of the City’s most exemplary mid-career artists, having received grants of $10,000. The COLA visual arts exhibition and performance and literary presentation honor the synergetic relationship between LA, its artists, its history, and its identity as an international arts capital.

The 2019 COLA Fellows in the design/visual arts, literary arts*, and performing arts** are: Juan Capistrán, Enrique Castrejon, Kim Fisher, Katie Grinnan, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Alice Könitz, Olga Koumoundouros, Suzanne Lummis*, Aleida Rodríguez*, Sandy Rodriguez, Stephanie Taylor, Dwight Trible**, Peter Wu, and Jenny Yurshansky.

An “autobiographical” theme plays out this year with personal stories being expressed by some of the artists, including Olga Koumoundouros’ autobiography reimagined through the life cycle of a flying fish, Jenny Yurshansky’s installation tracking the matrimonial links of her family and Enrique Castrejon’s works being informed by his career as an HIV counselor in West Hollywood.

Katie Grinnan, 5 Seconds of Dreaming, Performance with Kozue Matsumoto and Eugene Moon at the Annenberg Theater at the Palms Springs Art Museum presented by Desert X and the Palms Springs Art Museum. Photo: Katie Grinnan, 2019

Alice Könitz, who recently featured in “Made in LA,” showcases a temporary modular structure for the exhibition, evoking our primal need for shelter through its simple wooden form intended to be both beautiful and functional. Juan Capistrán’s “Psychogeography” of Rage photography series documents guerilla-style, temporary installations throughout South Central LA. Kim Fisher has exhibited internationally and, based in Lincoln Heights, her Los Angeles Hedge piece presents a dramatically-scaled hedge overlaid with flat planes of color and everyday ephemera, inviting us to consider which side of the fence we are on.

COLA 2019’s Fellows were chosen in three review-rounds by nine interdisciplinary peer panelists who were curators, educators, nonprofit gallerists, museum directors, and/or past COLA Fellows, including:
Bryan Barcena, Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Joel García, artist and arts administrator; Mar Hollingsworth, Visual Arts Curator and Program Manager at the California African American Museum; and Ciara Moloney, Curator at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

The COLA Visual Arts Exhibition will take place at DCA’s Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Barnsdall Art Park. The COLA Performance and Literary Presentation will take place on June 1, 2019, 8PM at Grand Performances in the Spiral Court at 300 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

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