Frame Rate: 3 Artists, 3 Evenings
June 27 – Olga Koumoundouros
June 28 – Jeff Beall
June 29 – Alexandra Grant
Blue Roof Studios
7329 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90003
Three evenings of artist talks—each night, an invited artist presented a selected video for thoughts and conversation.
TUESDAY, JUNE 27: OLGA KOUMOUNDOUROS’s work examines the flow of energy and resources within the dynamics of labor that provides sustenance to society and people’s lives. With LAND she screened and discussed a short video titled Chamber of Commerce Sector Focus created while in residency in 2015 at Burlington City Arts in Vermont. There she chose to address her understanding of the shifting priorities in the local economy and its relationship to the real estate market.
ABOUT OLGA KOUMOUNDOUROS: Olga Koumoundouros has exhibited at venues nationally and internationally including Commonweath and Council, Armand Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL, Palm Springs Art Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, Bass Museum in Miami Beach, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX, and The Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY among others.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28: JEFF BEALL discussed his recent exhibition at Gallery 169 Unsolved: 1992 LA Uprising @ 25 Years. Beall’s exhibition honors the memories of the 23 unsolved homicide victims (out of 36 riot-related homicides) who lost their lives during the uprising, 25 years ago. Inspired by his own experience of having been caught up in the earliest moments of the uprising as violence broke out, Beall visited the locations of each of the 23 still unsolved homicides, and created rubbings using simple materials to make an impression of each place. The exhibition was comprised of the rubbings, photographs of the rubbings at each site, and an annotated map indicating the locations of each homicide. The exhibition at Gallery 169 ran for 8 days only, but the response was overwhelming. An effort is underway to find another venue in Los Angeles to exhibit the work again.
ABOUT JEFF BEALL: Jeff Beall is based in Santa Monica and has exhibited work in an irregularly regular fashion since 1987. This was his first solo exhibition since 2009. Beall is also a publisher of X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly and serves on the board of Project X Foundation for Art and Criticism.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29: ALEXANDRA GRANT came across a curious object in 2000 in a Wyoming junk shop: the tombstone of Lena Davis, a baby girl who died in 1880. Inexplicably drawn to the stone, she took it home, where it sat in her studio. Years later, she began a quest to discover the origins of the headstone, a mission that led her all the way to Polk, Nebraska, and an adventure in first-time filmmaking. Taking Lena Home documents the marker’s return to its rightful place, as well as Grant’s journey from owner of the stone to its caretaker.
ABOUT ALEXANDRA GRANT: Alexandra Grant is a Los Angeles-based artist who uses language, literature and exchanges with writers as the basis for her work in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Grant’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), among other museums and galleries. In 2015 Grant was a visiting artist at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE, where she edited her first documentary Taking Lena Home about restituting a stolen home-steading era tombstone to a rural Nebraskan community. LAND is pleased to host the West Coast premiere of this documentary project.
The above images are film stills from Taking Lena Home by Alexandra Grant, 2016.
Support for FRAME RATE is Provided by:
THE OFFIELD FAMILY FOUNDATION
LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION
LAND NOMADIC COUNCIL
Special thanks to Galia Linn and Matthew Hotaling at Blue Roof Studios for hosting Frame Rate: 3 Artists, 3 Nights.