Painting in Place

Farmers & Merchants Bank (Los Angeles, CA)

May 22 – July 31, 2013

Farmers & Merchants Bank
401 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Painting in Place was a group exhibition of contemporary painting, presented in the historic Farmers and Merchants Bank in Downtown Los Angeles.

The exhibition displayed a wide array of work from contemporary artists who tackle painting from various perspectives, using both traditional and unconventional techniques and media in their approach to the discipline. Exploring various ways that the definition of painting is continuously evolving, the exhibition sought to expand the traditional parameters of painting, sculpture, and installation: blurred, deconstructed, and refigured.

Three overlapping themes permeated the exhibition: the representation or metaphor of the body/self, memory and the passing of time, and the depiction and negotiation of spatial environments and architectural structures. Subjects were explored, investigated, and highlighted through the juxtaposition and placement of these paintings within the site-specific context of the historic bank, built in 1905, which remains a cornerstone of Downtown Los Angeles.

Artists included Rita Ackermann, Kevin Appel, Jennifer Boysen, Sarah Cain, N. Dash, Matias Faldbakken, Kim Fisher, Barnaby Furnas, Alexandra Grant, Matt Greene, Mark Hagen, David Hendren, Julian Hoeber, Rashid Johnson, Jacob Kassay, Olga Koumoundouros, Jim Lee, Nate Lowman, Allison Miller, Sam Moyer, Amanda Ross-Ho, Analia Saban, Kate Shepherd, Gary Simmons, Vincent Szarek, Britton Tolliver, Kon Trubkovich, Monique van Genderen, and Bobbi Woods.

Painting in Place was made possible with the generous support of Gilmore Associates and the Old Bank District.


Marianne Boesky, Jamie Costa, David Hendren, Mike Hernandez, Dane Johnson, Nick Kramer, Lapis Press, Anton Lieberman, Joel Lubin, Joel Mesler, William Parks, Pete’s Café, Marc Richards, LaTanya Spann, Britton Tolliver, Mikey Uphoff, Mark Verabioff, Susanne Vielmetter, and Alan Weiner


LAND is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.


Lunch with LAND

During the course of the exhibition, LAND hosted weekly artist talks, entitled Lunch with LAND. The public was invited to bring a lunch while two artists discussed their work in the exhibition and beyond, providing a special opportunity to learn about the varied practices and perspectives that comprised the wide-ranging group show.

Saturday, June 8, 12:30pm
Kevin Appel & Monique van Genderen

Saturday, June 15, 12:30pm
Alexanda Grant, Jim Lee & Vincent Szarek

Saturday, June 22, 12pm
Julian Hoeber & Bobbi Woods

Saturday, June 29, 12:30pm
Sarah Cain & David Hendren

Saturday, July 20
Matt Greene & Kon Trubkovich

Saturday, July 27, 12:30pm
Kim Fisher & Mark Hagen