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August 3 - August 31, 2019
Opening reception on Saturday, August 3, 6-9pm
NO GALLERY: 1115 S La Brea Ave LA CA 90036
www.nogalleryla.com, info@nogalleryla.com, 323-209-5557

Artists exhibiting: Gordon Cheung, Mike Cockrill, Carrie Cook, Jesse Edwards, Angie Jennings, Joshua Miller, Kottie Paloma, Ekaterina Panikanova, Conrad Ruíz, Aaron Sandnes, J.G. Thies

“At Odds” will exhibit works from eleven artists focusing on the normalization of violence and fetishization of guns in American culture. These works explore how tradition, symbolic deification, and a history of war play a part in our society, from a national and international viewpoint. Together they ask, how do you communicate when the national conversation about the country’s most pressing issues isn’t a conversation?

The artists in No Gallery’s second show mobilize stereotypes, caricatures, and loaded imagery to explore how deeply these are embedded in art and visual culture while provoking visceral reactions. With ambiguous—even ambivalent— messaging, these paintings, works on paper, videos, reliefs, and a site-specific installation nonetheless have unambiguous symbolism. J.G. Thies and Gordon Cheung both disturb and disrupt flags, foregrounding censorship, distortion, and decay. Paintings by Conrad Ruíz and Jesse Edwards take a deadpan look at grotesque scenes, revealing to us the violence both deep within and on the surface of our everyday. Angie Jennings plumbs these oppositions even further in the montage Black Deaths from Hollywood Cinema that explores Hollywood’s obsession with the destruction of Black bodies, while its companion Shamu cautions us about exploitation lurking everywhere in American culture. Carrie Cook and Aaron Sandnes use minimalist, almost abstract languages to propose how beautiful agents of destruction and division can sometimes appear, ideas also explored by Ekaterina Panikanova and Joshua Miller in their detailed depictions of disciplinary systems. Finally, the works of Mike Cockrill and Kottie Paloma blend violence and humor to produce an uneasy feeling characteristic of the exhibition overall. These are the lingering after-effects of those unafraid to say something even when dialogue proves impossible.

Gordon Cheung (London, UK), b. 1975
BFA Central St. Martins College of Art and Design; MFA Royal College of Art
Highlights: solo shows with Edel Assanti, London (2015, 2014, 2012) and Arizona State University Art Museum (2010); British Art Show 6 at the Hayward Gallery, London (2005)

Mike Cockrill (NYC), b. 1953
BFA George Mason University; MFA Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Highlights: retrospective at Cross Contemporary Art, Saugerties, NY (2017); Kent Gallery, New York (2013, 2011, 2009, 2007); Grand Gallery, New York (2006, 2004); Illinois State University

Carrie Cook (LA), b. 1984
BFA University of Texas, Austin; MFA University of Houston, Texas
Highlights: Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles (2019); Odd Art Gallery, Los Angeles (2018); Women’s Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles (2013); Blaffer Museum of Art, Houston (2013)

Jesse Edwards (NYC), b. 1977
BFA Cornish College of the Arts; MFA Gage Academy of Art
Highlights: Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles (2019, 2018, 2017); Colección Jumex, Mexico City (2018); Museum of Sex, New York (2014); The Hole, New York (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

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Jesse Edwards - Still Life with Doodles, 2018-2019

Angie Jennings (San Diego), b. 1984
BS South Dakota State University; MFA University of California, San Diego
Highlights: Best Practice, San Diego (2019); Every Woman Biennial, Bendix Building, Los Angeles (2019); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2017); NADA New York (2016)

Joshua Miller (LA), b. 1981
BFA University of California, Los Angeles; MFA University of California, San Diego
Highlights: Epidemic Agency Darren Romanelli, Los Angeles (2018, 2017); Tin Flats, Los Angeles (2018); Big Picture Los Angeles (2018); NADA Miami (2017); Skowhegan Residency (2017)

Kottie Paloma (LA), b. 1974
Highlights: Torrance Art Museum, Torrance (2017); Alma Gallery, Riga (2017); Das Gift, Berlin (2014); MOHS Exhibit, Copenhagen (2013, 2011, 2010); collected by MoMA, Yale University

Ekaterina Panikanova (Rome, Italy), b.1975
Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
Highlights: z2o Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome (2019, 2014); Biennale del Disegno, Rimini (2016); MIC (Museo Internazionale della Ceramica), Faenza (2014); C24 gallery, New York (2014)

Conrad Ruíz (LA), b. 1983
BA California State University San Bernardino; MFA California College of the Arts
Highlights: Ochi Projects, Los Angeles (2019); The Pit, Los Angeles (2019); Steve Turner Contemporary (2018); Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (2015)

Aaron Sandnes (LA), b. 1980
BA University of California, Irvine; MFA California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Highlights: Big Picture Los Angeles (2017); Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles (2015); The Mistake Room, Los Angeles (2015); LAXART, Los Angeles (2012, 2011); CA Community Foundation Fellow

J.G. Thies (NYC), b. 1982
BFA Hartford Art School
Highlights: 57W57 Arts, New York (2019); Wintercheck Factory, Brooklyn (2019); Rad Hourani, Montreal (2019); Serpentine Gallery, Brooklyn (2008)