Mark Jenkins at Carmichael Gallery

This Thursday, LA is in for a treat: The opening of Mark Jenkins’ solo show Meaning Is Overrated at the Carmichael Gallery.

In January 2010, Carmichael Gallery presents Meaning Is Overrated, a solo exhibition of new hyper realistic conceptual works and site-specific installation pieces by Mark Jenkins that reconsider the aesthetic and practical qualities of the human body. Works range from those in which the human is recast as a specialized object, such as Spokes, which features a tape cast sculpture of a girl fashioned to function as a bike, to those in which human posture is contorted to resemble that of another animal. Each piece is “an exploration of evolution within the realm of the absurd,” says Jenkins.

There will be an opening reception for Meaning Is Overrated on Thursday, January 21 with Jenkins in attendance. The exhibition will run through February 18, 2010.

Mark Jenkins is an internationally acclaimed American artist known for the mixed media sculptures and street installations he places throughout urban and environmental settings, sometimes with, but often without, permission. Playful and enigmatic, his work successfully transforms the ordinary into the unexpected.

Jenkins’ process involves dry-casting everything from fire hydrants and toy ducks to baby dolls and people, often himself or his assistants, with box sealing tape, the latter often dressed to appear scarily life-like. When placed outside or slipped indoors, announced or otherwise, these sculptures have the ability to both camouflage into their surroundings and elicit spectacular amounts of attention from viewers.

Jenkins’ works have been observed lounging atop billboards, slumped over on cafeteria tables,
panhandling in the streets, emanating from street poles, drowning in bodies of water, clinging to statues, overturning street signs and more in locations such as Belgrade, Vienna, Washington D.C., London, Barcelona, New York, Moscow and Seoul. By situating his pieces within such peculiar contexts, the artist brings cities, landscapes and interiors to life in a unique and thought-provoking manner. Whether indoors or out, his work engages its viewers and provokes a complex examination of self and surroundings.

The Art Street Journal Issue 6 – January

The first issue of The Art Street Journal 2010 is out! Inside, amongst other things, you’ll find reviews on some of the best shows from December (like Grifters at Lazarides) and previews of some of the ones we’re most excited about in January (like A Cry For Help at Thinkspace). There are a lot of interviews in this issue, too – Martha Cooper, Mark Jenkins (who’s showing here at Carmichael Gallery with Aakash Nihalani in January) Stephan Doitschinoff and Zezao.

This month’s Unurth page is very cool (I love that this page enables us to fit so many different artists into the paper – it really is hard to include everything you want to cover in sixteen pages and Sebastian does a fantastic job of highlighting the best on the street), plus we’ve finally started the tasj bookshelf page. Each month, this page will feature a selection of the best publications out there (RJ’s The Thousands: Painting Outside, Breaking In makes it in first time, of course, as does Issue 10 of Very Nearly Almost).

As always, tasj is free and we’ll deliver it anywhere in the world. You can get it here.

– Elisa

All the cool things happen while I’m on holiday

This past week has been pretty crazy. I’ve been running around NYC seeing friends and art, and now I’m in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Unfortunately, the art world does not hit pause just because I’m taking a holiday. Here are some of the things I would have loved to cover on Vandalog if I’d had the time. And keep an eye on Vandalog tomorrow because I’ll be doing a big wrap up of Primary Flight.

SCOPE Miami Preview

We gallerists have all been extremely busy here at SCOPE today. Take a look below at some of the work we’ll be showing at the preview tomorrow! I’ve tried to stick to mainly images of urban-related art (and there’s a lot to be found here!) Allow my buddy Ellis G (below), one of the fair’s featured artists, to guide you.

Ellis G

Maya Hayuk

Maya Hayuk at Anonymous Gallery.

Judith Supine

Judith Supine at New Image Art.


Evol at Wilde Gallery

AJ Fosik

AJ Fosik at Jonathan Levine Gallery (not street but a very cool piece). That’s a chunk of a very long James Jean in the background.


Calma at Jonathan Levine Gallery.

Sixeart, Nunca, Mark Jenkins

Sixeart, Nunca, Mark Jenkins at our booth (Carmichael Gallery)


Hush (also at our booth)

Dave Kinsey, Tomokazu Matsuyama, Cleon Peterson

Dave Kinsey, Tomokatsu Matsuyama, Cleon Peterson at Joshua Liner Gallery

Tomokazu Matsuyama

Another piece by Tomokatsu Matsuyama at Joshua Liner (not a very nice photo, but this piece is beautiful in person)

Ok, that’s it for now!

News I missed while in Stavanger

Most of what I was posting while away in Stavanger for Nuart was prewritten so that I could focus on the festival. The downside being that I missed a bunch of cool potential posts over the last few days. So here’s my usual post holiday link wrap-up:

  • Sam3 has a new video animation out (Via Wooster Collective). You can watch it on Vimeo. Oh and on a related note, the first pieces on loan from collectors for The Thousands arrived at my house this weekend, including a piece by Sam3.
  • Also from Wooster Collective is a new piece by Mark Jenkins. A sculpture of a person made of newspaper.
  • JR released this video about the women who were involved with his project in Kibera, Kenya (Via unurth):
  • Juxtapoz has details about Woodward Gallery Keith Haring show in New York City (which opened September 12th)
  • Another photo has been released for Adam Neate’s October solo show at Elms Lesters (via Arrested Motion). “A New Understanding” opens October 9th. This could be the street art exhibition of the year, though I’m not feeling this new work as might as I’d expected.
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