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Cherry and Martin: Katy Cowan: The Studio, The Sketch | Lui Shtini: Morphē - 5 Nov 2015 to 2 Jan 2016

Current Exhibition

5 Nov 2015 to 2 Jan 2016
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm or by appt
Cherry and Martin
2712 S. La Cienega Blvd
2732 S. La Cienega Blvd
CA 90034
Los Angeles, CA
North America
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Katy Cowan, 2 x 4 (Add) 2015
Sun-sensitive paint on cotton, turmeric and artificial dyed addition
84 x 24 x 2 inches

Artists in this exhibition: Katy Cowan, Lui Shtini

Katy Cowan: The Studio, The Sketch
November 5, 2015 - January 2, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday November 5, 6-8 pm

Cherry and Martin is pleased to present its second solo exhibition with gallery artist Katy Cowan. In this exhibition titled The Studio, The Sketch, Cowan’s objects reveal her physicality towards a studio practice that investigates the intersections of fine art, craft, and labor.

Cowan is able to seamlessly shift between media from painting to ceramics to textile to sculpture, and back again; each of these transitions rely on a larger systematic way of thinking within Cowan’s practice through alteration, repetition, and a conceptual emphasis on material choice. In her most recent body of work, Cowan experiments with a new sense of visual language through sculpture and painting. For instance, Cowan’s wood sculpture Portraits, presents viewers with fragmented slices of a seemingly female, seemingly male, seemingly animal portrait in profile view. She paints the plywood surfaces with washes of watercolor and floral imprints and reconfigures those wood slices to further abstract Portraits' legibility as a figure, thusly drawing more attention to the materiality of the object itself. Cowan’s deliberate confusion of representation asks viewers to stumble when recognizing subject matter, and her material choice of wood proposes to elevate this material to that of a more traditional sculptural medium. Cowan’s sun prints are in direct dialogue with the sculptures, fusing multiple sections of dyed (both natural and artificial) cotton together, dissecting her painterly approach to two-dimensional work with an abrupt gridded intersection of stitched fabric. Cowan’s rope and ceramic wall-bound works, humorously dangle ceramic casts of wrenches and tube socks on boldly braided lines, colliding craft processes with imagery of work and the home.

For Cowan, the serial repetition that occurs in the sculptures and the alterations made on the sun-printed paintings encourages a new way of considering each object, how they are physically handled, and their universal functionality. This body of work in particular looks further inward, investigating Cowan's daily activities, physical movements and her most fundamental decisions in her studio practice. The objectivity and diversity of Cowan’s practice brings to mind post-minimalist artists like Alan Shields and Nancy Graves, who were quite comfortable working with a host of materials, while at the same time looking further back to the Dada movement with artists like Jean Arp. With each form of Cowan's artistic output, dichotomy is at play. Her works are both simple and complex; raw and seemingly incomplete; decorative and functional; benevolent and sexual; child-like and sophisticated.

Katy Cowan (b. 1982 in Lake Geneva, WI) received her BFA at the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA) and MFA at Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles, CA). Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Green Gallery South (Oak Park, IL); Dan Devening (Chicago, IL); Green Gallery (Milwaukee, WI); Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles, CA); and LTD (Los Angeles, CA). Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles, CA); The Poor Farm (Manawa, WI); The Torrance Art Museum (Torrance, CA) and Los Angeles Nomadic Division (Los Angeles, CA). Cowan lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Milwaukee, WI.


Lui Shtini: Morphē
November 5, 2015 - January 2, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday November 5, 6-8 pm

Cherry and Martin is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by New York based artist Lui Shtini.

Lui Shtini’s new paintings for his solo exhibition, Morphē, use a pared down composition to investigate a distilled, core subject. Similar to a nucleus, the works each represent a base element stripped down to its barest form, unable to be broken into something smaller. Morphē stems from Shtini’s prior series, ‘face paintings’, that dealt with the conceits of portraiture. His face paintings emphasized certain individualizing elements used to distinguish the singular from the multitude, culminating in the moment of identification when confronting the unknown. Shtini’s new paintings are, however, no longer recognizable characters. Instead they inhabit an ambiguous space where they can be used as either a foundation to create something else, or simply stand alone.

Shtini’s relationship between medium and subject matter simultaneously develops throughout an extended period of time. Time and mark making are equally important in determining the forms within each work. While they may outwardly appear to be freely rendered, in reality they are comprised of layers of under painting and minute brushstrokes, forming a highly nuanced surface. His approach to materials complicates the relationship between medium and subject matter, allowing his use of paint to often dictate the shape and contours contained within the work itself.

Lui Shtini (b. 1978 Kavaje, Albania) attended the Academy of Arts in Tirana, Albania from 1997 to 2000 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. Shtini has held solo exhibitions at Silberkuppe, Berlin, DE, (2015), Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL (2014), Kate Werble Gallery, NY (2013), and Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York, NY (2013, 2009). His work has been exhibited at venues including Bureau, New York, NY; Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY; Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY; and Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. He was granted a NYFA Painting Fellowship in 2010, was a 2014-2015 recipient of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program. He currently lives in Queens, NY and works in Brooklyn, NY

Cherry and Martin is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am-6pm and by appointment. The 2732 space is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11am-5pm and by appointment. For images and additional information, please contact or call 310 559-0100.

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