After the Victory Dance

Brianna Rigg

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Adopted memories, hand me down emotions, and projected sensations are deployed into a composite landscape of calving glaciers, overgrown junkyards, and high school proms. Combining materials culled from the junkshops and home improvement stores with handmade forms, Rigg stages a drama in which delicate figurative sculptures are transfixed by landscape.

Opening January 24, 2015
Closing February 7, 2015

Object Object!!

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good good things in collaboration with Helmuth Projects present Object Object!!: A Selection of Smaller Works. Featuring works by an amazing roster of eighty-five national and international artists, Object Object!!: A Selection of Smaller Works is a curated exhibition aiming to present a diverse group of excellent small works to an enthusiastic audience. good good things believes that there is both a power and a preciousness in smaller works. We also believe in facilitating the visibility and accessibility of art we love. Because of this, all artists in the exhibition have been asked to work within specific scale and pricing constraints well- outside of their normal practice. All exhibited works will not exceed 10” in any direction and will be priced between 100-300 dollars.

In the spirit of supporting the work of both artists and artist-run spaces, the exhibiting artists retain 75% of any sales with the remaining 25% supporting the work of Helmuth Projects. good good things does not take a commission. The exhibition catalogue, published post-exhibition, will feature essays by Sarah Trujillo-Porter, Kara West and Lauren Buscemi.

good good things is the curatorial project of artists John Oliver Lewis and Jessica McCambly that aims to support a thoughtful and dynamic, artist-driven community through select exhibitions and events.

Initially, established as an exhibition space in Dallas, Texas in 2007,
good good things exists today as a transitory project that is based in San Diego, California.

Having a Coke With You

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“And the portrait show seems to have no faces in it at all, just paint / You suddenly wonder why in the world anyone ever did them.” – Frank O’Hara, Having a Coke With You, 1966

Helmuth Projects and Angella d’Avignon are pleased to present, Having a Coke With You, an exploration in contemporary abstraction with works by Claire Loder, Kim Westfall, Chantal Wnuk and Nihura.

Hailed as the glue of the New York School of Poets, Frank O’Hara was the “poet among painters” collaborating and living among the abstract expressionists in mid-century New York City. Despite a rigorous academic foundation, O’Hara rejected the notion that form is to be strictly adhered to, an idea that was emphasized explicitly in his time.

Having a Coke With You is a selection of paintings and sculptures that emulate the method and style of O’Hara’s writing practice with specific focus on his poem “Having a Coke With You”. Themes include being in love, being alone, and dismissing academic standards in favor of intuitive methods with indifference to outcome. Incorporating dark humor and sentimental wit, Having a Coke With You includes work which is self-amused but not unserious.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication featuring images of the works in addition to curatorial text by Angella d’Avignon and Farrah Emami as well as essays by poets Junior Clemons and Jordan Karnes.

HOW THE WEST WAS FUN

New work by J Noland
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How The West Was Fun

20 September – 3 October 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 20, 6 – 9 PM

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The American dream is alive and well; it’s down at the county fair, in your dad’s basement tinkering away, on a tailgate sipping a cold one. “How The West Was Fun” presents new works and installations engaging our favorite pastimes in all their pleasure and perversion. The summer might be ending, but our grill is still warm.

You Are Not Alone

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Helmuth Projects is pleased to announce that artist Jaimie Warren (New York City) will undertake a month-long residency this August. Warren is known for often constructing elaborate sets to create her ironic and insightful photographs. While in San Diego, Warren will work with volunteers and participants from the public to create a brand new work that continues her foray into remaking existing art historical images. Specifically, the artist will reimagine a 15th century religious painting, replacing angels and saints with important and infamous characters from the life of pop-star Michael Jackson. Warren has drawn collaborators from an open, public call for participation and is working with them to create the costumes and sets necessary to stage the recreation, which ultimately becomes a photograph and video.

The residency will culminate in a solo exhibition of Warren’s work, curated by Alexander Jarman. After being exhibited in a group show at The San Diego Museum of Art in the summer of 2013, Warren worked closely with Jarman and Helmuth Projects’ Joshua Pavlick to conceive of a project that would allow her more time and greater exposure in southern California. The result is You Are Not Alone, which will feature a handful of works from throughout Warren’s career as well as the debut of the photograph and video that resulted from the residency. Multiple programs, as well as a new publication, will accompany the exhibition.

You Are Not Alone will open August 29th, on what would have been Michael Jackson’s 57th birthday.

Temecula

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The city of Temecula is located in Riverside County, California and geographically sits 60mi northeast of San Diego and 85mi southeast of Los Angeles. Mostly a leisurely tourist destination, it is home to the largest antique mall in Southern California—Granny’s Attic, among countless others in the Old Town Temecula district. With particular attention to care in display, antique stores and bazaars employ their own presentation models of precious objects that create a new set of relations—often personal and nostalgic—between objects and their newest homes.

Similarly, TEMECULA is a meeting point that brings together San Diego-based artist Joshua Jon Miller’s paintings, ceramics and works on paper with LA-based artist Kathleen Ryan’s sculptures in a dense reconfiguration of two-person exhibition conventions. Miller’s paintings and ceramic plates contain repeating object motifs, arranged in such a way that mirrors their production. Ryan’s ceramic sculptures take forms often found in domestic realms and by materially manipulating scale and function, creates a contemplative reflection of the object’s form itself. While there are strong conceptual overlapping interests in the artists’ respective practices, we have decided to forego the usual reinforcing of a distinction between them and instead—taking a cue from the intimate placement of objects in antique stores—amplify the richly shared textural, color and surface-related relationships among the works in the show.

Helmuth Projects was pleased to present TEMECULA, a two-person exhibition featuring Joshua Jon Miller and Kathleen Ryan, curated by Melinda Guillen. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication, featuring images of the works in addition to a curatorial text by Melinda Guillen and essays by art historian Norman Bryson and LA-based writer and curator Gladys-Katherina Hernando.

SACRED GEOMETRY FOR A PROFANE EXISTENCE

OPEN THROUGH MARCH
(everything you know is wrong)
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“What distinguishes Matt Bradley’s investigation of conspiracy theories is the lack of cynicism with which he approaches these narratives. The mythologies he tackles are ambitious in their speculations. They beg us to abandon our certainty about the laws of physics, society, and human progress. But viewers won’t find a hint of the clichéd conspiracy theorist’s cluttered basement so often imagined in film here. Rather, the artist shows deference towards these theories by elevating their associated iconography to the status of objects and images of meditation. Bradley’s installation is the shrine that a devoted conspiracist would construct to persuade others to join his cause.

At the core of this collection of sculptural objects and video works is a longing on Bradley’s part for the ideas they stand in for to be true. Though he takes on grand theories of sacred geometry and the new world order, his desire to find truth – or perhaps more accurately, validate his own doubts – is most poignantly reflected in a quiet video that juxtaposes footage of the illusive bigfoot with that of musician Nick Drake – supposedly walking through a crowd at a concert. Does Bradley believe that’s really Drake’s lanky form captured on film? He can’t prove that it’s not, just as he can’t prove that the technology used to construct the pyramids wasn’t handed down by an alien race, or that a secret elite society will one day impose an authoritarian world government.

Through his presentation of the signs and symbols that collectively represent the mythology of conspiracy, Bradley invites us to embrace skepticism and doubt. Everything you know just might be wrong.” -L Lockhart

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WINDOW BLINDS

New work by San Diego/Los Angeles-based painter Julian Rogers.
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Weaving a wide spectrum of colors into intricate textures, Rogers’ paintings are an attempt to distort relatable images of domestic life, taken from found Super 8 home movies from the 60’s and 70’s, to the point where they absorb the ambitions of abstract painting and speak to the fallibility of memories.

Opened December 7th, 2013
Artist Talk moderated by Alexander Jarman January 4th, 2014

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Object Object!

Helmuth Projects and good good things present Object Object!: A Selection of Smaller Works

closing reception: 11.23.13 2-5 pm
panel discussion: 11.23.13 1-2 pm

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Featuring works by an amazing roster of seventy-one national and international artists, Object Object!: A Selection of Smaller Works is a curated exhibition aiming to present a diverse group of excellent small works to a diverse audience. good good things believes that there is both a power and a preciousness in smaller works. We also believe in facilitating the visibility and accessibility of art we love. Because of this, all artists in the exhibition have been asked to work within specific scale and pricing constraints outside of their normal practice. All exhibited works will not exceed 10” in any direction and will be priced between 100-300 dollars. The exhibition catalogue will feature essays by Lara Bullock and Lauren Lockhart.

good good things is the curatorial project of artists John Oliver Lewis and Jessica McCambly that aims to support a thoughtful and dynamic, artist-driven community through select exhibitions and events.

Initially established as an exhibition space in Dallas, Texas in 2007,
good good things exists today as a transitory project that is based in San Diego, California.

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John Oliver Lewis & Jessica McCambly
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Object Object!: A Selection of Smaller Works
Featuring works by:

Anila Quayyum Agha/ Indianapolis, IN
Jennifer Anne Bennett/ San Diego, CA
Rebekah Bogard/ Reno, NV
Matthew Bourbon/ Denton, TX
Sean Brannan/ San Diego, CA
Candace Briceno/ Austin, TX
Rebecca Carter/ Dallas, TX
John Chwekun/ San Diego, CA
Beau Comeaux/ Albany, NY
C.J. Davis/ Dallas, TX
Tom Driscoll/ San Diego, CA
Kelly Eginton/ La Mesa, CA
Vincent Falsetta/ Denton, TX
Denis Farrell/ Aubepierre-Sur-Aube, Champagne-Ardenne, France
Anya Gallaccio/ La Mesa, CA
Steve Gibson/ San Diego, CA
Damien Gilley/ Portland, OR
Brian Goeltzenleuchter/ San Diego, CA
Shelley Hampe/ Dallas, TX
Joanne Hayakawa/ San Diego, CA
Matthew Hebert/ San Diego, CA
John Brinton Hogan/ San Diego, CA
Jeff Irwin/ San Diego, CA
Alexander Jarman/ San Diego, CA
Heather L. Johnson/ New York, New York
Lance Jones/ Dallas, TX
Jennifer Leigh Jones/ Denton, TX
Wendell Kling/ San Diego, CA
John Oliver Lewis/ San Diego, CA
Linda Lopez/ Fayetteville, AR
Natalie Macellaio/ Plano, TX
Kirsten Macy/ Los Angeles, CA
May-Ling Martinez/ San Diego, CA
Bob Matheny/ San Diego, CA
Jessica McCambly/ San Diego, CA
Jeff Mueller/ Chicago, IL
Nikko Mueller/ San Diego, CA
Ingram Ober/ La Mesa, CA
Titus O’Brien/ Albuquerque, NM
Keri Oldham/ Brooklyn, NY
Harmony Padgett/ Dallas, TX
Joe Page/ Walla Walla, WA
Julon Pinkston/ Houston, TX
Scott Polach/ San Diego, CA
Justin Quinn/ St. Cloud, MN
Sasha Koozel Reibstein/ La Mesa, CA
Marisol Rendon/ La Mesa, CA
Allison Renshaw/ Leucadia, CA
Leisa Rich/ Atlanta, GA
Danielle Riede/ Indianapolis, IN
Philipp Scholz Rittermann/ Escondido, CA
Lesli Robertson/ Highland Village, TX
Jason Sherry/ San Diego, CA
Rusty Scruby/ Dallas, TX
Brian Spolans/ Ysplanti, MI
Raychael Lynn Stine/ Albuquerque, NM
Eva Struble/ San Diego, CA
Shannon Sullivan/ Eureka, CA
Takako Tanabe/ Brooklyn, New York
Perry Vasquez/San Diego, CA
Jones von Jonestein/ La Mesa, CA
Stephanie Wagner/ Los Angeles, CA
David Willburn/ Fort Worth, TX
Sarah Williams/ Springfield, MO
David White/ San Diego, CA
Mike Whiting/ San Diego, CA
Allison Wiese/ San Diego, CA
Joe Yorty/ San Diego, CA
Lindsay Preston Zappas/ Los Angeles, CA
John Zane Zappas/ Los Angeles, CA
Dave Zdrazil/ Eureka, CA

Phantom Gardens Fortified Cities (monuments)

Robert Andrade and Timothy Earl Neill
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fall 2013

Phantom Gardens Fortified Cities is an on-going project which questions the allure of the contemporary public space including malls, parks, squares, and museums through monumental sculpture, landscape architecture and commercial imagery.

By creating identifiable references to significant spaces throughout time and history, Andrade and Neill aim to critique these environments and explore the psychological impact these arenas have on the experience of an average human life and society as a whole.

Rob Andrade Timothy Earl Neill