I LOVE MY DOG
PVAC Member Pre-Opening Reception and Gallery Talk, Friday, October 11, 5-6 p.m.
General Public Opening, 6-8 p.m.
Located at the newly renovated Palos Verdes Art Center
5504 W. Crestridge, Rancho Palos Verdes, 90275
Galleries are open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.
Up 2, by William Wegman Kama, by Siri Devi Khandavilli
The domesticated dog is so deeply intertwined in our lives it is only natural that they have also found their way into our arts practice. This exhibit examines a variety of ways that artists have brought the depiction of the dog to the art world. In I Love My Dog we have paired historical works with contemporary ones to suggest how our attitudes towards dogs have changed, or not, over the past 200 years, and how these changes are reflected in artistic activity.
The Palos Verdes Art Center is pleased to exhibit important paintings from the 19th and 20th century included in the collection of the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. These masterworks depict the important role the dog has played in human history, serving as hunters, guardians, companions, and friends. Contemporary artists include Antoine Bootz, Doug Meyer, Siri Devi Khandavilli, and William Wegman..
In 1970, Wegman began making videos with his Weimaraner Man Ray, named after the influential American ex-pat Dada and Surrealist artist of the first half of the 20th century. Man Ray became a central figure in Wegman’s photography and videos and remained so until he passed away in 1981. Man Ray functioned as a collaborator – a virtual alter ego. Together the two created a large, important body of pioneering video work, typically shot in a single take and often including subtle humor and a simple, direct style of performance. The works were always low-tech, intimate and idiosyncratic with some humorous moments.
The Wegman videos presented in I Love My Dog represent the highlights of their work from 1973-1974. On loan from Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Missouri, the videos are clear examples of the sense of trust and communication between the dog and human, showing how the dog is both an actor and instigator in his own life, absent the human projections we so often make with our pets. The exhibit will include several of Wegman’s color Polaroid photographs, on loan from the Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona.
The exhibit will also feature a series of architectural dog houses from architects and student-collectives from the area’s most accomplished designers, including Michael Song, Scott Callihan, Ben Ong, Architecture Department faculty, LA Harbor College. These architectural installations translate the specific relationship between breed and owner into a selection of creative, avant-garde doggy dream houses.
The topic of the dog-human relationship will live on far beyond the exhibition galleries. Palos Verdes Art Center will offer educational and special programming over the course of the exhibit allowing us the pleasure of understanding our connections to our family pets ever more fully.
SPECIAL SILENT MOVIE SCREENINGS
Thursday, December 5, 6:00-8:00pm
“A Dog’s Life”, staring Charlie Chaplin and Scraps, and “Where the North Begins”, featuring Rin Tin Tin. Both screenings with live piano accompaniment by Cliff Retallick – sponsored by PVAC
Free! No RSVP Required
Peninsula Center Library
Friday, December 13, 6:00-8:00pm
Featuring Bowser Beer – sponsored by Rock & Brews, and other pet specific items in a celebratory evening on the Palos Verdes Art Center Events Plaza
Free! Beverages and Food available for purchase.
No RSVP Required
PVAC Events Plaza
Trained and obedient dogs welcome!
Event and Exhibition Sponsors:
THE FACEBOOK PORTRAITS
Mike Reynolds was born in New York and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Reynolds is a multidisciplinary artist currently working in the traditional practice of oil painting. Drawing on tenuous personal connections through social media, Reynolds leverages handmade objects against online ego to gently prod at hierarchy, privacy, psyche, and persona (both real and imagined). Reynolds is adamantly opposed to the use of detached irony in art.
The Facebook Portraits is a project the artist has put most of his energy into in the last year or so.
It works like this:
- The artist selects subjects from social media (some of the individuals he has met, others he has never met).
- The artist then pursues a kind of personal editorial process (part intuition, part following their updates, part hierarchy) as the painting is developed.
- When the portrait is completed, the artist then privately shows the person depicted; if they like the painting, it gets posted online.
- If they disagree with the representation/project, the portrait gets “redacted” – that is, disfigured, “anonymized” through a series of brusque abstractions, and the altered work is exhibited.