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26th Annual Benefit Art Auction

May 25, 2005 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

May 25, 2005


6 pm VIP Pre-Reception
7 pm Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres
8 pm Live Auction & Entertainment
Auctioneer Blake Koh,

    Includes one ticket to Art Auction, one paddle, and one bidding number. ($53 is tax deductible.)
    Includes the above, plus admission to the VIP Pre-Reception, & admission to private Artist Preview Reception on 13 May with entertainment by Dude Dogg and Vision Quest Jazztet. ($128 is tax deductible.)
    Includes the above for two guests, plus recognition as Silver Circle members in printed materials, first opportunity to purchase Auction Edition, and complimentary admission to all Silver Circle parties in 2005. ($346 is tax deductible.) (Benefits for one Silver Circle member available for $250; $173 is tax deductible.)

Public Preview Exhibition
HOURS: Daily 12–6 pm, with extended hours on Fridays until 9 pm

All proceeds from ticket and art sales support Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions’ ground-breaking programs fostering Innovation and experimentation in contemporary artmaking.

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Federal ID #95-3397305.



  • Andy Alexander
  • Walead Beshty
  • Joseph Biel
  • Tom Bonauro
  • Mark Bradford
  • Jed Caesar
  • Barb Choit
  • Kate Costello
  • Will Cotton
  • Zoe Crosher
  • Dorit Cypis
  • Gerald Davis
  • Tomory Dodge
  • Sam Durant
  • Mari Eastman
  • Kirsten Everberg
  • Andrew Falkowski
  • Kim Fisher
  • Ken Gonzales-Day
  • Emilie Halpern
  • Skylar Haskard
  • Christina Hejtmanek
  • Adam Helms
  • Violet Hopkins
  • Charles Irvin
  • Dion Johnson
  • Kathleen Johnson
  • Kat Jurati
  • Soo Kim
  • Karen Kimmel
  • Alice Konitz
  • Jeff Kopp
  • David Korty
  • Barbara Kruger
  • Jennifer Lane
  • Michael Lazarus
  • Won Ju Lim
  • Charles Long
  • Erlea Maneros
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Keith Mayerson
  • Kelly McLane
  • Daniel Mendel-Black
  • Florian Morlat
  • Rebecca Morris
  • Sandeep Mukherjee
  • Ruby Neri
  • Yoshua Okun
  • Tony Payne
  • Suzan Pitt
  • Jon Pylypchuck
  • Richard Renaldi
  • Ed Ruscha
  • Sharon Ryan
  • Connie Samaras
  • Dean Sameshima
  • Mark Sheinkman
  • Robert Stone
  • Henry Taylor
  • Alison Van Pelt
  • Lesley Vance
  • Mark Verabioff
  • Mary Weatherford
  • Eric Wesley
  • Amy Wheeler
  • John Williams
  • Brian Wills
  • Bruce Yonemoto



Chart, 2000,
prismacolor pen on watercolor paper,
10″ x 14 1/4″

A Los Angeles-born and based artist, Andy Alexander has been heralded as cultivating a “subtle aestheticism” by moving between different layers of public and private life, creating “dynamic habitats that elaborate subjectivity in terms of their ability to negotiate poetic paths through the baroque labyrinths of existence.” (Stephen O’Connell, Artext) Alexander is interested in the moment he refers to as an “empathetic bond,” created when the space between object and viewer is momentarily absent. With a BFA from UCLA and an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Alexander has had solo shows in Los Angeles and Australia, as well as group shows in Europe and New York. He will be part of “Minded Swarm,” an exhibition at LACE in June.

courtesy of the artist and
China Art Objects, Los Angeles
value $1,300–1,700



The Phenomenology of Shopping: Target, Kingston, New York (Tent Study w/ Bucket Head), 2004-2005
c-print, 24″ x 34″

Walead Beshty, artist and critic, was born in London. He received his BA from Bard College and worked for Artforum before continuing his education at Yale University, earning an MFA in Photography. His gallerist in New York describes him as “greatly influenced by the possibilities opened up by the conceptual practices of the ‘70s and their active critical and social engagement with art making, and the formalist aesthetics of his early mentors. His work concentrates on the interplay between aesthetics and the ideological mechanism of late capitalist culture…” He has received praise from such publications as The New Yorker, New York Times, The Village Voice, Artforum, ArtReview and Artnet. Beshty has had two solo exhibitions in New York and has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe.

courtesy of the artist and
Wallspace, New York
value $1,900–2,300



Dunce Cap, 2005
watercolor and graphite on paper,
18″ x 18″

With a background in installation and performance, Joseph Biel nonetheless possesses “a delicate hand and charming way with line.” (Los Angeles Times) In reviewing a 2001 solo show at Roberts & Tilton Gallery in Los Angeles, Holly Myers of the Los Angeles Times wrote that, “Moving through…Joseph Biel’s [drawings]…is like exploring a deserted storehouse in the artists imagination without a guide.” Since receiving his MFA in painting at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Biel has garnered numerous awards and honors, shown actively in Europe and around the United States, and has taught at universities in Texas, Oregon, and in the Los Angeles area, where he currently resides.

courtesy of the artist
value $1,300–1,700



Before Zero, 2005
Epson digi print, 13″ x 22″

Tom Bonauro’s work transforms common narratives into brilliant and beguiling icons. As an art director and graphic designer, Bonauro has been employing his alternative viewpoints to an array of notable projects since 1979. Bonauro’s work is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and has been exhibited at the British Design Museum, Pratt University, The Cooper Hewitt and Quotidian Gallery. Recent work includes Inbetween, an acclaimed video installation/live theatrical performance created in conjunction with former Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, and an upcoming book beforezero, focusing on his personal Polaroid work. The Polaroid images emphasize his penchant for rich atmospheric images that evoke the abstraction of the objective world.

courtesy of the artist
value $500–700



Untitled, 2004
monoprint, 24 1/2″ x 13 1/2″

Mark Bradford “succeeds in transforming his occupational handiwork into a reinvigorated rather than elegiac abstract expressionist order” (Mason Klien, Artforum). His participation in “Freestyle” at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2001 and his solo exhibition at Lombard-Fried gallery in New York later that year placed him in numerous public and private collections. Bradford received his BFA and MFA from California Institute for the Arts and has been featured in a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris in NY. He has also been the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and has garnered praise from the New York Times, Art in America, and Los Angeles Times. His paintings “aren’t imitating life, but rather documenting and celebrating it, and keeping it relevant to the community that it borrows from.” (Trevor Schoonmaker, One World)

courtesy of the artist
value $700–900



Trojan, 2005
collage on paper, 24″ x 16″

Jedediah Caesar has made a landmark step in his career this year as one of the artists selected to exhibit in the “Thing” exhibition showcasing cutting edge sculpture from Los Angeles-based artists at the UCLA Hammer Museum. Caesar earned his BFA from the School of Museum Fine Arts, Boston, and his MFA from University of California, Los Angeles. He participated in Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions’s “Strange Animal” exhibition in 2004 and has had solo shows at the Black Dragon Society in Los Angeles and at the Hirmi Yoshii Gallery in Tokyo, as well as numerous group shows throughout the United States, Japan and Europe. In reviewing his solo show at Black Dragon Society, Artweek critic Eve Wood hailed Caesar’s “unique sensibility, at once wry and penetrating, in the service of his impulse to create.”

courtesy of the artist
value $600–900



Study for Group 3 (Solo Artists), 2005
sharpie marker on design vellum, 18″ x 24″

Choit describes Group 3 as part of a series of “compilations of figures derived from my archive of little known rock groups, obscure recording artists, defunct musical projects, and vanity bands, assembled to mimic the photographic perspective of the ‘group photo.’ I consider these drawings to be both a record of bands on the Internet circa 2005 and fantasy ‘class of 2005’ promotional images for these underrepresented artists.” Born in Canada, the artist, archivist, and curator lives and works in New York City. Her educational background includes an MFA in Visual Arts/Photography from California Institute of Arts in Valencia, and an MA in Modern Art and Curatorial Studies from Columbia University in New York. Her work has been exhibited at Presentation House Gallery in Vancouver, Canada, Barbés in New York, Track 16 in Santa Monica, and Kunstraum Meunchen in Munich.

courtesy of the artist
value $800–1,000



Fisherman, 2005,
pencil and watercolor on paper, 14″ x 11″

Sculpture typifies Kate Costello’s means of “exaggeration, reduction or manipulation of an already existent form.” Costello is another artist whose acclaim has been bolstered by the UCLA Hammer Museum’s “Thing” exhibition this year. Art critic Christopher Miles says that Costello’s sculptures “…adopt a stance of stubborn, quiet realness—existing less as things we could only know in our dreams and more as things we can’t fathom in reality.” Her work has also been exhibited in several solo and group shows, including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions’ “Strange Animal” in 2004, High Desert Test Sites 2, and “Beautiful Artist” at the Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Art in Japan. She received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and her MFA from University of Southern California.

courtesy of the artist
value $600–800



Cotton Candy Tree, 2005,
ink on paper, 11″ x 7 1/2″

The soft strokes of monochromatic color and minimal palette of Cotton Candy Tree are what draw the viewer in. Cotton’s painted subjects are often depictions of hand-made dioramas, which are produced by the artist in his studio from actual candy. Ron Warren of Mary Boone Gallery in New York writes, “by orchestrating color and texture, Cotton evokes distinctive moods. Dioramas limited to a palette of chocolate browns produce a molten, sinister terrain…sweets, with their associations of childhood, taboos, excess, and place, provide a point of departure for examining personal experience.” Cotton, a widely-exhibited artist nationally and abroad, studied in France at the New York Academy of Art, and has been featured in The New York Times, Le Monde, Flash Art, and The New Yorker. Last year he was presented with the Princess Grace Foundation Award for Contemporary Art, Monaco.

courtesy of the artist and Mary Boone Gallery, New York

value $1,300–1,700



LA Black-Like no. 1, 2004
lightjet print, 20″ x 20″, ed. 1 of 5

This piece is from a series of photographs in which Zoë Crosher “focuses her lens on the decidedly photogenic Los Angeles subjects of sunlight and lush foliage… Literally shooting the sun as a starting point Crosher begins each image by attempting to capture the overwhelming Los Angeles light.” (DCKT Gallery) In post-production, she burns the prints, merging what she describes as “the poetics with the medium.” Trained in Photography and Integrated Media, Crosher holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include “LAX” at Los Angeles International Airport; “LA-Like” at DCKT Contemporary in New York; and “Out the Window (LAX)” at the Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery in Los Angeles. Her work can be found in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as numerous private collections.

courtesy of DCKT Contemporary,
New York
value $1,000–1,400



Open Window (Florence), 2003,
chromogenic photograph, 26″ x 40″,
ed. of 5

Of her work and interests, Cypis says: “As corporeal beings we reflect simultaneously through interior spaces held within us and through the exterior planes and surfaces of the social spaces we inhabit. The journey is physical and virtual, full of confusion, elation, promise, conflict, dead-ends and gateways. We navigate through time and space in all directions, wanting to remember, craving to forget.” Her artwork has been exhibited at the the Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Musee d’Art Contemporaire in Montreal, Musee des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Corps de Garde in The Netherlands, Frederick Weisman Museum in Minneapolis, UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Orange County Museum, and Noga Gallery in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

courtesy of the artist
value $3,300–3,700



Hairy Castle, 2001,
oil on canvas, 24″ x 18″

In a colorful break from Davis’s more neutral paintings and graphite drawings, Hairy Castle represents the artist’s more romantic side with just a hint of the playful perversion that he explores in other works. With a focus on painting and drawing, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Davis has shown throughout the Midwest and, within the last several years, the major coastal art epicenters. He has participated in group shows at John Connelly Presents and Greene Naftali in New York and Black Dragon Society in Los Angeles; he has had two solo exhibitions at Black Dragon Society in Los Angeles.

courtesy of the artist
value $800–1,100


Study for Oasis, 2004
watercolor and graphite
on paper, 15″ x 20″

In the artist’s own words, “My work is often overtly painterly, however, I try to avoid involvement in the kind of expressionistic excess that often accompanies such approaches to the medium. In my case, the broad brush strokes and blatant use of paint’s materiality threaten to overwhelm the representational aspects of the work creating a strange and often disorienting middle-ground between representation and abstraction.” Dodge received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2004, and has been showcased in solo exhibitions at ACME., Los Angeles and Taxter and Spengermann, New York. He has also been included in group exhibitions across the country, and was the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant in 2004.

courtesy of the artist and
ACME., Los Angeles
value $1,300–1,700



Lamp Shelf, 1994/96
collage on photocopy, 8″ x 10″

Inspired by postwar American history, and the tensions between our social ideas, identity, and mythology, Sam Durant creates startling and often caustic associations and collisions between fine art and popular culture. An influential member of a generation of West Coast artists that have come to prominence in the last 10 years, Durant lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is represented by Blum & Poe. He has exhibited work in dozens of group shows in the United States, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Scotland, and Sweden. He has had solo exhibitions in galleries in the United States as well as in Europe and Japan.

courtesy of the artist and
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
value $1,700–2,000



Vanitas with Daisy, 2005,
vinyl paint on paper, 19″ x 24″

Mari Eastman lives and works in Los Angeles. Since receiving her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago she has participated in group shows in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Frankfurt. She had a solo show at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in 2001 and is locally represented by Karyn Lovegrove Gallery. Roberta Smith of the New York Times has written: “…the main strength is the paintings themselves, with their deft mix of quirky images, ad hoc techniques, and off-hand beauty.” In Vanitas with Daisy, Eastman gives us her skew on a textbook look at “the brevity of human life and the transience of earthly pleasures and achievements.”

courtesy of the artist
value $1,700–2,200


Paviliion (Regent’s Park)
watercolor and enamel on paper
22” x 30”

In a review of her solo exhibition at 1301PE gallery last year, Jenni Smith of frieze wrote: “Everberg is an extremely tactile painter, excelling at the agonizing, intricate details…that you ache to run your fingers over…” This photographic and three-dimensional quality has won her many awards and placed her on a list of participating artists in “The Undiscovered Country” at the UCLA Hammer Museum, “Supersonic” at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and a two-person show at Le Consortium in Dijon, France. Everberg has received both her BFA and MFA from University of California, Los Angeles and currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Courtesy of the artist and
1301PE, Los Angeles
value $2,000.00



Self Titled, 2005,
acrylic on canvas, 15″ x 20″

Of his solo show at the Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Santa Monica titled “Ransom Notes,” Jody Zellen of Artweek wrote, “his work engages the viewer on multiple levels. At the same time that it seduces, it also accuses and threatens.” In this recent work we find a similar ransom note-style of painting that was “co-opted by the punk movement as a way of d.i.y. graphic design and collage. [Falkowski] uses the idea of anonymity as a screen behind which he places the more subjective meanings of his narratives.” Falkowski is a writer and artist who currently lives in Los Angeles. He has been published and widely exhibited throughout Chicago and Los Angeles. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2003.

courtesy of the artist and
Rosamund Felsen Gallery
value $800–1,100



Untitled, 2004,
silkscreen and acrylic on paper, 29″ x 23″, ed. 1 of 15,
each is hand painted.

At her recent solo exhibition, John Connelly Presents noted that “by choosing to make densely layered abstract paintings that reflect the intensities of our everyday fascination with all things ‘glamorous’ (Fisher often cites the refraction of light and color in advertisements for gemstones and jewelry as inspiration), the artist simultaneously celebrates and critiques the insatiable…desire for success, beauty and power that we find in both the art world and the world at large.” Fisher received her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design and has participated in the Whitney Biennial in 2004, as well as a recent solo show at the Modern Institute in London.

courtesy of the artist and China Art Objects, Los Angeles
value $800–1,100



Strung Up, 2002
lightjet print mounted on aluminum,
35″ x 45″, A.P.

This photograph comes from a series titled Searching for California’s Hanging Trees, associated with a book written by the artist. A Los Angeles-based artist and widely-published writer, Gonzales-Day is the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Study and Conference Center Fellowship in Bellagio, Italy and is Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. His work has been exhibited in “Made in California” at LACMA and the “Five Continents and One City” international exhibition at the Mexico City Museum. He has had solo exhibitions at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, White Columns, New York, and at New Museum of Contemporary Art. He is currently Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Scripps College in Claremont.

courtesy of the artist
value $3,700–4,200



Indoor Fireworks, 2002,
c-print, 13″ x 12″, ed. 2 of 6

Born in Paris, Emilie Halpern has since relocated to Los Angeles, where she received her BA from University of California, Los Angeles and her MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions that include Casey Kaplan in New York, ACME in Los Angeles, The Breeders Project in Athens, and The Project in Los Angeles. Last year was Halpern’s first solo debut at Anna Helwing Gallery, where she is scheduled for another in 2006. The Gallery describes Halpern’s work as exploring “sentimental themes like romance, distance and longing.” In this work, Indoor Fireworks, exploding trails of light are suspended in a dreamlike state over an unmade bed as if evoked by a fleeting memory or temporal desire.

courtesy of Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles
value $1,200–1,500



Altered Objects from Octagonal Erection, 2005
shoei motorcycle helmet, wood, xerox cut-outs, 9″ x 60″ x 14″

Skylar Haskard’s work includes “performance, video and sculptural installation elements,” most of which can be seen in Altered Objects from Octagonal Erection. Haskard performs the phallus in his fantasy “erection” plastered with cut-out images of naked female bodies and “chicks on bikes” clamoring around the pasty-white column and crowned by a shiny helmet. An internationally-educated artist, Haskard received his BFA from the Glasgow School of Art and his MFA from University of California, Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include shows at Transmission Gallery in Glasgow, UCLA Fowler Museum, MAK Center in Los Angeles, and Black Dragon Society, culminating in his first solo exhibition this year at Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles. (detail shown)

courtesy of the artist
value $1,200–1,500


Forever, 2003-2004,
c-print, 26″ x 40″, A.P.

The Bespoke Gallery described Christina Hejtmanek’s work as investigating “a nostalgia for something pastoral that is not quite within reach…[the] muted and abstracted images of landscapes [found] within the natural world are imbued with qualities that are more often associated with paintings.” This photo was taken during a walk in Texas where she was in residence in 2001 and 2004. Hejtmanek has had several solo shows and appeared in such group exhibitions as “Fresh Meat” at the CEPA Gallery, New York and “Bystander” at the Andrea Rosen Gallery, which received recognition in The New York Times, Artforum, and The New Yorker. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

courtesy of the artist
value $2,300–2,700



NFA Outpost, 2004,
ink on vintage paper, 16″ x 20″

Adam Helms considers himself an ethnographer. Of his work he says, “with conceptual and formal ties to an assemblage of source material—photojournalism of contemporary conflict, war films, political propaganda, 19th century American art of the frontier, heraldry—my recent drawings depict a fully-realized yet unfamiliar world populated with…the artifacts of a sub-cultural pathology… I want the images to be both romantic and subversive; to remain cloaked in such a way that questions are raised within the viewer as to the perspectives on display.” The structure of a fallen saloon-type building with its rickety, wooded structure mimics the language of a minimalist or abstract sculpture. Helms graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and obtained his MFA from Yale University. He is represented by Sister in Los Angeles, where he had his first solo exhibition in April of this year.

courtesy of the artist and Sister,
Los Angeles
value $1,500–1,800



Lone Iguana and Bird, 2005,
ink on paper, 12″ x 16″

Lone Iguana and Bird comes from a series of work titled Fauna, which the artist describes as consisting of camouflaged animals located within their natural habitat. Hopkins explains: “I am drawn to the patterns found in animals that allow for such visual disguise…with these patterns the animal becomes a convergence of abstraction and representation—a fluidity I am interested in exploring.” After receiving her BFA in Studio Art from University of Texas at Austin, Hopkins went on to obtain her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. Her work has been showcased in solo and two-person exhibitions in London, New York, and Los Angeles, where she is represented by David Kordansky Gallery.

courtesy of the artist and
David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles



Untitled, 2004
acrylic on canvas, 12″ x 16″

Los Angeles-based Charles Irvin works with a wide range of media, including sound, video, performance, drawing and painting. Irvin’s work “is devoted to the concept of absurdity taken to the extreme, and sometimes reflects his interest in comparative mythology and Aleister Crowley’s writings on language.” Since receiving his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Irvin has participated in many group shows throughout Chicago and Los Angeles and internationally. Most recently, his art was exhibited at Champion Fine Arts in Los Angeles, Gavin Brown Enterprise in New York and Healing Arts in Brooklyn. He is also an active member of the artist’s collective/men’s group DudeDogg
[ www.dudedogg.com ].

courtesy of Daniel Hug Gallery,
Los Angeles
value $800–1,100



2nd Plot, 2005,
acrylic on paper mounted on plexi, 24″ x 18″

“ Los Angeles Times art critic David Pagel writes that Johnson’s straightforward yet far from simplistic works ‘invite one-on-one interactions, inciting viewers to behave in a variety of ways…In every case, Johnson’s unguarded yet well-heeled paintings hit us where we live…Johnson’s levelheaded works simply set your eyes in motion. Gliding across variously applied swoops, swishes, and smears of paint, your optical organs gain speed, momentum, and energy as you rediscover what it’s like to see the ordinary stuff of everyday life anew—with the fresh-eyed enthusiasm of the first time.’” (Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Ohio). Born in Bellaire, Ohio, Johnson received his BFA from Ohio State University in Columbus, and relocated to California for his MFA from Claremont Graduate University. His exhibition history includes solo shows in Florida, New York, Columbus, and Los Angeles, as well as numerous group shows.

courtesy of the artist
value $1,700–2,000



Untitled (Mars 0048), 2005
pigment print on paper, 30″ x 40″, A.P.

Untitled (Mars 0048) exemplifies Kathleen Johnson’s exploration of “the poetics of everyday landscapes, recognizing the extraordinary qualities of the most common settings.” Additionally, in her panoramic works her format of extreme horizontality “allows for greater ambiguity in the perception of these mysterious landscapes.” (Lucas Schoormans Gallery, New York). Upon graduating from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Johnson went on to obtain an MFA from University of Southern California. She has since shown in group exhibitions in Los Angeles, including Marc Foxx Gallery and Cirrus Gallery, as well as exhibitions in San Diego, Pennsylvania, and Japan. Johnson will be part of “Minded Swarm,” an exhibition at LACE in June.

courtesy of the artist
value $1,000–1,400



Shane, 2005,
silk and ink, 22″ x 18″

Born in Germany, Jurati received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Featured in solo exhibitions at 6 Months and Creative Artist’s Agency in Los Angeles, she has also participated in group shows at the Hayworth Gallery in Los Angeles, The Bower in San Antonio, and in Oslo. Of her work on silk, Jurati writes, “Caravans of silk once traveled on routes that not only connected cities, but cross-pollinated diverse cultures and ideas. I begin with this metaphor… Pictures exist as doubles, in a hall of mirrors, as bundles of knowledge, systems, and types, all muscling for control. And yet, rather than seeking out compositional unity, the mind’s eye is forced into different directions and unexpected alleyways, it is left figuring how thought and image hang together and for what purpose.”

courtesy of the artist
value $900–1,200



(She Laughs Softly), 2005
hand-cut c-print, 20″ x 20 1/2″

Kim, an MFA recipient from the California Institute of the Arts, has shown extensively and is represented by Sandroni.Rey, Los Angeles. She has three solo exhibitions slated for this year, including a solo show at Sandroni.Rey entitled “A Week Inside Two Days,” which opens later this spring. Other recent shows include group exhibitions at the Korean American Museum of Art, Los Angeles; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and the 2004 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art. In 2000, her work was included in the “Koreamericakorea” exhibition at the Artsonje Center in Seoul, an exhibition that highlighted eleven young Korean-American artists. Kim’s work can be found in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Broad Foundation, the University of California at Irvine, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Michael and Judy Ovitz and Leonard and Susan Nimoy. She currently teaches at the Otis College of Art and Design.

courtesy of the artist and Sadroni Rey
value $3,400 – 3,800



Study for a New Location, 2004
paper, pencil, and marker, 11″ x 17″ x 2″

Karen Kimmel has been creating drawings, sculpture and activated installations over the past ten years. After a foray into the fashion world, she has since returned to her studio full time. Here, we find Kimmel in the midst of play with shape, line, color and space as she visually “sketches” out a three-dimensional floral motif. Last year, she was a recipient of the California Community Foundation Arts Funding Initiative’s Individual Artist Grant. She has had solo exhibitions at Sara Meltzer Gallery in New York, Clifford Smith Gallery in Boston, the Barbican Gallery in London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. She is presently living and working in Los Angeles.

courtesy of the artist
value $1,100–1,400



Untitled (head dress for light communication), 2004,
wood, mylar, construction paper,
12″ x 12″ x 12″

In a solo exhibition at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, “Könitz imagined the viewer relating to her sculptures as pseudo-functional objects, alluding to possibilities in the everyday. Stoking the tension between title, material, structure, and imagined functionality, Könitz played with the viewer’s sense of hope and expectation.” (LACE) Untitled VIII (Square Accessory) appears to be doubling as a headpiece and challenges the viewer’s expectation of form and function. Upon completing her studies at Akademiebrief at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Könitz earned her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. Recent solo shows include “Centric 66” at the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, as well as “Owl Society” and “Owl Society Part II” at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter,
Los Angeles Projects
value $1,100–1,400



Non-Green Loop, 2005
vinyl, bamboo, balsa wood,
spraypaint, fake rat, 24″ x 30″ x 20″

Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, where he received his BFA, Jeff Kopp moved to California to pursue an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Kopp has exhibited throughout the Los Angeles area at such galleries as ACME., The Project, Black Dragon Society and Track 16. In 2003 he also showed at the Joseloff Gallery in Hartford, where he spent time as a visiting faculty member for the Sculpture Department at University of Hartford. Kopp is interested in “objects which draw attention both to and away from themselves.” In Non-Green Loop, the artist gives us a freeway-style sign that is both “melting into itself and becoming its own support.”

courtesy of the artist
value $1,000–1,400



Untitled, 2004,
watercolor on paper, 11″ x 9″

After receiving his BFA at Rhode Island School of Design, California native David Korty returned to complete his MFA at University of California, Los Angeles. Landscapes are this artist’s forte and signature. In a review of Korty’s work, Charles G. Beyer wrote that the artist “…is garnering a reputation for deftly cutting through the oppressive LA smog with his palate knife to create neo-impressionistic urban landscapes with gouache, watercolor, and acrylic paint…” Korty’s solo exhibitions include shows at China Art Objects, Los Angeles, where he is represented, Sadie Coles HQ in London, Greene Naftali, New York, and Il Capricorno in Venice, Italy. His work is part of the Collection Goetz in Munich.

courtesy of the artist and China Art Objects, Los Angeles
value $1,700–2,100




Untitled (Stay/Go Away), 2002,
photograph, 20″ x 12″, A.P.

In the 1970s, after attending Syracuse University and studying Art and Design with Diane Arbus at Parsons School of Design, Barbara Kruger worked for Condé Nast Publications as Head Designer for Mademoiselle. Her experiences in design and print presaged the graphic imagery for which she is now known throughout the world. The pairing of found, usually black-and-white, photographs with her concise, often acerbic text make for bold and instantly recognizable graphic artworks. In 1999, her work was the subject of a retrospective organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Whitney Museum in New York. A LACE Artist Advisor, Kruger divides her time between Los Angeles and New York.

courtesy of the artist
value $2,800–3,200



Untitled, 2004,
watercolor and pencil on paper, 25 1/2″ x 19″

With a BFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and Fine Art Graduate Studies at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Jennifer Lane’s drawings and films have been featured in Los Angeles at China Art Objects, Hayworth Gallery and New Image Art. Lane has also shown outside of the US in Tokyo; Turin; Melbourne; Karlsruhe and Berlin; and Copenhagen. Like all of her drawings Untitled features a nude, hairless female, this time within a mushroom-like organic form. She explains that “the subject matter relates to [her] upcoming Fifth Kingdom film series, which explores relationships between plant, animal, and human consciousness.” She will be part of “Minded Swarm,” an upcoming exhibition at LACE in June.

courtesy of the artist
value $800–1,100



Untitled, 2005,
graphite pencil on paper, 12″ x 9″

Based on the East Coast, Michael Lazarus received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and is represented by Feature Inc., in New York. He has exhibited nationally and abroad, including solo shows at Feature Inc., New York and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles. Lazarus explains the use of near symmetry in his work: “Although I employ a lot of ‘abstract painting’ devices in my work, by definition they are narrative paintings. But not conventional narratives that relate a linear ‘story.’ Using symmetry began as a device to empty the painting out of this story type narrative. But to use true symmetry would be too empty for me.”

courtesy of the artist and
Feature Inc., New York
value $800–1,100



Kiss 7, 2005,
plexiglass sculpture, 18″ x 24″ x 6 1/2″

An MFA graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Won Ju Lim currently lives and works in Los Angeles as a sculptor and installation artist. Taschen’s Art Now: 137 Artists at the Rise of the New Millennium finds that Lim’s work “focuses on the tensions between perception, space, and subjectivity in the post-modern age. In order to reflect on and represent the shifting relationship between these three elements, she usually takes architectural reconstructions whose ‘realism’ she questions, critically and poetically, through the judicious use of light, slide projection and video installation.” Lim is represented by Patrick Painter, Inc. in Los Angeles and has had solo exhibitions in Madrid, Salamanca, London, Berlin, Siegen, Basel and Vancouver.

courtesy of the artist
value $3,600–4,200



Untitled, 2005
inkjet print, 11″ x 14 1/2″, ed. 3 of 6

This piece comes from a series of photographs inspired by the Los Angeles River, near the artist’s studio. Since moving to Los Angeles from Manhattan three years ago, the river, with its “diverse wildlife and the detritus of consumer culture…has become a source of materials (both natural and cultural)” and an afflatus for the artists’ upcoming show at Site Santa Fe in September of this year. Long has participated in many solo and group exhibitions, including recent solo shows at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York, and Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles. Group shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Sister in Los Angeles. Long has been the recipient of numerous awards, and has received praise in Art in America, The New York Times, and frieze. He is an MFA graduate of Yale University.

courtesy of the artist and
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica
value $900–1,200



September 3rd, 2004,
The New York Times, 2005
watercolor on paper, 26″ x 37 1/2″

Born in Bilbao, Maneros completed her graduate studies at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. She has participated in such group shows as “Pictures are the Proble”m at the Perham Art Center in New York, “Meanwhile, in another place…” at Sala Rekalde in Bilbao, and “Erlea Maneros & Sara Jordeno” at ART2102 in Los Angeles. “Using painting as means to reflect on representation, recent history and the memory of events, Maneros appropriates images and text from mass media sources…her watercolors endow the kind of front-page representations that are designed to grab consumer attention with a delicacy that speaks to the relationship between beauty and violence and asks us to address the ways in which we vicariously consume violence as a palatable experience.” (Artivism, Group Show)

courtesy of the artist
value $900–1,200



When I Get Old, 2002,
watercolor reproduction on watercolor paper,
36″ x 24″, ed. 13 of 25

“ This is kind of William S. Burroughs-inspired, but it’s kind of how I see myself when I’m old, if I get there.” —Marilyn Marilyn in an MTV interview, 2003. While some of his watercolors may be read along the same lines as his music—an extension of his mission to confront and challenge the alienation and stagnation of the status quo American society as it is repressed by the constraints imposed by politics and religion—the beauty found in the line and color of his portrait work have garnered him respect in a new art medium.

courtesy of the artist
value $2,000-2,400



Keanu (The Blue Within Blue Eyes), 2001
oil on linen, 20″ x 16″

Keith Mayerson’s approach to painting has been called, “nothing less than an attempt to synthesize received images of high art, popular entertainment, and American history into a chronicle of an alternative, potentially revolutionary masculinity. It looks, however, like the product of a guy who paints in a converted garage, watching DVDs with one eye, the news with the other, and an art-history textbook with an enlightened third.” (Domenick Ammirati) Here, we see yet another portrait of Keanu Reeves by the artist, the inspiration for many of his works. Mayerson received his MFA from University of California, Irvine in 1993, and has since shown extensively in group and solo exhibitions including Derek Eller Gallery in New York, and Richard Telles Fine Art in Los Angeles, as well as internationally.

courtesy of the artist
value $3,000–3,500



Untitled (Floating Ape), 2000,
graphite on paper, 30″ x 22″

Art critic Christopher Miles wrote “…the strangest thing about Kelly McLane’s subtle, seductive, at times disturbing imagery is the realization that her visual conjurings are fictions based in fact…she combines carefully chosen bits of comedy, irony, and tragedy with odd doses of off-road reality.” This later work of McLane’s is “in the tradition of the landscape painters of the 18th and 19th centuries, using a contemporary vocabulary of abstraction… Just as Romanticism and Neoclassicism produced a culturally specific definition of the natural world, McLane has expanded the dialogue by addressing 21st century anxieties of the clash of human culture and (in)human nature” (Angles Gallery). McLane has exhibited internationally and holds an MFA from University of California, Davis and is represented by Angles Gallery, where she will have her next solo show this year.

courtesy of the artist and
Angles Gallery, Santa Monica
value $3,000–3,400


Melting Grid Print, 2005,
monoprint, 27 1/2″ x 20″, ed. of 7

Daniel Mendel-Black is an accomplished artist and writer. Informed by his interest in horror and science fiction, his drawings, paintings and sculptures explore the dramatic potential of abstraction, as seen here in Melting Grid Print from 2005. Mendel-Black has exhibited in numerous US and European group and solo shows, including Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles; Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University; Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles; Young Eun Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea; and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Since 1998 Mendel-Black has been the editor and publisher of the Los Angeles artists’ magazine Spring Journal, and is a contributor to Meise, published by Verlag Heckler und Koch in Berlin.

courtesy of Pruess Press, Los Angeles
value $900–1,200



Untitled, 2005
mixed media, 19″ x 18 1/2″

Originally from Münich, Morlat graduated from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and went on to complete his MFA from University of California, Los Angeles, where he currently lives. In 2004, Morlat had his first solo show at the Daniel Hug Gallery and is slated to have his first European solo exhibition at Galerie Ben Kaufmann in Munich this year. Morlat has also participated in many group exhibitions in Vienna such as “If the hippies cut off all their hair, I don’t care, I don’t care…” at Galerie Michael Hall. Curator Michael Hall has written, “Morlat’s drawings and wall sculptures also seem to be affected by 1970’s homemade crafts. 70’s environmental politics have been abandoned for a more ephemeral materiality, which in the end, become a political content of sorts.”

courtesy of the artist and
Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles
value $900–1,200



Untitled, 2001,
ink and watercolor on paper, 11″ x 15″

Rebecca Morris holds a BA from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and an MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She has had solo exhibitions at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Boom Gallery in Oak Park, Illinois and Ten in One Gallery in New York, as well as a show this year at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Morris has also participated in numerous group exhibitions including “Painting & Sculpture” at the Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, “Carpetbag & Cozyspace” at The Healing Arts Gallery, Brooklyn, “Summer 2002 Part Two: New Drawings and Photography” at the Traywick Gallery in Berkeley, and “Simmer: Rebecca Morris, Mary Weatherford, Erik Parker” at Echo Park Projects, Los Angeles. Morris has received press in LA Weekly, Flash Art, Cakewalk, Artweek, and New Art Examiner.

courtesy of the artist
value $700–900



Untitled, 1997,
colored pencil and needle on paper,
14 3/8″ x 24″

“ In fields of glowing color, [Sandeep] Mukherjee draws exquisitely rendered figures and forms that hover and float through an enigmatic space,” writes Cynthia Peters of Pomona College Museum of Art, where Mukherjee had a solo exhibition late last year. “Mukherjee links playful intent and sensuous materiality with an intellectual rigor, exploring through evocative figurative abstractions the illusive terrain of subjectivity, cultural specificity, and hybridity.” His education includes an MS degree from University of California, Berkely, BFA from Otis College of Art and Design, and MFA from University of California, Los Angeles. Mukherjee’s many group exhibitions include “SPF: Self-Portraits,” Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, and “Conversations,” curated by Connie Butler at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. His work has garnered many favorable reviews in The Los Angeles Times, Art in America, and X-Tra.

courtesy of an anonymous donor
value $1,400-1,700



Untitled, 2004,
mixed media on paper, 18″ x 15″

Of her solo exhibition at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Irene Tsatsos wrote: “Neri starts with images of vernacular graphic style from different eras and contexts and inflects that imagery with her personal response using her own vocabulary of formal element… By providing a contemporary context for artwork based on the study of graphic imagery, Neri offers another dimension to the study of poplar culture.” She has participated in group shows in the San Francisco area and Los Angeles and has been commissioned to paint murals in San Francisco for the Cultural Center; the Center for the Arts, Yerba Buena Gardens; and Clarion Alley Mural Projects. Neri holds a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Institute of Art and is represented by China Art Objects in Los Angeles.

courtesy of the artist and
China Art Objects, Los Angeles
value $1,100–1,400



Untitled (New Décor Series), 2003
c-print, 22 1/4″ x 30″

“ Video artist, UCLA Grad, young professor, cultural provocateur, and co-founder (in 1994) of La Panaderia, one of Mexico City’s defining alternative spaces during the last decade, Yoshua Okon poses exciting new questions on the relation between performance and video, set and locations, voyeurism and participation. Almost everything he’s done adjudicated…so that the social commentary is laced with humor, irony medicated by self-reflexivity, and improvised action tangled up in webs of class and identity.” (John Welchman, Flash Art) Okon’s most recent solo exhibitions were at Galeria Enrique Guerro in Mexico City, The Project in Los Angeles and Galeria Francesca Kaufmann in Milan. He also was selected to exhibit at the Istanbul Biennial in Turkey and the First ICP International Triennial of Contemporary Photography in New York. Born in Mexico City, Okon now lives and works in Los Angeles and is represented locally by The Project.

courtesy of the artist and The Project,
Los Angeles and New York
value $4,600–5,200



No Title, 2004,
hand stamped with artist’s blood, 22″ x 30″, ed. 4 of 10

Tony Payne has said, “I somehow feel obliged to take note and make records.” The materials used to relay these messages are most often related to the artist’s own body (blood, coffee enema, semen) in order to stress their importance and potency—to “give them as much humanity that I can possibly produce.” Paying special attention to elements of dreams, song lyrics, and found text, Payne explores the medium of words. Here, a meditative fragment, “the wilderness” is transcribed in the artist’s own blood. Payne received his BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in Design, has worked as an art director and independent curator of exhibitions nationally, and has produced artist’s editions for Mike Kelley and Raymond Pettibon. Currently, Payne works as an archivist for the Tom of Finland Foundation and has served on LACE’s Board of Directors for 3 years.

courtesy of the artist
value $800–1,000



Untitled, 1983
acrylic on canvas, 18″ x 18″

Internationally-known animator and artist, Suzan Pitt’s work has been screened at a wide range of international film festivals, as well as exhibited at museums and universities including The Walker Art Center, The Art institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Yale University. Pitt was involved with the Expanded Cinema Movement in the late ‘70s and was an Associate Professor at Harvard University from 1987-1992. She grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and holds a BFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Currently, Pitt teaches experimental animation at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.

courtesy of Parasol Press Ltd.,
New York and Portland
value $900–1,200



Untitled, 2002,
mixed media on paper, 20″ x 18″

“ Imagine a former Muppet maker down on his luck, homeless but still working with whatever raw material he can find on the street, tapping into feelings of abandonment, hurt, rage and fear. That’s the effect of Jon Pylypchuk’s zany assemblages and collages in which vulnerable anthropomorphic animals struggle to survive a terrifying universe.” (Ken Johnson, New York Times) One of the founding members of Royal Art Lodge, which was recently featured at MOCA’s Pacific Design Center, Pylypchuck has had solo exhibitions at China Art Objects in Los Angeles (where he is represented), Galleri Christina Wilson in Copenhagen, Locust Project in Miami and Aspreyjacques in London. He’s also participated in group shows throughout the US, Europe and Japan. Pylypchuck received his MFA from University of California, Los Angeles and BFA from University of Manitoba, Canada.

courtesy of the artist and
China Art Objects, Los Angeles
value $1,400–1,700



Faith, 2001
c-print, 30″ x 40″

“ Renaldi’s approach to his subject is that of the street documentarian; scouting his location, the photographer invites people who interest him to sit for their portrait. While doing so, Mr. Renaldi also begins a photographic survey of the place. In this sense, the portrait of the individual becomes a topographical study of the physical and cultural environment, and vice versa.” (Western Project) Renaldi has had solo exhibitions at Western Project, Los Angeles, and Debs and Co., New York, with another slated for 2006 at Yossi Milo Gallery. His work has been featured in such group exhibitions as “Strangers” at the International Center for Photography’s first triennial, New York, Gracie Mansion Gallery, Feature, and the 494 Gallery. His work has appeared in New York Magazine, Time Out/New York, and Village Voice. Mr. Renaldi divides his time between New York City and Los Angeles.

courtesy of the artist and
Western Projects, Los Angeles
value $1,800–2,200



Library, 1994
etching on handmade paper, 19 3/4″ x 23 1/4″, ed. 39 of 40

One of the most important American artists, Ruscha was recently selected to represent the U.S. at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1937, he relocated to Los Angeles in 1956 and attended Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts). Immortalizing emblems of American life, such as the Hollywood sign and roadside gas stations, Ruscha incorporates what many consider a deadpan rhetoric into his work. “Ruscha is a recognized master who has inspired many of today’s young artists,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art, which hosted a retrospective of Ruscha’s work that traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2004.

courtesy of the artist
value $2,800–3,300



Orchid 21, 2005
acrylic on paper, 22″ x 30″

“ Ryan’s line has a siren’s song quality to it–seductive, elusive, utterly graceful. It curls and flows lithely, sinuously,” said Leah Ollman (Art in America), “Ryan reinvests the private doodle with intimacy, eroticism and the fluid yearnings of the unconscious.” Ryan has exhibited her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions at galleries including Sandroni/Rey Gallery, Los Angeles; Remba Gallery, Los Angeles; and Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach. Of Ryan’s work, art critic Christopher Knight has said, “[she] seems intent on splitting the difference between what’s natural and what’s man-made; the result emphasizes that art is inescapably both.” (Los Angeles Times) Her work has garnered further critical acclaim from art journals and press including Art in America, Art Issues, and The Orange County Register.

courtesy of Joshua White
value $800–1,100



Dome, Tunnels, Antennae Field, Southpole, Antarctica, 2004
chromogenic light jet print,
20″ x 24″, AP 1/5

Los Angeles-based artist and writer Connie Samaras is a professor in Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant (2004), as well as COLA (2003), Anonymous Was a Woman (2003), and the Adaline Kent Award in 2002 for her decade-long project titled Angelic States-Event Sequence. Samaras’ work was described by the UCLA Hammer Museum as dealing with issues “such as culture and technology, gender and sexualities, science fiction imaginings, political geographies and dislocation in the everyday.” She earned her MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and BFA from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, and has been exhibited internationally.

courtesy of the artist
value $1,300–1,700



Figures of Lust, Furtively Encountered in the Nights, #4, 2004
lightjet print
print size 28 1/2 x 30 inches, plus frame, ed. of 2 + 1 AP

About this artwork, Sameshima says: “I find it somewhat sad that cruising the old fashion way, in public, can now be safely done on the computer in our homes. The ‘sexual outlaw’ no longer exists; especially not in front of a keyboard…I am interested in how gay men choose to represent themselves with their online self-portraits. Since the ’90s I noticed the trend developing on a popular online cruising website, the decline of faces and the abundance of body parts.” A Los Angeles based artist, Sameshima had two solo shows this year at the Taka Ishii Gallery in Tokyo and Peres Projects in Los Angeles. He has been exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Kunstverein in Hamburg; and Kunstraum Innsbruck. Sameshima holds a MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

courtesy of the artist and Peres Projects,
Los Angeles and Berlin
value $2,700–3,300


Untitled, 2005
oil, alkyo and graphite on paper, 6″ x 9″

Yarlisha Williams of University News recently wrote that Sheinkman “combines line, texture, and contrasts of light and dark to create spatially complex and visually hypnotic works that are simultaneously paintings and drawings. There are three types of artists in the world: thought provoking, awe inspiring, and beauty capturers, Mark Sheinkman is all three.” Born and based in New York, Sheinkman received his BA from Princeton University. His works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven. He has an extensive national and international exhibition background, including recent solo exhibitions at the osp Gallery in Boston, and Fruehsorge Gallery in Berlin.

courtesy of the artist
value $900–1,200



Strap-on Subwoofer For MBZ 230slk, 2001
pencil on polyester film, 36″ x 50″

Of this body of work, Robert Stone explains: “These projects are proposals of new objects that work within the wider culture to turn it toward a new relationship between people and object…It is really a new kind of public art that respects the public and engages it on its own aesthetic terms, and in the process turns the commodity fetish…toward more socially-connected situations.” A licensed architect, Stone designed the exhibition space for “Beyond Geometry” at the LA County Museum of Art, as well as custom furniture for the smoking patio at The Echo nightclub in Los Angeles. He has also participated in a group exhibition at the Smithsonian-Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum as well as “Snapshot: New Art from Los Angeles” at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Stone earned both his MA and BA from the University of California, Berkeley

courtesy of the artist
value $1,000–1,300



Untitled, 2005
acrylic on box, 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

California native Henry Taylor had his first solo exhibition on the East Coast earlier this year at Daniel Reich Gallery. In a review of this exhibition, Max Henry wrote: “modest, yet potent, Taylor’s paintings are reminders of the existence of the underclass. Cool, real and haphazard, they posses the brevity of a short story, and the wear and tear of authenticity.” Taylor has exhibited throughout the Los Angeles area, including a solo exhibition at Sister last year and group exhibitions at Angles Gallery, Sister, and Daniel Reich Gallery in New York. Taylor attended California Institute of Arts in Valencia.

courtesy of the artist and
Sister, Los Angeles
value $900–1,200



Georgia, 2002,
oil on paper, 10″ x 7″

Based in Venice, California, Alison Van Pelt is a graduate of Otis Parsons (now Otis College of Art and Design), Los Angeles and attended the Florence Academy of Art, Italy, Art Center Pasadena, and the University of California, Los Angeles. In many of her works, Van Pelt works with images in blacks, whites and “shadowy grays.” “In these works, images almost photographic in their intensity seemingly appear like ghostly remnants of the real. It is as if Van Pelt captures the shadowy realities that lie within the half light that exists between the values of dark and light… Ethereal and elusive, these paintings are also seductive and sensual.” (Chac-Mool Contemporary Fine Art) Van Pelt is an internationally exhibited artist and her work can be found in the collections of the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Castilla Foundation in Madrid; Museum of Modern Art, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; and NBC Studios, New York.

courtesy of Paul Rusconi
value $1,000–1,300


Untitled, 2005,
acrylic and ink on paper, 9″ x 12″

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lesley Vance is a recent MFA graduate of the California Institute of The Arts in Valencia, California. This year, Vance has a solo exhibition at the David Kordansky Gallery, where she is represented, and a two-person exhibition with Violet Hopkins at Modern Art, London. Last year alone she participated in nine group exhibitions, including “Kids of the Blackhole” at the Stalke Galleri in Copenhagen, “Kiss on the Brow” at the Hayworth Gallery in Los Angeles, “Summer Drawings (and some are not…)” at Mixture Contemporary Art in Houston; “Mind Over Matter” at Grimm Rosenfeld Gallery in Münich; “Tapestry From an Asteroid” at Golinko Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles, and “The New Romantics” at Greene Naftali Gallery in New York. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery,
Los Angeles
value $800–1,200



One Fuss Three Bears Nine Pigs in Beachwood Canyon, 2005,
lightjet print, 10″ x 8″, ed. of 3

Mark Verabioff’s brand of cultural practice is unapologetic in its bold, intellectual sexiness and visual direct address—all while quietly challenging his audience’s conceptual gaze. His humor is uniquely “Nova Scotian (where the artist originates) yet distinctly American.” Final output renders forms ranging from his signature text-based wall drawings with darts to time-based works in video and sound. Recent group exhibitions and screenings in 2005 have included: “Log Cabin” at Artists Space, New York; “artSLUT 2005,” Los Angeles; “e-flux Video Rental” at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Manifesta Foundation, Amsterdam and The Moore Space, Miami. Mark Verabioff lives and works in Los Angeles.

courtesy of the artist
value $700–900



Untitled, 2005
flashe on canvasboard, 9″ x 12″

California-born Weatherford earned her BA from Princeton University and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. An internationally-exhibited artist, her exhibition repertoire spans from 1989 to recent solo exhibitions at boom in Oak Park, Illinois and Debs & Co. in New York. Recent LA-area group shows include Faure & Light Gallery in Santa Monica; “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?” at Champion Fine Art; “8 artists” at Acuna Hansen Gallery; “Painting & Sculpture” at Marc Moore Gallery; and “Eastman, Weatherford & Arnold” at Daniel Hug Gallery. Her work belongs to the public collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Brown Forman Corporation, Laguna Beach Art Museum, Mead Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Orange County Museum of Art, Norfolk Southern Corporation and Progressive Corporation.

courtesy of the artist
value $1,100–1,400


PYC Karum Club, 2004
ink, pencil, white out on paper,
16.75” x 16.25” (framed)

With a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, Eric Wesley recently participad in LACE’s “A Walk to Remember,” organized by Jens Hoffmann. Wesley has had several solo exhibitions at Locust Projects in Miami, Art Basel in Switzerland, and China Art Objects. Recently, he participated in “100 Artists See God,” organized by ICA, London; “Fade (1990-2003)” at the Luckman Gallery; “Works for Giovanni” at China Art Objects and “More Boots = Many Routes: Eric Wesley, Lee O’Connor, Ryan Doolan” at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow. He was also included in “Snapshot: New Art From Los Angeles” at the UCLA Hammer Museum, for which art critic Christopher Miles found Wesley’s work “wryly funny.”

courtesy of the artist and
China Art Objects, Los Angeles
value $1,000–1,400



Untitled, 2005,
acrylic and ink on paper, 7″ x 10 1/4″

“ A touch of melancholy suffuses her sensitive works, whose understated gracefulness ensures…poignant meditations on contemporary art’s place in the system.” (David Pagel, Los Angeles Times) California native Amy Wheeler earned her MFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and has since returned to California to live and work as an artist. Most recently, Wheeler’s work was seen in the group show “Vanishing Point” at Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio and in a solo exhibition at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica. She has exhibited internationally, and most notably in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: New Art from L.A” at the Marvelli Gallery in New York and “Snapshot: New Art from Los Angeles,” UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California. She is currently represented by Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica.

courtesy of the artist
value $600–800



Untitled, 2004,
photo collage, 12 1/2″ x 10 1/2″

An MFA graduate of California Institute of The Arts in Valencia, John Williams started this year off with a solo exhibition at Sister in Los Angeles. Williams’ prior solo exhibition history includes venues in Düsseldorf, Houston, and Athens, Ohio. Recently, his work was seen in Los Angeles at “Group Project/Mail in Show” at London Street Projects; “Wit Form Rainbow” at The Project; “Hide and Seek or Hidden Agenda” at ACME..; as well as at “Light and Spaced Out” at Galerie Loevenbruck in Paris. He has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, ArtForum, frieze and Flash Art. Williams is currently represented by Sister in Los Angeles.

courtesy of the artist and
Sister, Los Angeles
value $700–1,000


Untitled, 2005
enamel and oil on basswood, 36″ x 36″

“ Brian Wills creates meticulously rendered paintings in encaustic, enamel, and oil on panel. His complex material configurations that include bass wood, delicate grooves and iridescence are matched by a commanding use of color. These works share a common denominator of vertical linear forms that engage the viewer in diverse experiential conditions of painting—from quick surface vibrations to immersive contemplative space.“ (The Happy Lion, Los Angeles) Wills received his MA and law degree from Harvard. His work has been included in group exhibitions at The Happy Lion in Los Angeles, Scope Art Fair, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego and the Michael Janssen Gallery in Cologne. Wills is slated to exhibit in Vienna this summer, and has a solo show in January 2006 at The Happy Lion. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.

courtesy of the artist
value $4,700 – 4,900


Playboy Advisor, 2002,
c-print, 11″ x 8 1/2″

Bruce Yonemoto is an established artist who has exhibited his work throughout the US, Europe and Japan for over two decades. Favorably reviewed in myriad art publications, he is represented by Blum & Poe in Culver City. His last two solo exhibitions were at the Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo and the Kunstraum in Innsbruck, and he has participated in numerous group exhibitions around the world. Having earned his MFA from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, Yonemoto’s recent body of work explores the motif of the desktop globe. “Yonemoto encourages us to imagine the planet as a concrete, physical entity we all share, upon which political boundaries and demarcations are ultimately arbitrary, while at the same time acknowledging the symbolic implications of this colorful spherical object in an era of so-called ‘globalism’.” (Holly Myers, Los Angeles Times)

courtesy of the artist and Lemon Sky:
Projects + Editions, Miami
value $700–$900



A custom-designed women’s blouse from Alicia Lawhon’s Spring 2005: New Rainbows, New Desires collection.

This isn’t your mother’s wallpaper. Barbara Bestor brings you wallpaper that’s a work of art on its own.

A one-of-a-kind HUBBY dress. Red, sleeveless and adorned with cut silk flowers, size 6-8.

On behalf of Capitol Records, President and CEO Andy Slater offers a 60th Anniversary limited edition compilation of music spanning from 1942 – 2002. All tracks have been  digitally remastered and beautifully packaged in a special collector’s box with a cloth-bound,144-page book. Also, extensive never-before-compiled track annotations for all 96 songs on this unrivaled six-CD box set. From the King Cole Trio to Radiohead, this compilation records it all.

A very interesting addition to anyone’s collection, Latex Nuggetchild, 2003, is an inflatable, latex undergarment. 18″ x 30″ x 18″.

In a world of flickering fads, Edward An is timeless and classic. Designer Lori Schlachter-Batt brings us an entire ensemble: a Sally pleated skirt (size 6), Peyton white cotton polo (size 6/med) and a denim jacket (size 6).

Eric Owen Moss Architects has designed and built many outstanding buildings that reflect a unique design vision and craft.

Frank O. Gehry is one of the most sought-after, internationally recognized and prolific architects and designers in the world today. Special thanks to the Gehry Foundation for the donation of this signed print.

Up & coming LA-based designers and sisters, Sybile & Marilyne, bring a European flair to an American collection, creating dresses and tops for women that embody all that is female.

Greg has given us the “Lindsey” table lamp, the essential readymade with multi-colored plastic balls that glow, casting spherical shadows on any wall surface. 60w bulb. 16” diameter x 18” tall.

Julia Scher’s work reminds us how often we are unaware of the dangers in the increasing presence of surveillance systems monitoring us in public. She has donated a collection of books of her work and exhibition catalogs.

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“ Move Out” Aviator frames in purple.
“ Yaro” Fierce frames in yellow to red fade.

A pair in the winning bidder’s size of limited edition “discoball’ women’s pumps from LD Tuttle’s FW 2005 collection. Made in Italy, and hand covered in mirrored glass tile, these pumps were not sold along with the regular collection and are part of their custom footwear initiative. Note: Winner may take home sample size (37) immediately or have a requested size delivered in September 2005.

A 16-inch sterling silver chain necklace with a silver diamond pendant and blue quartz briolette. Designed to be classic with a twist, they are fun pieces to accessorize any outfit for day or evening. May Yeung uses natural resources to create her jewelry so no two pieces are exactly alike.

Common and ordinary, yet classic and exotic, designer Milena Muzquiz has donated a skirt with a classic Scottish plaid, mixed with a folky Italian fabric and appliqué.

Two photographers, Martin Cox and Paul Antico, joined forces  to become MoTi Obscura. Combining decades of experience in many  realms of photography, MoTi Obscura offers phenomenal architectural and interior photography,  and have donated two pieces Between Hope & Grand, 2005 by Paul Antico and Atlantic Game Room, 2004, by  Martin Cox.

With only a pair of scissors, Rigged designer Barbra Horowitz cuts boxy, oversized men’s tee-shirts into sexy, unique, sassy fitted clothing items including shirts, scarves, shawls, skirts and dresses. Similar to couture, each piece is handcrafted and no two pieces are alike. The Rigged line reflects Horowitz’s innate understanding of how lacing and corseting affect fit and can compliment a woman’s curves.

St. Ann’s Press is a California-based publishing company dedicated to producing fine art books, specializing in photography from established and up-and-coming artists, that are highly valued within the art and book community. This beautifully bound and boxed limited edition, Modern Romance by David Levinthal, well known for his staged photographs of toy figurines amidst constructed playsets. Romance gathers together 100 images from that monumental series, and publishes a substantial amount for the first time. The book comes signed, numbered 69 of 100, and contains a print from the series.

The ideal pair of earrings should be sexy enough to wear with a little black dress, yet practical enough to fancy up jeans and a T-shirt. Suzanne Felsen found the perfect balance with these beautiful sterling silver earrings with lemon
quartz briolette.

Tadao Ando: Complete Works hardcover book from TASCHEN. This new book on the Japanese architect Tadao Ando explores the influence of architecture on the homes we live in.

Our Hollywood Boulevard neighbor, The Erotic Museum, has been working diligently with artists and the erotic art community to build their collections. From that effort comes an original Michael Jonsson Adult Lamp made from 35 mm slides donated to the Museum by Velvet magazine.

Trina Turk, known for her whimsical designs with an urban edge, has given us this beautiful and fun, pink raffia Sycamore handbag.

Classic and stylish handbag from YSL’s Spring/Summer 2005 Collection.



Welcome to the 26th Annual Benefit Art Auction of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Again this year, we are deeply honored by the level of support contributed by so many to make this event a great success. LACE is proud to be part of such a strong, creative contemporary art community in Los Angeles.

While traditionally the Auction has been held in the fall, this year we are pleased to be holding this event in the spring for the first time. Making the Auction a springtime event, so that it falls in the center of our program calendar, will strengthen LACE’s annual fundraising position. In fundraising, as in programming, it is LACE’s ongoing willingness to continually re-evaluate its position in the community and react nimbly to an ever-changing climate that makes LACE a lasting, relevant, and fresh organization.

We are also especially excited that the Auction is in the spring this year as it coincides with LACE welcoming a new Executive Director. Outgoing Director/Curator Irene Tsatsos accomplished so much during her more than seven year tenure. She sought out daring opportunities and key local and international artists, expanding both the scale and production of exhibitions and also the critical acclaim that they would garner. She introduced new educational and outreach programs such as ArtKid and ArtWorks, which engage local children and youth-at-risk in Hollywood in art-based dialogue, and the Salon Series, participatory evening programs conceived and led by artists.

Among some of the landmark projects that Irene organized and oversaw during her tenure were: “Yvonne Rainer: Radical Juxtapositions, 1961-2002” (2004), “Small Skyscraper” (2003) by Chris Burden with TK Architecture, Christoph Büchel (2003), and “Democracy When? Activist Strategizing in Los Angeles” (2002). LACE thanks Irene for her years of incredible dedication, spirit, and service and wishes her all the best in her future endeavors.
While Irene will be missed and her absence has been strongly felt over the last few months, we are thrilled to welcome a new director with all of the additional energy that a new tenure brings. We look forward to
seeing all of you at events in the coming months so that you can join in welcoming the new director. Your ongoing involvement with LACE is especially welcome and crucial as we move into this exciting phase of our development.

In the meantime, there are many people who have worked very hard and given so much to make this spring’s Auction a success, and I would like to thank them all. First and foremost, we could not accomplish this event without the donating Artists and galleries who so generously contribute artworks to support LACE; all of you have our deepest gratitude. Thanks also to the generous Silent Auction donors, who provided fantastic design items and services for the silent portion of this year’s event.

We are also honored to have the participation of our venerable Host Committee members, who provide us with the wider community support necessary to generate an additional level of excitement and attention for the Auction: Gloria Allred, Justine Bateman, Howard Bragman, Andrea Feldman Falcione, Councilmember Eric Garcetti, Kris Kuramitsu, Anne Litt, Lucy Liu, Mary McCormack, Kate Miller, David Morgan, Jamie Rosenthal, and Kenny Scharf. And, of course, the Auction would never happen without the sustained efforts of our fantastic Steering Committee: Rachel Allen, Katie Brennan, Kellie Dancho, Bettina Hubby, Tony Payne, Erica Redling, Lori Schlachter-Batt, Irene Tsatsos, Brian Wills, and Erin Wright.

We also wish to acknowledge our beloved event sponsors and supporters, who bring a special touch to every detail of the event, including: flowers by Rita Flora; food and beverages by Il Fornaio, Michael’s, Bombay Sapphire, Dubonnet, Hpnotiq, Izze Beverage Company, Judy Oppenheimer and the Anson Group, and Whaler’s Rum; Silent Auction styling by enView Gallery; photography by consummate professional Joshua White; wonderful design work under difficult deadlines by The Department of Graphic Sciences; framing by Curatorial Assistance, Don Francis Framing, Finishing Solutions, Inez Fine Art Framing, Random Gallery, Universal Fine Art Framing, and West Hollywood Picture Framing; and special thanks to our media sponsor, LA.com. Extra special thanks to: Chloë Flores, who drafted the essays that appear in our catalogue and on this Auction website; Gary Cannone, our tireless webmaster; and F.A. Daniels for their excellent and highly responsive printing services. Our gratitude also to LACE’s Silver Circle members, who contribute at a special level and whose participation helps make the Auction an exceptional event.

Thank you also to the LACE staff, who made this first spring version of the event possible by taking on tighter-than-usual deadlines with grace and stamina: Jessica Basta, Development Coordinator; Kellie Dancho, Event Coordinator; Bridget DuLong, Managing Director; Karl Erickson, Program Coordinator; Matt Lipps, Communications Coordinator; as well as all of our excellent gallery docents, administrative assistants, and volunteers, including Jonathan Belli, Enrique Castrejon, Olivian Cha, Chad Clark, C. Finley, Chloë Flores, Alison Frey, Stephanie Hutin, Lori Labrado, Kelly Parker, Katy Robinson—and many others who so generously and steadily donate their time, both to this event, and year-round.

Additional thanks to my fellow members of the Board of Directors: Dorit Cypis, Eve Steele Gelles, Blake Koh (who serves as our dynamic Auctioneer), Tiffiny Lendrum, Tony Payne, David Richards, Guy Smith, and Brian Wills. The Board has not only worked incredibly hard to ensure this year’s Auction is a success, but has also spent countless hours on other major matters such as selecting the new Executive Director, to which end they also enjoyed the assistance of indomitable Search Committee, and community members: Mark Bradford, Connie Butler, Catherine Lord, Tina Petra, Glenn R. Phillips, and Linda Taalman. And special thanks to LACE’s esteemed Artist Advisors, who provide inspiration and connection to the community throughout the year.

Thank you again for your support of LACE. If you have not already done so, please join LACE as a member. Membership, at any level, is a fantastic way to show your support on a regular basis, and entitles you to valuable benefits and entry to exciting events related to the provocative programming LACE offers.

Please, enjoy yourself at our 26th Annual Art Benefit Auction, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Sarah S. Conley
President, LACE Board of Directors


Sarah Conley, PRESIDENT
David Richards, VICE PRESIDENT
Eve Steele Gelles
Tiffiny Lendrum
Tony Payne
Brian Wills

Skip Arnold
John Baldessari
Mike Kelley
Martin Kersels
Barbara Kruger
Sharon Lockhart
Paul McCarthy
Jorge Pardo
Stephen Prina
Ed Ruscha

Jonathan Belli, Enrique Castrejon, Olivian Cha, Chad Clark,
C. Finley, Chloë Flores, Alison Frey, Stephanie Hutin, Lori Lobrado,
Kelly Parker, Katy Robinson

Sincere thanks and gratitude to the following galleries, dealers, companies and individuals for their generosity, their invaluable contributions to this event, and their support of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and all it represents:

Gloria Allred
Justine Bateman
Howard Bragman
Andrea Feldman Falcione
Councilmember Eric Garcetti
Kris Kuramitsu
Anne Litt
Lucy Liu
Mary McCormack
Kate Miller
David Morgan
Jamie Rosenthal
Kenny Scharf

Rachel Allen
Katie Brennan
Kellie Dancho
Bettina Hubby
Tony Payne
Erica Redling
Lori Schlachter-Batt
Irene Tsatsos
Brian Wills
Erin Wright

Ruth & Hermann Bachofner
Anthony Barsoumian
& Mustafa Bin Shihoun
Lawrence Barth
Jill & Bob Bronstein
Jed Cohen
Michael O. & Sirje Gold
Orlando & Kathy Jones Herrera
Nancy & Bernie Kattler
Larry Layne & Sheelagh Boyd
Helen N. Lewis & Marvin B. Meyer
Catherine B. Lord & Kim Thomsen
Lora McPhail & Mark Deischter
Lee & Fritz Michel
Merry Norris
Tina Petra & Ken Wong
Smith Richardson
Mark Sandelson
Mark & Christina Siegel
Martin Strauss
Geoff Tuck
Rubin & Elinor Turner
Ron Wilkniss
Patric Z & Billy Hamilton

ACME., Los Angeles
Angles Gallery, SANTA MONICA
Anna Helwing Gallery, LOS ANGELES
China Art Objects, LOS ANGELES
Daniel Hug Gallery, LOS ANGELES
David Kordansky Gallery, LOS ANGELES
DCKT Contemporary, NEW YORK
Feature Inc., NEW YORK
Lemon Sky: Projects + Editions, MIAMI
Mary Boone Gallery, NEW YORK
Parasol Press, Ltd., NEW YORK & PORTLAND
Patrick Painter Gallery, LOS ANGELES
Peres Projects, LOS ANGELES & BERLIN
Pruess Press, LOS ANGELES
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, SANTA MONICA
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, LOS ANGELES
Wallspace, NEW YORK
Western Project, LOS ANGELES


Ashley Distributors & LA Packing, Crating, & Transport
Curatorial Assistance
Don Francis Framing
Finishing Solutions
Inez Fine Art Framing
Pierre Creative Frames
Random Gallery
Universal Fine Art Framing
West Hollywood Picture Framing

Bombay Sapphire Gin
The Fabiolus Café
Il Fornaio
Izze Beverage Company
Judy Oppenheimer & the Anson Group
Whaler’s Rum
Whole Foods


Colorteklabs, Culver City

Gary Cannone

The Department of Graphic Sciences

enView Gallery, Long Beach

F.A. Daniels

Joshua White

Rita Flora

Joseph’s Flowerworks,


May 25, 2005
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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