The Eastern Star Gallery was the venue for Display System 4: a new addition to the collection of display structures designed by LA-based artist Alice Könitz. The modular, wood structure metamorphosizes the gallery space with the diverse work of five unique talents: Joshua Callaghan, Patricia Fernandez, Allison Miller, Gala Porras-Kim, and Amanda Ross Ho.
Alice Könitz created the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA) in her studio driveway as a venue for experimenting with methods of display and expectations around museums in December 2012. The museum is currently located on the campus of Occidental College in Los Angeles. Könitz uses LAMOA to invite artists to create work specifically for the wooden structure and changes its walls and entrance with each exhibition.
Gala Porras-Kim is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work questions how knowledge is acquired and tests the potential of the art object to function as an epistemological tool outside of its traditional, art historical context.
Joshua Callaghan sculpts his work from parking barriers to old crutches creating public art objects and installations. Callaghan, a Los Angeles based artist, stretches the ordinary to the absurd as he explores the essence of the city of Los Angeles.
Allison Miller’s art combines multiple media including oil paints, acrylic, pencil and dirt. Her pieces use bright colors, bold forms and textures, and tentative and improvised sketchy lines, producing what has been described as a gravity-defying three-dimensional sculptural effect.
Patricia Fernandez brings together object making, painting, carving, and writing all stemming from fictions and histories, from oral stories and ephemera. “By applying an archeological approach to the archive, my work reveals the inaccuracy of our inherited memories and the subjectivity of personal experience. My work aims to transmit a personal history that involves memory, omission and abstraction to build connections between people and places.”
Amanda Ross-Ho’s work is inspired by detritus: the clutter and remnants of daily existence, and the ‘negative space’ of things overlooked. Ranging from sculpture, installation, painting, and photography, her work seeks to uncover the subtle beauty of coincidence and anomaly. Working from source material as diverse as newspaper articles, narcotics agency records, life aspiration manuals, and home-craft instruction booklets, Ross-Ho highlights points of cultural ‘intersection’ to create extrinsic portraits of contemporary zeitgeist. This exhibition was open Thursday, April 14th through Friday, May 13th of 2016.
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