Residency Art Gallery | 1992
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Group Show /// Charles Dickson, George Evans, Lauren Halsey, Kang Seung Lee, Patrick Martinez, Kirk McKoy and Rosalyn Myles

4.8 – 6.10.17

Photo Coverage by Dorian Hill

About the Exhibit

Amongst its scenic landscapes, good weather and palm tree-lined streets, Los Angeles has always been an axis of racial tension amongst its residents. Whether it be from the housing discrimination of the 40s, racial profiling by the LAPD, friction between Black and Latino gang members or the “War on Drugs” in the 80s that disproportionately targeted Black neighborhoods, these instances and many more had lasting affects on our community that still resonate today.

 

In March of 1991, Rodney King led authorities on a high-speed chase that concluded with one of the most vicious and violent acts of police brutality caught on videotape. Two weeks later, a young Black teenager by the name of Latasha Harlins was gunned down by Korean-American storeowner, Soon Ja Du, over a bottle of orange juice that was assumed to be stolen. In November 1991, Du was fined $500 and sentenced to five years of probation and 400 hours of community service with no prison time for murdering Ms. Harlins. Later, on April 29th 1992, a predominantly white jury in Simi Valley acquitted officers Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind and Theodore Briseno of assault and using excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. These two instances, along with an already-frustrated Los Angeles African American community, served as the ignition for one of the most polarizing events in Los Angeles history. Whether it is remembered it as a riot or uprising, the events are ingrained in our memories 25 years later.

 

1992 features work from Los Angeles based artists that lived through and saw the effects of the 92’ uprising. Each artist selected for the exhibition was asked to create work around the images that stood out the most from their memories of the uprising. The purpose of this exhibition is to serve as a reminder as we view the parallels between the events that led up to the 92’ rebellion and what is currently happening today. 1992 drives the conversation forward and urges us to not repeat the same mistakes. #LA1992

About the Artists

Charles Dickson – Dickson is an Artist in Residence at the Watts Towers Art Center Campus and the Caretaker of the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia with LACMA’s preservation program.  He has worked with the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and Offices of the Trust of Public Land LA River Center to create one of a kind sculptures within community Parks.  Dickson has participated in over 150 professional Exhibitions, numerous television shows and has been written about in various art magazines and newspaper articles.

George Evans – Evans explores painting, watercolors, drawing, photography, digital media and printmaking. He has worked with figurative watercolor, photographed cityscapes, non-objective abstract painting, and photographic composites. Evans’ art has been displayed in museums and galleries, including: KCET- Life and Time art special, M. Hanks Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California African American Museum – Recent Acquisitions, Highways Performance Space – The death of Emmett Till – Fifty years later.  T.G.A. Gallery – California open, and Watts Towers Art Center: Baila con Duende. He was subcontracted for digital art services by artists Richard Wyatt and May Sun for the production of the Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park, and the Hollywood Jazz: 1945-1972 mural restoration at Capitol Records.

Kang Seung Lee – Lee is a multidisciplinary artist who was born in South Korea and now lives and works in Los Angeles. Kang has had solo exhibitions at Pitzer College Art Galleries, Pitzer College (Claremont, CA), Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles, CA), Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (Los Angeles, CA), Centro Cultural Border (Mexico City), and group exhibitions at Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNCG (NC), SOMArts (San Francisco, CA), Raymond Gallery at Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA), among many others. He received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

Lauren Halsey – Halsey was born and raised in Los Angeles. After taking an art class in the 12th grade, Halsey was deeply inspired by a project on hieroglyphs. Halsey went on to practice art and architecture at El Camino Community College for four years, CalArts, and Yale University, where she began to focus on rethinking and remixing the built environment through art in my neighborhoods of South Central LA and the Eastside. Halsey continued this work as an Artist-In-Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem and in the Session residency program at Recess.

Patrick Martinez – Patrick graduated high school and moved on to Pasadena City College. Patrick spent three years at PCC experimenting, developing his artistic skills and trying to find a hint of himself at the same time. He kept a steady career doing illustrations and design work mainly for underground and mainstream record labels that catered to the Hip Hop community. In 2001 he was ready to take on the next stage of art discipline. This led him to apply to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he received a bachelor of fine arts. Patrick focuses on the phenomenology of his surroundings. He brings sublime beauty to things that aren’t thought of as conventionally beautiful. He uses subject matter such as everyday people that aren’t usually painted into the limelight and elements of the city that would be thought of as objects we take for granted. He uses these objects as communicative mediums. Patrick works with intellect and intuition in creating pieces of art that reflect and document situations that are ever present around him. Vitality and rhythm are the essence and energy in his artwork.

Kirk McKoy – Kirk joined The Los Angeles Times as a photographer in 1987. He was born on a family farm in South Carolina and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in graphic design and photography. McKoy has won several awards from Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Assn., the Society of News Design and World Press. McKoy was also part of The Times’ Pulitzer-winning coverage of the Los Angeles riots and the Northridge earthquake.

Rosalyn Myles – Myles is a Los Angeles-based artist working with mixed media to create thought-provoking installations. She received her MFA at the California College of Arts in San Francisco where she experimented with film, photography, print and various mediums present in her interdisciplinary practice that are evident in her work today.