Residency Art Gallery is extremely pleased to present 1992: An Examination of the Iconography from the ’92 LA Rebellion. The group exhibition ran from April 8th through June 3rd, 2017. 1992 will feature new work from Charles Dickson, George Evans, Lauren Halsey, Kang Seung Lee, Patrick Martinez and Rosalyn Myles. Curated by Rick Garzon.
Amongst its scenic landscapes, good weather and palm tree-lined streets, Los Angeles has always been an axisof racial tension amongst its residents. Whether it be from the housing discrimination of the 40s, racial profiling bythe LAPD, friction between Black and Latino gang members or the “War on Drugs” in the 80s thatdisproportionately targeted Black neighborhoods, these instances and many more had lasting affects on ourcommunity that still resonate today.
In March of 1991, Rodney King led authorities on a high-speed chase that concluded with one of the most viciousand violent acts of police brutality caught on videotape. Two weeks later, a young Black teenager by the name ofLatasha Harlins was gunned down by Korean-American storeowner, Soon Ja Du, over a bottle of orange juicethat was assumed to be stolen. In November 1991, Du was fined $500 and sentenced to five years of probationand 400 hours of community service with no prison time for murdering Ms. Harlins. Later, on April 29th 1992, apredominantly white jury in Simi Valley acquitted officers Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind andTheodore Briseno of assault and using excessive force in the beating of Rodney King. These two instances, alongwith an already-frustrated Los Angeles African American community, served as the ignition for one of the mostpolarizing events in Los Angeles history. Whether it is remembered it as a riot or uprising, the events are ingrainedin our memories 25 years later.
1992 features work from Los Angeles based artists that lived through and saw the effects of the 92’ uprising. Eachartist selected for the exhibition was asked to create work around the images that stood out the most from theirmemories of the uprising. The purpose of this exhibition is to serve as a reminder as we view the parallels betweenthe events that led up to the 92’ rebellion and what is currently happening today. 1992 drives the conversationforward and urges us to not repeat the same mistakes.
Dickson is an Artist in Residence at the Watts Towers Art Center Campus and the Caretaker ofthe Watts Towers of Simon Rodia with LACMA’s preservation program. He has worked with the Los AngelesNeighborhood Land Trust and Offices of the Trust of Public Land LA River Center to create one of a kindsculptures within community Parks. Dickson has participated in over 150 professional Exhibitions, numeroustelevision shows and has been written about in various art magazines and newspaper articles.
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.
Lee is a multidisciplinary artist who was born in South Korea and now lives and works in LosAngeles. 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), CentroCultural Border (Mexico City), and group exhibitions at Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNCG (NC), SOMArts (SanFrancisco, CA), Raymond Gallery at Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA), among many others. Hereceived an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
Halsey was born and raised in Los Angeles. After taking an art class in the 12th grade, Halseywas deeply inspired by a project on hieroglyphs. I went on to practice art and architecture at El CaminoCommunity College for four years, CalArts, and Yale University, where I began to focus on rethinking and remixingthe built environment through art in my neighborhoods of South Central LA and the Eastside. I continued this workas an Artist-In-Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem and in the Session residency program at Recess.
Patrick graduated high school and moved on to Pasadena City College. Patrick spent threeyears at PCC experimenting, developing his artistic skills and trying to find a hint of himself at the same time. Hekept a steady career doing illustrations and design work mainly for underground and mainstream record labelsthat catered to the Hip Hop community. In 2001 he was ready to take on the next stage of art discipline. This ledhim to apply to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where he received a bachelor of fine arts. Patrickfocuses on the phenomenology of his surroundings. He brings sublime beauty to things that aren’t thought of asconventionally beautiful. He uses subject matter such as everyday people that aren’t usually painted into thelimelight and elements of the city that would be thought of as objects we take for granted. He uses these objectsas communicative mediums. Patrick works with intellect and intuition in creating pieces of art that reflect anddocument situations that are ever present around him. Vitality and rhythm are the essence and energy in hisartwork.
Kirk joined The Los Angeles Times as a photographer in 1987. He was born on a family farm inSouth 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 theLos Angeles riots and the Northridge earthquake.
Myles is a Los Angeles-based artist working with mixed media to create thought-provokinginstallations. She received her MFA at the California College of Arts in San Francisco where she experimented withfilm, photography, print and various mediums present in her interdisciplinary practice that are evident in her worktoday.