PRS is pleased to announce the next exhibition in the Hansell Gallery will open with a new site-specific installation from artist Lani Trock on March 25th as part of PRS Artist-in-Residence Mandy Kahn’s "I Like Peace" series. In conjunction with the exhibition, she will present a series of NPS free public programs including for the opening the galactic wave co-facilitated by Carlos Niño & Friends and The Open Source Community Choir.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday 5-7pm, Friday 11am-4pm, and by appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Address: 3910 Los Feliz Blvd., LA, CA 90027
During the month of June, Trock will present free food - a continuous series that explores ideas of interdependence, gift economics, mutual aid, sovereignty and the de-commodification of food systems through the regeneration of backyard farming and communal sharing practices.
To participate, you can select an edible seedling to pickup here.
Dates: January 18-Februrary 21, 2020
Exhibit Hours: Tuesday 5-7pm, Friday 11am-4pm, and by appointment (email@example.com)
Address: 3910 Los Feliz Blvd., LA, CA 90027
This exhibit is sponsored by Red Wheel/Weiser Publications
The artist donated the Justice Card which is on display permanently in the PRS Bookstore
The Alchemical Visions Tarot brings the promise of the Magnum Opus—the Great Work—to travelers on the modern path. Combining Jungian psychology and ancient alchemy, mysticism, and mythology, Arthur Taussig has created a powerful tool for self-transformation—a Tarot for personal alchemy and psychic health. Meditative and full of symbolism, The Alchemical Visions Tarot invites you to journey deep into the cards; each an individual story and work of art. Taussig began this project in the 1990s.
"My TAROT project began with a visit to a psychologist friend. She had a small basket filled with packages of Tarot cards used in her therapy sessions for role playing. As our conversation turned to the history and psychological significance of the Tarot and the literature associated with it (for instance, Charles Williams’ novel The Greater Trumps), I found very few of the contemporary decks fulfilled their ancient mystical role. It seemed to me that in their attempts at popularization and mass appeal, the designers robbed the cards of both their significance and their power.
My intention in designing a deck was to restore the ancient mystical aspects of the cards, to reinvest them with psychological importance while still honoring the 21st century’s social and political environment. I studied not only the Rider-Waite deck, but other decks of a divinatory, esoteric, and occult nature (including Aleister Crowley’s contributions and the so-called Tarot de Marseille from 15th century Italy). In addition, I consulted many books written on the Tarot ranging from the downright silly to in-depth psychological interpretations by Jungian scholars. My goal was to produce a Tarot deck that would encompass a depth of meaning that would span from times ancient into the 21st century."
-Arthur Taussig, 2020
Arthur Taussig was born and raised in Los Angeles with early schooling in Eagle Rock, and in 1963, received a degree in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to science, he studied anthropology and music history. He received his Masters in Biochemistry and a Doctorate in Biophysics in 1971 while beginning to exhibit his photography internationally. The Robert Freidus Gallery in New York City represented his photographs and placed them with many collectors and museums including The Art Institute of Chicago, Denver Museum of Art, Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, and many others. Taussig’s work has been included in over 300 exhibitions world-wide. In 1982 he received the National Endowment of the Arts Visual Artist’s Grant. He began playing American primitive folk guitar and banjo, and soon began teaching and performing on radio station KPFK’s “Midnight Special” folk music program. Tompkins Square Records issued his second album in 2010 to world-wide acclaim, and in 2012, he was invited to perform at the South by South-West Music Festival in Austin where Wired Magazine listed him as one of the top 50 performances. Currently, in addition to continuing his photographic works, he has produced a series of illuminated books of classic works: Dante’s “The Divine Comedy,” James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” and so on. Taussig has also embarked on a series of collage works based on Jungian Psychology: “Alex’s Abventures in the Five Rivers of the Underworld” and “Alice’s Alchemical Adventures.” In this vein, he has done what he calls “a 21st century” set of Tarot Cards.
Large scale prints of the cards will be on display for viewing, and available for sale alongside this extraordinary deck in the PRS Bookstore.
PRS is pleased to announce a new show to be held in the Hansell Gallery and Auditorium, GRAVEN IMAGE by artist Zhenya Gershman.
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 28th, 5-7pm
Art Panel: Sunday, October 20th, 1-2pm, featuring Pinchas Giller, Ph.D. (American Jewish University), Jack Rutberg (Jack Rutberg Fine Arts) and Zhenya Gershman
Closing Reception: Saturday, November 16th, 4-6pm, featuring classical guitar performance by Fabio Zini
Exhibit Hours: Tuesday 5-7pm, Friday 11am-4pm, and by appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Address: 3910 Los Feliz Blvd., LA, CA 90027
Show dedication: In memory of my friend John Slifko ⏤ your dream is alive! -Zhenya Gershman
Artist Statement: GRAVEN IMAGE is inspired by the Sefer Yetzirah, known as The Book of Creation, one of the earliest surviving books on Jewish mysticism. This group of paintings holds questions more important than answers. To ask a question—is to wonder, to open a door, to see the old in the new way, to engage in a conversation, to embark on a journey without preconceived destination, to discover the unimaginable, to peer into the dark, to be blinded by the light, to challenge the taboos, to follow the destiny. The word Graven itself is directly related to the very root of artistic creation: "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7, King James Bible). GRAVEN IMAGE is thus a mirror through which the painter invites the viewer to explore the world filled with the "breath of life" together. A particular relevant passage from Sefer Yetzirah is beautifully loaded with meaning and poetry:
Three: Water from Breath.
With it He engraved and carved / [22 letters from] chaos and void / mire and clay
He engraved them like a sort of garden
He carved them like a sort of wall
He covered them like a sort of ceiling
[And He poured snow over them / and it became dust / as it is written
“For to snow He said, ‘Become earth'” (Job 37:6)]
GRAVEN IMAGE merges traditional oil painting with unorthodox sculpture technique application. Experimenting with ceramic tools allows the artist to literally carve out the material and physically engrave into the body of paint. As a result, a sculptural painting⏤a hybrid form of art is developed, stimulating the viewer to experience two-dimensional art in a surprisingly tactile and phenomenological way. This technique facilitates a kind of psychological archaeology in portraiture, challenging the core of a viewer's perception of the very border separating what we call our reality and that of art.
Artist Bio: Zhenya Gershman is an internationally renowned artist. She was born in Moscow and held her 1st solo exhibition in St. Petersburg at age 14. She was selected as a subject of the TV documentary film Our Generation, a project dedicated to searching for the five most talented teenagers in Russia, showing hope for the cultural future of the country. The youngest student to be admitted to Otis Art Institute, Zhenya graduated with Honors and later received her MFA from Art Center College of Design. Today, Gershman's portraits are featured in public and private collections including Douglas Simon and Richard Weisman (she is included in the book Picasso to Pop: The Richard Weisman Collection). Gershman's portrait of Sting was acquired for the permanent collection of the Arte Al Limite Museum in Santiago, Chile. Zhenya participates in important international exhibitions including Art Aspen, Art Miami, and Art Chicago. The GRAMMY MusiCares Foundation selected Gershman to create portraits of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Her exhibition "Larger Than Life" was broadcast by Entertainment Tonight, Extra, and featured in The New York Post. A documentary film, The Model's Artist, highlights Gershman's innovative approach to working with artists' models. In 2000, Gershman was a recipient of ALEX Award in Visual Arts from The National Alliance for Excellence, Honored Scholars and Artists Program, presented by Peter Frank, who is quoted as saying that Gershman's effort evokes not only Whistler's and Sargent's but that from which they took inspiration, Manet's and Velazquez's⏤masters of the figure who in their own ways avoided the banal literalities of their contemporaries for a rendition truer to the vagaries of vision, and (thereby) to the dynamics of human presence.
In addition to her artistic career, Gershman is an independent scholar and a museum educator. She has worked for over a decade at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and has contributed to such exhibitions as Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits and Rembrandt: Telling the Difference. As a co-Founder and President of Project AWE, a nonprofit foundation for the arts and education, Gershman has dedicated her scholarly and charitable work to provide new dimensions in understanding and experiencing the cultural icons of Western European heritage. Gershman's groundbreaking discovery regarding the presence of a hidden Rembrandt self-portrait was published by Arion, Boston University and was brought to European audiences by Le Monde. She continues to work in her studio and is currently working on a book Dürer's Labyrinth: Melencolia in the Context of Early Modern Knowledge following her article Dürer's Enigma: A Kabbalistic Revelation in Melencolia §I published by Brill's Aries Journal.
WELL BORN: A two-part art, performance and literary salon
Friday August 30th 7pm-10pm
Saturday August 31st 6pm-9pm
A two-part art, performance and literary salon featuring works by Yunuen Rhi, Elizabeth T. Vazquez, Silvi Naçi Vinhay Keo, Sterling Hedges, Ana Estela, and a discussion with Kandis Williams in conjunction with CASSANDRA Press. Over the course of two evenings, artists Kandis Williams, Yunuen Rhi and Elizabeth T. Vazquez present a salon of creative discourse from institutionally othered perspectives using art, film, writing, and performance to reframe quests for knowledge through Black, Brown, Immigrant, and Queer narratives. Friday night will start the event with performances and readings outside in the courtyard. Artist, writer and publisher Kandis Williams will lead a discussion in conjunction with CASSANDRA Press at the Hansell Gallery where multimedia works will also be exhibited. Beverages, snacks, and opportunities to mingle will be provided at the reception outside the gallery space. On Saturday, all video works (including performance documentations from the previous night) will be showcased in the auditorium throughout the evening.
Kandis Williams is an artist, writer, editor, and publisher living and working in Los Angeles and Berlin. She received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art, New York and has had recent solo shows in New York, Los Angeles, Baltimore and Vienna. She has an active curatorial and writing practice, and runs CASSANDRA Press with artist Taylor Doran. Her work often explores contemporary critical theory including, but not limited to, racial-nationalism, authority and eroticism. She is also a visiting faculty member at CalArts. Kandis is represented by Night Gallery in Los Angeles.
Yunuen Rhi is a two-spirit martial and performance artist, anthropologist, and healer. Her roots are in Mexico, the United States, and Korea. She has cultivated herself in western, eastern, native medicine pathways and practices as a way to deepen the understanding of “selves.” Rhi’s performance work incorporates ritual and psychomagic elements. Her performance interests lie in social practice as a way to build bridges between performance and the communities with which she interacts.
Elizabeth T. Vazquez is a first-generation, Mexican-American artist, writer and filmmaker from Los Angeles. She received her B.A. in Film at the Arts University of Bournemouth and is a regular attendee at the Philosophical Research Society. Her films have been screened in numerous festivals and spaces around the world—most recently Greece and Mexico. Her work often incorporates deconstructions of logic through text and image discordances.
Silvi Naçi (b.1987, Albania) work with performance, video, sculpture, photography, text, and installation. Working with traumatic memories from their childhood, collective and familial, Naçi investigate gender and cultural identity as it relates to exile, migration, the idea of the illegal body, and citizenship. Naçi hold a dual BFA in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from Suffolk University (2011), and an MFA in Photography + Media from California Institute of the Arts (2019).
Vinhay Keo is originally from Battambang, Cambodia. He received his BFA from Kentucky College of Art + Design at Spalding University and is currently an MFA candidate at the California Institute of the Arts. As an interdisciplinary visual artist, his work examines intersectional identities as an immigrant, a Cambodian-American, a brown-body, and a queer person. His practice unpacks the nuances of trauma in a historical and contemporary context in order to address the marginalization of minorities.
Sterling Hedges was born in Pasadena, CA and lives and works in Los Angeles. They/them hold a BA in Art History from the University of Arizona and are currently an MFA candidate for Art & Technology at the California Institute of Arts.
Ana Estela is a writer born and raised in South Los Angeles to Salvadoran immigrants. She leads writing workshops and meditations at Mostly Angeles, a metaphysical shop based in L.A. Her work at the shop and in her writing aims to hold space for those needing to find their place.
The Hansell Gallery is pleased to announce a new show, OBSERVED UNION by artist Wyatt Troll.
Opening: Saturday, June 22nd, 5pm-8pm, featuring dance performance by Katie Malia
Closing: Wednesday, July 10th
Exhibit Hours: Tuesdays 5pm-7pm, Fridays 11am-4pm, and by appointment (email@example.com)
Artist Statement: Our human experience finds us in conflict, both on and beneath the surface of life. We live in contradiction, feeling separated from our inner child, from nature, from love, and from the spiritual world while knowing there is a universal truth that connects everything down to the microscopic level. In OBSERVED UNION, the world is transcendent and filled with magic. Moments of divinity are revealed with a sense of patience and wonder; the contrasts of life depicted in harmony. Light and dark. Feminine and masculine. Each image, a meditation on beauty realized through expansive horizons and ephemeral nature, mirroring our union with the universe. The show features an original soundtrack by E Ruscha V., incorporating heartbeat recordings by Wyatt Troll.
Artist Bio: Wyatt Troll is passionate about creating images. As a photographer, cinematographer, and director, he is driven by honest storytelling through a visual language all his own. Being raised on a commune, then bred in New York City, makes for quite an interesting outlook. He attended LaGuardia School of Art, Music, and Performing Arts before moving to California to study photography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Never without his camera, Wyatt has taken countless photographs throughout his life and career, honing a multifaceted understanding of spaces and human dynamics, both natural and staged. Drawing from art history, he is always looking for a new way of seeing. As a photographer, he has documented incredible human portraits and intimate circumstances of intrigue. His experiences have instilled a heavy desire to share the situations he has documented visually. His development as an artist never stops due to the dynamic surroundings of his life.
This exhibit is curated and produced by Yael Greenberg/CURRENT PROJECTS.
SACRED ORNAMENTS BY MALADO BALDWIN - A PRS LIBRARY EXHIBIT
Opening: Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 - 5pm-8pm
Closing: Saturday, August 31, 2019
*Inner Light Embroidery sculpture and Talisman Charm were donated by the artist to the PRS Library and are permanently on display in the PRS Library
Malado Baldwin (b. Malado Francine Baldwin-Tejeda) is an American artist based in Los Angeles. The daughter of Peace Corps volunteers and development workers, she spent her childhood in West Africa. Her diverse cultural and genetic background becomes a rich source for her telling of personal narratives as presented through larger cultural myths and histories. Highly researched and richly textured, Malado's work draws us into stories where symbolic artifacts from one culture can be reworked by another. New meaning is created in objects by allowing cultures to mix in surprising ways. The artist’s curiosity about her roots began a journey of exploration and discovery, and years of research into symbolic ornamentation across diverse cultures and religions. She began her research in our Library, so it is fitting to see her work displayed in this context, exemplifying our mission of the diversity of wisdom.
INNER LIGHT EMBROIDERIES (embroidery on fabric) 2018
The embroidered textile collars were made in the style of contemporary Senegalese embroidery. The designs are based on representations of sacred “inner light,” or “divine presence,” sometimes depicted as a halos or rays of light in Christian, Buddhist, and other religions. By flipping the imagery and turning them into vibrantly-colored ornamental wearables in collaboration with Muslim tailors, they become newly symbolic works of art. They are presented encased as in a jewelry display, as objects to ponder.
PECTORAL (3D print) 2018
The "wind breastplate" of the “feathered serpent" -a Mesoamerican iconic image of Quetzalcoatl’s pectoral is rendered as a 3D print as a "ghost image" in white of a disappearing artifact. Traditionally the pectorals were made of conch shells and worn by priests throughout the region of various religions, and through generations. As original artifacts, few remain. In Nahuatl, the neckpiece is called the ehecailacacozcatl, meaning the wind before a rainstorm, or the “spirally voluted wind jewel.” As the multi-faceted God of wind, air, and learning, the planet Venus, of arts, crafts, and knowledge, Quetzalcoatl is depicted as a benevolent God who taught humans science and invented the calendar.
HALO / CROWN (3D print) 2019
This 3D-printed “ghost image” of a halo, crown, or laurel, is based on depictions of the Virgin Mary in Mexican and Italian sculptures. Halos often represent a circle of light around a holy person or saint. It is a modern “pop” interpretation, which includes snakes, daisies, and moons. With thirteen extended rays carrying flowers, the Chinese lucky number symbolizes ‘assured growth’ and ‘vibrancy’.
TALISMANS / CHARMS (3D prints) 2019
In these jewelry-like 3D-printed objects, versatile symbolic talismans are fashioned in multiple mediums in geometries of colored plastic and plated metals. They recall Tuareg veil weights, or veil fasteners worn by the nomadic women in the African desert to keep their head scarfs from flying off in the wind, also called “assrou n’ swoul”, or, “the key which is thrown over the shoulder”. Made as wearable pendants or charms, they are intended to bring good luck and to unlock wishes.
Artist Statement: Upon my retreat from conventional narrative filmmaking in 2017, my creative and spiritual growth began to emerge as one. Meditation and trance work all became extremely important for me, and with all of that, my new body of films was born. My daily meditative practices allowed the creative floodgates to open, bringing a complete sense of inner joy. Upon the creation of many of these metaphysical films, I was unaware as to what they meant but went about the execution of each one as a form of meditation itself. After all, everything and anything can be meditation if it brings a sense of joy to our soul. I was so entranced by these recent visual developments that hours and days could pass without me even realizing. Some of these experimental films hold more emotional impact than any conventional film I’ve ever made. Now I know why. However, I will always leave the meaning of these works up to viewers with the hope that they will find the same sense of joy, love, and excitement that I experienced while making them.
Soul Tones was one of the first metaphysical films I made after moving to Los Angeles. I discovered the Philosophical Research Society at exactly the right time in my journey and eagerly began collaborating with some of the other artists who also consider it their home away from home. While many of my earlier films were developed and executed with inspiration from books by Manly P. Hall, Aleister Crowley, and Hermann Hesse, among many others whom I have been reading since I was a curious sixteen-year-old, Soul Tones was one of the first films where I really had no preconceived idea as to what it would be about. I had recorded Kristin playing her sound bowls for a separate short I was making months prior and upon editing said film, was so completely captivated and hypnotized by the beauty of the notes, I knew I had to use them for something else. The result became a trance film that works to expose the viewer to other dimensions and energies that surround us in every moment of our lives that we may otherwise ignore. Essentially, the film became a document of loving awareness and positive emotion. With this piece, I hope that the observer will be able to obtain, even if just for a split second, a moment of inner peace and inspiration. Like all of the films I now make in this new stage of my career, I hope the love, passion, and absolute heart I put into the creation will resonate with the viewer and that glorious positive energy will be experienced. As we commonly say to one another “I’m sending my love." This is my way of sending love to the viewer. —Courtney Sell
The exhibit runs June 4th, 2019 - June 11th, 2019. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment at the gallery. Public viewing hours are Tuesday evenings 5pm-7pm, and Fridays 11am-4pm.
THE UNIFIED FIELD: Picking Up the Signal features the work of emerging and established artists, working in a wide array of disciplines: photography, painting, performance, sculpture, spoken word, multimedia, installation, and interactive. In each case the work addresses the world beyond reason, and the ways in which we access it. The artists are: Michael Carter, Linda Connor, Mandy Kahn, Jeff Kober, Burton Kopelow, Joey Lehman Morris, Kristin Palombo, Craig Semetko, John Slepian, and Carel Struycken.
The exhibit is curated by LA-based artist, curator, and director David Orr.
The exhibit runs October 20th, 2018 - April 20th, 2019. Please contact email@example.com to make an appointment at the gallery. Public viewing hours are Tuesday evenings 5-7, and Fridays 10:30-3:30.
PRS is pleased to announce ILLUMINED, a brand new exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist and photographer David Orr, whose images are made from and inspired by our library's storied collection of rare texts and manuscripts.
For the ILLUMINED series David photographed spiritual, mystical, and philosophical texts—often one-of-a-kind, hand-printed and illuminated manuscripts—from our library’s private collection. After photographing a text, he recombines it, creating an abstracted, circular form that alludes to the worldview or mythology being represented. Each image becomes a balanced form, similar to a mandala, an idealized object of contemplation. The images are dye-infused into highly reflective aluminum discs, creating works of art that are as much objects as photographs.
“Worlds visible and invisible to us have been depicted in strikingly similar visuals over time,” says David, “the recurring form is always circular. Most often, these depictions possess a radial symmetry with repeated shapes emerging from a central point. You can see this arrangement in church and mosque ceilings meaning to represent the impossible order of the heavens; representations of the universe throughout time (the word cosmos itself means ‘order’); and in graphic depictions of particle motion, music, and sound—even the graphic symbol for chaos has order!”
Orr chose each text with an eye towards representing a range of disparate beliefs, from the sacred to the secular. The series includes recombinations of rare Alchemical and Theosophical manuscripts, hand-transcribed Buddhist Sūtras, and a first edition of Francis Bacon’s scientific work. “So many ideas and systems describe how the world works, and much of it can be thought of as a projection of our ideas onto the world,” Orr adds. “There are remarkable examples of ancient ideas proven correct by contemporary scientific study; Quantum Physics and Eastern thought, for example. These images mean to honor the ways in which we struggle to make sense of the world. Each image serves as a symbol and beacon of an ideal—sparks of thought in the dark.”
ILLUMINED will be on display from March 24th through September 16th. Visitors can check gallery hours by calling (323) 663–2167.
The artist donated The Private Instructions of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky which is on display in the PRS Bookstore.