GP invite


Fellows of Contemporary Art invites you to attend:

Garden Party
Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 21st
6-9 pm

Discussion with the artists 7pm

On View: September 21 – November 22, 2013

Fellows of Contemporary Art proudly presents their third Curators’ Lab exhibition for 2013, Garden Party. Curated by painters Carolyn Castaño and Hadley Holliday, Garden Party features the work of over twenty artists and takes Los Angeles’ gardens and green spaces as its focus.

Taking place over a three-month span, curators Castaño and Holliday hosted 5 collaborative events called “Garden Parties” in which participating artists were invited to draw or make art outdoors. The destinations ranged from the manicured collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens, to an urban oasis at Ferndell in Griffith Park, to an artist’s home garden, to the wilds of the Angeles Crest and to Ocean View Farms, the largest community garden in Los Angeles.

Garden Party is inspired by the tradition of Matisse and Rousseau and the fantastical flora of Los Angeles itself. Garden Party plays on artistic concerns with capturing nature, the sublime, celebrating biodiversity and movements such as victory gardens, sustainable gardening, and the organic and slow food movement. During the sessions artists were free to interpret the idea of plein air or working outside by drawing, painting, taking photographs, collage, making cuttings, or simply hanging out for the day. Ideas begun during the sessions were taken back to the studio for further development.

Artists in Garden Party build on the social aspect of art making. The experience of participating in the party sessions is equal in importance to the work produced. Garden Party sessions and artist studio visits were documented on Hadley Holliday’s blog Studio Day. A catalog documenting the Garden Party events will be available. A gallery walk-through with the curators will be held during the opening.

Participating Artists: Hillary Bleecker, Ursula Brookbank, Britt Browne, Carolyn Castaño, Dee Dee Cheriel, Ismael De Anda, Martin Durazo, Amy Green, Bella Foster, Julia Haft-Candell, Elana Hill, Hadley Holliday, Roger Herman, Emily Joyce, Cyril Kuhn, Joseph Lee, Barry Markowitz, Stas Orlovski, Nikki Pressley, Jay Stuckey, Elizabeth Tremante, Monique Van Genderen.

Contact: foca@focala.org