Veronica Duarte July 16

InterTextual States 
organized by Veronica Duarte
with York Chang, Olga Koumoundouros, Christina Ondrus, Gala Porras-Kim, Vincent Ramos, Kirsten Stoltmann, Cody Trepte;

InterTextual  States   brings together the work of seven artists -with distinct approaches to text, in which to see:  text as code for language, text as visual sign, the apparent absence of text, --or all of the above.  It's conceptual framework is one of intertextuality[1], hinting on the fluidity of language and text's ability to transcend interpretation -from author to reader, as well as from text to other texts. It speaks of our efforts to manage language, and signification; It is a reflection on the multiple properties and applications of language –which by continual shifting, resist the reading of a text or artwork.

York Chang was born in St. Louis, MO. He is a conceptual artist and painter who manipulates the cultural projection of ideology, fanaticism, identity and political power. He creates immersive "total" installations, exploring the exhibition construct's potential for literary fiction writing and turning forensic and archival information systems into supports for poetic gestures. Chang's work often explores fiction and deception, blurring conventional notions of authorship, appropriation, and credibility in cultural production. He earned both his BFA (1996) and Juris Doctorate (2001) from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). York Chang lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.  Select exhibitions include Syrop & Chang at Chapman University's Guggenheim Gallery in conjunction with OCMA's California-Pacific Triennial (2013), The Winners at Greene Exhibitions (2013), Ping Pong at Art 43, Basel, Switzerland (2012); Incognito at Santa Monica Museum of Art (2011); The Workers at MASS MoCA (2011); Suelto at La Central Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia (2011); Open Daybook at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2011); ARCO Madrid with g727, Madrid, Spain (2010); ZOOM at the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA (2009); The Search for the Visceral Realists at the Federal Art Project, Los Angeles, CA (2009); Asian New Media, Center for Democracy at Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles CA (2008); Hard Left, at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2008).

Olga Koumoundouros was born in New York, NY and lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Her work embodies ideas of American economic distribution and class mobility in space. She is particularly interested in the “single-family home” as rhetoric and looks at the ideological construction of home ownership and its relationship to human sustenance.  Koumoundouros’ work has been exhibited at venues nationally and internationally including Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City Art Center, The Studio Museum of Harlem, Stadshallen Bellfort, Bruges, Belgium, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX, Armand Hammer Museum and REDCAT among others.  She is represented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

Christina Ondrus is an artist whose work in painting, drawing and sculpture engages the paradox of ineffability—the articulation of experiences or insights that defy precise description---from the rational to the irrational. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2010, she was an artist fellow with the Terra Foundation for American Art, in Giverny, France. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions, including shows at Artist Curated Projects, Public Fiction, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Gala Porras-Kim was born in Bogotá, Colombia and lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work examines the ultimate and literal signifier of culture, language. It examines the limitations and challenges to understanding language, whether it is inaccessible though lack of translation, hiding or it is undecipherable. Through research and commitment to learning about a subject and about the process of gaining knowledge itself, her work questions how knowledge is acquired, tests the potential of the art object to function as an epistemological tool outside of its traditional, art historical context, and challenges the possibilities and limits of learning about the cultures that surround us. It can be perceived as both aesthetic and utilitarian, capable of serving as a means for an outsider to access information about an unfamiliar culture. Porras-Kim received her BA from UCLA (2007), MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2009), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010). Her work has been included in exhibitions at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, CA; 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA; La Central, Bogotá, Colombia; Tompkins Projects, New York, NY; FOXRIVER, Singapore; and Dobaebacsa HQ, Seoul, Korea. 

Vincent Ramos is an artist from Los Angeles. He received his MFA from CalArts in 2007 and his BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2002. Recent exhibitions include Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum and LAXART (2012), Pachuco Cadaver or There Are No Heavies in America, Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles (2011), and Outsider Art: Others from Elsewhere Doing Something Altogether Different…Sort Of, 18th St. Art Center, Santa Monica (2011).

Kirsten Stoltmann is an artist born in Milwaukee, and based in Los Angeles, CA. Her work explores feminist perspectives, and suburban culture throughout an interdisciplinary practice, including sculpture, video, photography, collage, and digital media. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include:Rising From The Ashes Of Your Mind, Brennan & Griffin, New York, NY; I Am So Happy, Emma Gray HQ, Los Angeles, CA; Motivational Posters and Meditation Sculptures, Cottage Home, Los Angeles, CA; Vaginal Rejuvenation (in collaboration with Amanda Ross-Ho), Guild and Greyshkul, New York, NY; Reinvention is A Bitch, The Suburban, Chicago, IL, to name a few. Stoltmann received a BFA, Film and Video Department, from the University of Wisconsin,  Milwaukee, WI, and an MFA, from the University of IL at Chicago.

Cody Trepte is a Los Angeles based artist who works primarily in drawing, printmaking and photography. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including: Thierry Goldberg, New York; Eleven Rivington, New York; Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles; Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence; Austin Museum of Art; Weatherspoon Art Museum; Kunstverein INGAN e.V., Berlin; and recently participated Made in L.A. 2012 at the Hammer Museum. Trepte has published writings in ...might be good and The Highlights. He received a B.F.A. from New York University in 2005 and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 2010.

Veronica Duarte is an artist born in Ciudad Juárez, México, now living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MFA from the University of California at Berkeley, and her BFA from The University of Texas at El Paso. She has exhibited her work in the US and Mexico.
[1] Hal Foster, et al. Art Since 1900 Vol. 2. New York; Tames & Hudson, 2004.

Special Thanks to HK Zamani, and James MacDevitt. Thank you also, Jonathon Hornedo, and Altagracia Duarte.

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