This public panel is a discussion between participating artists from Protest, noun and White Noise—exhibitions currently on display at Torrance Art Museum. Artists Forrest Kirk, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Narsiso Martinez, Jaime Scholnick, and Kerry Skarbakka will discuss their individual practices and the various issues, inspirations, and insights that surround their work. This panel discussion will be moderated by moderated by Max Presneill.
This event is free to the public.
Although he has spent time in Paris studying painting, Forrest Kirk is a largely self-taught painter that creates works that eschew subtlety in order to approach uncomfortable topics and symbols of the present. His work consciously moves between the figurative and abstract, realistic and conceptual to visually approach the often violent reality of social life.
Nery Gabriel Lemus
Nery Gabriel Lemus is an artist, lecturer, and professor. The subjects in his work range from issues of stereotype, division, and immigration to problems in society that can lead to the failure of families, such as poverty, abuse, and neglect. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Azusa Pacific University.
Born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, Narsiso Martinez’s work draws upon the lives of field workers in the United States and Mexico to. Through research and his own years spent working as a field laborer, Martinez uses his drawings and paintings to reflect on his own life and those he came to know. His mixed-media works document and lionize the lives of those often forgotten.
Jaime Scholnick is a visual artist working in a variety of mediums and forms. Her work in Protest, noun uses vintage ottoman furniture as canvases to draw conceptual comparisons between the great empire of the present-day United States with that of the late Ottoman Empire. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Her 400 foot (porcelain glazes on steel) mural can be seen at the Crenshaw-Expo Station on the METRO LAX-Crenshaw Line. Scholnick lives and maintains a studio in Los Angeles.
Kerry Skarbakka was born in Duluth, Minnesota and raised in Tennessee. His performance-based photographic work depicting existential anxieties and loss of control through the acts of falling, drowning and fighting have been exhibited internationally. His current exhibition at TAM, White Noise, blurs the lines between fact and fiction and follows the speculative life and eventual downward spiral of one particular white man—the artist himself. Skarbakka lives and works in Corvalis, Oregon.
Max Presneill, curator of Protest, noun; and Director and Head Curator at Torrance Art Museum