Torrance Art Museum is proud to present its second Studio System Experimental Residency project. The project, first held in 2015, emerges from TAM's desire to bridge the gap between artistic practice and the public. We have set the stage for you to see "behind the scenes," as it were. Studio System seeks to bring the dynamism of the artist's studio into the museum space, encouraging audiences to not only see works as they are in progress but to interact with the artist and their space with aims toward a greater public appreciation of art, artists and public art institutions. Visitors were were encouraged to directly interact with the artists and discuss inspriations, sources, thoughts, feelings, content and context, as well as chart the progression of the works over the month-long project.
Second Studio System Project
Peek into the studio practice of artists at work during TAM's month long in-house Artist Residency. 13 regional, national, and international artists establish studio practices during opening hours in the museum's public gallery with the investigations presented at the closing reception.
We thank these artists from the South Bay and across Southern California, as well as China, for their openness and generosity in committing to this unusual presentation:
Jodi Bonassi is a Los Angeles artist exploring the human condition. Exhibiting since 1991, her drawings and narrative paintings have garnered reviews, awards and articles, locally and nationally. Reviews include The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and other papers. She has been published in Harpers Magazine Studio Visit Magazine and more. On “Chungking Alley” Mat Gleason quotes: “My impressions of the piece are that it asserts its own art historical narrative instead of submitting to academic structures and choices. An amazing dreamscape narrative with painterly precision”. (2015, Genie Davis, “LA Art Scene Mural-On Canvas”). Peter Frank on her drawings in “Art Of Now” 2012: Bonassi has brought to the present day the “anxious realism” of the Weimar-era New Objectivity.”
Chenhung Chen is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Born in Beigang, Taiwan Ms. Chen graduated from the Chinese Cultural University. She received her MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she studied with Ursula von Rydingsvard and Jackie Winsor. She has traveled the world as a volunteer for The Prem Rawat Foundation working for global peace. Her artwork has been exhibited across the United States and internationally. Such exhibitions include the PS1 Museum, NY, the Hwa Kang Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, the UVU Woodbury Art Museum, the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, the San Diego Art Institute, Cal Poly Pomona the Kellogg University Art Gallery, Fullerton College Art Gallery, Crafton Hills College Art Gallery, El Camino College Art Gallery, Torrance Art Museum and Gallery 825 in Los Angeles. She will be featured in a solo exhibition at Lancaster Museum of Art and History in 2018. She has also been written about in The Creators Project, Konbini, Art and Cake, Diversions LA, 365artists365days, Trebuchet Magazine and We Choose Art.
Tom Dunn is an Australian artist living and working in Oakland, CA. Tom received his Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia in 2004 and an Honors degree in Fine Art from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia in 2010. Tom has done residencies at Vermont Studio Center, VM; Starry Night, NM; Birch Creek Residency, UT; RAID Projects, CA; LOSTprojects in the Philippines; AIR Tou Scene in Norway; and Torrance Art Museum, CA. Tom has exhibited throughout Europe, Asia, the US, and Australia. He has been the recipient of the Artstart Grant, the Australia Council of the Arts, and the Copyright Agency Limited, Creative Industries Career grants. He was recently nominated for the inaugural CES Gallery Residency in Los Angeles and the 2017 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant. Tom Dunn is a member of Durden and Ray Los Angeles.
Youfeng was born in Heilongjiang, China in 1965 and graduated from the BFA program of the Print Department of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1991. Following graduation he worked with the Ministry of Culture of China, at that time known as People’s China Magazine. In 1992, he resigned his position and established his studio practice, as well as a private art education center, both of which he continues to operate to this day. His print works (stone lithographs), “The Tibetan" series, are in the collection of China Central Academy of Fine Arts. His award winning "Walking Elephant” lithograph, has been exhibited internationally and in 1993 won the copperplate, lithography and silk screen print award of the Australian Grand Prix. In recent years, Hou Youfeng has exhibited in New York and Salzburg, Austria.
Anna Garner is an artist and writer whose studio practice involves video, performance, and sculpture. Her work has been supported through a Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum and through residencies at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Recent exhibitions of Anna’s work include a solo-exhibition Mishandle, Mishap at Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phoenix, AZ; a three-person exhibition, Therapeutic Drawings, at Haunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, CA; and a video screening, fair.play, at Fair., Miami, FL. Anna has contributed writing to Artillery Magazine, carla, and Art and Cake.
Gipe has had 60 solo exhibitions in US galleries and museums in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Munich, Berlin, Düsseldorf (Kunstverein Düsseldorf). Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at the University of Arizona, as well as a correspondent-at-large for Art and Cake, Fabrik, and WhiteHot magazines. In 2017, he was a Curator-in-Residence at ProArts Gallery in Oakland, CA, where he curated a group exhibition about the dérive. He was recently co-curator of “One Year: The Art of Politics in Los Angeles”, a 21-artist group show at the Brand Library Art Center in Glendale, CA. In 2018, he will have a solo exhibition of his paintings at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
Debby and Larry Kline
Debby and Larry Kline are collaborative artists, whose works have been featured in many solo exhibitions, including Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (San Francisco), California Center for the Arts Museum, La Casa del Tunel Art Center (Tijuana), Southwestern College Art Gallery, UCSD Cross-Cultural Center Gallery, Mesa College Art Gallery and Athenaeum Music and Arts Library. Group exhibitions include Indiana State Museum, San Diego Art Institute, Torrance Art Museum and Museum on the Seam (Israel), which involved traveling to Jerusalem and creating a one-ton adobe structure on the roof of the museum as part of an exhibition of international environmental artists. Book credits include “The Artists Guide,” by Jackie Battenfield and “Design and Ethics: Reflections on Practice,” by Felton, Zelenko and Vaughan. They participated in The Center for Land Use Interpretation's residency program through a grant from UCIRA. They have also been awarded three grants from The Gunk Foundation, NY, and grants from Potrero Nuevo Fund, San Francisco, Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles, and the 2013 San Diego Art Prize and Established Artist Grant. They were awarded the Calzona Prize in 2016—winning a plot of land on the border of California and Arizona, to create earthworks relating to the formation of the Salton Sea.
Feng Ling graduated from the oil painting department of the Harbin Institute of Art in 1986, afterwards receiving her MFA from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in 1997. In 1998, Ling joined a delegation from the PRC Ministry of Culture in a visit to the Paris Institute of Art. From 1998 to 2000 she then worked as a visiting scholar and a freelance artist, travelling throughout France, Italy, Germany, Finland and Denmark. In 2001, Feng Ling set up an experimental art studio as part of the first group of five artists to take up residence in the 798 factory area of Beijing. She now lives and works in Beijing and Los Angeles.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Hagop Najarian and his family immigrated to the United States in 1969. As an Armenian living in La Mirada, he drew strength from the strong ties and grounding that his family and close community provided. Watching his father and grandfather create elaborate wood furniture with simple tools was the foundation and driving force in Hagop as an artist.
Hagop Najarian is a working artist and college professor living in La Mirada, California. He is a Professor of Art teaching Drawing and Painting at Cerritos College since 1999. He was the Art Department Chair from 2009- 2014 and the Cerritos College Art Club Advisor from 2000-2014.
Khang Nguyen is currently a Ph.D. student at Claremont Graduate University studying philosophy, including theories of aesthetics, and world religions. Nguyen is also a certified yoga teacher and was trained by the renowned Shiva Rea. In his doctorate program, Nguyen investigates the nature of being, knowledge, perception, consciousness, beauty, truth, and so on from both Eastern and Western traditions. His philosophical, spiritual, and scientific investigations are integrated with and expressed through visual art.
Samuelle Richardson's professional life began in the New York fashion district where she worked in various fields of the design industry. Her favorite projects involved drawing and painting, and as her design work advanced, she shifted her priority toward fine art. Richardson left her design career in the nineties and committed herself to painting full time until her work took another turn, and she began making structures out of recycled material.
Today she lives and works at The Brewery artist complex, near downtown LA. Her new work will be included in Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice at Arena One Gallery in Santa Monica, Women’s Caucus for Art exhibition, Ping-Pong 2018 at LA Art Show 2018 and Peaceable Kingdom at MOAH Lancaster in February 2019.
Tyler Waxman received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from University California of Santa Cruz and a Doctorate in Psychology from Alliant University. Tyler has shown his art locally at spaces such as Post, 356 S. Mission, Sea and Space, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, and Monte Vista Projects in Los Angeles and internationally in Stockholm at Loyal Gallery, in Leeds England, and Amsterdam Holland. In addition, Tyler Waxman is on Medical Staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and provides clinical treatment for high-risk adolescents.