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Kim Abeles - Projects & Exhibits - now and soon - 2017

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"Intrusion" from the series "Taking Back Jeanne d'Arc" (2016) Ultrachrome prints of 100 painted and sculptural representations of Jeanne d'Arc; metals; acrylics; ribbon

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Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, Main Gallery, Orange Coast College

Sept 21 to Dec 2

Curated by Kim Garrison Means

Link to press release

Gallery Hours: Mon-Wed, 11-5; Thur, 11-7; Saturdays once a month: Sept 23, Oct 7, & Dec 2, 11-3pm

Opening Reception: Thurs, Sept 28, 5-8pm
Closing Reception: Sat, Dec 2, 1-3pm

Artist lecture:
Wed, Oct 18, 2pm

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"Circle" (2017) Model of the LA City Hall assembled from 100 photographs taken while walking in surround; the original photos; fan blades. This piece was originally created for one of the 2017 Kamikaze shows at PØST: Larry Gipe's group exhibit entitled "No one Walks in LA".


New Works by Renée Amitai, Kim Abeles, Rachel X Hobreigh, & Debra Dobkin

Helms Design Center
Culver City, CA

Sept 26 – Oct 8

Open daily, 11am-6pm;
and for the Culver City Art Walk on Sat, Oct 7, 12-9pm
Sun, Oct 1, 2-4pm

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This version of "Waiting/Watching" was created by Abeles for the Green Museums initiative of the California Association of Museums that toured the state for two years. This work challenges us to think of the smallest of organisms that are so incredibly important to all ecosystems: lichens. The video wall is an 8’ x 12” wall with embedded DVD monitors set against a large ultrachrome digital print depicting watching eyes of young children and scenes of traffic within the lichens. Lichens, like the veritable canary in a coal mine, are susceptible to air pollution and can signal for us the adverse affects of smog, so prevalent in urban areas. The mood set by this work suggests that our actions are being watched by the most vulnerable and ancient of life forms. What debt do we owe them?

Bearing Witness: Art and Advocacy

An exhibition with Kim Abeles, Crista Ames, Stephen Braun, and Sheila Pinkel

Parks Exhibition Center
Idyllwild Arts

Sept 22 - Oct 14, 2017

Artist panel:
Fri, Sept 22, 5pm Moderated by David Reid-Marr, Chair of the Visual Arts Department

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"Advent Calendar for a Mad King" (2017) is a construction marking Trump's first 100 days at his properties spent golfing, sleeping, and eating. The legend shows golfing at his properties 19 times, sleeping at his properties 12 times without golfing, and eating twice at his properties without spending the night. The tab to taxpayers for this was more than 20 million dollars. These include Mar-a-lago, Trump National, and Trump Hotel.

One Year

A group show curated by Joey Forsyte, Alex Kritselis, and Lawrence Gipe

Brand Library and Gallery
Glendale, CA

Nov 18, 2017 - Jan 13, 2018

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Shown here is "Shared Skies - Antelope Valley" (2014) created with the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California and members of the surrounding community. Funded by the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust.

Shared Skies Equinox

A new Shared Skies project will take place during the Fall Equinox with members of Polar Educators International. Special thanks to Julia Dooley and the Polar Educators Council for working with me to make this possible. Julia and I met when we presented for an EcoArts Connection panel at the American Geophysical Union conference last year in San Francisco. For this version of Shared Skies, international members will photograph the sky during the week of the Equinox (September 22), facing toward the North Pole if they are north of the equator, and toward the South Pole if located to the south of the Equator. Kim will then combine the images, the photographers' names and GPS coordinates into a print.

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The mixed media valises will be used by the National Park Service and County Fire Department to teach about fire prevention, national forests, and our relationship to nature. Abeles is welding the substructures to create shapes like pine tree logs, a chain saw, and other fire fighting tools. The women at Camp 13 are helping Abeles develop the content for the sculptural suitcases. Some of the women are working with Kim to assemble them, while others are working side by side on their own projects.

Valises for Camp Ground: Arts, Corrections and Fire Management in the Santa Monica Mountains

I'm working on a long term project with women at Camp 13. Here's an article about these brave firefighters. I will share more about the art project in the future but it's funded through the National Endowment for the Arts, LA County Arts Commission, administered by the Armory Center for the Arts, and facilitated by the National Park Service, Department of Corrections, and the County Fire Department. Link to Hayley Fox's article about Camp 13 in the LA Weekly.


Irvine Fine Arts Center

This year, Kim Abeles is the juror for the Irvine Fine Arts Center's annual juried All Media exhibition. The exhibition will be on display from Aug. 26–Oct. 28, and the reception is Saturday, Aug. 26, 4–6 p.m.

On Saturday, September 23, Abeles will give an Artist Talk at the Irvine Fine Arts Center at 3:30pm. Her solo show at Orange Coast College will be open earlier in the day (11am-3pm), for those of you who want to see the show and then head to the talk. The two venues are about 15 minutes from one another.

CSUN Art Alumni!

Abeles is jurying an exhibition organized by the curatorial collective, Rough Play entitled, Beautiful Parts for the CSUN Art Galleries. The exhibit marks the first annual exhibition hosted by the CSUN Alumni Association Art Chapter.

Entry Deadline: Aug 25, 11:59am
Exhibit Dates: Oct 14 - 26 Reception: Oct 15, 2-4pm
Link to entry form


"Engender" (2017) A collaborative work by Kim Abeles and Ken Marchionno; objects and rope with photograph and mount. Photo credits: left, Jeffrey Baker/center and right, HK Zamani

Kudos to HK Zamani and Emma Jurgensen for hosting a full month of Kamikaze shows at PØST this July, and good thanks to all the organizers and artists. Link to the list here. Thank you Larry Gipe for including my work in "No one Walks in LA", and to Andrea Bersaglieri and Hagop Najarian for including Ken Marchionno and me in the show, Cou-Pling. That was a joyful experiment of wits.

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