Young Chung is At Home

Commonwealth and Council, The Collective Show install, Jen Smith is big and bold, top and center, enumerating for us the only rule that counts in the early twenty-first century. Occupy THAT stance, friends.

At my most recent visit to Young Chung’s Commonwealth and Council space David and I met outside at 7 and joined Chung talking with Ali Prosch across a dining table that is set up in the rooms beyond the exhibition space of this re-purposed classroom/apartment/office. We sat and joined the two artists in eating potato chips and drinking tea – discussing the latest iteration of Chung’s G.L.O.W. series of exhibitions, this one titled Gathering Lots of Wood and featuring the work of recent CalArts grad Kelly Cline and Brenna Youngblood – a painter and photographer who has been showing for some years.

Laurel Frank, Tuft (detail) mixed media 33” x 14” x 16” from the GLOW Match Two - Great Lovers of Women show

Prosch did us the favor of introducing us to her D3 project, “Object Divestment Services – Deliver, Document, Destroy” an artist group that helps clients… rid themselves of emotionally charged and yet impossible to throw away personal memorabilia.

As our chatter extended in nature and in time, Chung brought out a bottle of brandy and then ordered in Korean delicacies. Three or four hours later David and I rolled out – buzzed, well fed and stimulated by our challenging and wide-ranging conversation with Young Chung and Ali Prosch.

Math Bass Leaning Against the Wall and Falling On the Floor (detail) from the GLOW Match One - Grab Lunch or Whatever show

This is not an unusual scenario with Young Chung. Our friend who conceived and operates the generative exhibition space(s) called Commonwealth and Council is the natural master of hospitality in the LA art world.

Chung’s generosity is balanced by the rigor of his artistic practice – in this instance, as evidenced in the program of Commonwealth and Council, which presents solo exhibitions with young as well as established artists and group exhibitions that bring into the conversation a variety of artists who follow conceptually and aesthetically rich practices.

I offer you, my friends, A Bunch of Stuff Relating To Young Chung and C&C That I Can Find Online This Morning.

Item the First, a reblog from Diane Pernet, with links to source:

“Commonwealth and Council reopens with G.L.O.W.” from the fashion and art website of Diane Pernet

Dear Diane,

Commonwealth and Council is a gallery, residency, and forum here in Los Angeles directed by artist/curator Young Chung. I first met Young about a year ago at the original location of Commonwealth and Council for a beautiful show called SEXTILE which featured the work Cirilo Domine, Jeremy Chase Sanders, and Lee Maida. Since that time, Young has grown into a new space on 7th St. in Koreatown. “I wanted to reopen Commonwealth and Council with a big group show,” says Young who started a series of four exhibitions titled G.L.O.W. in September. The chain of shows invoke a T.V. program Young used to watch as a child called G.L.O.W. or Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling. “Originally, I wanted to name this group show Great Lovers Of Women or Great Lesbians Of The West to pay homage to the T.V. show. However, I later felt it would be more interesting to invite several artists to team up and have them come up with a different meaning of the acronym that would be their own.”

I recently met up with Young and seven of the eight artists involved with the G.L.O.W. season at Commonwealth and Council to hear a little bit more about the series. Young brought some Peruvian food and everyone sat around a long table and talked for a bit about the shows.

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Young (Chung), “So Mariah, how was your process with Math? What was it like to team up?”

Mariah (Garnett), “Well, we both just graduated from graduate school and I think there there was a kind of defeated attitude between us. We were both pre-occupied with loser-y-ness. My work involved a discarded spiderman costume. And Math’s piece, though I don’t want to speak for her, involved pieces from studio practice that didn’t make it into a final work or were abandoned.”

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Laurel (Frank), “I am very interested in the violence of women. The sexualization of violence in that G.L.O.W. wrestling show is an important idea to me.”

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Kelly (Cline), “We really didn’t plan… We more thought about our similarities in process and material and mutual interest in discarded objects. It was fun because neither of us knew what the other had made at all. We just got to here and arranged it.”

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(press audio file to hear from Stiener and Suzanne)

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For images from the shows and to see what is happening next at Commonwealth and Council’s please visit their website!Later,

Daniel Trese

Close Quote from the website of Diane Pernet

As you will note in the above conversation with Daniel Trese, hospitality is Young Chung’s initiating gesture for any project. Peruvian, Korean, potato chips, wine, brandy – it all goes down smooth(ly).

And Now A Selection of Commonwealth and Council Exhibition Images Hoovered Up From Facebook

Erich Bollman installation in the Goldilocks show

 

Kelly Cline, Untitled 2011 pen, wood stain, ash, magazines, wood 94 ½” x 47 ½” x 1 ¾” from the G.L.O.W.-Gathering Lots of Wood show

Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza David 2011 plastic toy soldier, pedestal 1¼” x 2” x ¾” from the Goldilocks show

Ethan Shoshan, Dividing enamel on cotton rag paper 2 parts, overall dimension 9 ½” x 11” from the Falling Towards Light show

 

Math Bass Leaning Against the Wall and Falling On the Floor (detail) from the GLOW Match One: Grab Lunch or Whatever show

Math Bass and Mariah Garnett, detail from the GLOW Match One - Grab Lunch or Whatever show

Tala Mateo, Sutured (Nickole) stitched nylon approx. 5” x 6” x 1 ½” from the GLOW Match Two - Great Lovers of Women show

Math Bass and Mariah Garnett install, from the GLOW Match One - Grab Lunch or Whatever show

Laurel Frank, install from the GLOW Match Two - Great Lovers of Women show

Brenna Youngblood Golden Star / Golden Retriever 2011 wood panel, T.P., spray paint approx. 38” x 33” x 2” from the GLOW Match Three - Gathering Lots of Wood show

Kelly Cline Untitled 2008 found wood 19” x 27” x 4½” from the Goldilocks show

A.L. Steiner WWRPD (after Lynda Benglis) - detail viewed through Suzanne Wright's Untitled (LA Portal) from the GLOW Match Four - Gone Livin' Out West show

Kelly Cline, verso and detail, Untitled 2011 pen, wood stain, ash, magazines, wood 94 ½” x 47 ½” x 1 ¾” from the GLOW Match Three - Gathering Lots of Wood show

Tala Mateo, Traces (Tom) make up on pillowcase approx. 19” x 28 ¼” from the GLOW Match Two - Great Lovers of Women show

A.L. Steiner WWRPD (after Lynda Benglis) & Suzanne Wright Untitled – Steiner/ Zachary 2011 graphite on paper 17” x 18” from the GLOW Match Four - Gone Livin' Out West show

Michael Decker, Young Girl 2011 disassembled doll pieces, found wood pieces, push pins, hardware 52” x 33” x 21” from the Goldilocks show

Erich Bollmann, Searching for Bobby Fischer paper maché, cardboard, paint 18” x 20” x 18” from the Collective Show

Gala Porras-Kim Superimposed Validation: Kevin Costner/ Lt. John Dunbar/ Dances With Wolves 2011 26" x 20” graphite, colored pencil on paper from the Collective Show

Kaucyila Brooke Le Potager de la Roi (from Tit for Twat: Can We Talk? 1992–ongoing) 2008 photomontage, frame 40” x 32” from the Collective Show

I believe that several of the above images may be by Daniel Trese.

Trese’s website: http://www.danieltrese.com/

Ali Prosch, D3 website: http://www.d-three.org/

Commonwealth and Council website: http://www.foreveryoungchung.com/about.html

Commonwealth and Council contact: [email protected]

Thank you to Daniel Trese and Diane Pernet for the great post I re-posted above. Make certain to visit Diane Pernet at http://dianepernet.typepad.com/diane/

Thanks to Young Chung for the wonder that is Commonwealth and Council. Much is the life and experience you will miss, my friends, if you hesitate to acquaint yourself with this ongoing curatorial project. Why else do you live in Los Angeles if not to take advantage of the best our city has to offer?

 

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