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Spilt Milk - Occidental College’s Gallery Practices Seminar Show

Spilt Milk - Occidental College’s Gallery Practices Seminar Show

Spilt Milk
a group exhibition featuring
Paul Cherwick, Jon Pylypchuk, Kari Reardon, and Bari Ziperstein
examines perfection, balance, and purity.

The Armory Center for the Arts, in collaboration with Occidental College’s Gallery Practices Seminar students, presents Spilt Milk, an exhibition of works by artists Paul Cherwick, Jon Pylypchuk, Kari Reardon, and Bari Ziperstein. Spilt Milk includes photography and sculpture by the five Los Angeles-based artists. It opens to the public in the Armory’s Community Room on Friday, May 3rd and remains on view through Saturday, May 30th, 2014. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, May 3rd from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Admission to the reception and exhibition is free.

The initial inspiration for the framework of this exhibition came during a studio visit with artist Paul Cherwick in his references to the Japanese aesthetic view of wabi-sabi – creating and finding beauty in the incomplete and impermanent. In its very definition the notion of perfection establishes an unattainable ideal. Through the artworks presented in Spilt Milk the viewer is invited to explore perfection, balance, purity and failure.

Spilt Milk is inspired by the Japanese aesthetic tradition of wabi-sabi, which embraces constant change and natural imperfections. Paul Cherwick’s wood sculptures encapsulate the essence of wabi-sabi: asymmetry and asperity, simple yet intimate. Jon Pylypchuk’s work encompasses concepts that relate to the grotesque and the imperfect. Perfection relates to security and protection through self-sufficiency and resilience in Kari Reardon’s Nature/Nurture, Allure/Alarm installation. The Decorative Protection photography of Bari Ziperstein examines how an object as simple as an iron window bar can relate to the role of the female form in society in their design to simultaneously seduce and repel.

Spilt Milk is an exhibition co-organized by the student’s of Occidental College’s Gallery Practices Seminar and is the final course assignment. Installing Spilt Milk in the Armory’s Community Room is the first time the class exhibition has engaged a public audience beyond the bounds of the campus. The Armory’s Community Room supports a number of local projects and partnerships significant to the organization and its audience. Drawing from both organizations’ local history, Spilt Milk is one in a series of collaborations between the Armory Center for the Arts and Occidental College that are occurring both formally and informally.

About the Artists

Paul Cherwick is a wood sculpture artist who currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Paul attended University of Manitoba in Winnipeg for his BFA, and first displayed his work with The Royal Art Lodge in 1999. Paul received MFA at UCLA, and has recently shown works with Brennan and Griffin in New York, NY, China Art Objects Galleries, and the Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

Jon Pylypchuk is a Canadian painter and sculptor currently living and working in Los Angeles, California. Born in Winnipeg, Jon attended University of Manitoba for his BFA, and in the late 1990s was a key member of The Royal Art Lodge. He received an MFA from UCLA, and has shown his work in galleries nationally and internationally, most recently in Miami, Tokyo, Paris, Montreal, New York, and London.

Kari Reardon is a Los Angeles based artist originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and completed her MFA in 2012 from the California Institute of the Arts. Kari has been a recipient of numerous grants, residencies and fellowships throughout the US and internationally.

Bari Ziperstein currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Bari earned her BFA in painting and a Women’s Studies Certificate at Ohio University. In 2004 she received an MFA in Studio Art from the California Institute of the Arts, and recently was awarded the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Project Grant in 2013. She has a dual practice of design and fine art, currently running her own design line BZippy & Company.

About Occidental College

Occidental College is a small private liberal arts college located in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The mission of Occidental College is to provide a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality – one that prepares them for leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and pluralistic world. The distinctive interdisciplinary and multicultural focus of the College's academic program seeks to foster both the fulfillment of individual aspirations and a deeply rooted commitment to the public good.

For more information, contact Janine Christiano,
Special Projects Manager at (626) 792-5101 x 145 or [email protected].

image: Detail of Jon Pylypchuk, for all the love in the world, 2012.

From Saturday, May 3, 2014 12:00 am to Friday, May 30, 2014 12:00 am

Armory Center for the Arts Community Room
145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103