Steven Y. Wong

OFFAL

August 15 – September 29, 2019

Of all cultural taboos, those related to food are the most difficult to dispel. Food represents deeply rooted sets of ideas and beliefs — particularly with respect to self-identity and community. Offal is no different. In some cultures, offal is stigmatized for its socioeconomic and racial implications, while others treat and eat offal as an everyday means of survival or a delicacy. In keeping with this anatomy of offal, the exhibition seeks to expand the traditional parameters of cultural identity: raw, refigured and, in some cases, delightfully grotesque.

Curated artists include Bonnie Huang, Robert Karimi, Mark Mulroney, Danial Nord, Josephine Pryde, Victoria Reynolds, Jim Shaw, Jeannine Shinoda and Jeffrey Vallance. Artists selected by the jury (Ron Finley, Julio César Morales, and Genevieve Erin O’Brien) include Panteha Abareshi,  Alexandre Dorriz, gloria galvez, Natalia Garcia Clark, Matt Hollis, Alex Nazari, Dakota Noot,  Elisa Ortega Montilla, Carolie Parker, Colin Roberts, Larisa Safaryan, Gazelle Samizay, Stephanie Sherwood, Emilia Ukkonen and Reed van Brunschot among others.

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
Jim Shaw, "Dream Object (digestive tract sculpture)"  Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
Mark Mulroney, "What’s Left 2 Feed My Dogs".  Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
Josephine Pryde, "I may have the weak and feeble body of a woman but I have the liver of an ox, VI" (left)  "I may have the weak and feeble body of a woman but I have the liver of an ox, IV" (right). Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
Alexandre Dorriz, "Untitled Wormhole 04". Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
gloria galvez "When Life Gives You Lemons" (left)  "I Ate The Grapefruit’s Pulp Memory" (right). Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
Victoria Reynolds, "Uteral Jump Rope" (left)  "For Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder" (center)  "Reindeer in the Snow" (right). Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
Bonnie Huang, "Six Months at Work". Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
Danial Nord, "Sleeper". Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
Elisa Ortega Montilla, "The Knot" (left)  "Viscera" (right). Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
Jeannine Shinoda,"(心) Kokoro Peristalsis Amid the Calm series" (left),  "(度胸) Dokyo Peristalsis Amid the Calm series" (center),  "(言葉) Kotoba  Peristalsis Amid the Calm series" (right). Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
Matt Hollis, "the scroll of vibrant uncertainty" (left) , "the ecstasy of undoing" (right). Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
Natalia García Clark, "El mal del puerco (The Bad of the Pork)". Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
Sydney Mills,  "Soft Tissue #6" (top), "Soft Tissue #5" (bottom). Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. Jim Shaw, "Dream Object (digestive tract sculpture)"  Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. Mark Mulroney, "What’s Left 2 Feed My Dogs".  Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. Josephine Pryde, "I may have the weak and feeble body of a woman but I have the liver of an ox, VI" (left)  "I may have the weak and feeble body of a woman but I have the liver of an ox, IV" (right). Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. Alexandre Dorriz, "Untitled Wormhole 04". Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. gloria galvez "When Life Gives You Lemons" (left)  "I Ate The Grapefruit’s Pulp Memory" (right). Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. Victoria Reynolds, "Uteral Jump Rope" (left)  "For Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder" (center)  "Reindeer in the Snow" (right). Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. Bonnie Huang, "Six Months at Work". Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. Danial Nord, "Sleeper". Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. Elisa Ortega Montilla, "The Knot" (left)  "Viscera" (right). Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. Jeannine Shinoda,"(心) Kokoro Peristalsis Amid the Calm series" (left),  "(度胸) Dokyo Peristalsis Amid the Calm series" (center),  "(言葉) Kotoba  Peristalsis Amid the Calm series" (right). Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. Matt Hollis, "the scroll of vibrant uncertainty" (left) , "the ecstasy of undoing" (right). Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. Natalia García Clark, "El mal del puerco (The Bad of the Pork)". Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane. Sydney Mills,  "Soft Tissue #6" (top), "Soft Tissue #5" (bottom). Courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.
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