Exene Cervenka and Wayne White: We're Not The Jet Set / 2009

Paintings, Collages and Sculptures July 25 – September 5, 2009

Opening reception Saturday July 25th, 5 -8pm

Western Project is proud to present Exene Cervenka and Wayne White in We’re Not the Jet Set. Each a long time resident of Los Angeles, they address contemporary America with an urban sensibility and found objects. Wayne White paints language on vintage framed lithographs, recalling the intelligence and incisive bite of Mark Twain. Exene Cervenka, lead singer of the seminal punk band X, collages remnants from her travels across the US: photographs, children’s books, bullet boxes and other familiar pieces of Americana. Both artists point to a shared history – a Pop culture and cosmology illuminating the light and darker aspects of our society. Cervenka unabashedly explores desire and consequence; White’s paintings are colloquial tidbits, humorous tales of knowledge. Both are after a kind of wisdom within the shadows of human nature. While clearly in the lineage of Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell, these artists cut to the chase about who we are and what we are up to.

Exene Cervenka is currently touring with X, and included in Celestial Ash; Assemblages From Los Angeles, curated by Kristine McKenna at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. Wayne White will open a solo sculpture exhibition at Rice University in September and is the subject of the recent release: Wayne White: Maybe Now I’ll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve, edited and designed by Todd Oldham and published by Ammo Books, LLC.

Western Project - The First Six Years / Group Show / 2009

November 7 – December 30, 2009 Opening reception Saturday November 7th 5-8pm.

Jason Adkins, Oliver Arms, Ron Athey, Tanya Batura, Heimir Björgúlfsson, Daniel Brice, Thomas Burke, Carole Caroompas, Cole Case, Exene Cervenka, Kris Chatterson, Justin Dahlberg, Michael Dee, Tom of Finland, Eric Freeman, Sush Machida Gaikotsu, Martin Gunsaullus, Ellina Kevorkian, Patrick Lee, Bob Mizer, Michael Reafsnyder, Nancy Riegelman, Chad Robertson, Joe Schmelzer, Aaron Sheppard, Arne Svneson, Vincent Valdez, Mark Dean Veca, Wayne White, Eve Wood, Yek

Western Project is pleased to present, The First Six Years, an anniversary exhibition of the gallery and its artists. Thirty one artists are included with new or recent works. The exhibition is also a celebration of the founding of the arts community in Culver City; Western Project being the third gallery to open its doors in November of 2003.

Exene Cervenka: A Fifth of Tomorrow / Collages and Journals / 2007

June 9 – July 14, 2007 Opening reception for the artist Saturday June 9th 5-8pm.

Western Project is proud to present the first gallery exhibition in Los Angeles by Exene Cervenka. After a stunning debut at the Santa Monica Museum in 2005, and a solo show in New York last year, she will present new collages and historic journals. As one of the founding members of the seminal punk band X, Cervenka has made an indelible mark on the culture of Southern California, the US and beyond. An ‘artist’s artist’, she has influenced writers, poets, visual artists, filmmakers, musicians – too many to imagine.  While critically acclaimed as a song writer and performer, she has consistently documented her travels and life in the form of journals, collages, drawings and books. A primary theme has been her unmasked admiration of America, and its idiosyncratic characteristics.

Layering bits and pieces of Americana, paint and text, Cervenka builds kaleidoscopic maps of beauty and uncertainty; premonitions and wonder, of longing and knowing. Akin to Bruce Conner, Jess and Joseph Cornell, her work is a romantic dance (and battle) of light and dark, creation and destruction. Elements such as unicorns, valentines, cocktail napkins and clowns are mixed together with Biblical quotes, wasps or mushrooms, all physically raw and lyrical; love and nature, collide with the havoc of emotions and culture. At the core, Cervenka’s art is heart driven, and is imbued with a rare type of wisdom.

Cervenka continues to tour with X, along with her band, The Original Sinners and with The Knitters. She lives and works in her studio in Missouri.