11 YEARS - Anniversary Group Show: December 6 - 23, 2014

11th year Anniversary Exhibition

Ron Athey / Josh Bolin / Daniel Brice / Thomas Burke / Carole Caroompas / Cole Case / Alec Egan / Samantha Fields / Bob Flanagan and Sheree Rose / Tim Forcum / Eric Freeman / Sush Machida Gaikotsu / Margaret Griffith / Dion Johnson / Ali Kheradyar / Patrick Lee / Joe Lloyd / Zachari Logan / Bob Mizer / Matthew Penkala / Nancy Riegelman / Chad Robertson / Joe Schmelzer / Nicolas Shake / Aaron Sheppard / Arne Svenson / Christian Tedeschi / Tom of Finland / Mark Dean Veca / Wayne White / Jessica Wimbley

Western Project proudly presents our 11th Year Anniversary Exhibition marking a decade and a year of programming. As one of the pioneer galleries of the Culver City arts district, the show will include gallery artists and some special guests; each an irregular, unruly and often impolite force of nature, all burdened with the disease of individual thinking and a call to find a greater depth of human experience. We celebrate with abandon and humor, knowing our job is yet unfinished.

Kris Chatterson / New Paintings / 2011



















For immediate release:


February 19 – March 26, 2011

Western Project is proud to present the second solo exhibition of paintings by Kris Chatterson. Living and working in New York, the artist has created a body of work using printing, painting, digital imaging and iPhone drawings. Clipping and selecting gestures from previous prints, drawings and paintings, Chatterson excavates his past; a kind of digital surgery and recombination process. He presents the natural calligraphic gesture as synthetic, abstract elements; transforming the physical object-ness of the mark into non linear spatial compositions. The results are a kind of futuristic weather; informed by static patterns – both visual and audio; and enhanced by iPhone drawings as familiar yet displaced marks. Chatterson’s images seem to map immense territories or conversely, unseen microcosms. They reference his interest in fractals; beginning with his approach of building the images from a matrix to find unlimited possible combinations of forms. But akin to Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein and Warhol, Chatterson uses repetition, and a lo-fi printing to construct his paintings. The messy production of his printing and rubbing contrast with his high tech realms; visually reminiscent of Stella’s work from the mid 1980’s, or the haunting emotional tones of Kubrick’s film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The paintings provide a mirror of the world of destruction and creation we are all a part of; as formal inventions they evidence the short distinctions between the physical and the abstract world of phenomena – the difference, being merely language and concept.

Kris Chatterson is currently curating (as Progress Report), the exhibition, The Working Title, for The Bronx River Art Center in New York. He is also the featured artist for the Cypress College Art Gallery Billboard project from February 24 – May 27, 2011. His blog KCLOG reports on the New York art world. An MFA graduate from the Claremont Graduate University in 2004, he has shown at Feature Gallery, Daily Operation, Silver Shed (among others) in New York and Summer Camp Project Project and Luckman Gallery at Cal State Los Angeles (among others) on the west coast, He will be having a solo exhibition in New York in September 2011 at the Jeff Bailey Gallery.

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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.

Kris Chatterson: New Paintings / 2006

June 24 – July 22, 2006Reception for the artist:  Saturday June 24th, 5-8pm

Western Project is proud to present the first solo exhibition of paintings by Kris Chatterson. An MFA graduate of the Claremont Graduate School, he is now a current resident of Los Angeles. Chatterson has spent two years on this body of paintings. He continues the lineage of 20th century abstraction, yet veers in another more eclectic direction. Favoring a large scale format, he manipulates acrylic paint as one creates thoughts – some willful movements, some impulsive; all carefully balanced in an additive process. Each painting begins with a solid color ground and is built with gestural sequences, one over the other to create an evocative maelstrom of actions. Painting on the floor, Chatterson wields long paint brushes to interpret the vibrant and solid red, blue or green color grounds. What occurs are movements like wind; strange thunder heads or frozen clouds of solar flares. His images are contradictions of silence and fury; not of anger but the creative force recorded in paint. His works are explosive images of continuum, without a beginning or sense of ending; a signal with out specificity yet a vital and eternal impulse.

Chatterson was recently included in the (Keep Feeling) Fascination exhibition at California State University Los Angeles and has shown in San Francisco and New York.