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.

Nancy Riegelman: New Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture

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NANCY RIEGELMAN New Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

November 19 – December 30, 2011 Opening reception for the artist Saturday November 19th 6 – 8 pm

Western Project is proud to present Los Angeles artist Nancy Riegelman with an expansive body of work from the past two years. Exploring new territory, and materials, the exhibition will include paintings and drawings, as well as floor sculptures made of wood and finished in platinum. Historically the artist has used her own body rhythms to construct images; primarily the breath as a measure of discrete mark making. In the drawings each mark is the length of her own breath, but now the paper is transparent, skin like, hung in rows, unframed; referencing the corporal nature of the human body. The images in the paintings and sculptures are now ellipses, more organic than perfect, yet each a formal and metaphoric shape. Her classic and reductive structures are composed of thousands of hand drawn contiguous pencil lines. The paintings are made by slowly moving around the canvas; as a performative and intuitive process, the lines are built outward from the center. Contrasting the ephemeral visual quality of the paintings, Riegelman’s solid wood sculptures resonate light from their platinum surfaces. Called, Platinum Tears, they hug the floor in oval like shapes, again imperfect and natural in form. The gleaming platinum material recalls Yves Klein’s intense and opulent works, or Carl Andre’s shimmering copper floor sculptures.

Marking time is in the lineage of artists such as On Kawara, Roman Opalka and John Cage. Riegelman’s formalistic practice is not a traditional Western use of illusion, time and movement. It comes from travelling and living in Japan, Thailand and India. It is about presence and awareness, and record and evidence of being.

Riegelman is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Louvre, and has shown in Paris, France, Bombay, India, Seoul, Korea, at Art Center College of Art and Design, Pasadena, the Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Long Beach Museum, and many other galleries and museums through out the United States.

For further information and images, please contact the gallery at 310-838-0609

cliff@western-project.com | erin@western-project.com


Nancy Riegelman: New Paintings / 2009

March 21 – April 18, 2009 Reception for the artist: Saturday March 21st from 5 – 8pm

Western Project is pleased to present new large scale paintings by Los Angeles artist, Nancy Riegelman. As a master draftsman, Riegelman constructs formal images from body rhythms; the breath being the primary element. Working with a variety of pencils on canvas, the images are made up of consecutive and contiguous marks determined by the length of the breath. Ethereal and non objective, her marks float on white surfaces, referential to wave or seismic charts. Each composition is slowly and spontaneously built from her hand: “the finished work is the accretion – really a kind of aesthetic ‘stream of consciousness’ of thousands of separate gestures, each with its own aesthetic and emotional content”. What is remarkably different is the scale of her works. Just over five feet square, the canvases are oceans of graphite, layers and layers of lines creating a surgical composition of space. The physicality of the surfaces relates not only to the viewer’s eye but also to the body as a vastness simultaneously empty, and full.

An artist marking time is a discriminating act and a contemporary pursuit. Fueled by Einstein and quantum physics, artists such as Vito Acconci, Roman Opalka, On Kawara, or Joan Jonas have investigated the elements and illusion of time. Riegelman has created an important body of work in the tradition of these artists while also addressing Eastern influences from India and Japan. Her work is not a stylistic mode of formalism. Breath and movement become one event; the work is evidence, and more profoundly, a record of awareness and presence.

Riegelman has shown in Paris, France, Bombay, India, Seoul, Korea, at Art Center College of Art and Design, Pasadena, the Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions,  Long Beach Museum, and many other galleries and museums through out the United States.

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.

Nancy Riegelman: Breath / New Works on Canvas / 2007

May 5 – June 2, 2007 Opening reception for the artist: Saturday May 5th 5-8pm

Western Project is pleased to present new works by Los Angeles artist, Nancy Riegelman. This is the artist’s first gallery show since her solo exhibition at the Los Angles County Art Museum eight years ago.  As a master draftsman, Riegelman constructs formal images from body rhythms; the breath being the primary element. Working with pencil on canvas, the images are made up of consecutive and contiguous marks determined by the length of the breath. Ethereal and non objective, her marks float on white surfaces, referential to wave or seismic charts. Each composition is slowly and spontaneously built from her hand as a recording: “the finished work is the accretion – really a kind of aesthetic ‘stream of consciousness’ of thousands of separate gestures, each with its own aesthetic and emotional content”.

Physically marking time is a discriminating act and a contemporary pursuit. Fueled by Einstein and quantum physics, artists such as Vito Acconci, Roman Opalka, On Kawara, or Joan Jonas have investigated the elements and illusion of time. Riegelman has created a body of work in the tradition of these artists while also addressing Eastern influences from India and Japan. Breath and movement become one event; the work is evidence of a sense of spaciousness both external and internal.

Nancy Riegelman has shown in Paris, France, Bombay, India, Seoul, Korea, at Art Center College, Pasadena, the Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions,  Long Beach Museum, and many other galleries and museums through out the United States.

Group Show / 2004

February 21 through March 27, 2004 Opening reception: Saturday, February 21st 5 – 8pm.

Selected works by:

Billy Al Bengston Eric Freeman John McLaughlin Justin Moore Nancy Picot Riegelman Edward Ruscha Robert Therrien

Western Project is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture by seven artists.

For further information and images, contact the gallery at 310-838-0609, or

www.western-project.com