PROFESSIONAL ARTS ON THE CAMPUS OF
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES

ABOUT THE GALLERY

The Luckman Gallery is 3,600 square foot space located at the top of the Street of the Arts at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Since its inaugural exhibition in 1994, it has emerged as one of the most respected galleries in Los Angeles.

GALLERY HOURS

MON-THURS+SATURDAY: 12-5

FRI+SUN: CLOSED

Saturday
Jan182014

CARLOS MOLLURA

The Luckman Gallery is pleased to present new work by Los Angeles-based artist Carlos Mollura in his first solo exhibition in nearly a decade.

For this exhibition Mollura will feature a new installation of industrial plastic inflatables that respond to and occupy the entire gallery space, a combination of both architecture and interventionist sculpture. 

Born in Argentina, Mollura's entrepreneurial father immigrated to the United States with his family to escape the dictatorship of Juan Peron and to seek prosperity. His father became an innovator in the waterbed industry and continues to hold numerous patents pertaining to waterbed technology and fabrication. Plastic fabrication has had an undeniable influence on Mollura's own vision as a sculptor and directly inspires this body of new work.

Mollura succinctly describes his new work as "Ancient Sumerians, punk rock, waterbed culture, capitalism and Apocalypse Now all cooked in a stew".  Commanding the main the space, Hierarchical Waterbed Ziggurat is an oversized inflatable transparent ziggurat-like monument that proposes parallels to ancient Mesopotamia. An early architectural phenomena, equivalent in grandeur to the ancient pyramids, the ziggurat became a sign of human enterprise and power. Further, the Assyrians, an ethnic group living amongst ziggurats, are credited for making the first waterbeds out of goat bladders during the Mesopotamian period. 

Another work, Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure, references Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) and a famously improvised line of dialogue by Marlon Brando's character Colonel Kurtz. Recounting the horrors he witnessed during one of his missions, Brando's Colonel Kurtz gives a soliloquy about the genius and monstrosity of an enemy who severed the arms off of all the children who were recently inoculated with the polo virus. Mollura comically embodies this horror in the form of  a heap of inflatable severed arms piled on the gallery floor.

Carlos Mollura received his BFA from Otis/Parsons College of Art, Los Angeles. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; ACME, Los Angeles; L.A. Louver Gallery, Los Angeles; Sies + Hoke Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany; and Institute for Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria. Additionally, his work is included in numerous private and permanent collections, such as Creative Artist Agency (CCA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA).

Admission to the Luckman Gallery is free of charge. 

On view: Jan 18 through Mar 15. 

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 18, 5-7 pm

Saturday
Nov092013

PRIMER III

One painter, one sculptor, one video artist, one photographer... 
This recurring exhibition, Primer lll, focuses on promising artists who are part of Los Angeles’ vibrant art community, and provides a space for their work to receive more attention. One painter, one sculptor, one video artist, one photographer.

Admission to the Luckman Gallery is free of charge.  

On view: Nov 9 through Dec 21.

 

Saturday
Sep142013

GROUND TRUTHS

Ground Truths is an exhibition of work that uses reenactment, magic, substitution, and projection to explore the corporeal aspects of remote viewing. Accessing far away places that range from physical locations to psychological states, the works in the exhibition insist on making visible the physicality of shifting consciousness. Consisting of painting, sculpture, and video, the work in this exhibition employs remoteness and distance as powerful tools with which to gain perspective on our desires. Participating artists include Shadi Habib Allah, Mary Hill, Anna Mayer, Minha Park, Nancy Popp, Josh Tonsfeldt, & Rosha Yaghmai.

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14, 7-9pm

Admission to the Luckman Gallery is free of charge. 

On view: Sep 14 through Oct 26. 

Saturday
Apr062013

ANTONIO ADRIANO PULEO

 

 

 

SCULPTED PAINTINGS & PAINTED SCULPTURES

New Work 2009 - Present

This exhibition features paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Antonio Puleo that examine patterns, both man-made and natural, and how paintings can play off of the architecture of an exhibition space. His works are informed by the abstract approaches of artists such as Frank Stella, Josef Albers, Paul Klee, Ad Reinhardt, and Robert Ryman, and the Italian chapel paintings of Jacopo Pontormo. 

EXHIBITION DATES: APR 6 - JUN 1

Saturday
Jan262013

ANDY WARHOL: POLAROIDS 1974 - 1987

In the 1970s and 80s, iconic pop artist Andy Warhol made thousands of pictures with his Polaroid camera. The subjects range from celebrities to unknown individuals to objects that fascinated him, and many of these photos served as inspiration for his later paintings and silkscreens. This exhibition, made possible by a donation to the Luckman Fine Arts Complex Permanent Collection from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, presents a selection of these Polaroids to the public for the first time.

SPECIAL EXTENDED HOURS AND RECEPTION: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 6-8PM. 

EXHIBITION DATES: JAN 26 - MAR 23
ADMISSION: FREE
GALLERY HOURS: M-TH+SAT: 12PM-5PM FRI+SUN: CLOSED

PARKING: Located across from the Luckman Complex, on the campus of Cal State L.A., at a rate of $1 per hour. 

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