Luckman Gallery



November 19-December 17, 2005
The Seventh Annual
Altoids Curiously Strong Collection


The Luckman Gallery at California State University, Los Angeles announces the exhibition, ALTOIDS® Curiously Strong Collection 2005, featuring 22 original new and provocative works in various media by some of the most talented young artists from across the United States. Exhibition dates are November 19 through December 17, 2005. Admission is free of charge.

The ALTOIDS® Curiously Strong Collection 2005 is the seventh annual collection assembled by Altoids®, who each year brings together ten art world professionals to select emerging artists who have created work that is strong, original and, most importantly, curious. The exhibition — comprising painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, digital prints, video, and installation art — tours to venues across the United States before the works are accessioned permanently into the collection of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.

Highlights of the ALTOIDS® Curiously Strong Collection 2005 include works by several artists based in Los Angeles, such as Jedediah Caesar’s Geode, a 450-lb cast resin boulder cut in half to display encased artifacts from the artist’s own studio; Amy Sarkisian’s Tattoo Collage: Hellish, a large collection of tattoos that form one large intricate, colorful collage; Anna Sew Hoy’s meteor, a sculpture composed of Sapporo beer cans, odeur #2 by Comme des Garçons, and a gold chain; and Mark Grotjahn’s Untitled (Butterfly), a crayon and mixed media drawing on cardboard from his signature “perspective drawing” series depicting geometric compositions with multiple vanishing points.

Other regions of the country are represented by artists including San Francisco-based James Gobel, whose Movie Night is one of a series of paintings depicting large men (also known as “bears” in the gay community), in seemingly ordinary situations created entirely of yarn, felt, acrylic, and enamel. Brooklyn based sculptor Elissa Levy’s Soldier’s Doily #1 is a doily that is abnormally large, made of felt, and cut into a pattern depicting soldiers and guns. San Antonio-based artist Juan Miguel Ramos’s Southside Lotería is a video diptych that explores the Mexican-American cultural experience in Texas through a series of vignettes of animation superimposed on filmed footage. Minneapolis-based artist John Largaespada pushes the expressive potential of photography in La Bohème, a scene of grotesquely disproportionate figures that are hyper theatrical and more painterly than photographic. These are just a few of the examples that make this exhibition diverse and delightfully surprising.

Selection Panel
This year’s selection panel included Shamim M. Momin, Branch Director and Curator, The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria; Gilbert Vicario, former Assistant Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston; Mary Goldman, Director, Mary Goldman Gallery in Los Angeles; Lisa Fischman, Gallery Director, Atlanta College of Art; and Dario Robleto, among others.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 19, 6-8:00 p.m.

Artists’ Talk: Wednesday, November 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Featuring two Altoids Collection 2005 artists to be announced.

Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
[closed November 24 for Thanksgiving Holiday]


Luckman Gallery

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