Everyone’s Time Is Their Own is an exhibition of works in painting, sculpture, collage, printmaking, and photography from eleven American artists. The exhibition title is borrowed from the curator’s grandmother, who held it as her philosophical way to life and death. Each of the artists encompass in their work something deeply spiritual, contemplative in the exploration of their practice as well as the surrounding world.
The works selected are representative of the fleeting moments in life that are permeated by a sense of musicality or lux. Depictions of figures play a prominent role throughout the exhibition, often appearing solitary or faceless, disconnected and searching. Body and soul are paradigms that often find themselves at odds in discourse. Individuals die alone but they take a part of their loved ones with them, this leaves the bereaved musing interconnectivity, lonesomeness, and the vast possibilities associated with continuity. Life and death cannot be bottled up, instead remembered through the slow turning lens of nostalgia.
Everyone’s Time Is Their Own includes works by Alejandro Diaz-Ayala (Dallas), Carlos Donjuan (Dallas), Clynton Lowry (New York), Derek Albeck, (Los Angeles), Derrick Velasquez (Denver, CO), Grady Gordon (Oakland, CA), Jacob Magraw-Mickelson (Seattle), Jason Jagel (San Francisco), JR Doty (San Francisco), Rachell Sumpter (Seattle), Roya Falahi (Los Angeles), Xi Zhang (Denver, CO).
Born in La Piedad, Michoacan, Mexico, Alejandro Diaz Ayala moved to Santa Barbara, California at the age of three. There, surrounded by his mother’s family, Diaz developed his interest in art, following the lead from an older cousin who was a part of Santa Barbara’s early graffiti movement. When he was eleven, Diaz and his mother moved to Dallas’ Oak Cliff neighborhood, where his talent for street art grew.
Diaz is a member of The Sour Grapes, a crew of street artists from the Oak Cliff suburbs. The group uses their shared experiences to encourage each other to express themselves artistically and excel in a neighborhood where youth are sometimes doomed to a life in prison or even death.
Carlos Donjuan was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and currently lives in Dallas. He received a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2005 and a MFA in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2009. His current body of work relates to the idea of illegal aliens. As a kid, Donjuan recalls hearing the term frequently, but never fully understood its’ meaning. He states, “I always wondered what everyone was talking about, imaging weird creatures in my head…I wanted to meet one and to know what they looked like.” As Donjuan grew older, he discovered that some condemned him due to his background, a realization he describes as heartbreaking. He comments, “I wasn’t much different from everyone else except for the fact that I was born on the other side of the border.”
Derek Albeck was born in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2005 he graduated with honors from California State University Northridge with a Bachelors in Art, focusing on printmaking and painting. Developing complex figurative works using the graphic sensibilities absorbed from his studies in the various forms of printmaking, Derek’s drawings and serigraphs serve as an intense investigation and critique on the human condition. Derek’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the U.S. as well as Canada and the U.K.
Derrick Velasquez was born and raised in Lodi, California – an agricultural staple of Northern California. He attended The University of California, Santa Barbara where he graduated with a dual degree in Art History and Studio Arts. In 2008 Derrick received his Master of Fine Arts degree from The Ohio State University in Sculpture and currently works and lives in Denver, Colorado where he is represented by Robischon Gallery as well as Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His most recent shows have been solo shows at Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, the Volta Art Fair in New York City, and a group show at the New Mexico Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2014, he has upcoming shows at Drexel University as well as a solo show at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. He is a founding member and co-manager at TANK Studios, has held a two year residenty at RedLine and is an adjucnt professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Grady Gordon searches for xrayz of mortality, the face behind the veil, and aims to illuminate what is staring back at us. He currently lives in Oakland, CA and teaches art at the San Francisco Day School.
Jason Jägel was born in 1971 in Boston, Massachusetts. He received degrees from California College of Arts and Crafts (BFA 1995) and Stanford University (MFA 2002). A monograph of his work entitled, Seventy-Three Funshine (2008), was created with an accompanying ten-inch vinyl record with music by Madlib and published by Electric Works, San Francisco. Jägel has been featured in numerous solo and group shows since 1995 including those in New York, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Milan, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans and more. Jagel’s work appears in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The UCLA Hammer Museum and the Portland Museum of Art, among others. Jason lives with his wife and two daughters in San Francisco.
JR Doty is an MFA graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute where she studied under Henry Wessel, Linda Connor and Brett Reichman. Born in New Orleans, based in San Francisco and currently on the road exploring America for the next year, JR’s work has been exhibited both locally and internationally, most recently at Howard Greenberg Gallery in NYC and was selected to show work at San Francisco City Hall.
Rachell Sumpter paints splendors into a desolate, peopled wilderness. Sumpter grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco. Swayed and beguiled by nature, she travels
the west coast of the US to find relics of inspiration. Sumpter’s work has been exhibited worldwide,
including Jack Hanley (SF), Allston Skirt (Boston), Richard Heller (Los Angeles), Sunday L.E.S. (NY),
OCMA and LACMA, and has been written about in the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Mean, Giant Robot,
ArtWeek, Artforum and McSweeney’s Issue 24 among others.
Born in Washington D.C. in 1980, Roya Falahi received her BA in Studio Art from UC Irvine in 2002, and her MFA in photography from UCLA in 2006. She had her first solo show, “Headbang,” at the Kellogg Gallery at Cal Poly Pomona. Her work has been shown in several galleries including Taylor De Cordoba (Los Angeles), Luckman Gallery at CSULA (Los Angeles), Guild Gallery (New York), Fette’s Gallery (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (Los Angeles), The University Art Museum at CSULB (Long Beach), and RAID Projects (Los Angeles). Falahi’s work has been featured in the book, Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, Beautiful Decay magazine, as well as written about in the Los Angeles Times. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
Born in 1984 in Kaifeng, China, Xi Zhang has been immersed in the practice
of art throughout his entire life. Upon completion of his studies in
painting at China’s Beijing Institute of Art and Design, he moved to the
United States to further his artistic training at Denver, Colorado’s Rocky
Mountain College of Art and Design. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts
in painting from RMCAD in 2008, and that same year was recognized by then
Denver Post art critic Kyle MacMillan as the “Emerging Artist of the Year”
for his “well developed, surprisingly mature vision.” Zhang continued from
there with his masters studies in painting at the University of Colorado,
Boulder, receiving his MFA from the institution in 2011. That same year he
was named one of the “12 Best Colorado Artists Under 35″ as well as one of
seven “Pathfinders” in the arts also by MacMillan in the Denver Post.