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Whitehot Recommends: Moved Still Lives Group Show in Chinatown, Los Angeles

Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Day #62 of Isolation, Seclusion,  Desolation - Abstract Life for Abstract Times, (Still Life & Alive), 2020, Manhattan, NYC, Monday, May 11, 2020 6:47PM (53 degrees), photo courtesy of the artist.

Moved Still Lives

A group show of 37 artists from New York City, reimagining the Still Life.


Ali Miller | Amorelle Jacox | Andrew Jilka | Andy Harman | Anna Cone | Ashley Zelinskie | Autumn Wallace | Avner Chaim | B. Chehayeb | Benjamin Cabral | Chris Pennock | Claire Lachow | Clayton Skidmore | Colin J Radcliffe | Dane Manary | Daniel Morowitz | Eric Lotzer | JD Raenbeau | Keren Anavy | Kristina Schmidt | Lauren Carly Shaw | Madeline Donahue | Margot Bird | Max Heighes | Melanie Delach | Michael Hambouz | Rachel Klinghoffer | Robert Latchman | Ruben Natal-San Miguel | Ryan Michael Ford | Saara Untracht-Oakner | Shayna Strype | Stephen Morrison | Talia Levitt | Tsai-Ling Tseng | Whitney Harris | Yael Nachajon

961 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA

June 5 through June 27, 2021

Curated by Lauren Powell

By WM, June 2021

A group show of 37 artists from New York City, reimagining the Still Life.

Moved Still Lives, installation view.

Just five weeks ago, Lauren Powell packed all her belongings from her Brooklyn apartment into a moving truck alongside still life works from 37 New York-based artists, driving everything across the country to Los Angeles. During the past year of the pandemic many people, including artists and curators, have had to relocate. This tumultuous time has also brought us closer to the objects in our homes and has illuminated the secret lives and agency that they embody. While the term “Still Life '' conjures traditional paintings of lush fruits, exquisite flowers, and memento mori, the works in Moved Still Lives push the concept into new and strange territory, reframing the theme through the inclusion of sculpture and video. Presented together, the exhibition reminds of the surprising conceptualizations of what our possessions can be and have the potential to do. 

Stephen Morrison, Banana, Apple Core, Baguette, 2021,  epoxy clay, glass acrylic, photo courtesy of the artist

All the works in Moved Still Lives ask us as viewers to consider how we conceive of the commodities in our lives, the various intimacies and intricacies of our relationships to them, and how we have perhaps misjudged or underestimated them. Now, as we begin to venture back into the world, they ask us not to forget them. 

Text by Los Angeles based writer and artist Kate Durbin. WM

Scroll through more images below:

Margot Bird, Watermelon Seeds, 2020. 50 x 50 in. Acrylic on canvas.

Anna Cone, Memento Mori, 2021, mixed media assemblage with hair work, photo couresty of the artist

 Talia Levitt, Vanitas torso 2, 2021, acrylic on canvas, photo courtesy of the artist

JD Raenbeau, Baby Cake, 2021, watercolor and gouache on paper,  photo courtesy of the artist




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