NIMAI KESTEN SEMI-FINALIST IN BOMBAY SAPPHIRE ARTISAN SERIES
Oculus Gallery -represented artist Nimai Kesten's artwork "Monochromatic America" has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series - a search to discover the next great class of emerging visual artists from North America.
"Monochromatic America" is an acid-etched, mirrored glass diptych created in 2015 by Los Angeles-based artist Nimai Kesten. The work explores issues of power, identity, justice and race in society. Its mirrored surface allows the viewer to see themselves and reflect on their relationship with the current American context.
Pacific Design Center | June 14 - July 5, 2018
Summer: A Group Show
Oculus Gallery is pleased to announce Summer: A Group Show. The exhibition features work by 8 artists working in varied mediums including ceramics, photography, painting, drawing and sculpture. The exhibition runs through July 5, 2018 at the Pacific Design Center, on the 2nd floor of the Blue Building in the Varola Gallery space, suite B256.
The show presents work by Bradley Carroll, Carly Goldstein, Chad Hanson, Nimai Kesten, June Kim, Erin Mitchell, Matt Tackett and Ivar Wigan. There is no attempt to draw direct relationships between each artist’s practice or point-of-view but rather to present an engaging and varied exploration of summer fun, danger, recklessness and reflection.
The Pacific Design Center is located at 8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069. Opening hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am-5pm.
Pacific Design Center | March 22 - May 2, 2018
MEG FRANKLIN: GLORYLAND
Oculus Gallery presented Gloryland Brooklyn-based American painter Meg Franklin's first solo gallery exhibition on the West Coast from March 22 through May 2, 2018. The exhibition was held at the Varola Gallery space, suite B256, located at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood and presented 18 works on velvet.
Palm Springs Modernism Show | February 14 - 19, 2018
Oculus Gallery showcased fine vintage furniture and contemporary artwork alongside Industry Gallery’s contemporary design offerings in a co-curated booth at Palm Springs Modernism. Oculus Gallery offered an array of vintage furniture including a blue-chip “La Gondola” sofa by Edward Wormley, a Guilio Moscatelli lounge chair and ottoman, a Gerrit Rietveld “Utrecht” chair and fine lighting examples by Fontana Arte. We also showcased contemporary photography by Giles Revell and Ivar Wigan and mixed media fine artwork by Nimai Kesten.
Pacific Design Center | January 25 - March 2, 2018
“The Italian is an individualist.” - Meyric R. Rogers, Italy At Work: Her Renaissance in Design Today exhibition catalog, 1950
Oculus Gallery is pleased to present a selection of Italian (or Italian-inspired) fine furnishings, lighting and accessories from the 1930s through the 1980s entitled Italian Style: 1930s – 1980s.
This exhibition will outline three major themes, tracing the Italian design movement’s trajectory from the inter-war years through the Post-Modern era: the influence of traditional “Craft Arts” from through the early years of the Marshall Plan; how these earlier traditions led to high-quality, small-scale production of modern goods in the later 1940s and early 1950s; and finally the emergence of a more European-focused Italian approach through the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s.
November 11, 2017
BRITISH CONSULATE ACQUIRES WAR POPPY 1 BY GILES REVELL
Oculus Gallery and British artist Giles Revell are pleased to announce the donation of “War Poppy 1”, Revell’s 2015 artwork, to the Los Angeles British Consul General. The artwork will take place of prominence in the office of the recently–instated British Consul General, Michael Howells. Following Mr. Howells' tenure in Los Angeles, the work will be acquired by the United Kingdom Government Art Program which displays artwork in British Government buildings around the world, promoting British art and culture.