ART + ACTIVISM: Art of the Issues 2020

4 Jan 2020 – 11 Jan 2020

Regular opening hours

11:00 – 16:00
11:00 – 16:00
11:00 – 16:00

Free admission

SoLA Contemporary

Los Angeles
California, United States


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January 4-11, 2020: Pop-up show of art actively addressing current social, environmental, and political issues


Artists have been making art for years about world issues as a cathartic practice. Hours spent reflecting in the studio eventually lead to important conversations and making sense of an internal awakening and inevitable world entropy. Their resulting creations carry potential to be a powerful agent for desired change. But unless there is an accessible platform for these artists, especially artists directly impacted by the very issues they are creating art about, how will their voices be heard?

SoLA Contemporary is honored to offer this kind of platform for artists of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds as it kicks off the New Year with a bang presenting, ART + ACTIVISM: a group exhibition featuring activist artists who submitted their work in response to the gallery’s no-entry-fee open call. As a pop-up exhibition, ART + ACTIVISM will be on view for only one week, January 4 – 11, 2020. All are invited to attend the opening reception on Saturday, January 4th from 6-9 PM, where we are thrilled to include a trio of thought-provoking performance art pieces combining spoken word and dance. 

LA activist supporters of SoLA Contemporary have generously donated their time and talents to bring this event to life, including a special art installation by South LA muralist Patrick Henry Johnson; spoken word by writer, professor, and TED Resident Dr. Maytha Alhassen; dance by curator and movement artist Brianna Mims; neon sculptural performance by Latinx artist Ginger Q; spoken word by Santa Monica College student and neighbor to the gallery Zion Payne; and branding/design by artist Phil America.


Juried by: SoLA Contemporary’s Board and Advisory Council

Selected Artists: Lillian Abel, Phemi Adeniran, Robin Adsit, Robyn Alatorre, Stephen Anderson, Mariona Barkus, Jaime Coffey Bateman, Martin Bustamante, Michele Castagnetti, Michael Chomick, Fred Chuang, Fabio Coruzzi, Liz Covington, John Dingler, Patrick Donovan, Pam Douglas, Lore Eckelberry, Martin Alexander Spratlen Etem, Julie Fishman, Dellis Frank, Steven Fujimoto, Alex Gano, Parris Gray, Diane Hayden, Leah Knecht, John Koller, Nadim Kurani, Gloria Lee, Stephanie Lemus, Lynn Letterman, Jil Love, Gina M., Karena Massengill, Lynne McDaniel, Hubert Neal Jr., Ellen November, Moni Olguin, Tomer Peretz, Ashton S. Phillips, Ann Phong, Rebecca Potts, Eric Michael Rauseo, Jon Reichardt, Kaitlin Ruby, Kuniko Ruch, Margie Rust, Mike Saijo, Iris Schneider, Nicole Schroeder, Karim Shuquem, Elena Mary Siff, Jill Smith, John Sollom, Nancy Spiller, Stephanie Sydney, Jenn Terrell, Elise Vazelakis, Karizma Villafuerte, Silvia Wagensberg, Michael Freitas Wood

Closing and Talk: Saturday, January 11, 2020, 2-4 PM

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Exhibiting artists

Liz Covington

Moni Olguin

Fred Chuang

Rebecca Potts

Elena Mary Siff

Parris Gray

Julie Fishman

Mike Saijo

Gloria Lee

Martin Alexander Spratlen Etem

Tomer Peretz

Margie Rust

Michael Chomick

Steven Fujimoto

Mariona Barkus

Diane Hayden

Jon Reichardt

Michele Castagnetti

Fabio Coruzzi

Kaitlin Ruby

Jenn Terrell

Karizma Villafuerte

Jil Love

Leah Knecht

Nicole Schroeder

Lore Eckelberry

Kuniko Ruch

Dellis Frank

John Sollom

Patrick Donovan

Alex Gano

Karim Shuquem

Stephanie Lemus

Hubert Neal Jr.

Iris Schneider

Robin Adsit

Nancy Spiller

Gina M.

Lynn Letterman

John Koller

Eric Michael Rauseo

Michael Freitas Wood

Stephanie Sydney

Jaime Coffey Bateman

Ashton S. Phillips

Robyn Alatorre

Karena Massengill

Silvia Wagensberg

Nadim Kurani

Stephen Anderson

Phemi Adeniran

Ellen November

Pam Douglas

Elise Vazelakis

Jill Smith

Martin Bustamante

Ann Phong

John Dingler

Lillian Abel

Lynne McDaniel


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