ART + ACTIVISM: Art of the Issues 2020

4 Jan 2020 – 11 Jan 2020

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11:00 – 16:00
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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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Ashton S. Phillips

Elise Vazelakis

Kuniko Ruch

Leah Knecht

Fred Chuang

Martin Alexander Spratlen Etem

John Sollom

Gina M.

Lynne McDaniel

Silvia Wagensberg

Jaime Coffey Bateman

Jill Smith

Lore Eckelberry

Nancy Spiller

Liz Covington

Alex Gano

Nadim Kurani

Jil Love

Patrick Donovan

John Koller

Karizma Villafuerte

Robin Adsit

Jenn Terrell

Moni Olguin

Lynn Letterman

Jon Reichardt

Stephanie Sydney

Iris Schneider

Martin Bustamante

Ann Phong

Stephen Anderson

Fabio Coruzzi

Michael Chomick

Mariona Barkus

Margie Rust

Parris Gray

Stephanie Lemus

Elena Mary Siff

Gloria Lee

Mike Saijo

Michael Freitas Wood

John Dingler

Phemi Adeniran

Karena Massengill

Diane Hayden

Lillian Abel

Julie Fishman

Robyn Alatorre

Steven Fujimoto

Pam Douglas

Hubert Neal Jr.

Eric Michael Rauseo

Michele Castagnetti

Tomer Peretz

Karim Shuquem

Dellis Frank

Rebecca Potts

Ellen November

Kaitlin Ruby

Nicole Schroeder


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