September 27 October 25, 2008 Opening Reception September 27, 7 10 pm

David Hatcher, Laura Riboli, Brian Sharp Curated by Matthew Thompson

Various recent group exhibitions have articulated a preoccupation with more primary elements
of artistic production. Whether iterated as formalism, objecthood, “thingness,” or sculptural assemblage, these exhibitions attempt to frame a renewed interest in visual exuberance
and focus on materiality. The relationship of primary elements to psychology is often under- examined. Psychogeometry picks up on another primary construct geometry and presents three artists whose work exists in the peculiar personal, cultural, and historical intersections between psychology and geometry.

Including work in a variety of media by David Hatcher, Laura Riboli, and Brian Sharp, the exhibition takes a nod from Guy Debord’s notion of psychogeography especially his focus on its effect “on the emotions and behavior of individuals.” Instead of closing off or articulating a distinct relationship between geometry and psychology, Psychogeometry will function more as a drift through possibilities.

David Hatcher creates hallucinatory prints on perforated blotter paper by re-purposing diagrams from Western philosophical texts. In Laura Riboli’s videos, objects take on totemic, science-fiction qualities through their suggestive geometry and re-animation. Brian Sharp’s abstract paintings take the notion of abstraction as language to its logical extreme, oscillating between recreational linguistics and formalism.

The exhibition will also feature a rotating selection of research materials, visual references, and other ephemera.

Psychogeometry is organized by Matthew Thompson, Associate Curator, Aspen Art Museum. 

Welcome Wilmington

August 16 September 17, 2008 Opening Reception August 16, 7 10 pm

Arnoldo Vargas

Wilmington California is synonymous with Industry. Home to more oil refineries than any other US city and gateway to the third largest port in the world, Wilmington is also synonymous with skyrocketing levels of pollution, cancer, asthma, and other ill effects of industry. “Welcome Wilmington” is a photographic exhibition by Arnoldo Vargas chronicling not only the glare of Wilmington’s oil refineries but also the complex political relationship with the thriving community who live within it. Documenting altars of victims of police shootings or participants in this year’s Peace and Dignity Run, Vargas examines the ways various instances of spiritual reflection continue to manifest within this structure.

Arnoldo Vargas received his BA from UCLA in fine art in 1999 and will be attending Calarts for his MFA in the fall. He has exhibited through out California, with his most recent exhibition “Stardust” at Space 47 in San Jose. He is a native of Wilmington, California, where he currently teaches art at Banning High School. 


Coastal States

July 12 August 2, 2008
Opening Saturday July 12, 7 10 pm

Gilda Davidian, Ignacio Genzon, Rena Kosnett, Jeff McLane, Katie Shapiro

“Coastal States” is a 5 person photography and video exhibition. The works are varied--some are landscape, some are portraits, some are arachnid. But all 5 projects are about existing on the periphery-- of family, in your social outlets, and in your neighborhoods--and the changes that occur when you come up for air after realizing you’ve been coasting on auto-pilot, without taking immediate surroundings into account.

The artists are Gilda Davidian, Ignacio Genzon, Rena Kosnett, Jeff McLane, and Katie Shapiro, who are graduates of CalArts currently working in Los Angeles and contributing to the From Here To There art collective. 

Hey, You Never Know

May 31 - June 28, 2008 Annie Shaw

Monte Vista is proud to present “Hey, You Never Know.,” an absurd exploration into the geographical distribution of luck and money, faith and fate starting in the east and ending in the west by Annie Shaw.

“Hey, You Never Know.” is the promotional slogan for the New York lottery, including Mega Millions. A multi-state lottery, Mega Millions draws its capital from twelve states, two of which are New York and California. Since migrating to the east coast three years ago, Annie has found herself living next to the Mega Millions billboards in Manhattan and in Brooklyn. Twice a week, as the number indicating the jackpot would change from low to high, she imagined anticipation rising and falling at each transition. And then once in a blue moon, the number would drop drastically, and she knew someone’s life had changed.

For the duration of the exhibition, Annie will dedicate her time at Monte Vista as an artist-in- residence, and a Mega Millions participant. Each day, she will purchase one Mega Millions ticket at one location in one zip code in Greater Los Angeles. Visitors to the installation are invited to join the lottery pool. Each additional dollar will bring her to purchase one more ticket in a different location. Any winnings will be evenly divided amongst all the participants who contribute to the pool. A series of images video, photograph and sculpture, will be developed and displayed throughout this process.

Please join us for the following events:

Saturday, June 7 at 7 pm : “How to Win the Lottery” : a lecture by Melissa Brown
Based in New York, Melissa has spent the past few years fascinated with the Powerball
games and how to measure and capitalize on their idiosyncrasies. She has incorporated this numerological science into both her drawings and her purchases in the New York State Lotto. Serving as the official spiritual guide of “Hey, You Never Know,” Melissa has provided Annie with a set of numbers, calculated from the formula, in order to test their probability of winning against QuikPick. She will be at Monte Vista in person to share the intricacies of her system for beating the lottery.

Friday, June 27, 7pm : Final Drawing and Closing Party
Celebrate the closing of the exhibition and watch the live broadcast of the Mega Millions drawing with Annie on site. Witness the fate of the last ticket purchased by the lottery pool and view all the materials developed during the four-week project.

Annie Shaw is the founder of Leefahsalung at the New China Town Barber Shop, a site-specific, curatorial and collaborative project series challenging the role of art production and its relationship to local identities. A catalog detailing its five-year history is currently in production, to be published this coming fall. She moved to New York in 2005 to study at Columbia University, where she completed her MFA in 2007. We are thrilled that she has returned to present her first solo project in the Southland. 

An Evening With Martha Ronk, Kate Wolf, and Jibade-Khalil Huffman

May 23, 2008     6 pm

An Evening With Martha Ronk, Kate Wolf, and Jibade-Khalil Huffman A celebration of new work by poets and fiction writers at Monte Vista

*Martha Ronk* has published 8 books of poetry, most recently “In a landscape of having
to repeat” (Omnidawn), winner of the PEN USA Best Poetry Book 2005, and “Vertigo” (Coffee House), a National Poetry Series selection. She is a 2007 NEA recipient and teaches Renaissance Literature and Creative Writing at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

*Kate Wolf* is an MFA candidate in writing at the California Institute of the Arts. Her work has appeared in the LA Weekly and Swingset Magazine. She lives in Los Angeles.

*Jibade-Khalil Huffman* was born in Detroit and raised in Florida. He is the author of “19 Names For Our Band” (Fence Books, 2008). His poetry, fiction and photography have appeared in Boston Review, Court Green, Canarium, NOON and Encyclopedia among others. His awards include the 2004 Grolier Poetry Prize as well as fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Ucross Foundation. 

Material Issue One Launch

February 16, 2008 7-10 pm


Please help us celebrate as we launch MATERIAL Issue One and the MATERIAL Limited Edition Series in Los Angeles.


Inspired by publications such as Documents, ZG, and REALLIFE Magazine, MATERIAL emerges as a contemporary outlet for the artist’s voice.

Started by artists interested in the writings of other artists, MATERIAL supports visual artists with textual concerns. MATERIAL is not a thematically driven nor ‘on-topic’ publication, but rather an image-free, ad-free context for the materialization of artists’ ideas, divergent opinions, thoughts, and appropriations of language. Our sensibility is experimental and critical. We solicit friction and conviviality both.

The editorial board for MATERIAL is made up of artists who make writing a central part of their practice: Thomas Lawson, Olivier Richon, John Stezaker, Jonathan Miles, and Dorit Cypis.

Issue One features texts by international artists: Hirsch Perlman
Olivier Richon
Becky Beasley

Nicholas Grider Olivia Booth Marie Jager
Pete Kirby
Darren O’Donnell Katrina Palmer Charlotte Smith Andrea Büttner Roman Vasseur


Designed by 3n17 in Berlin, the journal encourages tactile handling; it is printed and folded for maximum utility on Alster Werkdruck paper, and opens in tri-fold. Printed in an edition of 1000, more or less biannually, MATERIAL will be available in Los Angeles at Bank Gallery, in London at Man Gallery and Laura Bartlett Gallery, in San Francisco at the Silverman Gallery, and the list is growing; check the website for more locations soon:

Independence is an unrealistic construct that relies on bravado and many forms of denial. We are all dependent in some way it is simply a matter of who or what one would like to become dependent on. MATERIAL would like to be dependent on writing and artworks and the people who love writing and artworks. MATERIAL aims to be self-funded by offering limited editions of visual work that engage the textual.

For our inaugural issue, we are offering a series of editions by nine international artists: Marie Jager, Becky Beasley, Nicholas Grider, Arthur Ou, Augusta Wood, Katie Lewis, David Raymond Conroy, Duncan Wooldridge and Jacob Melchi. The artists involved have all generously donated work to MATERIAL to fund its continued operations. We are offering these works much

below market value to encourage collectors to support the journal as an emerging space for experimentation.

These works are available for purchase at the launch parties at Man in London and Monte Vista in Los Angeles, and on our web site:

For more information please contact Ginny Cook and Kim Schoen, founding editors, at info@

Material is supported in part by ART2102 of Los Angeles. Through 2008, ART2102’s program aims to collaborate with and support a number of emerging artist-run spaces and initiatives, in and beyond Los Angeles. For more information, visit

*Samuel Beckett, Worstword Ho, 1983
**Mel Bochner, epigraph to a preparatory sketch for his inscribed wall drawing Theory of Boundaries, 1969-70 

Circle Jerks

January 12–February 9, 2008

Opening Reception 7-10 pm January 12, 2008

Monte Vista is proud to present “Circle Jerks,” an exhibition of a collaborative painting project

initiated by Max Lesser and Brett Cody Rogers. Participating artists are Kathryn Andrews, Tomory

Dodge, Bart Exposito, Hadley Holliday, Max Lesser, Katie Lewis, Jay Lizo, Allison Miller and Brett

Cody Rogers.

Lesser and Rogers came up with the idea for an experimental, “exquisite-corpse”-like painting

project as an outlet for making paintings outside the realm of their personal practices and the

highly competitive nature driven by “personal style.” Several LA-based artists were asked to

participate and “Circle Jerks” was born.

Over the last eight months, the participants each started at least one painting. These paintings

were then passed from artist to artist, with each person reacting and contributing to the move

made by the previous one. Each painting was circulated until someone declared it “finished,” with

the end-result being a collaborative exhibition free of stylistic pretext. This exhibition features an

edited selection of these paintings.

“Circle Jerks” focuses on turning the solitary and masturbatory nature of artistic style into group

activity, and is inspired by the Los Angeles-based punk band of the same name, whose ‘80’s hit

song “Group Sex” invites group sexual exploration in a low-key setting, free from embarrassment.