"A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar..." </br>(Exhibition & Dialogue with Virginia Broersma)
Jun
3
6:30 pm18:30

"A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar..."
(Exhibition & Dialogue with Virginia Broersma)

  • Grab Bag Studios
  • Dinner: Saturday, 3 June, 5pm - 6:30pm (RSVP, private event)
  • Exhibition Opening Reception: Saturday, 3 June, 6:30pm - 9:00pm (No RSVP needed, public event)
  • Exhibition Period: 5 - 25 June 2017, open by appointment

 

Grab Bag Studio is thrilled to present "A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar..." a collaboration with Long Beach-based artist and curator Virginia Broersma, facililated by GBS co-founder, performance art curator and artist Natalie Mik. The collaboration will kick off with a private dinner event that is followed by a public opening reception for a wall display featuring Broersma's latest paintings, drawings and sketches. Throughout the month of June, Broersma and Mik will work together to think about how their different art practices can connect through a process-oriented collaboration. The public opening reception will be held on June 3rd, 6:30 pm - 9 pm and the exhibition will be on view from June 5th to June 25th, 2017.

 

When Natalie Mik asked Virginia Broersma to show her work for an exhibition at GBS, both quickly realized that collaborating on a conversation-based project could be an interesting and challenging endeavor. As both artists who also work as curators, Broersma and Mik are interested in interdisciplinary dialogue. While Mik’s practice looks at art through the lenses of performativity, Broersma identifies herself primarily as a painter, yet through conversation, they found common ground with specific themes and motivations within their work.

"If we as artists are considering similar things, how do a painter and a performance artist collaborate/communicate? Is a translation needed between our mediums, and what would that be? If we are both dealing with (re)presentation but in different ways, what is the thing/idea/source we are representing - the thing we have in common perhaps?" (text from email exchange)

"A Painter and a Performance Artist walk into a Bar..." creates artistic modes and strategies to these questions. Over the month of June, Mik and Broersma will begin the process of collaborating or perhaps better put, figuring out how to collaborate. The rules have to be reinvented. There will be no set goals, no formalized expectations but more willingness to trust each other. A dialogue with an experimental spirit and an openness to listen to each other will over the course of the month be documented in the space with remnants, notes, ideas, and unforeseen materializations. The exhibition component of this collaboration features a changing wall display at Grab Bag Studio. The display is reflective of Broerma’s art making process with finished and unfinished work of hers. Using this as a device for the collaboration, Mik will track the process and move around the work arrangements to understand how the ideas in the works have been formed. Notes and sketches from their conversations will be added to the wall as well.

On Saturday, June 3rd, their process opens to the public and the local art community of Long Beach and beyond. Grab Bag Studio invites the public to join their conversation on how to collaborate. We will think about ideas of communication, cross-disciplinary work, how an idea materializes, how bridges are formed. Mik and Broersma found their common ground with themes surrounding the representation of the body and the collective archive and how these shape and define us as people.  Diverse points of view and perspectives on these topics are invited and welcomed.


About Virginia Broersma:

Virginia Broersma lives and works in Long Beach and Los Angeles. Her primary focus as an artist is with issues surrounding the body and its representation. She has exhibited extensively in Los Angeles, as well in Tokyo, Berlin, New York, and Chicago among other US and international cities. Additionally, Broersma takes on select curatorial and writing projects that relate to her interests in the studio and in 2016 was jointly selected for the Emerging Curators Program at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). Broersma has been the recipient of several grants including funding from the California Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Puffin Foundation and was awarded a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago, IL, which she received in both 2010 and 2011. Broersma is also a contributor to the Huffington Post Blog.


Featured in:

Long Beach Post (article by Asia Morris)

Curate.LA

 
mik broersma email convo
Broersma and Mik collaboration at GBS
 
 
CERAMIC CUP WORKSHOP WITH BRITTANY MOJO
May
20
11:00 am11:00

CERAMIC CUP WORKSHOP WITH BRITTANY MOJO

  • Date & Time: Saturday, May 20 (TBA)
  • Location: Grab Bag Studio (2626 East 10th Street, Long Beach)
  • Email with RSVP to reserve your spot, spaces are limited. $45/person, All materials and firing included. 

 

Using traditional pinch pot and cooling methods, this hands-on workshop will teach the essential processes of making a cup. This workshop will be lead by Grab Bag Studio's own Brittany Mojo, a local ceramicist and sculptor. 

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GET BENT PRESENTS HAPPY SUNDAYS
May
7
1:00 pm13:00

GET BENT PRESENTS HAPPY SUNDAYS

 

Join us Sunday May 7th
1-6pm for an open studio and pop shop
at Grab Bag Studio in Long Beach

Our studio will be open for you to view current work by our 5 in-house artists, ask questions, collaborate and plan an event or workshop! 

Our Pop Shop with zines, pins, prints, and clothing will be open all day

Just one block from From the Moon shop ! 

More info @ 
www.thegrabbagstudio.com 
www.happysundayslbc.com
Instagram: @grabbagstudio

ANALOG COLLAGE WORKSHOP #2 WITH CAROLINA VELAZQUEZ
May
6
11:00 am11:00

ANALOG COLLAGE WORKSHOP #2 WITH CAROLINA VELAZQUEZ

  • Date & Time: Saturday April 8 (11am-2pm)
  • Location: Grab Bag Studio (2626 East 10th Street, Long Beach)
  • Email with RSVP to reserve your spot, spaces are limited. $15/person, all materials included. 

We loved having Carolina Velazquez so much she's coming back to lead round two!

In this workshop, create a collage inspired by dreams and unfamiliar lands using vintage photography books and magazines. Workshop participants will learn how to cut, paste, and arrange fragments of images in order to create a bizarre visual narrative. 

PAINTING 101 WITH SHEA VITITOW
Apr
30
11:00 am11:00

PAINTING 101 WITH SHEA VITITOW

  • Grab Bag Studio

  • Date & Time: Sunday April 30 (11am-2pm)
  • Location: Grab Bag Studio (2626 East 10th Street, Long Beach)
  • Email with RSVP to reserve your spot, spaces are limited. $20/person, all supplies included. 

Want to learn how to paint? In this workshop students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts when painting from life, mixing colors, and color theory. Taught by Grab Bag Studio's member Shea Vititow.

Analog Collage Workshop with Carolina Velazquez
Apr
8
11:00 am11:00

Analog Collage Workshop with Carolina Velazquez

  • Date: April 8th, 11am-2pm
  • Location: Grab Bag Studio (2626 East 10th Street, Long Beach)
  • Email grabbagstudio@gmail.com with RSVP to reserve your spot, spaces are limited. $15/person, all materials included. 

In this workshop, create a collage inspired by dreams and unfamiliar lands using vintage photography books and magazines. Workshop participants will learn how to cut, paste, and arrange fragments of images in order to create a bizarre visual narrative. 

Paintings by Matt Wolf x Leeza Meksin
Mar
16
5:00 pm17:00

Paintings by Matt Wolf x Leeza Meksin

  • Grab Bag Studio
  • Opening Reception - Thursday, March 16, 5-8PM (no RSVP)
  • Exhibition Period: March 16 - April 15, open by appointment.

Grab Bag Studio is thrilled to present 'Paintings by Matt Wolf x Leeza Meksin' featuring Baltimore-based Matt Wolf who bundles personal narratives into creative explosion paintings and NY-based Leeza Meksin who dresses up paintings and buildings in spandex outfits, using humor and drag to examine our potential queered experience of public space and art history.

Matt's mixed media paintings are ‘creative explosions’ through personal narrative and materiality. Born in Long Island, from a young age he learned to paint from his grandfather who introduced him to the world of Matisse and Picasso. Matt currently studies painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. 

Working between painting and large-scale fabric installations, Leeza explores the public and private body as it relates to clothing and skin. Fabric, like many materials, has an implied gender based on social conventions. Spandex, in particular, has a dynamic gender-life. Through its use in athletics, theater, and fashion, it simultaneously elicits the feminine and masculine, the queer and burlesque, the glamorous and gaudy. Leeza's work explores queerness through juxtaposing materials such as spandex and neoprene with the more conventional painterly materials like linen and oil paint. In addition, she uses dyes and transparencies to highlight a narrow pictorial space, seeking to re-interpret the rectilinear conventions of painting and architecture and introduce a more body-affirming vocabulary.

Leeza works in painting, installation, public art and multiples. Born in the former Soviet Union, she immigrated to the United States with her family in 1989. Her work has been featured in BOMB magazine, TimeOut Chicago, Chicago Tribune and many other publications. She is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist grant (2015) and the co-founder and director of Ortega y Gasset Projects, a gallery and artist collective in Brooklyn, NY since 2013.

Closing Show - Grab Bag Pop Shop: Sara Chao + Michael Nannery
Mar
4
4:00 pm16:00

Closing Show - Grab Bag Pop Shop: Sara Chao + Michael Nannery

Closing reception for GBS's inaugural exhibition Grab Bag Pop Shop: Sara Chao + Michael Nannery, a two-part installation of new works by LA-based artist Sara Chao and Long Beach-based artist and curator Michael Nannery.  The exhibition presents two site-specific works that communicate to GBS's effort of growing diversity and connectedness through collaboration and artistic participation. Read more about the exhibition HERE.

Artist Office Hours with Sara Chao
Feb
25
11:00 am11:00

Artist Office Hours with Sara Chao

In line with her Sari-Sari Store installation, Sara Chao will meet visitors during office hours at the Grab Bag Studio from 11am to 2pm. 

During office hours, she will offer services such as mending clothes the Sara-Sara way (beads, fun fabric patches, stitching), confetti nail art, serving tea, and more. 

Walk-ins welcome.

Get Bent Presents Happy Sundays
Feb
19
12:00 pm12:00

Get Bent Presents Happy Sundays

  • GRAB BAG STUDIO

Get Bent Presents HAPPY SUNDAYS. 

We are happy to announce an Open Studio for Happy Sundays block party in Long Beach on February 19th - come meet the Grab Bag Girls, see the current exhibition, shop the pop up and explore the space !! with Coma Studio, Alex's Bar, and From the Moon

Transparency Memory Booklet Workshop with artist Sara Chao
Feb
18
11:00 am11:00

Transparency Memory Booklet Workshop with artist Sara Chao

Date: February 18th, 11am-2pm

Location: Grab Bag Studio (2626 East 10th Street, Long Beach)

Email with RSVP to reserve your spot, spaces are limited. $20/person, all materials included. 

In this workshop, create a suite of handmade booklets that mimic the way memories live in the brain: they overlap and bleed into each other, connections forming between the sensory, informational, and personal. 

Workshop participants will learn two classic book forms, the pamphlet and the eight-fold zine. To fill the booklets, artist Sara Chao will lead the group in memory-based collaging exercises, ranging from topics such as "What is home?", to a memorable meal, or a list of favorite things. There will be a show-and-tell segment for participants to share the highlights of their creations, as well as craft a clear vinyl case to carry all these new layered treasures home with them.

Plentiful collage materials will be on hand. Participants are welcome and encouraged to bring personally significant collage materials of their own if they desire. Come ready to reminisce!

Ages 12 through adults are welcome!

Grab Bag Pop Shop: Sara Chao + Michael Nannery
Feb
4
5:00 pm17:00

Grab Bag Pop Shop: Sara Chao + Michael Nannery

  • Grab Bag Studio

In honor of the studio opening, Grab Bag Studio presents its first exhibition Grab Bag Pop Shop: Sara Chao + Michael Nannery, a two-part installation of new works by Sara Chao and Michael Nannery. For this project, Sara and Michael create each two site-specific works that communicate to Grab Bag’s effort of growing diversity and connectedness through collaboration and artistic participation.

In her installation Sari-Sari Store, Sara Chao translates the format of the ubiquitous Filipino neighborhood convenience store into the gallery space. In the Philippines, sari-sari stores are owned by one’s fellow neighbors and patronized by locals in need of a little oil, a clove of garlic, or a packet of laundry detergent. They are spaces for personal interaction, a spot to wait to catch the bus or grab a treat. Sari-Sari Store is an extension of this connective community spirit, bringing warmth from the Filipino neighborhood all the way to Long Beach, California.

Sara Chao is a Los Angeles native and third-generation American. Her art practice is based in installation, extending to collage and textile-based sculpture. Fueled by a lifelong habit of collecting paper ephemera, her work acts to memorize the texture of the everyday life, in anticipation of future nostalgia. In using eminently recognizable materials, she invites viewers to make their own connections to their daily experiences, bringing the texture of the present into focus before it passes from view.

For Breathing Together, Michael Nannery has been acquiring vessels from local artists, in which he has been growing a wide variety of houseplants. As a collection, the work is entirely modular and rearranged to fit the Grab Bag space. Breathing Together is meant to form a lounge, in which one could sit with the plants and simply enjoy their company. Michael is interested in the simultaneous affect of plants physically purifying the air alongside the positive psychological cues they provide.  “In breathing together, we regenerate.”

Michael Nannery is an artist and independent curator based in Long Beach. Michael primarily seeks to share his work in increasingly diverse and varied forms. In addition to printmaking, his art practice is based on the care and examination of living systems, including plant cultivation, composting, fish keeping, and other means of regenerative production.