Night Market: Meet the Artists (Pt. 1!)

NIGHTMARKET

 

This Saturday (June 25th! 8pm!), we’ll premiere our project, Night Market.

We started the process six months ago, when we interviewed vendors and staff of Central Wholesale Market (the produce market that provides ingredients for many of LA’s hottest restaurants). On Saturday, we’ll celebrate their stories with a wild evening of interdisciplinary performances and installations, featuring a wide array of local artists who have been inspired by these interviews.

Let’s meet four of the artists we’ll be collaborating with!

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Still shot from Scarlett Kim’s Hamletmachine.

SCARLETT KIM

Scarlett is a theatre director and curator/creator of experiences, originally from Seoul, South Korea and currently pursuing her MFA in theatre directing at the California Institute of the Arts. She works across genres, media and the globe to conceive socially and metaphysically conscious interactive performance situations and immersive environments that propose new forms of agency.

Her medium is potential energy for connection and she is committed to understanding the theatre as a rehearsal room for being and becoming. Currently, she’s investigating the stakes of artmaking.

You can find Scarlett on Instagram and Twitter as @FluxusCat

ZACHARY ARONSON

Zachary Aronson is a Los Angeles-­­­based artist focused on pyrography (above) and stone-carving.  His work explores relationships between man and nature through the use of natural materials and primal tactics. Aronson uses torches to draw with fire, creating what he refers to as “pyrographs.”

Zachary’s work has been shown in exhibitions at Moskowitz Gallery (Los Angeles), Diavalo Studios (Los Angeles), KGB Studios (Los Angeles), The Gabba Gallery (Los Angeles), Bleicher Project Space (Bergamont Station), Santa Monica, CAFlower-Pepper Gallery (Pasadena), Stay-Gallery (Downey), NoHo PAC (North Hollywood), The University of Southern California, and The California Institute of the Arts. Aronson earned his BFA from USC’s Roski School of Fine Arts and attended the California Institute of the Arts for graduate school earning an MFA degree in Scene Design and a degree in Fine Arts.

You can find Zachary on Instagram and Twitter as @ZacharyAronson

Photo from Pure Surface event series, taken by Robert Duncan Gray

Photo from Grace Hwang’s Pure Surface event series, taken by Robert Duncan Gray

GRACE HWANG

Grace Hwang is a multidisciplinary artist and educator whose movement practice is fueled by improvising new forms through ensemble work and rule-based play. Often working with performers of different disciplines, she is deeply invested in the relationship between agency and collectivity in collaboration.

Her teaching, performance, exhibition and experience-making has been featured at Portland Art Museum, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (OR), Open Engagement Conference (OR), Southern Exposure (SF), Center for Architecture Foundation (NY), SALT art space (NY), Museum of Modern Art Education Center (NY). She holds an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University and an MS Ed in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education.

You can find Grace on Instagram and Twitter as @grace_note

FRANK VALDEZ

Frank Valdez (above) is a painter and sculptor, interested in people and the spaces they occupy. As much as spaces are formed by people, he believes  people too are formed by the spaces they live in. Both people and spaces can be cramped and dingy, or bright and expansive; concepts of self can be built up, even on cracked foundations. Ambitions can be paved over to make room for the needs of the moment. His work is about illuminating those things in the people and places all around us.

Frank can be found on Instagram as @perdit0 and on Twitter as @PanchoPerdit

We’re excited to see the work of these fabulous artists, as well as the two we will introduce you to on Thursday! If you’d like to join us at Night Market on June 25th, you can find more info and purchase tickets here!

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