A Honey of a Tangle

Jane Margarette

January 8 - February 12, 2022

Sea Swallow

Zoé Blue M.

December 11, 2021 - January 29, 2022

Angel Food

Amanda Wall

December 11, 2021 - January 29, 2021

A Honey of a Tangle

Jane Margarette

January 8 - February 12, 2022

Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce A Honey of a Tangle, an exhibition of new work by Jane Margarette. On view at 2660 S La Cienega Blvd, opening Saturday, January 8, 2022. This is Margarette’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Jane Margarette is a Los Angeles based artist working in ceramics and installation. For this exhibition at Anat Ebgi, she has made a suite of ceramic sculptures in her distinctive forms of locks, chains, keyholes, birds, and insects. Examining the lock as a symbol of strength, protection, sensuality, and captivity, Margarette’s works articulate a dichotomy of invitation and refusal, tempting viewers to touch and manipulate the mechanisms.

Recently Margarette’s sculptures evolved from ‘functional works’ such as door knockers, bicycle racks, toward absurdly large anthropomorphizing locks. Her wall-mounted sculptures live somewhere in the realm of mosaic tiling and blur delineations between 2-D paintings and 3-D sculpture. Small charm-like adornments of fruit, flowers, and teeth invite viewers to get closer to the works despite ominous elements such as bear traps and spiked collars.

Margarette’s fantastical locks are vibrant and playful in both palette and form, while retaining elements of brutality, domination, and hardness. The artist experiments with trompe l’oeil glazing effects, as many locks appear to be made from metal, emphasizing the delicate objects’ ambiguous power over its captives. Though they symbolize security, defense, and possession, the pieces are in fact fragile, ineffective in their projected purpose. Together the works in the exhibition explore tensions between hard and soft, logical and fantastical, open and closed.

Jane Margarette (b. 1985, San Diego, CA) received her MFA in Ceramics from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA in 2020 and her BFA from California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA in 2016. She has exhibited her work in group and solo exhibitions at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles, CA; Cal State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA; Outside Gallery, Los Angeles, CAl Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA among others. The artist has taught as a Professor of Ceramics at Cal State University, Bakersfield, CA and Cal State University, Long Beach, CA. Margarette lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Sea Swallow

Zoé Blue M.

December 11, 2021 - January 29, 2022

Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce Sea Swallow, an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles artist Zoé Blue M.. On view at 6150 Wilshire Blvd, opening Saturday, December 11, 2021. This is Blue M.’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

Blue M’s paintings address characterizations of Asian women in both western and eastern popular culture drawing upon a range of source materials from Anime, advertising, art history, and ukiyo-e, as well as personal memories and photographs. For this exhibition, Blue M. examined Jorōgumo, a supernatural entity of Japanese Yōkai folklore.

Possessing a cunning intelligence and a cold heart, Jorōmugo is a spider-like creature who lives near water and feeds on men. Skillful deceivers, they can shape-shift into beautiful, young women whose mission can often be perceived as to witness the downfall of a man. Though the story of Jorōgumo provided the spine of her thinking, the exhibition breaks apart this story. Blue M. elevates the central character by presenting an open narrative that incorporates moments of innocence alongside scenes of villainy. 

Atmospheric exterior paintings with dramatic skies and water are playful such as the siren-esque girls swimming in No Shipwreck Needed or the girl walking along the seashore in Playcate. These moods are contrasted by the psychological and contained interior compositions of Waiting for Tomorrow or Behind the Fall. Together these depictions, consider the complexities of emotional burdens, family history, adolescence, and depictions of East Asian women throughout time and their stereotyping as a way of making sense of her own multicultural identity.

Zoé Blue M. (b. 1994, Los Angeles) Blue M. received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Anderson Ranch, Texas. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA; Page NYC, New York; The Gallery @ El Centro; In Lieu, Los Angeles (2019) and group exhibitions include Another Scorcher, Martha’s Contemporary, Austin; Three Oh One, Memorial Hall Gallery, Rhode Island (all 2019). Blue M. lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Angel Food

Amanda Wall

December 11, 2021 - January 29, 2021

Anat Ebgi is pleased to announce Angel Food, an exhibition of paintings by Los Angeles artist Amanda Wall. On view at 6150 Wilshire Blvd, opening Saturday, December 11, 2021. This is Wall’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Amanda Wall’s sensuous paintings evoke the physicality and gestural spontaneity of Abstract Expressionism, while capturing color and light that feels distinct to Southern California. The self-taught artist frequently depicts exposed or prone subjects giving an air of intimacy and fetishistic quality to her paintings. Using a palette ranging from bright blues and pulsing pinks to deep blacks her paintings have an intuitive intensity that defies singular readings.

In Wall’s recent works, figuration and abstraction are not opposite parts, rather they are complementary elements, which produce a delicate uncertainty; forms, moods, and attitudes becoming something else—pointing to phenomena real or emotional. Energized through mystery and withholding, her repetitive themes and subjects include: cigarettes, glasses of water, cherries, and portraiture. The artist’s use of containment, distorted perspective, and concealment introduces a freshness which heightens the eroticism and psychological spaces she explores.

Wall’s paintings feel instantaneous, like polaroids or snapshots. In this way her works seem to comment on contemporary portraiture, image making, and our ever-expanding digital repository. As viewers, we are made to feel like voyeurs, observing isolated characters, without companions, for our own pleasure or gratification. Her portraits and still lifes are composed of conflicting layers and erected boundaries, subjects revealed through cups or bouquets of flowers, eyes and faces are obscured. These fragments coalesce into a unified whole, addressing sexuality, the body, image making, vision, and a kaleidoscopic range of human emotion.

Amanda Wall (b.1985, Hood River, OR) has shown her work in group and solo exhibitions internationally at galleries including, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles; The Cabin, Los Angeles; Köning Galerie, Berlin; Almine Rech, New York and Brussels; Nino Mier, Los Angeles; and Gana Art, Seoul. Her work is in the public collection of the X Museum, Beijing. Wall lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.