Los Angeles curator (and former editor of Cartwheel Art magazine) is opening a new art gallery in Chinatown—Lisa Derrick Fine Arts. The gallery will focus on contemporary art that’s outside of the mainstream. Lisa Derrick Fine Arts opens its doors to the public on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 7 pm.
The gallery’s inaugural exhibits are two solo shows by Chinese-American contemporary artists based in Los Angeles: Gary Wong’s “Allegory and Cypher” and Ginger Lai’s “New Energy.”
Los Angeles native Gary Wong is one of the original California Locos, an art collective founded by Dave Tourje. He studied under Emerson Woelffer and Matsumi Kanemitsu at Chouinard and was a vital part of the shifting dialogue integral to the formation of West Coast postmodernism and surf/skate/rock culture as we know it today. His visual language is a complex collage-based paint/draw process that often uses photography, and reflects his involvement in music as well as wider social and political concerns. Gary Wong’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Chouinard Foundation Gallery, Eastern Projects, Royal-T, and Oceanside Museum of Art. In 2018, he was one of the artists involved in Art at the Rendon’s Hidden Rooms, a pop-up art installation at the Rendon Hotel curated by Cartwheel Art’s Cindy Schwarzstein.
Ginger Lai was born in Taiwan and now lives in Los Angeles. She performed Sumi ink paintings in her formative years, enchanted to be part of an historic approach to painting that combines the ultimate taste of freedom with the most serious demands of discipline. Immigrating to America overwhelmed her with the radical possibilities inherent in Western abstraction. Her style combines the discipline of Sumi with the ingrained aesthetics of Western abstraction. Lai’s first solo museum show will open at the Inland Empire Museum of Art in Spring 2019.
January 26, 2019 (7 – 10 pm)
Lisa Derrick Fine Arts
961 Chung King Road
Los Angeles, CA 90012