Various Artists, Rites of Spring
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Various Artists
Rites of Spring
April 27 – June 08 2024

Opening
Saturday, April 27
Noon – 3PM

On View
April 27 – June 08 2024

Wednesday – Saturday
Noon – 5PM

Marta
3021 Rowena Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039

With — A History of Frogs, John Baldessari w/ Sébastien de Ganay, Sarah Burns, Klas Ernflo, Ross Hansen, Virva Hinnemo, Minjae Kim, Myoung-Ae Lee, Nifemi Marcus-Bello, Dino Matt, Doug McCollough, Lindsey Muscato & Joshua Friedman, Magnus Pettersen & Lea Hein, Alex Reed, Ben Sanders, Bennet Schlesinger, George Sherman, Jonah Takagi, and Kristen Wentrcek & Andrew Zebulon

Expectations of the Vernal

Marta is delighted to present Rites of Spring, a group exhibition of works by twenty-two artists across eighteen practices, all of whom have in some way animated the gallery’s roster since its inception in 2019. Inspired by the invitation of the season—one that pays homage to the power, and necessity, of rebirth—this gathering recontextualizes each of its attendant works through the formation of new relationships, celebrating the inherent symbiosis of their material, functional, and conceptual frameworks.

Titled in reference to the American hardcore punk band, as well as Igor Stravinsky’s symphonic ballet of (nearly) the same name, this grouping, like its musical forebears, both embraces and confounds expectations of the vernal. There are the bold gestures of Virva Hinnemo’s pastoral scene, Sign Language, her solid brushstrokes enlivening the canvas in browns, blues, and subtle pinks; the dark flexures of Doug McCollough’s Rosebud, a static-kinetic sculpture whose painted ash wood teems with the spirit of the loamiest soil; the abundant green glass of Ross Hansen’s Floret Table; the shining aluminum of Nifemi Marcus-Bello’s sandcast TM Vessels, which grace the floor like pools of water waiting to reflect the face of Narcissus: the beautiful hunter who—after being fatally entranced by his own visage—returned to earth as a flower.

All of these works, whether previously presented in isolation or in concert with one another, whether debuted at Design Miami, Frieze No. 9 Cork Street in London, or a prior exhibition at the affectionately nicknamed ‘Little Marta’ (the gallery’s former location on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park), are provided the opportunity for renewed activation at the current center of Marta’s programmatic inquiries—a reminder that the present is, by definition, a perennial condition of the past.

Works

A History of Frogs
Game of Ur, 2022
Aluminum, Alchemical Patination
53.0 × 37.0 × 0.25 in
134.6 × 94.0 × 0.7 cm

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Mal Madra, 2022
Bronze
14.25 × 9.0 × 5.0 in.
36.2 × 22.9 × 12.7 cm
Edition of Five

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John Baldessari w/ Sébastien de Ganay
Please, 2016
Stained Birch, UV Printing, Felt
18.0 × 30.0 × 24.0 in.
45.7 × 76.2 × 61.0 cm

c/o One Star Press, Paris
Edition of 100
Accompanied by a Numbered Certificate

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Erik Benjamins
Reflexology Doormat (The day’s last rays...), 2020
Ceramic, Steel, Wood, Mortar, Grout, Rubber
30.0 W × 18.0 D × 2.5 H in.
76.2 W × 45.7 D × 6.4 H cm
First Edition of Nine

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Sarah Burns
Napkin Floor Lamp (Gray), 2023
Pine, Enamel, Glass, Steel, Lighting
48.5 × 11.25 × 6.5 in.

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Sarah Burns
Napkin Lamp (Gray), 2023
Pine, Enamel, Glass, Steel, Lighting
14.0 × 11.0 × 3.5 in.

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Klas Ernflo
Textile Painting No. 2 (Four Circles), 2019
Fabric, Rope, Pine
59.0 H × 53.5 W in.
149.9 H × 135.9 W cm

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Klas Ernflo
Textile Painting No. 1 (Two Ovals), 2019
Fabric, Rope, Pine
59.0 H × 49.25 W in.
149.9 H × 125.1 W cm

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Klas Ernflo
Dress, 2015–16
MDF, Paint
18.0 × 33.0 × 19.0 in.
45.7 × 83.8 × 48.3 cm

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Ross Hansen
Floret Table (Olivine), 2022
Cast Glass
16.0 × 21.5 × 21.5 in.

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Ross Hansen
Filter Light, 2022
Wood, Epoxy Resin, Paint, Nylon Mesh, Lighting
72.0 H × 70.0 W × 10.5 D in.
182.9 H × 177.8 D × 26.7 W cm

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Virva Hinnemo
Message on a Paper Plate, 2020
Oil on Canvas
9.0 × 12.0 × 1.0 in.
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.5 cm

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Virva Hinnemo
Spell Check, 2020
Oil on Linen
9.0 × 12.0 × 1.0 in.
22.9 × 30.5 × 2.5 cm

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Virva Hinnemo
Because I Live Here, 2021
Oil on Linen
20.0 × 16.0 × 1.0 in.
50.8 × 40.6 × 2.5 cm

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Virva Hinnemo
Sign Language, 2021
Oil on Linen
20.0 × 16.0 × 1.0 in.
50.8 × 40.6 × 2.5 cm

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Virva Hinnemo
Hunting Grounds for Cats and Dogs, 2022
Oil on Linen
48.0 × 36.0 × 1.0 in.
121.9 × 91.4 × 2.5 cm

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Virva Hinnemo
Surfacing, 2022
Oil on Linen
48.0 × 36.0 × 1.0 in.
121.9 × 91.4 × 2.5 cm

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Minjae Kim
Untitled Side Chair, 2023
Douglas Fir, Clear Lacquer, Paint
31.0 × 14.0 × 17.5 in.
78.7 × 35.6 × 44.5 cm

Minjae Kim
Untitled Side Chair, 2023
Douglas Fir, Clear Lacquer, Paint
31.0 × 14.0 × 17.5 in.
78.7 × 35.6 × 44.5 cm

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Minjae Kim
Fold Sconce, 2023
Quilted Fiberglass, Resin, Brass
25.0 H x 12.0 W x 8.0 D in.

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Myoung-Ae Lee
Work 1802 – Coexistence, 2018
Mixed Media on Shaped Canvas
24.0 × 28.0 × 2.5 in.
61.0 × 71.0 × 6.0 cm

Nifemi Marcus-Bello
TM Vessel, 2023
Recycled Sandcast Aluminum
16.5 × 13.4 × 13.4 in.
42 × 34 × 34 cm

Edition of 15

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Nifemi Marcus-Bello
TM Bench, 2023
Recycled Sandcast Aluminum
22.0 × 9.8 × 16.5 in.
56 × 25 × 42 cm

Edition of 5

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Nifemi Marcus-Bello
TM Moon [Screen], 2023
Recycled Sandcast Aluminum
72.8 × 59.8 × 18.9 in.
185 × 152 × 48 cm

Edition of 5

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Dino Matt
Untitled, 2021
Glazed Stoneware
55.9 × 35.6 × 35.6 cm
22.0 × 14.0 × 14.0 in.

Dino Matt
Untitled, 2021
Glazed Stoneware
55.9 × 35.6 × 35.6 cm
22.0 × 14.0 × 14.0 in.

Doug McCollough
Decorative Bow, 2024
Stained and Oiled Oak
7.5 × 8.5 × 6.5 in.
19.1 × 21.6 × 16.5 cm

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Doug McCollough
Rosebud, 2024
Ash Wood, Acrylic, Paint
41.5 × 22.25 × 20.5 in.
105.4 × 56.5 × 52.0 cm

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Lindsey Muscato and Joshua Friedman
Scribe Table C, 2018
Maple, Malachite
28.5 H × 15.5 W × 15.5 D in.
72.4 H × 39.0 W × 39.0 D cm

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Lindsey Muscato & Joshua Friedman
Jacket Chair, 2023
Redwood, Shellac
28.25 × 14.25 × 13.5 in.
71.8 × 36.2 × 34.3 cm

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Magnus Pettersen & Lea Hein
Superbloom Vase 01, 2020
Ceramic Concrete, Glaze
8.0 × 5.0 × 5.0 in.
20.0 × 13.0 × 13.0 cm

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Alex Reed
XL Corner Vase, 2024
Ceramic, Glaze
10.8 × 20.0 × 11.5 in.
27.4 × 50.8 × 29.2 cm

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Ben Sanders
Siren (Cotton Candy), 2023
Enamel on Shaped Steel
33.0 × 33.0 × 6.0 in.

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George Sherman
Bottles No. 1, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
12.0 × 23.0 × 5.5 in.
30.5 × 58.4 × 14.0 cm

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George Sherman
Wave and Particle Analysis. Some Aerodynamic Utility. (Light Weight), 2024
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
17.0 H × 107.5 L × 5.0 D in.
43.2 H × 273.1 L × 12.7 D cm

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George Sherman
Bottles No. 2, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
16.5 × 13.5 × 5.5 in.
42.0 × 34.3 × 14.0 cm

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George Sherman
Bottles No. 3, 2023
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
21.0 × 14.0 × 9.5 in.
53.3 × 35.6 × 24.1 cm

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George Sherman
Ridge NNW, 2022
High-Fire Ceramic, Glaze
10.0 H × 85.0 L × 16.0 D in.
25.4 H × 215.9 L × 40.6 D cm

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Jonah Takagi
Brut Vessel No. 1.1, 2022
Cast Glass
9.0 × 2.8 × 2.8 in.
22.9 × 7.1 × 7.1 cm

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Jonah Takagi
Brut Vessel No. 1.2, 2022
Cast Glass
5.9 × 5.9 × 5.5 in.
15.0 × 15.0 × 14.0 cm

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Jonah Takagi
Brut Vessel No. 3.1, 2022
Cast Glass
8.7 × 4.7 × 4.7 in.
22.1 × 11.9 × 11.9 cm

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Jonah Takagi
Brut Vessel No. 3.2, 2022
Cast Glass
6.1 × 7.5 × 3.2 in.
15.5 × 19.1 × 8.1 cm

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Jonah Takagi
Brut Section No. 8.1, 2022
Cast Glass
5.9 × 12.6 × 9.4 in.
15.0 × 32.0 × 23.9 cm

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Jonah Takagi
Brut Vessel No. 8.2, 2022
Cast Glass
5.9 × 3.9 × 3.9 in.
15.0 × 9.9 × 9.9 cm

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Jonah Takagi
Brut Vessel No. 8.3, 2022
Cast Glass
17.0 × 7.5 × 7.5 in.
43.2 × 19.1 × 19.1 cm

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Kristen Wentrcek & Andrew Zebulon
Sofa I (Army), 2021
Foam, Tinting Concentrate, Coating
53.3 × 203.2 × 81.3 cm
21.0 × 80.0 × 32.0 in.

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Kristen Wentrcek & Andrew Zebulon
Bunk Light, 2023
Marine-Grade High-Density Polyethylene, Two-Way Mirror Glass, Lighting Components
7.0 × 27.5 × 7.0 in.

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Kristen Wentrcek & Andrew Zebulon
Platform Bed, 2023
Foam, Tinting Concentrate, Coating, Marine-Grade High-Density Polyethylene, Aluminum Channel
20.0 × 85.0 × 40.0 in.

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Marta

Marta is a Los Angeles-based, globally-engaged art gallery. Founded in 2019, the gallery makes space for artists to experiment with the utility of design, and for designers to explore the abandonment of function. Marta’s curatorial and publication programs take interest in the process of a work’s creation as well the narrative of its creator(s). Marta embraces the intersection of and the transition between disciplines, advocates for diversity in design, and promotes broad access to the arts.