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Riot Material reviews Synthetic Shorelines

If life is an ocean then art is a wave. The wave carrying this exhibition brings artists from Iceland and Los Angeles together in a dazzling exhibition that fuses elements of technology with images of sea and self.

Carrying this all a bit further, the body is made up of 60% water. An ocean is often referred to as a body of water. An artist’s work may be referred to as a body of work. Curated by Freja Eilif, gallerist at Ekkisens Art Space in Reykjavik, Iceland, the body of work contained in this exhibition offers insights described by the curator as exploring “relationship to self and coastal existence.”

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Diversions reviews “Specter of Documentation”

Curated by Jenny Hager, Jennifer Celio, and Valerie Wilcox, Specter of Documentation – closing November 3rd at Durden and Ray – is the perfect show for today’s news cycle, and tomorrow’s memories.

Edgy and fascinating, the show features artists Sydney Croskery, Dani Dodge, Marielle Farnan, Ed Gomez, Claudia Parducci, Sabine Pearlman, Liza Ryan, Curtis Stage, Joe Wolek, Steven Wolkoff, and Tim Youd.

In a wide range of mediums, the artists take on the idea of documentation, of gathering and recording, of saving and analyzing. In combination with this, the show deals with an unnamed phantom, a specter that haunts, or perhaps shifts a ghostly light onto the inner soul behind the prosaic…

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ART AND CAKE reviews “A Matter of Public Record”

Our current presidential administration has managed to do something that hasn’t happened in decades; make political art more than just relevant – now it’s hip and trendy as well. We are a country divided not only by policy, but by a single personality. Walls are being built, literally and spiritually, perpetuating a sense of mistrust. Artists may not be able to change that sense, but they can certainly call it to task. The subtitle for this timely group show is “Art in the Age of Mass Surveillance,”a phrase that aptly describes the work that co-curators Brian Thomas Jones and Grant Vetter have assembled…

by Patrick Quinn

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Durden And Ray in Culturenow in Greece!

The exhibition "A stack of broken pieces where the sun hits" at the Aegean Center for Fine Arts on Paros is a dialogue between Greek and American artists and expresses their desire to find a common place of coexistence between the two different kinds of culture.

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Collectivity Shines at Durden and Ray

Closing this weekend, Collectivity at Durden and Ray gives viewers a blueprint for the modern world. A joint-exhibition between two art collectives – Hyperlink in Colorado Springs, and Durden and Ray here in Los Angeles – hence the title – the show was collaboratively curated by UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art Director Daisy McGowan and Durden and Ray artists Lana Duong and David Spanbock. Representing the works of 12 artists from each collective, the show offered a fresh look at image making, and what these images mean to us.

Genie Davis - Diversions

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Durden And Ray in Artillery

It was a hot, steamy evening at PØST gallery in the Bendix Building last night, but that didn’t stop an excited and engaged crowd from enjoying the wide array of print-based art in “Spell Check,” curated by Dani Dodge. Using lines and shapes of letters to make visual images, artists got viewers engaged figuring out not only what was said but why…

by Genie Davis

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By Patrick Quinn

"The exhibit currently showing at the Durden and Ray Gallery is, in many ways, no different than most group shows. Work created by a dozen artists in a variety of mediums is displayed in a large white room. For a group show to be successful, the individual pieces should complement each other, or perhaps create an emotional juxtaposition. In this case, curators Alison Woods and Dimitra Skandali have more ambitious goals."

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Featured in Diversions

"There’s both poetry and passion in the exhibition now at Durden and Ray through June 29th. 2018"

"Alison Woods and Dimitra Skandali have assembled a beautiful collection of exibiting artists: Natasa Biza, Kio Griffith, Nancy Ivanhoe, Dimitris Katsoudas, Despina Nissiriou, Aliki Pappa, Ty Pownalll, Nikos Sepetzoglou, Fran Siegel, Dimitra Skandali, Valerie Wilcox, and Alison Woods.

You’ll want to visit this show here – it flows as beautifully as waves against the shoreline – before it travels abroad.

s curator Woods reports, “Thanks to the generosity of The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts, and John and Jane Pack, Works from In the Stillness Between Two Waves of the Sea will travel to the Aegean Center for the Arts in Paros, Greece, giving artists an opportunity to participate in the creation of site-specific works in both countries while offering a glimpse of the concerns that inspire them in locales thousands miles from each other.”"

Durden And Ray in Colorado

“What we’ve found is that artists, working very individually, are connecting to these themes that are pretty universal, and that’s why I think art has the ability to speak to all of us,” says McGowan. “[This show is] about connection, it’s about communication and cross-pollination and where that’s happening, even when we might not be aware that it exists.”

Featured in Art Week

Durden and Ray (Los Angeles) and HilbertRaum (Berlin) present "Between Post and Pre," a multidisciplinary exhibition that points to the complexities of contemporary living and art making, as well as to a general sense of the world being in a state of flux, on the cusp of major changes which are about to happen or have already begun. Like a bad joke on post-modernism’s aim to question and deconstruct perceived reality, you can now enter a post-factual alternate reality where facts are being replaced by spin and interpretation. But of course this is also open to interpretation…

Curators: Daniel Wiesenfeld and Mathias Deutsch

Book Club featured in Art And Cake

Book Club: Speedboat Makes Art Waves

through February 24
Durden and Ray, Los Angeles

By Genie Davis
"It’s simply a terrific idea: shape an art exhibition around a book that’s art-inspiring. At Durden and Ray through February 24th, curator Steven Wolkoff presents his second book club project, this one inspired by Renata Adler’s Speedboat, an interior, elliptical 1976 novel that was groundbreaking in form, feminism, and boldness."

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Durden and Ray in Artillery

Ezrha Jean Black wrote a great article on our exhibition Book Club: Speedboat

BOOK CLUB: SPEEDBOAT Curated by Steven Wolkoff

Group show featuring Dave Bondi, Gavin Bunner, Ania Catherine, Jennifer Celio, Dani Dodge, Tom Dunn, Kio Griffith, Jenny Hager, Ben Jackel, Robin Jackson, Laura Krifka, David Leapman, Liza Ryan, Traci Sakosits & Matthew Kazarian, Michael Webster (composer), Steven Wolkoff, Jayna Zweiman

Run of show: Feb. 3-Feb. 24, 2018
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Durden and Ray in Art and Cake

We are excited that Patrick Quinn featured Disappear Here in Art and Cake

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Disappear Here: Current Photography in Los Angeles
Opening reception 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2017

Disappear Here at Durden and Ray features seven artists who utilize photography as their primary artistic medium. While the artists’ work varies in terms of process and photographic technique, there are commonalities woven into the conceptual fabric of each image. Investigations of the familiar in both the cluttered city around us, and the intimacy of the human figure, are also negotiations of a fragmented world where an interplay of noticing, searching, disappearing and locating occurs in the image frame. These artists each employ an intense act of looking at their subjects in a formalist manner to dive into subtle nuance that may shed new light on the seemingly ordinary or overlooked.

The works in this exhibition offer evocative and sometimes surreal reflections of our reality, giving viewers the potential to get lost in the physical presence of the photographic instance.

Curator: Curtis Stage

Nicole Belle
Anita Bunn
Brian Thomas Jones
Heather Rasmussen
Curtis Stage
Sinziana Velicescu
Joe Wolek

Durden and Ray in the LA Times

We are thrilled that Carolina A. Miranda has featured Static at Durden and Ray in the Los Angeles Times.


Static curators: Dani Dodge art and Alanna Marcelletti
Artists and Journalists: Lili Bernard, Jennifer Celio, Molly Crabapple, Dani Dodge Jose Galvez, Emily Goulding, Kio Griffith, Alanna Marcelletti, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Danial Nord, Sean Noyce, Max Presneill, Walter Robinson, Steven Wolkoff and Samira Yamin

Opening reception: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

Run of show: Dec. 2 to Dec. 30, 2017

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Location: Durden and Ray, 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Panel Discussion:
“Fake News, Real News and Trust in Journalism”
4-4:30 p.m. Saturday Dec. 2, 2017.

Check out our review in Art and Cake!

Check out our review in Art and Cake!