Category Archives: Notes: Karrie Ross

Los Angeles Artist Karrie Ross muses about experiences in her life as they happen. Thoughts, imagery and emotions will fill this space be them long or just a line… you’ll see them here. Be sure to stop by the Store page to see what art is available for purchase.

Essay: The Nature of Things, 2017

Artist Karrie Ross is a survivor.
Essay:  Dave Barton, 2017

In person, you can see it in her eyes: the bright, weary glare of a woman who has been playing the boy’s club art game for more years than it’s polite to ask. I could see it in my recent studio visit with her. You can see it in the numerous works featured on her website.

The ONE: the five elements. Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water

Five figures—wood templates for a planned series of metal sculptures—stand in front of the window, sun bursting through the gaping holes in the middle of each, as if they’ve just faced a firing squad. Wire and bead designs hang inside the holes; Tao symbols, wheels, eggs, and flowers all standing in for viscera. In place of faces, more beaded glass gives us eyes, noses, the suggestion of a wan smile; fright wig hair springing from the heads painted to represent Wu Xing (Elements). Given a little refinement and the more solid structure that metal will bring, one can easily imagine them whirling on spinners as kinetic pieces.

The ONE: 4″x4″ canvas’ collage images with The ONE removed out on a stick to be inserted by hand in perspective and participation

Other idiosyncratic figures, still alone, but grouped together in The ONE: Boxed, looking like solid bricks in a wall. The more than a dozen small boxes, exquisite corpses covered with vibrant card art created by another artist and repurposed by Ross, feature a lone figure attached at the top or side. Solitary, defiant, the planted figure often defying gravity, and never too far away from its origin: Cut from the front of the card art, it has left a bright and beautiful Hiroshima shadow underneath.

“Nature: The ONE with Water”; 30″x22″ mixed media on paper

That lonely figure standing amid a chaotic background is a continuing theme in her latest works on paper. In Nature: The ONE with Water, the armless figure stands in water, towering high above the tiny wave breaks below. Her tapering neck—bright, lightbulb head glowing gold—sways and Continue reading

For Sale: When Pigs Fly Series #1,2,3 now available as prints

When Pigs Fly Series, 1,2,3; prints on paper or canvas, and totes, towels, pillows and more… are now available on Fine Art America. They are offered in two paper sizes and if you want frames or not. And contact me if you want to commission a piece. Contact me here for commissions or questions.
https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/karrie-ross.html

The store offers prints, pillows, totes, shower curtain, phone case and more….

Painting: Watercolor on Paper. There is a saying “When Pigs Fly” I have been intrigued with for years and finally painted a series of three. I often drive through Topanga Canyon and am inspired by the flying pig that is mounted high up on a pole somewhere in the middle of it. The painting is in watercolor and I use a brush for the back ground wash but a pallet knife for the rest… I like the surreal look it gives the landscape.

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Exhibition: Coastline Community College; Pixaloop animation

Finding its way into the Coastline Community College Show January 26, 2019 “Kitsch In Snyc” curated by Bradford Salamon. ( https://www.facebook.com/events/484896188601950/ )

Each artist was asked two seemingly simple questions ; how do we know what is good and who decides ? Today everyone has a chance to voice their opinions and have them heard. How much importance should be put on art criticism? Do we need it now more than ever? In the past, certain ways of working were ignored. How many times has painting been declared “dead”?


The animation in the below image was created using Pixaloop app software.

“Your Stairway Lies in the Whispering Wind” ; 17″ x 32″; mixed media

For many decades realist paintings and drawings were not taken seriously by most art critics. One such critic was Clement Greenberg who, without any formal art education, was hugely influential and made the career of Jackson Pollock. In 1939 Greenberg wrote Continue reading

2019 Art Exhibitions List for Karrie Ross

Karrie’s art can be seen at the following places:

(also check the Exhibitions page for any previous solo and group exhibitions.)


2019

May: Korean Cultural Center: 2019 25th Exhibition; OPENING: May 31st, 7-9pm; LA, CA

April: Coastline College Art Gallery: Lunchtime Lecture: April 24th; Newport Beach, CA

April: Hoyt Gallery, USC Keck School of Medicine: “Artist and Researcher”; Curated by Ted Meyer;   OPENING: April 23rd; Los Angeles, CA

February: SoLa Contemporary Gallery: Artist in the World Never-Ending Art Trip: LA Edition; Curated by André Smits, February 17, 2019, 5-9p Los Angeles, CA

January: Coastline Community College Art Gallery:  “Kitsch-In-Sync, Art and Its Opposite” group show; curated by Bradford J. Salamon; Newport Beach, CA  OPENING: January 26th

January: Bunny Gunner Gallery “Little Old Broads” group show; organized by Karen Ruth Karlsson; Claremont, CA   OPENING: January 5th

January: Studio C:  “Little Old Broads” group show; organized by Karen Ruth Karlsson; Claremont, CA   OPENING: January 5th

A Californian native of Los Angeles through and through

From my latest show at Tieken Gallery in Chinatown, Los Angeles, California June/July 2018

My art builds a story sometimes not seen but felt. I am a Californian born in Los Angeles. My backyard has been the Pacific. I married twice, both were surfers who helped me stay in touch with my one love— my home … the sun, the ocean, the desert and mountains. An endless ebb and flow of observation and feelings now taken into my art. The watching of people and nature and the hows they interact. Living in California with so many warm clear days, the watching observing of nature, people and places are what we do. My watching shows up as abstract form in my artwork. Whether it’s the freedom of the watercolors, the alive of the oils, to the acrylics, my Los Angeles nature show up.

“Journey Beyond the Sun”; 4 pieces, 30″x22″ (total 84″x 64″) framed; watercolor on arches

They say “Its the light” that makes the art in California so different. I will agree. Our dose of sunshine seems to never end even on Continue reading

Indigo Journey; essay by Eve Wood

A big thank you to Eve Wood for the insightful essay about my artwork, “Indigo Journey”. Indigo and it’s aspects have played a big part in my life. Eve captures the essence of being an “indigo”. (Indigo Journey, 8 pieces 30×22 (64″x88″ overall); watercolor on handmade paper, 3D sculpture)

This is one of my newer pieces, of story and it is a beginning for many of the exhibit installations I create using my artwork as vignettes in the never ending story of being human. As my acupuncturist says, “life is change and the stories we create to live it.”

My art is/are stories and in arrangement create the story I want to tell at the moment, which changes over the illusion of time.


Karrie Ross: Mood Indigo
Essay By Eve Wood
May 2018

“Indigo Journey”; 8 pieces 30″x22″, watercolor on paper with assemblage hanging sculpture, 2018

The elegant and painterly drawings that comprise Karrie Ross’ most recent Indigo series are unsettling in their rawness and emotional tenor, yet sustain a mutable and effortless power. Working in a variety of media including acrylic and watercolor, these elegantly luminous drawings are deceptively simple. Mining the same territories as artists like Continue reading

2018 Art Exhibitions List Karrie Ross

2018

September: Children’s Museum of the Arts, Art & Activisim; Jil Weinstock; with Walter Maciel Gallery: “With Liberty and Justice for Some”, #4 Traveling Group Show; Manhattan, NY

September: Room & Board: Angeleno Magazine: Los Angeles Family Housing Auction:Art & Home”; yearly event, Culver City, CA

June: Tieken Gallery: two person show, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

April: FM Fine Art Gallery: “Echo One”; group show, Los Angeles, CA

March: The Other Art Fair by Saatchi Art: Art Fair Los Angeles, CA

March: FM Fine Art Gallery: “Vignettes”; solo show, Los Angeles, CA

February: Arena 1 / WCA Women’s Caucus for the Arts: “Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice”; group show; Juror Jillith Moniz; Santa Monica, CA

February: Mike Kelley Gallery/Beyond Baroque: “The Four of Us”; group show; Venice, CA

February: Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) : “Music For Your Eyes”; group show; Juror Peter Frank, Santa Ana, CA

 

(Once the event has happened, I move the listing to the Exhibitions page.)

2017 Art Exhibitions List Karrie Ross

2017

October: Artshare LA: “Drawn Together”; group show; curator Mike Kelley; Los Angeles, CA

September: Room & Board: Angeleno Magazine: Los Angeles Family Housing Auction:Art & Home”; yearly event, Culver City, CA

September: Kellogg University Gallery CalPoly: “Ink & Clay”43; juried show, Pamona, CA

September: Berkeley Arts Center and Walter Maciel Gallery  With Liberty and Justice for Some”, #3 Traveling Group Show; Berkeley, CA Curator Monica Lundy; Berkeley, Ca

July: SBC / SoLA Gallery: “FRESH 2″, Group Show; Curator Fatemeh Burnes, Peter Frank; Los Angeles, CA

June: Mike Kelley Gallery/Beyond Baroque:: “The Nature of Things”; Gallery C “Balance & Flow”; Three Solo Shows; Venice, CA.

April: Fresh Paint Advisory; Pasadena Showcase House of Design, three day interior design fair; Pasadena, CA.

April: Artist Portfolio Magazine: AWARD; Q1 Honorable mention, “Dances With Flowers” Continue reading

Got Shui! A Moment with Karrie Ross : Residency

Got Shui! Residency

“Got Shui? A Moment, with Karrie Ross” QA/installation/performance begins with arranging 10 chairs as a 3D interactive energy ba-gua. 1.) Visitors are invited to help paint the chairs with the corresponding ba-gua elements, imagery, color, enhancing the energy. 2.) And are encouraged to sit in the chairs and openly discuss how she sees feng shui use and applications can change the energy of a space, and its inhabitants lives. 3.) There will be a handout Continue reading

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge January 2017

I am taking the challenge of 30 in 30 and will be posting to this website through out the month. Please come back and  check it out.

The Paintings are for sale: Each are 11″ x 8.5″; mixed media;  matted to 14″x11″.
Go to the contact page to inquire as to pricing.

(click on image to begin slideshow)

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#1 Priority Mail?

#2 Headache?

#3: and into the dream

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Go to the contact page to inquire as to pricing.

2015 thru 2016 Art Exhibitions list Karrie Ross

2016

November: MuzeuMM: FAUXisn: DADA Reconstructed; Curator Kio Griffith;  group show, Los Angeles, CA; showing “We Dance?”

November: Torrance Art Museum: South Bay Focus: The best of the South Bay: Annual show, juror Peter Frank, Torrance, CA; showing “Nature: The One With Water”

November: Torrance Art Museum: MAS Attack 13; final one; Opening one night; Torrance, CA

October: Art & Home: Art & Home In collaboration with Angeleno magazineAn evening with Los Angeles Family Housing“; Curator Trina Churchill; Culver City, CA; showing and SOLD “The One, Egg, Fishtale”

October thru February 2017: Reykjavik Art Museum: Submission to Yoko Ono Project “Arising” Exhibition, Testament of Harm for Being a Woman; Tryggvagata

October: Kio’s Place – Balconi’s:  FAUXism: LandArt Reconstructed: group show, Santa Monica, CA; showing “Planting Seeds” Continue reading

The Life of a Canvas—the art of painting over

detail of work

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Nature: “The One, Ginkgo Horizon”, 60×48, mixed media on canvas.

“I am not just a pretty picture,I am a canvas rich in history and is the last image I will see. I have been painted over at least 4 times fully to a new image each time. I have lost count of the layers of paper and paint that have come

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