Sow & Tailor | 'Doing Our Own Thing' at the JACCC

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Olive Diamond. Momentary Lapse, 2022. Oil on canvas. 36” x 48”

It’s not uncommon for artists from all over the world to flood Los Angeles; the beauty of this city is in its diverse range of people, most of which left their small hometowns to make their mark in the City of Angels. Yet, what about the artists born and bred in the heart of LA? What becomes of the artists whose geological, cultural, and personal ties to LA runs in their veins? Sow & Taylor, a family-run gallery based on the foundation of supporting local artists, proudly presents Doing Our Own Thing. Sow & Tailor proudly presents their newest display, “We’re so grateful to be invited to curate Doing Our Own Thing at the JACCC, our first off-site curatorial endeavor. Being a family-run space, started by Los Angeles natives, we understand the importance of contributing to the artistic and creative landscape of our hometown, through the platform of a cultural institution. This show highlights Angeleno artists whose practices have been influenced by their generational histories rooted within this city and its diverse communities.”

Miranda Byk. Love Theme, 2021. Oil on canvas. 48” x 54”

Doing Our Own Thing is a group exhibition that houses fifteen Los Angelino artists and their works. This show depicts each artist’s interpretation of what Los Angeles means to them and how living on its storied streets has impacted their artistic development. The exhibition takes place at The Japanese American Cultural Community Center in Little Tokyo from May 7th until June 4th, 2022. Situated in the George J. Doizaki Gallery, this exhibition fills the space with varying types of works such as light installations, sculpture, image, painting, video, pottery, and more.

Javier Ramirez. Easy Does It, 2022. Acrylic, solid marker on canvas. 45.5” x 67.5”

Amassing a cumulative collage of collective memories, Doing Our Own Thing is a beautifully unique collaboration that transforms strangers into neighbors. It is in these varying works that the multifarious influence of Los Angeles lies.

Artists involved include: Aryo Toh Djojo, Braden Hollis, Devin Troy Strother, Enio Hernandez, Esteban Ramón Pérez, Gabriella Sanchez, Henry Fey, Javier Ramirez, Jenny Hata Blumeneld, Wendy Park, Maddy Inez Leeser, Miranda Byk, Nehemiah Cisneros, Sula Bermúdez Silverman, and Olive Diamond.

Enio Hernandez. Dandelion, 2022. Oil, glass, electrical transformers, noble gasses, and screenprint on paper mounted over wood panel . 48” x 36”

Sula Bermudéz-Silverman. Los Angeles, California, 2020, 2020. Clear vinyl, clear thread, found objects. 79” x 63”. Image courtesy of the artist*

Esteban Ramón Pérez. Caballo Loco, 2021. Metallic leaf on leather, lowrider bike parts, 24k gold plated chains. 108” x 72”

Jenny Hata Blumeneld. Figure Vase, 2021. Stoneware. 30” x 26” x 16”

Maddy Inez Leeser. Memory Jug #5, 2022. Glazed stoneware. 8.5” x 6.5” x 6.5”

011668. Creation Myth; Millennial’s Thanksgiving, 2022. Car headlight, dog treat, page torn from Seicho No le Holy Sutra. 8” x 13” x 6”

Henry Fey. Poster Remix 002, 2022. Found concert poster. 24” x 18”
All Images photographed by Josh Schaedel

Aryo Toh Djojo. Out Here Trynna Function, 2022. Acrylic on canvas. 50” x 60”

Devin Troy Strother. Two Fingers for David, 2022. Oil and acrylic on linen. 40” x 30”

Gabriella Sanchez. Portal (Blue), 2021. Acrylic, spray paint, oil pastel, photographic prints on aluminum, zinc link chain, metal wire. 16” diameter. Image courtesy of the artist*

Braden Hollis. Handball Court, 2022. Oil on canvas. 16” x 20”

Nehemiah Cisneros. Another Day in Paradise, 2021. Acrylic on canvas. 60” x 132”