ICA LA is pleased to announce the Field Workshop: Artists-in-Residence (FW: AIR), a new program that offers studio space for artists at the museum. Five Los Angeles-based artists have been selected for the inaugural 2021 FW: AIR season:
Sid M. Duenas
The FW: AIR program runs from February through September during which time each artist is invited to use the Field Workshop space for a period of six weeks. During each residency period, a public program conceived by the artist and organized in collaboration with Asuka Hisa, Director of Learning and Engagement, will be presented. An interview between each artist and Senior Curator Jamillah James will be featured on ICA LA’s website.
The Field Workshop: Artists-in-Residence program furthers ICA LA’s desire to share space and support the work of local artists, a longstanding commitment and cornerstone of the museum’s programming. In February 2020, ICA LA established the Field Workshop space and in August 2020 initiated the Field Workshop Action Projects, in which artists used the space for a range of projects addressing art and social action.
Sid M. Duenas work with multiple mediums, including text, drawing, mark-making, collaging, and digital spaces. His most recent work focuses on text—in original poetic form, transcriptions of conversations, or snippets of readings—which are transferred to surfaces that are further worked with drawings, marks, or other images. He is concerned with the charting of intractable distances, both physical and perceptual, and in particular, the distances that exist between home-island and mainland. The artist periodically travels to Saipan to work and continue his collaborations with his father on their family land. He conjoins different mediums to reinforce meaning, exercise mental projection, and reveal truths about his physical and imagined localities, searching for the most accurate description of his diasporic experience.
Duenas has had solo exhibitions at the artist-run galleries in Los Angeles Mandujano Cell (2018), Artist Curated Projects (2017), and Safe Space (2016). His works have been exhibited at Material Art Fair in Mexico City, Mexico (2019), Converso in Milan, Italy (2019), ‘Ae Kai Cultural Lab/Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i (2017), LAXART in Los Angeles, California (2017) and Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California (2017). In 2014 he received a grant from Art Matters Foundation. Duenas graduated with a BA in graphic design from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California (2002), and attended The Mountain School (2010), and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California (2014-2015).
FW: AIR: March 22–May 1, 2021
Nikita Gale is a Los Angeles-based artist who uses ubiquitous consumer technologies as frameworks to consider how individuals potentially reproduce their relationships to objects within their relationships to political, social, and economic systems.
Gale’s work has recently been exhibited at MoMA PS1 (New York); LACE (Los Angeles); The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York); Rodeo Gallery (London); Ceysson & Benetiere (Paris); and in Made in L.A. 2018 at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). Their work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Mousse, Artforum, Art in America, Art21, AQNB, Frieze, Vogue, and Flash Art. The artist currently serves on the Board of Directors for GREX, the west coast affiliate of the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems and is a visiting lecturer in UCLA’s Design Media Arts program.
FW: AIR: August 16—September 25, 2021