Val Akula

Val Akula

I am continually exploring the ephemeral nature of movement, integrating performance concepts into my visual art. The art I create is imbued with a sense of movement - lines, form and color travel through space trailing an invisible wake behind. My work is often not fixed in place, which creates a John Cage quality of possibilities. Chance and change are possible. Work can often be configured in different ways - picked up and moved as though it were a performance that was evolving for a specific site.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1945, Jackie Nach trained as a Graphic Artist and worked in advertising and promotional design.She immigrated to the United States in 1973, where she resumed her studies in Fine Art through Boston University and the DeCordova Museum School while freelancing as a Graphic Designer, Interior Design and Promotional Consultant.After moving to Los Angeles in 1977, she continued her studies in drawing, printmaking and photo-etching at UCLA as well as figurative and non-objective abstract expressionist painting at the Brentwood Art Center.Jackie Nach has been a guest speaker on several television art documentaries. She was Chairperson on the Board of Directors and Curator for ‘Sweet CHAIR-ity’ – Design House, the Venice Art Walk and on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdale Park.From 1993 – 1998, she established a studio in Weston, Connecticut where she lived and taught art for five years. During that time Ms Nach was a member of the Silvermine Guild of Artists, Art/place and on the Board of Trustees of the Silvermine Guild Arts Center.In 1996 she received a ‘Women-of-South-Africa Achievement Award’ from the South African Consulate.After returning to Los Angeles in 1998, she established her studio in Santa Monica, California. She was a faculty member of the Brentwood Art Center where she introduced innovative methods of printmaking. Presently, she is a member of the Southern California chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (SCC NMWA), the Southern California Women’s Caucus for Art (SCWCA), the Venice Art Walk Associates, Museum of Contemporary Art Associates (MOCAA) and Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA).Amongst many private collections, corporate collections include the Bank of America, Pillsbury Company and British Petroleum.
Walter Askin, painter, printmaker, sculptor, and teacher, was born in Pasadena, California on 12 September 1929. He studied sculpture, painting, and printmaking at the Pasadena City College where one of his mentors was Leonard Edmondson. Askin went on to study at the University of California, Berkeley where he earned his BA and MA degrees. He began his lengthy teaching career in 1956 at the California State University, Los Angeles where he became Professor of art. He was also a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley; the California State University, Long Beach; and the University of Hawaii. He served on the board of directors of Pasadena Art Museum; Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art; and the Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology. Askin is member of College Art Association of America and one if the originalk members of Los Angeles Printmaking. He was honored with awards for his teaching and his art and his work is represented in the collections of the Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Kunstlerhaus, Vienna; the Oxford Museum of Modern Art, England; and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
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Jan. 11, 2020

ImMigration Project at Self Help Graphics

Saturday, January 11th to February 22nd, 2020

Opening Reception, January 11th, 7PM - 9PM

Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM
For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a
Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art”  with

Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala

Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!

Here is a short video clip of the first installation of ImMigration at the 2019 SGCI.

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