press release

David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to present Both Ends Burning, an exhibition of new work by Amy Bessone, Thomas Houseago, Matthew Monahan and Lara Schnitger. The opening reception will be on Friday, October 14th and the exhibition will be on view through November 12th.

The four artists first met in 1994 while completing their residencies at De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Their meeting proved to be a profound experience that cemented the professional and personal friendships within the group. After living and working in various countries after their time in Amsterdam, the four are once again in the same location, Los Angeles. Both Ends Burning is the first exhibition of all the artists together.

Bessone, Houseago, Monahan and Schnitger are dedicated to exploring and challenging notions of the figure. Finding a lack of rigor in current trends regarding figuration they look to face their practices without ironic distractions. Together they have decided to take a no-holds-barred approach to their work and find territories not before explored. Each artist confronts figuration from different angles and with various techniques. In this exhibition they continue this dialogue and the intertwining narratives between their work. Thomas Houseago, Matthew Monahan and Lara Schnitger will each be presenting new sculpture and Amy Bessone will show new paintings.

Amy Bessone had a solo exhibition (with Thomas Houseago) at Gallery Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium and was in the group show b.a.-ba, un choix dans la collection du Frac Bretagne, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan, France. In 2006 Bessone will have a solo at David Kordansky Gallery. Thomas Houseago has had solo exhibitions at S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium and at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Netherlands. He will have a solo exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery in 2006. Matthew Monahan has shown at Anton Kern Gallery, New York. In 2007 he will have a Focus solo exhibition at MOCA, Los Angeles. Lara Schnitger recently exhibited at Anton Kern Gallery, New York and also at Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden. Her work was in THING New Sculpture from Los Angeles, Hammer Museum,

On the occasion of this exhibition a 32-page color catalogue will be available.


Both Ends Burning
Amy Bessone, Thomas Houseago, Matthew Monahan, Lara Schnitger