press release

A group exhibition featuring works by Grant Barnhart, Ellen Lesperance, Alon Levin, Roy McMakin, Jeffry Mitchell, Pablo Pijnappel, Abigial Reynolds, Karen Sargsyan, Martina Sauter, Ron van der Ende and Eric Yahnker.

AMBACH & RICE is thrilled to present will be home…,,the inaugural exhibition in our new Los Angeles location at 6148 Wilshire Blvd. The exhibit features new and recent works by all of the gallery’s represented artists. will be home… serves as both a reintroduction and overview of the gallery program, a summation of three successful years in Seattle and a preview of upcoming exhibitions in Los Angeles. The show will highlight the diverse range of mediums and conceptual strategies represented by the gallery.

Grant Barnhart was born in 1978 in Topeka, Kansas. He received his BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus Ohio. In 2008 he was awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship, Seattle WA and was recently shortlisted for the Henry Art Gallery Brink Award. Recent exhibitions include Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death. (group) curated by Kristan Kennedy at Feldman Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR and A Red Thing Shutters Shut | A White Closet Moth is not a Queen (solo) art forum berlin, Berlin, Germany. His work was recently included in The Upset (Young Contemporary Art) published by Die Gestalten Verlag. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Ellen Lesperance was born in Minneapolis and raised in Seattle, Washington. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Washington in 1995 and a MFA in Visual Arts from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 1999. Her work is currently on view at the Seattle Art Museum where she is the recipient of the 2010 Betty Bowen Award. She is currently included in The People’s Biennial, a traveling exhibit curated by Harrell Fletcher and Jens Hoffman. Lesperance’s first solo exhibit at the gallery The Strong, Star-Bright Companions debuted in Seattle last Spring and coincided with the publication of Creative Direct Action: The Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp 1981-2000.

Alon Levin was born in Israel in 1975. He attended the Gerrit Rietveld Acadamie, Amsterdam, NL and the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, NL. Recent exhibitions include Material World (group), Groningen Museum, Groningen, NL, End to the Grand Gesture, KLEMM’S Berlin, DE, Utopian Structures – New Existentialism Part 3 (group), KURATOR*, Rapperswil, CH, and History of Art (group), the, curated by Mihnea Mircan David Roberts Foundation, London, UK. In 2012 Extra City, Antwerp, BE will host a solo exhibition of Levin’s work. This September AMBACH & RICE will host Conclusion to the Big Ideas, the artist’s first Los Angeles solo exhibition which will be accompanied by the US release of Levin’s most recent monograph Modernity in Very General Terms. The artist currently splits his time between Den Hague, NL and Berlin, DE.

Roy McMakin is an interdisciplinary artist, furniture designer and architect in Seattle where he operates and oversees his furniture shop Domestic Furniture, and his architectural firm Domestic Architecture. His first monographic survey entitled Roy McMakin: When is a chair not a chair? was recently published by Rizzoli Press. Recent solo exhibitions include Behind What it’s in Front Of: Paintings by John McLaughlin Sculptures and Videos by Roy McMakin, Quint Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, and In and On, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA will host a solo exhibition of McMakin’s work in the Spring of 2012. His work can be found in numerous national and international museum and private collections.

Jeffry Mitchell was born in Seattle, WA in 1956. He received his MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Recent exhibitions include Kurt (group) Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, Dirt on Delight (group) Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadephia, PA, Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. Mitchell has been nominated for numerous national awards, and was a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation in 2009. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections including the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, and the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon. The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, will host Mitchell’s first retrospective in the Spring of 2012.

Pablo Pijnappel was born in Paris in 1979 to Dutch and Brazilian parents. He attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, NL, which was followed by a scholarship to the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, NL. He has exhibited throughout Europe and the U.S. Recent exhibitions include Quirijn, Art Statements | Art Basel, Basel, CH, Fontenay-aux-Rose, AMBACH & RICE, Seattlle, WA, carlier | gebauer, Berlin, DE, and Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, NL. His work has been exhibited at numerous institutions including Whitechapel, London, UK, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL and Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL. Pijnappel currently resides in Berlin.

Abigail Reynolds lives and works in Cornwall, UK. She received her Masters of Art degree from Goldsmiths College, London, UK. Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe and the US. Recent exhibits include Strange Attractor at Seventeen, London, UK, Collider AMBACH & RICE, Seattle, WA, Second Hand (group), IMO Gallery, Copenhagen, DK. Seventeen, London, UK will host a solo exhibition of new works this fall. In addition she operates Assembly, a live work interdisciplinary residency program located in St. Just, Cornwall, UK.

Karen Sargsyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1973. He studied at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, NL in 2006-2007 and Atelier Winston Huisman, Arnhem, NL in 1999-2001. In 2007 he received the Thieme Art Award and a fellowship with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs/DCO/IC, NL in 2006. Recent exhibitions include The Theory of Art, Buro Leeuwarden, Leeuwarden, NL, Aria of Eve, Galerie Juliètte Jongma, Amsterdam, NL and Material World (group) and Groningen Museum, Groningen, NL. AMBACH & RICE will host Sargsyan’s first Los Angeles solo exhibition in November 2011. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam.

Martina Sauter was born in Constance, Germany in 1974. From 2000 through 2006 she attended Kunstakademie Düsseldorf where she studied under Thomas Ruff and graduated as one of his master students. Recent exhibits include Shapely Shadows and a New Apartment, AMBACH & RICE, Seattle, WA, Martina Sauter, Marion Scharmann, Cologne, DE Neues Rheinland. Die postironische Generation, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE, and Manuel Graf / Martina Sauter, Kunststiftung Baden Württemberg, Stuttgart, DE. Her work has bee exhibited at institutions that include The Aperture Foundation, New York, Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam and Ludwig Forum in Aachen. Sauter received both the Thieme Art Award and the Young Artists on the Road Award in 2006. Sauter currently resides in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Ron van der Ende was born in Delft, Netherlands in 1965. He graduated from Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam, in 1988 and was an active member of artist collective Expo HenK from 1988 to 1997. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and is included in numerous public and private collections including Bouwfonds Kunstcollectie, Caldic Kunstcollectie, and Historisch Museum Rotterdam. Recent exhibitions include A Shallow Wade, AMBACH & RICE, Seattle, WA and Perishables, The Armory Show, New York, NY. Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL, will host a solo exhibition of van der Ende’s work in 2012. van der Ende is based in Rotterdam.

Eric Yahnker was born in Torrance, California in 1976. He received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California. Recent exhibits include Cracks of Dawn, AMBACH & RICE, Kunsthalle LA, Los Angeles, CA, Nervous Surf, Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Paris France, Naughty Teens/Garbanzo Beans, AMBACH & RICE, Seattle WA, B-B-B-Bad (group), Anna Kustera, New York, NY and Baker's Dozen, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA. The Hole, New York, NY will host a solo exhibition in the Fall of 2012. Yahnker currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

will be home…

Künstler: Grant Barnhart, Ellen Lesperance, Alon Levin, Roy McMakin, Jeffry Mitchell, Pablo Pijnappel, Abigial Reynolds, Karen Sargsyan, Martina Sauter, Ron van der Ende and Eric Yahnker.