Office Hours + In Focus: Rachel DuVall

This year, The Main introduces a new addition to Office hours, In Focus: Rachel DuVallIn Focus will highlight the work of Rachel DuVall, a Los Angeles–based textile artist who participated in the inaugural iteration of Office Hours in November 2016. Works by DuVall will be on view along with works by participants of this year’s Office Hours program.

Over the course of three weeks in November, The Main's director Allison Agsten, met with fifty Downtown area artists on a first come, first served basis. The on-site visits offered an intimate opportunity to form personal connections while also opening a dialogue about the making of the museum. At the end of each meeting, every artist was able to leave one of their works or documentation of it to be installed in Beta Main. Later, the fifty artists gathered to meet each other, followed by a public opening.

For more information on Office Hours + In Focus: Rachel DuVall check out the interview with Director Allison Agsten in the LA Times  

The Main Museum

Wednesday, November 29–Sunday, December 17

Beta Main | 114 W. 4th St., Downtown Los Angeles, 90013

MODERN ARTS AND CRAFTS - Curated by Astri Swendsrud

Danielle Adair
Jonathan Cowan
Rachel DuVall
Michelle Grabner
Meghann McCrory
Ariane Vielmetter

on view March 5th - April 2nd

Eastside International  
602 Moulton Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90031

Craft techniques and high modernism have often been positioned as opposing aesthetic trajectories, with their attendant philosophical and gender-based narratives and critiques occupying well-trodden territory. Rather than re-affirming this binary, the artists in this exhibition take both legacies – high modernist abstract painting and “women’s work” textile craft – as equal footings from which to construct new work. This results in existentially strange objects: doilies at the scale of heroic painting, or as animated drawings; traditional textile weavings as minimalist geometry and as the culmination of a photographic process; drawings, paintings and bronze sculpture disguised as fabric swatches and embroidered canvases disguised as paintings. Through disrupting aesthetic and material expectations, the works in this exhibition raise issues of labor, process and gender, while presenting visual surfaces that defy easy apprehension.

Rachel DuVall, Untitled, 2016, linen, silk, natural dyes , 47.5 x 55.5 x 2.5 inches

Rachel DuVall, Untitled, 2016, linen, silk, natural dyes , 47.5 x 55.5 x 2.5 inches