Carlye Packer is pleased to announce You, Me, and the Electric Sheep Make Three an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based artists Frances Stark, Samala Meza and Kevin Bouton-Scott. The exhibition opens Saturday, June 17th and will be on view through July 22th.
Frances, Samala and Kevin spend a lot of time together. Some of the things they often find themselves talking about include: being desperate, being in-love, being rejected, the potential of a new school that is anti-institutional (in the true sense of the word) and pro-love, a lot about God, the absence of God, and Larry Johnson. They also talk a lot about Sci-fi, the Iraq war, the wars in general, how they are wet wired to technology, and all their troubles; trouble in general, but also shoes and foam rollers for the back and how "back rollers changed our lives," and other home-heeling techniques, various studio practices, pain (emotional and physical), Cricut™️ machines, conceptual painting etc. etc.
Frances’ influence on Samala and Kevin (vice versa as well) can be seen as a sort of anti-institutional education. There is an inter-generational connection taking place between the three of them, ideas being shared and discussed, in person or via text (they sure do love to text).
Frances Stark (b. 1967, Southern California) lives and works in Los Angeles. She received an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (1993) and a BA from San Francisco State University (1991). Stark has shown extensively both nationally and internationally at institutions including Tate Modern, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunsthalle Zurich; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge; Moscow Museum of Modern Art; and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has participated in many important biennial exhibitions, such as the 2008 and 2017 Whitney Biennials; 54th and 57th International Venice Biennales, 2011 and 2017; 2013 Carnegie International, Pittsburgh; and “Le Grand Balcon,” La Biennale de Montreal, 2016. In 2015, Stark received the Absolut Art Award. Her work is in many public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate, London; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Samala Meza (b. 1996, Santa Rosa, CA) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Her work is influenced by the color fields of Mark Rothko and the graphic sensibilities of artists such as Herbert Bayer and Erberto Carboni, combining the seriousness of certain Art Historical abstract and graphic movements with a humorous bent. Her work has been exhibited at the Saloon, Santa Cruz, CA; Bolsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; and Aero Salon, Los Angeles, CA. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at New Low, Los Angeles, CA; and KIAF, Seoul, Korea with Carlye Packer.
Kevin Bouton-Scott (b. 1979, Fremont, CA) spent decades doing art in various subcultures across America under a series of pseudonyms before moving to Los Angeles and receiving an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (2018) where he was the recipient of a John Baldessari Foundation Scholarship. He primarily works in painting, but recently created the film The Art of Warez in collaboration with Oliver Payne and is currently collaborating on multiple video and installation projects with Los Angeles-based artist Diana Thater. His work has been exhibited at Overduin and Co., Los Angeles, CA; and Gattopardo, Los Angeles, CA.
Untitled (Wall Doll 4), 2023 (detail)
Oil on Canvas
661⁄2 x 48 inches (168.9 x 121.9 cm)