4755 York Blvd Los Angeles CA 90042
February 10- March 2, 2007
Opening February 10th 7-10 pm

pictures from the opening

reviewed in ...MIGHT BE GOOD issue 84 Feb. 23, 2007 - HTML / PDF

Park Projects is pleased to announce PLOT [plot] a two-person exhibition of new site specific works by Jessica Halonen and Emily Joyce. The exhibition will include a mural sized wall painting by Joyce and a sculpture installation by Halonen.

Known for her abstract constructions of meticulously cut vinyl, Emily Joyce will present a mixed media wall painting, For what seemed like a long time, that will span the north wall of gallery. Upon inspection the densely layered abstract composition reveals colorful silhouettes of recognizable shapes. Smoking airplanes, tumultuous waves, and explosions emerge from a confetti-like barrage of smaller less threatening forms of shells, plants, trees and hot air balloons.

Complimenting Joyce's wall painting is a sculptural installation entitled Whithersoever by Jessica Halonen. The installation includes pedestals made from rammed earth, each topped with either a pine sapling or a concrete slab. Through Halonen's use of trompe l'oeil, the columns rise through the floor like core earth samples providing the trees with an astute presence yet precarious future.

Although working with vastly different materials and processes, both artists use poetic gestures to navigate current global issues. By including trees and images of other natural life forms a garden-like environment is created. These works can be seen as a celebration or a resignation of our present condition.

Jessica Halonen currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. Her work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions nationally including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Austin Museum of Art, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art and University of Texas San Antonio. Halonen was a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and will be a resident at the MacDowell Colony this spring. This is her first exhibition in Los Angeles.

Emily Joyce lives and works in Los Angeles. She has taken part in many group and solo exhibitions throughout the States and Europe, notably at the Donna Beam Gallery at UNLV, Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Joyce was a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, a member of Le Pavillon at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, and an artist resident at the Ucross Foundation, Wyoming.   She will have a solo show at Inman Gallery in Houston in September of 2007.