Candace Gottschalk
‘Mom Series’
Opening Reception Saturday, May 30th 6-9pm

Design Matters along with Epoch Films is pleased to present ‘Mom Series’ by New York based photographer, Candace Gottschalk.

According to the artist, “these photographs are both an homage to my mother and in turn a lasting gift from her. Taken over 12 years time, they reveal and expose the complex nature of our mother/daughter relationship and her deep suffering with depression and addiction. She was a willing muse who showed sadness and beauty, humor and vulnerability. Molly died in November 2013. The photographs are a visual construction of the pain and portent she left behind.”

Curated by Melissa Culligan.

Michael Nesbit
‘Phlatness and the Abstract Technical’

Design Matters, in collaboration with Los Angeles based gallery Jai & Jai, is pleased to present our first exhibition with artist Michael Nesbit, entitled ‘Phlatness and the Abstract Technical.’Nesbit’s work, presented as a series of lithographs, is an exploration of collage represented through computation and lithography with the intended purpose of removing the meaning from the representation.According to the artist, “with this technique I am only concerned with describing the literal thing at hand.  The drawings become representation of representation; they are drawings of drawings and not the objects that were once drawn.  By taking representation at face value the embedded meaning is lost and the literal misrepresentation becomes repeatedly different (like the game “telephone”). For me, this Phlatness strategy of perception and observation relieves the anxiety of trying to describe/re-describe the controlled chaos.”

Michael Nesbit (b. 1981, Long Beach, CA) a native of Los Angeles, is currently a project designer at award winning architecture firm, Morphosis. Along with his current discipline, Michael is exploring areas between art and architecture, with an interest in literal misrepresentation. These particular interests have worked their way into gallery exhibits in Los Angeles and to academic workshops at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Previously, Michael played four years of professional baseball with the Seattle Mariners. He received his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

All lithographs were printed in collaboration with Francesco Siquieros of El Nopal Press.
Read an interview with Michael published in Beautiful Savage Magazine.