Pudgey Pomona Presents
What do marbles, vintage erasers, maps painted by Las Vegas teenagers, and an atlas of animals have in common? Not much–but they are all subjects of interest to Pudgey Pomona, reference librarian, who has curated a collection of curiosities and collectibles, some by the hand of Los Angeles-based artist, Kim Dingle. Plus, Miss Pomona has also curated an exhibition of works by the artist Francesca Lalanne who is not a party to nepotism.
The exhibition will be on view in the Library (located at Vielmetter Los Angeles) where Miss Pomona has set up shop and parked her lime green jaguar for an extended period of time (October 30- December 18 to be exact).
When visiting the Library please be aware that Miss Pomona and assistant curator, Art Gum, have somewhat carefully organized the exhibition into distinctive sections: Maps & Atlases, Rubber & Erasure History, Antiques & Collectibles, Periodicals, Portraits, Monographs, and some other knick-knacks you’ll have to see for yourself. Also, take note that the reference desk will be accessible to viewers where Miss Pomona may or may not be working and she may or may not have left valuables on the desk along with a lot of candy in the drawers.
The Library encourages Visitors to be quiet and mindful of the piles of various droppings in the environment.
Kim Dingle lives and works in Los Angeles.
Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Orange County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art.
The Library is thrilled to host this special presentation of an artist not related to the curator: Francesca Lalanne "Lamentations".
In her most recent work, Lamentations, artist Francesca Lalanne connects the act of creating art with the ritual of remembrance. “I want to inscribe line work that records my present state of mind (June 2020). Whether it is through the televised killings of Black people from police brutality or the rising count of Covid victims, there is an internal and universal mourning taking place. This series is to process these particular deaths, as they are being experienced this year.” The work is comprised of figurative engravings on oxidized steel. Reminiscent of ancient carvings, these impressions include architectural and geometric shapes that interact with bodies, capturing mental and spatial dispositions. There is a sense of heaviness subjectively and objectively. Each surface is pierced at the center top, allowing for the protrusion of a steel wire and suspension of a granite cube, symbolic of pendulums and emotional load.
Francesca Lalanne, born in Miami to Haitian parents, works in the media of sculpture, painting, and print. Her work often explores connections between memory, trauma and space. She received her MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work has been featured at Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Art Miami, and Quotidian Gallery in Los Angeles among other venues. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.