Nick Kramer, Clown Town, 2014.  Mixed media with foil and resin.  64” x 48” x 1”


Crude Alchemies

March 14th – April 25th, 2015

Opening reception on March 14, 6-9 pm

LOUDHAILER is pleased to present Crude Alchemies, new works by Los Angeles based artists Aline Cautis, Barry Johnston, and Nick Kramer. The exhibition opens with a public reception on March 14th from 6-9 pm, and continues through April 25th, 2015.

Cautis, Johnston, and Kramer share a playful sensibility and a common interest in examining the material margins and borderlands of language. All three artists find affirmation in accident and treat indeterminacy and transience as sites of poetry and celebration. With masks, rhymes, and Crude Alchemies, each artist attempts to open up moments of estrangement and glimpses of life in transition.

Drawing from interior narrative and happenstance, Aline Cautis will present new works dancing around contrasts between digital, mechanical and physical applications of color to push and pull at the edge of painterly gesture and reproduction. Unable to reconcile history, self and language into an intelligible picture, the paintings slide towards an orchestrated collapse, recognizing their own absurdity.

Driven by an intensive poetry and song-writing practice, Barry Johnston’s work is haunted by the spoken word.  From sample-laden dance tracks to burned books, Johnston suggests that it is only in erasure, in scission, in action that the word becomes ecstatic; only in its silence does the word begin to live. For Crude Alchemies he presents some of the decorations and implements devoted to that vitality.

Nick Kramer will show new works from his Koi series. In these pieces, he infuses brightly painted, biomorphic collages with a liquid resin that cooks the materials as it cures. Upon hardening, the works emerge changed and jubilant—metastasized paintings that evoke letterforms, body parts, organs; associations emerge and dissolve into abstraction, sinking back into their translucent materiality.


Aline Cautis was born in New York in 1975.  She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005.   Recent solo exhibitions include Regards Gallery, Chicago; Sabot Gallery, Cluj, Romania and Saturday Cinema, Chicago.  Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles; LOUDHAILER, Los Angeles; Adult Contemporary, Los Angeles; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; Prague Bienniale, Prague; Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; and Mayerei, Karlsruhe.

Barry Johnston was born in Alton, IL in 1980.  He received his M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in 2007.  Johnston has had solo exhibitions at Overduin and Co, Los Angeles; Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin; and James Fuentes LLC, New York.  His work was featured in the 2014 Made In LA show at the Hammer Museum, as well as the 2010 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art.  In addition, he has performed live in basements, clubs and backyards across America and Europe.

Nick Kramer was born in New York City in 1979. He attended Bard College and received his MFA from USC Roski School of Art in 2008. His solo exhibitions include MetroPCS, Los Angeles; Anthony Greaney, Boston; and Laurel Gitlin/Small A Projects, New York City.  He has exhibited in group exhibitions including Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles; CANADA, New York; Control Room, Los Angeles; Hillary Crisp, London and LAXART, Los Angeles.