The Pit is pleased to present “There Will Be Perils at Every Juncture” a group show featuring works by Bella Foster, Trulee Hall, Jennifer King, and Becky Kolsrud. Though construction issues have delayed The Pit’s attempts to move to the new Atwater location until 2024, the gallery is honored and excited to host a grouping of works of Los Angeles artists known for their explorations of the feminine universe - identity, body, and soul - at our original Glendale gallery space.
Bella Foster, an artist currently living in Grass Valley, CA but with deep roots in Los Angeles, crafts mesmerizing compositions that capture the essence of domesticity. Within her latest canvases, she skillfully offers an intimate portrayal of treasured personal belongings, simultaneously embarking on a journey into the territories of abstract expressionism and the surreal. Her compositions act as diaries or small glimpses into the domestic life of the artist. Foster will be one of the first solo shows in the new Atwater gallery location, and this group exhibition is a small preview of her upcoming works.
Trulee Hall's work explores gender and sexuality through the histories of art. She also draws from her upbringing in the state of Georgia, her present home in Los Angeles, and her experience working on film sets, in artist studios, and as a tech for theme parks. This diverse background serves as the catalyst for her creative process, igniting her interest in opulent recreations. In Hall’s artistic world, she crafts entities and personas as proxies for grander concepts and universal archetypes. The realms she constructs exude an enchanting allure while concealing a lingering, disquieting seediness beneath the surface.
Jennifer King's ceramic practice finds its foundation in the vessel, drawing from its historical significance and its natural connection to household items. Within her work, she delves into the realm of mythology, examining the roles that shape our identity as women and yearning for a transcendence beyond the ordinary. Her creations are infused with a sense of levity, stemming from an exploration of relinquishing control and embracing chaos in our existence. Through her art, she navigates the extraordinary and comical aspects of the agonizing episodes we encounter in our daily lives.
Becky Kolsrud's practice delves into depictions of the human form, particularly women, as portrayed in both art history and everyday life. Her work draws inspiration from a diverse array of sources, including advertisements, signage, bather paintings, Japanese prints, surrealism, and abstraction. Her figurative paintings and imaginative "inscapes" – interior landscapes that vividly depict enclosed realms featuring pink bodies set against expansive blue backgrounds - are deeply anchored in her hometown of Los Angeles. Kolsrud skillfully incorporates motifs and visuals from the city's rich history, intertwined with her own family's heritage, alongside elements of religious and architectural symbolism.