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The Floating Gallery presents Pop Whizz, a group exhibition considering a certain tickle provided by the sometimes absurd and sometimes alien moments in life. Curated by artist Amanda Benefiel, featuring works by: Deb Adams-Welles, Matthew Carter, Bernard Cooper, Margarethe Drexel, Kathryn Kert Green, Regina Herod, Renée Petropoulos, Yasmin Than, Jamie Treacy and Benjamin Weissman.

Opening Reception: March 18, 2023

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Floating Gallery

5760 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90019

Opening reception Saturday March 18th 6pm-8pm
On view 3/19/23 – 4/1/23
Gallery hours: Fri 12pm – 3pm, Sat 12pm – 6pm, Sun 12pm – 3pm

5760 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90019

I’m so excited to be included in my first exhibition in Los Angeles! This is a big deal for me, and an honor to be shown alongside this talented group of artists. The curator Amanda Benefiel and I have been friends since ninth grade in Kalamazoo, Michigan! In addition to her role as curator and gallerist, she also has a fierce art practice of her own that I deeply admire. In 11th and 12th grade, Amanda and I had art classes together with Candace Brown at Kalamazoo Central High School. Amanda always inspired me to be bold, unapologetically myself and brave in my creative vision. Look at us now, more than 25 years later, preparing for an exhibition in Los Angeles!

I resonate deeply with the show’s premise of representing the absurd and alien moments in life. I have often felt absurd and alien on this earth! In the last few years, I’ve fully embraced my otherworldly vision as my super-power. My two paintings in the show, A Life of Otherness and Fictional Miasma Machine (pictured below) are some of my favorites from 2022. Previously show together as part of Queers Don’t Cry at the Clay Clubhouse, these curious duo now makes their journey down the coast to the land of Pop Whizz!

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