Center of the Core
Lila de Magalhaes, Narumi Nekpenekpen, Michelle Uckotter
December 12, 2020–January 31, 2021

Lila de Magalhaes lives and works in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA from the University of Southern California and a BA from Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK. Her recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Cupid of Chaos, Ghebaly Gallery, LA; A Soft Flea, Mutt. R, LA; Remote Control, Abode, LA; Exhibition (10), SPF15, San Diego; and Motorfruit, Blood Gallery, NY. She has appeared as well in numerous group exhibitions, including Porch Gallery, Ojai; Company Gallery, NY; Freedman Fitzpatrick, LA; François Ghebaly, LA; ltd los angeles, LA; Steve Turner, LA, PANE Project, Milan; Julius Caesar, Chicago; and 356 Mission, LA. Palace of Errors in 2019 was her first solo exhibition with Deli Gallery.

Born in 1998 to a Japanese mother and a Nigerian father, Narumi Nekpenekpen was raised in both Kashiwa, Japan and Los Angeles, California. Nekpenekpen has exhibited in various group exhibitions including "INSIGHTS" at the University Art Museum, Long Beach, and is the recipient of the Olsen Ceramic scholarship. She is currently studying ceramics at California State University Long Beach under an impressive roster of contemporary ceramicists such as Jennie Jieun Lee, Tony Marsh, Christopher Miles and Ruby Neri. Nekpenekpen currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Dominique Knowles (Bahamian, b. 1996) lives and works in Chicago, IL. Knowles received both his MFA in Painting as a New Artist Society Award scholar in 2020 as well as his BFA in 2017 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent solo exhibitions include Vdrome (Milan, IT), Soccer Club Club (Chicago, IL), The Green Gallery East (Milwaukee, WI), The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (Nassau, Bahamas) and Popop Studios (Nassau, Bahamas). Knowles’ participation in group exhibitions consist of Chicago Manuel Style (Chicago, IL), Galerie Emanuel Layr (Vienna, Austria) hosted by Sperling (Munich, Germany) in Various Others, Popop Studios (Nassau, Bahamas), The Bahamas International Film Festival (Nassau, Bahamas), The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, Medulla Gallery (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago), 14°N 61°W (Martinique), HilgerBROTKunsthalle (Vienna, Austria), Halle 14 (Leipzig, Germany), Elmhurst Art Museum (Elmhurst, Illinois), Andrew Rafacz (Chicago, IL), The Packing Plant (Nashville, TN) and Julius Caesar (Chicago, IL). Knowles has participated in residencies at The Suburban (Milwaukee, WI) and Liquid Courage Gallery (Nassau, Bahamas). He has curated group exhibitions at Popopstudios (Nassau, Bahamas) and The Condo Association (Chicago, IL). Knowles is featured in publications such as Artforum online, Frieze Magazine, Spike Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Süddeutsche Zeitung, FAZ, Garage Magazine, Contemporary Art Daily, Art Viewer, Bad at Sports, Hyperallergic, Arc Magazine, Arts of the Working Class, Parnass, Kuba Paris, Blank Canvas podcast, Das Kunstmagazin, New American Painting, The Seen Journal and The Poor Farm Press.

Michelle Uckotter lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. Her recent exhibitions include a solo show "Trap Paintings", at A.D., New York, NY. Other recent exhibitions include "Psycho" at East Hampton Shed, New York, NY, "There’s No Art in Heaven" at Mejia Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; "Cornswoggle" at Mole.end, New York, NY; and "Sinkhole Project, Bar Art" at Interstate Projects, New York, NY.

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