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This Saturday, Quinn Emanuel is celebrating the conclusion of another successful artist-in-residence program with a final exhibition of new work created over the past three months by local artists Clarisse Abelarde and Erin Wright. The exhibition will be open to the public from January 7 to February 4 at 311 S Broadway in LA, and kicks off with a celebration of our artists in the space this Saturday between 5-8 PM. 

Every residency features a new opportunity to see the talent of Los Angeles visual artists up close and personal—and to see how great creativity can flourish when given the space and the means to do so. Like our previous residents, Clarisse and Erin have distinctive styles and artistic practices—it is truly worth witnessing their works in person to see the compelling new pieces they’ve created during their time with us.

The exhibition will feature the contrasting yet complementary work of our artists-in-residence, whose unique visions have been informed by their individual backgrounds and experience.

Clarisse Abelarde is a current BFA student at CSU Long Beach, specializing in drawing and painting. As an immigrant from the Philippines, she is incredibly influenced by adaptation and the changes that occur when assimilating to a culture foreign to her own upbringing. Displacement and disorientation are prominent themes in her paintings as she attempts to pinpoint her place in society, with her work centering on issues of identity and representation. Abelarde’s paintings echo the visceral impact of the abstract expressionist movement as she is drawn to their physicality and raw emotion. Combining the techniques and skills she has accumulated throughout the years, she sees a balance between chaos and structure.

Erin Wright is a painter and curator living in Los Angeles who received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.Arch from the University of California. In addition to their painting practice, Wright is currently an adjunct professor of Architecture at Woodbury University and is co-founder of Winston’s Los Angeles, a curatorial project based in Southern California. Their work focuses on the ideas of indifference and scale play, leaving no discernable brushstrokes or traces of their hand in the work, and instead of one point perspective, the work appears through isometric projection, where there is no vanishing point. In an age of authorship and personality, Wright strives painstakingly to remove themselves from their work, thereby drawing the viewer in. 

If you are in LA this weekend, I highly recommend you join me in celebrating these incredibly talented artists.

To find out more about Clarisse and Erin, check out their websites:




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John B. Quinn