Kendell Carter: Excerpts from the Book of Love


Edward Cella Art & Architecture presents Kendell Carter: Excerpts from the Book of Love, a solo exhibition of Los Angeles based artist Kendell Carter. Featuring only six artworks from four moments in the artist’s oeuvre over the past decade; the objects exemplify artist’s enduring commitment to pursue the notion of Love as a radical catalyst of transformation and change.

Sustaining a dedication to observing and exploring race, gender, history, and consumer culture, Carter manifests a studio practice acknowledging the rapidly integrating and shifting nature of today's visual cultures. Employing both sculpture and painting processes; Carter creates distinctive hybrid cast paintings incorporating the freehand gestures of graffiti made of aerosol spray, casting techniques, and an intuitive process based method of making physical objects that emerge from difficult and uncertain conditions.

Reconciling the power of language with the mysticism of abstraction; Carter seeks to create artworks that resonate energy and are intended as instruments of change. Carter asserts, “my Love paintings capture the frequency of Love so to record, hold and redeposit that energy into a physical space through feeling and anchor that belief in place with sight.” He continues, “Art’s extraordinary strength is its ability to arrest and dissolve beliefs caused by linear thinking. Visual art uses iconography and gestures to create belief through seeing creating conditions in which heartfelt and tangible perceptions can shift.”

The exhibition features work from four distinct bodies of Love painting made over a ten-year period and reflect the evolving visual forms the artist has developed and explored. The exhibition anticipates and precedes a publication that documents this distinguishing part of artist’s oeuvre. Entitled, Kendell Carter: The Book of Love, the publication will gather these thematically related works and place them in perspective of the artist’s development and in dialogue with the simultaneous and seismic reappraisal of the contributions of African American artists over the past decade. Contextualized within the social and political demands of contemporary moment, Carter’s intentions and aims are even more urgent and powerful.


Join us for a live web-broadcast with Thomas Lavin,​ gallerist Edward Cella and ​artist ​Kendell Carter for a conversation about Carter's distinctive practice and the role of Love in contemporary art and culture on Wednesday, August 5th at 1 pm PST.
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Kendell Carter: Excerpts from the Book of Love is presented concurrently with Between Worlds, a group exhibition of new and recent works by Cathy Daley, Rema Ghuloum, Robert Gunderman, Brad Miller, Lester Monzon, Patti Oleon, Ruth Pastine, Alex Rasmussen, Aili Schmeltz, Chris Trueman and Amir Zaki.


Kendell Carter was trained as a sculptor and as an environmental designer and holds a BFA from The Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA, and a BA in Environmental Design from Art Center College of Design. He received his MFA from California State University, Long Beach. Carter's multidisciplinary practice that includes painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and design bridges the gap between art and life. His environments explore where and how parallel traditions in culture can be utilized for artistic and social revolutions.

Carter has had solo exhibitions at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, CA; Monique Meloche, Chicago, IL; The Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA; Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA and Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA. Group exhibitions include the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Krannert Art Museum, Champagne, IL; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA and Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA. In 2012 he received a Andy Warhol Foundation Fellowship and his work is included in such public collections as Fundacao Sindika Dokolo, Luanda, Angola; Compound, Long Beach, CA; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA.


Thomas Lavin is a leader in bringing an international range of exclusive high-end home furnishings, fabrics, lighting, and accessories to Los Angeles. Founded in the year 2000 by Los Angeles Native Thomas Lavin. Over the years the Pacific Design Center showroom has grown to 19,000 square feet—including an additional 4,000 sq ft added in early 2019—which encompasses a stand-alone showroom for French heritage brand Liaigre. To better serve his clientele in Orange County, San Diego and the dessert communities, Lavin opened a showroom at the Laguna Design Center in 2014.


Edward Cella Art & Architecture is committed to supporting significant established, mid-career, and emerging artists, architects, and designers. Nurturing this hybridity, the gallery uniquely exhibits photography, painting, sculpture, architectural drawings, models, and design objects with an emphasis on the intersection of these disciplines. Edward Cella founded Edward Cella Art & Architecture in 2006, building on his background as an architectural historian with a decade of experience in art advisory and collection management and a passion for collecting architectural drawings and ephemera, as well as contemporary art and erotica. The gallery sustains a curatorial emphasis on discourses surrounding issues of cultural and conceptual significance and has represented historical and under-recognized estates and collections.