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VSF Texas
1511 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75201
214 233 5584

Also at:
812 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
310 426 8040
Various Small Fires (VSF) is a gallery owned and operated by Esther Kim Varet established in 2012 with locations in Los Angeles, California and Seoul, South Korea. 

VSF has presented the Los Angeles debuts of many internationally recognized emerging, mid, and late career artists like Liz Magic Laser, Josh Kline, Jesper Just, Billy Al Bengston, and Judith Linhares. VSF exhibitions are reviewed regularly by The Los Angeles Times, ArtForum, Art Review, Frieze, LEAP, and many other online and print publications.

In 2014, Johnston MarkLee Architects designed the current VSF building with nearly 5,000 sq-ft (465 sq-m) of exhibition space, including a unique sound corridor for year-round audio art programming. VSF is also one of the few commercial venues to have a dedicated outdoor gallery for large-scale sculpture and installation. In April 2019, VSF opened a second location in the Hannam-dong neighborhood of Seoul, South Korea. This new ground floor storefront added an additional 1,000 sq-ft (93 sq-m) of exhibition space in Asia. 

VSF takes social responsibility seriously. The majority of our represented artists are women. The gallery uses 100% solar energy to operate its exhibition spaces and goes to great lengths to reduce our carbon footprint and eliminate plastic by-products.
Artists Represented:
Math Bass
Gina Beavers
Billy Al Bengston
Ashley Bickerton
Diedrick Brackens
Jessie Homer French
Will Gabaldón
The Harrisons
Liz Magic Laser
Nikki S. Lee
Judith Linhares
Che Lovelace
Joshua Nathanson
Sean Raspet
Calida Rawles
Lezley Saar
Anna Sew Hoy
Glen Wilson
Mark Yang

Past Exhibitions

Che Lovelace

Nightscapes with Palms and Egrets

September 9, 2023 - October 28, 2023
Various Small Fires proudly presents the Texas debut solo exhibition by Trinidad-based artist Che Lovelace. Nightscapes with Palms and Egrets poetically advances Lovelace’s practice that celebrates the artist’s homeland and hones in on the island’s lush flora and fauna. Utilizing a palette of rich colors and compositions with abstracted forms, Che Lovelace portrays diverse facets of life in Trinidad. Past works depict scenes from Carnival celebrations to urban architecture and the natural landscape surrounding Lovelace’s studio in west Port of Spain. He paints his subjects with a geometric sensibility and fragments the picture plane into multiple panels, a reflection of the island’s multi-cultural reality as shaped by a layered history of embattled colonialism and independence. In this body of work, Lovelace focuses on the vegetation and animal life in his homeland. He writes, “A wealth of inspiration exists right there in the shapes of some of my favorite plants: heliconias and palms and bois canot trees. All very common plants that grow wild and abundant.” This inspiration emboldens an increase in scale for Nightscapes with Blowing Palms, 2023, an 8-panel painting and the artist’s largest work exhibited by the gallery to date. In the painting, Lovelace creates an interplay between shapes, marks, and textures to capture the magnificent energy of the wind-blown trees in the moonlight. Derek Walcott’s collection of poems White Egrets also bears influence. The writer served as a central figure and supporter of visual artists in Trinidad, including Lovelace. His poems in this body of work reflect on the same egrets that are often seen near Lovelace’s studio and that in turn spark memories of the poet’s presence. Through his depictions of these birds, Lovelace pays tribute to a friend who he describes as one who wrote with an unforgettable “honest fragile beauty and transcendence.” The artist encapsulates the spirit of Trinidad’s wildlife, arriving at paintings that exude freedom, prosperity, and resilience. – Che Lovelace (b. 1969, Port of Spain, Trindad) received his training at l’Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts de la Martinique. He has had solo exhibitions Corvi-Mora, London; Nicola Vassell, New York; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles and Seoul; Independent New York; Y Art Gallery, Port of Spain; Loft Gallery, Port of Spain; Galerie Éric Hussenot, Paris, France; and Half Gallery, New York. His work is in the public collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, X Museum, Beijing, China, and the Aïshti Foundation, Lebanon. Lovelace lecturers at the University of the West Indies Creative Arts Campus. Portrait of Che Lovelace, in studio. Courtesy of the Artist, and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles / Dallas / Seoul. Photograph by Brendan Delzin.

Zalika Azim, Oliver Strand, Sarah Crowner, Samatha Bittman, Donald Moffett, and Bakari Akinyele

Shaping Color

August 12, 2023 - September 16, 2023
Various Small Fires Los Angeles is pleased to announce the opening of a group show curated by Los Angeles-based textile artist Diedrick Brackens on August 12, 2023. The exhibition Shaping Color brings together six artists to explore the relationships between color and process in their respective practices. Many works in the exhibition are monochromes or utilize a restricted palette. Historically monochromes often signal an intent to emphasize mastery and skill; also, in parting with all information save the essential, artists attempt to access the ineffable and the spiritual. Portrait of Diedrick Brackens. Courtesy of the Artist, and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles / Dallas / Seoul.

Mark Yang

Spectral Echoes

July 15, 2023 - September 2, 2023
Various Small Fires is pleased to present Mark Yang’s second solo exhibition with the gallery and the artist’s first presentation in Texas. In Spectral Echoes, the Seoul-born, New York-based artist expands on previous works while embracing a fresh approach to his exploration of the human form. Mark Yang. Crisscross, 2023, Oil on canvas, 22 x 18 in. Courtesy of the artist, and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles / Dallas / Seoul.