Gallery Tally Project

Mar 23, 2016

10151949_10154722426710752_517002132354352835_n J Michael Walker is a local artist whose work clearly illustrates his deep regard for Los Angeles, Mexico and South America, and his attraction to literature, history, culture, and social issues such as class and race.

From his study of L. A.’s “saint streets” that, over an eight year period, resulted in a magnificent body of work titled All the Saints of the City of Angels and his “Pages from a Bahia Diary” from an artist residency on the island of Itaparica to his powerful, poignant, and expressive portraits of women in “Bodies Mapping Time,” Walker celebrates “the beauty and wonder” of the world he’s observed and experienced, including “an attempt to answer the questions that still plague me.”¹

Walker’s recent work is a poster to be included in Micol Hebron’s “(en)Gendered (in)Equity: The Gallery Tally Project,” which is on exhibit at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions through April 17.

Carolina Miranda in her article “Galleries Are Man’s World and Mico Hebron Is Keeping Score” for KCET writes:

For artist Micol Hebron, her latest project began by reading Artforum. In browsing the glossy pages of the magazine, she kept getting the feeling that male artists were disproportionately represented in the magazine’s advertising. “People assumed that there was an inequity there, but no one had any data,” she recalls. “So every time I got the physical magazine, I would count the ads — the full-page ads for single artists — since that tells you who the galleries are putting their weight behind.” Month after month, she says, the count was roughly the same, “Usually, about 70 percent men.”


Micol Hebron

Micol Hebron


Late last year, after being invited to participate in an exhibition at West L.A. College, she decided to turn her informal tallies into a collaborative art project. Hebron put out a call to other artists to help her illustrate the male-to-female ratios at commercial galleries. “In five days, we had 50 artists,” says Hebron. (

The project then expanded to New York City and now artists from New Zealand to Slovenia have become involved and exhibits are being negotiated in NYC, Miami, and perhaps even Europe. From a mere 50 artists, The Gallery Tally has mushroomed to more than 600 contributors, “an estimated 70 percent are female.”

Miranda concludes by stating, “For any galleries looking for a few good women, Hebron’s project might be a good place to start.”

A gallery and studio about which Hometown Pasadena has often written, helping promote its vast and various shows and readings is Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park. As such, we were happy, thrilled (and relieved) to see J Michael Walker’s poster (and stunning artwork) inform us of the gallery’s stats…




(en)Gendered (in)Equity: The Gallery Tally Project
Through April 17th
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
LACE, 6522 Hollywood Blvd., L. A. 90028
For more info, visit


Photos, top right and below, by Micol Hebron.






¹ Source:!bio/ch0o.





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