On View January 28, 2011 – March 12, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
6:30-8:30 PM, artist talks at 6 PM
These exhibitions are generously funded in part by Felvis/David R. Graham.
Josephine Durkin's research and studio practice has involved the creation of drawings, videos, sculptures, and large-scale, interactive and kinetic installations that personify recognizable or manipulated objects and materials. These are then used to suggest, mimic, invite or isolate human gestures, activities and relationships. She works with a variety of methods to investigate how materials and objects can be manipulated and positioned to function as human surrogates. In this solo exhibition at Lawndale Art Center, works include painted fans and cast, plastic pillows, manipulated school desks that "speak" to each other by way of a sensored, electromechanical sound system, and drawings that combine digital photographs of fabric and rubber with acrylic and colored pencil.
Natural Resources, a new performance and installation work created by The Bridge Club Collaborative will feature two liquid substances: milk and petroleum oil. Each is loaded with multiple metaphoric meanings (i.e., ‘mother’s milk’, ‘black gold’), while each is also harvested or extracted from our natural surroundings for human sustenance and consumption. Natural Resources will feature a single, one-night live performance by The Bridge Club. During this performance, the four personae of The Bridge Club, clinically costumed as domestic ‘resource workers,’ will be engaged in a processing of materials and objects from everyday human domestic life.
Objects dipped either in oil or in milk, respectively, will be layered into large, transparent receptacles. As each object is dipped, it will be coated in a simultaneously protective and destructive residue. Following the live performance, the receptacles housing the layered objects will be sealed, allowing the milk and the oil in their respective vitrines to sediment, congeal, rot, and otherwise transform around the domestic materials housed therein. Video footage from multiple projectors will cover the walls of the gallery showing, close-up images of pouring milk and pouring oil, as if the walls themselves were coated in these cascading liquids. Even as the materials in the receptacles begin to decay, the projected liquids will continue to flow, mirroring the dual abundance and loss that characterize our human relationship to the natural world.
Hollis Cooper's work straddles the line between site-specific installation and painting, dealing with perceptual/ painterly/ physical space in ways influenced by ideas of virtual reality and the Baroque, where multiple spatial models coexist in harmony. She intends the work to not reflect the unified, Renaissance view of perspectival space, but instead as multiple spaces that are folded and spliced into one another, while reintroducing elements of Baroque excess and theatricality, such as intense color and other visual cues that break the two-dimensional plane. Her approach towards creating painterly space is also intimately connected with the viewer's ability to activate that space, which includes not only the flat surfaces of the painted elements, but the entire architectural space in which the piece resides. The viewer is encouraged to interact with the work in unconventional ways: movement, distance, and shifts in sight-line are rewarded as the piece engages with its environment.
M4M is a collection of new works in Mark Aguhar’s continued exploration of queer expression and what it means to have grown up gay on the internet. Aguhar collects visual artifacts from queer online communities and uses them in his work to define and redefine who he is and what his body is. Aguhar works primarily in drawing, making bluntly gay works that combine porn, fashion, textile patterns, optical effects, trans identities, and queer jokes. He does not intend to make teaching work, or art to represent the entirety of the LGBTIQA community, he just wants to express his own realness.
Also on view
Snack Projects • featuring Laura Lark
Snack Projects is a miniature and portable art space, a “gallery” measuring 11” x 20” x 13”, organized by artists Michael Guidry and Robert Ruello, featuring the work of both local and regional artists.
For more information, please visit: www.snackprojects.com