Renae Barnard, Hazing Period,
Vera Bauluz, Tofer Chin, Abdul Mazid, & Patch Wright
July 19-September 06, 2014
Reception July 19, 2014 5pm-7pm
pleased to present In-Situ, a summer
group exhibition by emerging Los Angeles artists never before shown at
the gallery. Working in a variety of mediums, the selected works
by Renae Barnard, Vera Bauluz, Tofer Chin, Abdul Mazid, and Patch
Wright offer an invitation to think about the relationship between
place and identity and the ways in which the artists' hand and
materials of choice are inextricably linked to critique. Here,
each artist either re-purposes, re-articulates, or re-imagines a given
material and imbues it with new life and new meaning.
Renae Barnard creates soft sculpture from
paper, thread, and ribbon, materials and tactility typically associated
with women and ascribed little consequence in the world. Each of
Barnard’s sculptures with their intricate twists, coils, folds, splits,
and tears challenges the viewer to see beyond traditional and
conventional modes of identity representation.
Vera Bauluz presents found objects
(janitor’s mops, brooms, and shoes) that alone have little meaning to
the world aside from signifying another’s undesirable labor.
Bauluz covers these heavily coded objects with gold leaf and at once
blurs the distinction between the mundane and the worthless with that
of beauty and value.
Tofer Chin explores the relationship
between architecture and the natural world, illuminating ease and
delicacy in the angular and rigid with his paintings and
sculptures. As part of an ongoing series, Chin’s re-imagined
stalagmites symbolize living and breathing beings in an
environment. They command attention while at the same time
blending into their surroundings alluding to the contentious
relationship between human and nature.
Abdul Mazid is a multi-disciplinary
conceptual artist who selects materials already imbued with heavy
symbolism (sports collectibles, glitter, razor wire, Middle Eastern
rugs, etc) and re-works them until they have a specified social and
political meaning. For Mazid, born to a Syrian father and Mexican
mother in California, identity and place inform much of his work.
Mazid’s singular coupling of mediums and ideas reflects his own
experience of hybridity.
Patch Wright works in the realm of the
uncanny creating objects that are simultaneously familiar and other
worldly. The chasm between the viewer’s perception/experience and
the artist’s work is precisely the space from which Wright finds
strength. Demonstrating mastery over his materials, Wright pushes
up against all conditions of possibility morphing the grotesque into
the beautiful and the minute into the colossal.
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