Gonzalo Lebrija @ I-20 @ MESLER HUG Los Angeles

January 16, 2009 - February 14, 2009

"For his third exhibition at I-20, Gonzalo Lebrija will have a project in Los Angeles as part of a one-month gallery swap between I-20 and Mesler & Hug. Lebrija's exhibition will be presented at Mesler & Hug, 510 Bernard Street, in the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles.

The exhibition, entitled The Distance Between You and Me, comprises four simultaneous black-and-white 16-mm film installations. The works capture the artist running away from the camera in Joshua Tree, Death Valley, and Yosemite, California.

In each film, the artist first appears from behind the camera only to quickly recede into the distance. He advances away from the viewer as fast as he can, his speed and agility determinant on the terrain. The final films and images depend on how far he goes and the many subtle variations in the daylight and scenery surrounding him as he speeds away. In each setting, Lebrija assumes a different role or relationship to the terrain, be it a determined runner, or a fixed object melted into his surroundings, akin to a rock or a tree. In these deserted settings, Lebrija makes the flight from the viewer seem like a natural instinct or reflex and possible metaphor for the inherent friction between oneself and reality. As a visual experience, the simultaneous films offer nuances of light and landscape with hints of truth about distance, the psychological impact of which all depends on how fast he can get away from you..."

I-20 Gallery
Mesler & Hug Gallery

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