3.23.2009

THE STILL LIFE SHOW @ FIVE THIRTY THREE


THE STILL LIFE SHOW
MARCH 21, 2009 - APRIL 18, 2009
@ FIVE THIRTY THREE Gallery LA

PRESENTED CONCURRENTLY WITH MILE POST 5 PORTLAND, OREGON
CURATED BY: ANNA FIDLER
ARTISTS EXCHANGE (LOS ANGELES - PORTLAND):
ERIK BLUHM - PATRICK ROCK
PATRICIA FERNANDEZ - JESSICA JACKSON HUTCHINS
AMY GREEN - DAMIEN GILLEY
JOHN KNUTH - SAM GOULD
LAURA OWENS - STORM THARP
JULIANA PACIULLI - MK GUTH
JENNY PHELPS - HOLLY ANDRES
NOAH THOMAS - BEN STAGL
AMI TALLMAN - MELODY OWEN

PR:
The premise of The Still Life Show involves a pairing of eighteen artists from Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. Portland’s ebb and flow of dreary winter and resplendent summer, fascination with experimental music, European-influenced urban planning, and bicycle riding seems far removed from LA’s vast, sprawling pocket neighborhoods; each island-like and different from the next, U-turns, car tans, canyons, and fiery Santa Ana winds. I feel that there is much to be gained by an exchange of sorts between these fascinatingly dissimilar cities that I have lived in; united by the commonality of art making. This exhibition was created to incite a curious dialogue between artists, schools, writers, and spaces. Each artist was told to find a box of any size and fill it with contents of their own whim and discretion. I paired the artists and sent each a corresponding address. Nine artists from Los Angeles sent boxes to Portland and likewise nine Portland artists sent boxes to LA. Artists were instructed to install the contents of the box they received as a ‘still life’. Only items placed in the box could be used. Similar to Japanese ikebana, ‘still life’ in this context serves as a unifying force. Whereas usually a painting or drawing would be made from a still life, in this case the arrangement itself is the work of art. This exhibition represents an overall mixing of emerging and established, West Coast north and south, craft and anti-craft, desert and forest, public and private, domestic and wild.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

really?

this show looks like a mess....

Anonymous said...

I'm looking for some good discussion boards on the l.a. art scene. Got any recommendations? It seems blogs are more personalized to the individual who runs them. Comments get buried, whereas I'm looking for an open discussion format. What would you suggest?

david john said...

i think you should create one!!!!

id read it...