The title for the show, Wreckage Upon Wreckage, derives from a portion of a Walter Benjamin Quote in which he is describing an angel in a painting by Paul Klee:
“This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing in from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. This storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.”
For Dan Lorraine, the works involved in the exhibition each embody some aspect Wreckage Upon Wreckage. It can describe the process of the work, the evolution of the work, or the conceptual architecture of the work. By this notion, design is the force that propels the angel into the future. The works of art are relics or artifacts of progress, past or present. The work created in the past is the wreckage the present work is built upon, in the same way that one genre is often the response of a previous genre. Each artist included in the exhibition utilizes design in his or her artwork to embody an aspect of the notion of ‘Wreckage’. Lorraine will be including works by six LA based artists: Greg Curtis, Ariel Erestingcol, George Kontos, Stephen Miranda, Adrian Paules, and Gideon Webster.