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Control Room
2006 E 7th St 
Los Angeles\, CA 90021
(A few blocks East of S. Alameda St.\, Downto wn LA)

Gray Wash: design art // a group show
Opening Recept ion Thursday\, June 9\, 7-10pm
June 9 - June 16

Kevin Cheng
Aaron Dadacay
Ashi Diamon
Rafael Esparza
Dawn Faelnar< br />Ralph Guerrero
Lucas Kazansky
Omar Lopez
Kristine Manal o
Julie Ok
Chris Phillips
Anna Reutinger
Trenton Szewcz yk
Cliff Simmons
Vladlina Syrkin
Samantha Vaughan

gallery hours Sunday\, noon-6pm or by appointment
contact alexishudgi ns@gmail.com or ivaniannoli@gmail.com for further information or to schedul e an appointment.

Control Room\, Los Angeles

Gray Was h: design art
June 9-16\, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday\, June 9\, pm

Gray Wash: design art is an exhibition featuring 16 arti sts whose practices up until now have been focused largely in either design |media art or fine art. For this exhibition\, the artists and designers wor k in four distinct collaborative groups that have emerged from a student-le d workshop at UCLA. This exploratory class was designed to consider the var ying methods and approaches attendant to each field\, and to specifically i nvestigate the moments of commonality that may or may not be offered by var ious kinds of institutional delineations. As a culmination of this inquiry\ , each group will present not only an artwork\, but something that underlin es the result of differing modes of collaborative art making. Less a concis e statement than a broad investigation\, this exhibition presents works tha t double as readable records of various collaborative approaches\, which am ong other things momentarily highlight\, obliterate\, generate and/or combi ne the group of distinct individual practices into one form. 

Aa ron Dadacay • Dawn Faelnar • Omar Lopez • Kristine Manalo • Samantha Vaugha n
The multi-media installation Timekiller appears to be a familiar liv ing environment complete with a comfy chair\, television\, telephone\, ipod and computer\, but actually functions as a stage that presents an assembla ge of five individual interpretations of media. One voice looks to critique the bombardment of images\, while another looks to celebrate the abundance of an archive. One artist’s hand points to the importance of gestural inte rvention while another perspective considers art’s ability to self-reflecti vely look at its role in staging this investigation in the first place. Ano ther separate voice looks at the punctuated moments of desire embedded with in this kind of critique. This compilation of both newer and older modes of electronic display and media underlines a dichotomy of traditional and mod ern modes of communication\, reflecting the varying backgrounds of the arti sts from both art and design fields\, further drawing attention to the posi tion of the individual rather than presenting any single cohesive view.

Kevin Cheng • Ralph Guerrero • Cliff Simmons
Inborn Nature is an interactive performance in which the physical appearances of individual audience members are appropriated and layered onto anti-anthropomorphic for ms in real time. Utilizing technology and performance\, Inborn Nature quest ions assumptions of interpersonal dynamics that we often take for granted: To what degree can we actually derive meaning from one’s appearance or affe ct? In what other ways might we acknowledge a stranger’s subjective articul ation? Inborn Nature directs us toward the fallacy of the majority\, propos ing an obliteration of the norm in service of the anomaly.

Ashi Diamon • Julie Ok • Chris Phillips • Vladlina Syrkin
The installation Body of Text presents the artists’ shared impulse to re-appropriate the boo k form\, in this iteration freeing it from its inherent structures as a bou nd\, physically limited object. In place of the front and back covers that normally bind the contents of a book\, the artists have inserted a mirror a nd wall projection into the gallery\, filling the space in between with pil lows made from actual book pages to create a tactile and intimate space. Th e viewer is invited to sit in this space and is able to see themselves refl ected in the surrogate book cover. On a separate monitor\, a short 4-channe l video serves as a prologue and displays each collaborator’s hands as they approach and modify four individually selected texts in the spirit of déto urnement.

Rafael Esparza • Lucas Kazansky • Anna Reutinger • Tre nton Szewczyk
At noon on May 27\, 2011\, at the intersection of Westwo od and Le Conte near UCLA in Los Angeles\, the group calling themselves SCW UL9527_ (Social Constructivist Workers Union Local 9527_) staged a performa nce/event. The four artists were stationed at each of the four corners of t he intersection dressed in worker’s coveralls\, each partially dyed either pink\, green\, orange\, or blue\, with each artist carrying a bucket filled with chalk matching the color of their coveralls. The artists/workers spre ad chalk dust on their respective corner\, in hopes that passersby would le ave their mark as footprints in the intersection\, tracing their walking pa th. The intended result didn’t go as planned. In their own words\, “While t he material did not behave as we anticipated\, the intervention of our bodi es was a 100% success.” Instead the project became about the interactions b etween the artists and the passersby. Included in the exhibition will be do cumentation and remnants of this event\, as well as new patches of chalk to potentially trace the steps of exhibition attendees\, acknowledging the po ssibility of a new interaction. The performers’ uniforms hang in the galler y space\, perhaps pointing to the structural uniformity of this particular groups approach\, where the individual interests in the group – fashion des ign\, art history\, performance and intervention among others – have been f olded into one unit as an evenly distributed outgrowth of the interests of each member. 

Out of an effort to investigate what defines a pra ctice\, and how it influences\, and is influenced by\, group interactions\, there emerged four distinct representations. Some of the projects in this exhibition maintain interpersonal boundaries\, some distort the notion of t he individual\, some are overtly thematic\, while others are more systemati c and combinatory\; and there is plenty of overlap between them. Each group ’s approach can be seen as the result of an attempt to problem solve. Given the unique nature of this workshop that asks heretofore unlikely collabora tors to work quite closely with one another\, the projects create a space t o acknowledge the interests and concerns of an unfamiliar group\, necessita ting a strange level of intimacy that extends to the viewer. Investigating methods of collaboration and group dynamics along with the influences of in stitutional divisions that define individual practices\, Gray Wash: design art considers the relevancy and generative potential of an interdisciplinar y practice. By looking at the discrete or localized history within one inst itution\, these 16 artists have been led – and in turn led us\, as viewers – to consider the broader implications of various types of delineations. 
Very special thanks to William Kaminski and Evelena Ruether for h osting and facilitating this exhibition.

Exhibition and class ov erseen by Professor James Welling (Art) and Professor Erkki Huhtamo (Design Media Arts)\, and instructed by Alexis Hudgins (MFA\, Art 2011)\, Ivan Ian noli (MFA\, Art 2011)\, Rhazes Spell (MFA\, Design Media Art 2012)\, and Ti ffany Trenda (MFA\, Design Media Art 2011).

Please contact alexi shudgins@gmail.com or ivaniannoli@gmail.com for further information or to s chedule an appointment.

Control Room - 2006 E 7th Street - Los A ngeles\, CA 90021 - www.control-room.org
Gallery hours Sunday\, 12-6pm or by appointment. Please email for a viewing.

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