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Searchin' is an exhibition that considers contemporar y\, critical engagements with the theoretical sublime. Inspired by 70s Cali fornian conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader's project\, In Search of the Mira culous\, the contemporary artists whose work makes up this exhibition r e-examine his quest for the sublime and through it\, launch their own journ eys into the wilderness. 

Emmanuel Kant's definition of and writ ings on the sublime in his Critique of Pure Reason (1790)\, created a methodology for humanknowledge of the limits of our imagination. While ne ver equated with nature\, the unfathomable expanse of the ocean or seemingl y unconquerable mountain peaks became signifiers\, even metaphors for the u n-representable sublime. 

In the nineteenth century\, appreciati on for nature and the wilderness was caused in part by the industrial revol ution and westward expansion's threats to its very existence. As the mechan ical revolution gained steam\, the power of man defined human existence\, w e continually sought the attainment of something greater that could\, by de finition not be constructed\, controlled\, or even defined. 

Ade r was deeply aware of the relationship that we have to romantic ideas like the sublime. His series of photographs\, In Search of the Miraculous (On e Night in Los Angeles) (1973) records his pedestrian nocturnal journey through the city as he traversed from Hollywood to the Pacific. The images of Ader\, alone in a city of millions\, his shadowy figure juxtaposed agai nst the vast urban lights\, and\,perhaps most eloquently\, the artist's fat al disappearance at sea in 1975\, simultaneously maintain a persistence of these seemingly timeless concepts with a postmodern criticality of their ex istence. 

The artists of Searchin' continue Bas Jan Ader' s quest for the sublime. By partaking on his romantic journey in the contex t of 70s Los Angeles\, Ader permitted contemporary artists to engage in\, a s opposed to automatically dismiss\, historically modernist notions. They l ook for the meaning inherent in their own existence\, in the city in which they live\, and the vastness of the unknown that defines it and them. Some follow Ader's footsteps\, or re-trace his paths\, not in an illusionary att empt to succeed where he failed but as a process\, a re-visitation of a myt h of which the original artist is now a part. They enact Ader's quest throu gh their own searches\, deconstructing his process and discovering the trut hs still inherent in his search for the miraculous. Others discover new sit es within the Los Angeles that beckon something greater\, moments that simu ltaneously capture the city and transcend it. Alternative signifiers of the sublime are broached\, its foreboding\, danger and at times tragedy are at brought to the fore\, even as the everyday is considered as an equally lik ely subject for such a dialogue. The artists of Searchin' look for t he meaning inherent in their own existence\, in the city in which they live and the vastness of the unknown that defines it and them. They stand on a cliff at the edge of a wilderness and consider whether or not to leap. 

BIOGRAPHY 

Mary Coyne is an emerging curator from the Los Angeles area. She is interested in the intersections between contempor ary art\, theory and performance. Her curatorial goals are to create though tful juxtapositions in the ambition ofsparking a meaningful artistic dialog ue. Mary holds a Bachelor's degree in Art History with a minor in Italian f rom the University of Southern California. She is finishing her Master's pr ogram in Art History with an emphasis in Museum and Curatorial Studies at C alifornia State University\, Long Beach.

DTEND:20130419 DTSTAMP:20141002T145923 DTSTART:20130127 GEO:33.7360619;-118.2922461 LOCATION:Angels Gate Cultural Center\,3601 South Gaffey St.\, Box 1 \nSan P edro\, CA 90731 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Searchin': Los Angeles and the Quest for the Sublime\, Thomas Althe imer\, Kevin Cooley\, Zoe Crocher\, Mara De Luca\, CODY TREPTE\, Erika Yoem ans UID:250308 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130127T150000 DTSTAMP:20141002T145923 DTSTART:20130127T130000 GEO:33.7360619;-118.2922461 LOCATION:Angels Gate Cultural Center\,3601 South Gaffey St.\, Box 1 \nSan P edro\, CA 90731 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Searchin': Los Angeles and the Quest for the Sublime\, Thomas Althe imer\, Kevin Cooley\, Zoe Crocher\, Mara De Luca\, CODY TREPTE\, Erika Yoem ans UID:250309 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR