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Bringing together a group of artists concerned with the way our brains c ope with the desire to create emotional and psychological forms.

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Theatrical Dynamics - A Conversation

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David Leapman &\; S tuart Elliot

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I am curious to see how the spoken and written word initiated the wor k\, and how forces of uncertainty sprout new questions\, and old ones. Thea tre is such a loaded term in art\, it evokes the critical crisis surroundin g minimalism.

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In one corner\, notions of the aesthetic auto nomy of the modernist art object\, in the other\, the 'literal' space of th e minimalist specific object and the enfolding of the audience's bodies int o the structure of the work. What is behind apparently stark oppositions?

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James Reilly's animated watercolour DVD loop of a father and son politely taking turns bash bash bashing each other on the nose. There is physical pain seen\, ongoing. But the real pain is unseen below the swis h swashing movement of the trouser legs as they disappear under an opaque w hite infinite ocean. The two appear groundless\, or at least the ground is a mystery here.

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< span style="font-size: small\;">What is outside of the work seems crucial\, but then I am not sure if it is easy any more to talk with authority about what is inside and what is outside of a work. You could say that contempor ary art has been formed by shifts from objects to events\, or the splicing of these. Dynamic is right.

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Meanwhile\, hot pan butter maki ng scrambled eggs light and fluffy.

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Talking\, making\, and process. The relationship of process to the idea of differences between 'fo und' and 'made' objects\, and how simple actions/gestures are construed as a kind of language when 'staged' as art. In French there is the term L'obje t trouvé\, the found object - but there is also also L'objet trouvaille: so mething stumbled upon\, something in one's path. There is painting here\, t hough not just one: there are paintings\, there is Paintings. Shared langua ges inhabited very differently. Formally clear\, but bearing cryptic signs. Images yes\, but also fields yes\, surfaces yes\, loops yes\, event-object -structures yes.

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Opacity on some levels\, and uncertainty a bout navigating the space of interpretation\, there are many modes or regis ters in flux\; the exhibition as speculation.

DTEND:20130309 DTSTAMP:20141229T012927 DTSTART:20130119 GEO:33.8405666;-118.3437333 LOCATION:Torrance Art Museum\,3320 Civic Center Drive \nTorrance\, CA 90503 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Theatrical Dynamics\, Marsia Alexander Clarke\, Mark Dutcher\, Stua rt Elliot\, Neil Gall\, Vincent Hawkins\, David Leapman\, Lee Maelzer\, Hea ther Gwen Martin\, Douglas McCulloh\, David McDonald\, Naida Osline\, Mike Pratt\, James Rielly\, Hannah Schwadron\, Sarah Sparkes\, Daniel Sturgis UID:251648 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130119T210000 DTSTAMP:20141229T012927 DTSTART:20130119T180000 GEO:33.8405666;-118.3437333 LOCATION:Torrance Art Museum\,3320 Civic Center Drive \nTorrance\, CA 90503 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Theatrical Dynamics\, Marsia Alexander Clarke\, Mark Dutcher\, Stua rt Elliot\, Neil Gall\, Vincent Hawkins\, David Leapman\, Lee Maelzer\, Hea ther Gwen Martin\, Douglas McCulloh\, David McDonald\, Naida Osline\, Mike Pratt\, James Rielly\, Hannah Schwadron\, Sarah Sparkes\, Daniel Sturgis UID:251649 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR