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Synthetic Minds\, the Photographs of L aura Menz\, opens at AndrewShire Gallery

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January 12\ , 2013 – February 9\, 2013

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(Los Angeles\, CA—November 27\, 2012)  L aura Menz is a photographer who\, as a professional model\, has been extens ively photographed. Partly as a result\, Menz’s photographs seek to underst and and even construct the self. Who – or even what – am I\, asks Menz in h er photographs.  And\, as photographic collages\, made as much outside the camera as in\, Menz’s images ask the same about themselves.

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In S ynthetic Minds\, opening January 12th at AndrewShire Gallery \, Menz shows three series of photographic works\, “Androids\,” “Three Acts \,” and “Kopfgeburten.” In his essay for the exhibition catalogue\, Peter F rank writes that these three series “regard the self from different angles\ , and in doing so wonder openly what comprises the self\, what defines it\, what it wants to be and what it is forced to be.”

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In the “Androids ” series\, as Frank notes\, the artist presents the self stripped bare\, de void of clothing\, bodily enhancement\, or\, even hair\, reduced to a corpu s.  Looking closer at these oddly transformed bodies (which\, of course\, a re all one and the same body)\, we realize that they are vitalized by some sort of energy radiating through them\, causing them to vibrate even as the y sit stock still. This is the “self as un-still life.”

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In Menz’s “ Three Acts” series\, the self takes advantage of its bodied form to express itself through movement. Menz casts herself here as all Three Graces\, goi ng well beyond the ancient trichotomy of Faith\, Hope\, and Charity.  What is consistent among these relationships is their implied dialectic\, the in ference that the ideational opposition of two of the figures resolves in th e third.  In the end\, all of Menz’s works demonstrate that the “self\,” so mething every one of us has and yet none of us can thoroughly describe\, is forever under construction.

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In the “Kopfgeburten” series (a German term\, “head births\,” meaning mental inventions)\, Menz moves from body t o head\, locating the self in the mind\, and revealing the mind as a battle ground for competing exterior forces. How successfully does the mind resist these invaders? How successfully does it absorb and incorporate them? Wher e\, and how\, do we distinguish ourselves from the outside self\, and from the myriad forces that we pass through and that pass through us?

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Th e exhibition demonstrates that\, as humans\, we need various identities and many personas\, some real and some impossible\, in order to comprehend our selves fully. In doing so\, Menz’s work exposes some of her—and thus our ow n—infinite possible selves.

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AndrewShire Gallery is dedicated to the development and exhibition of innovative contemporary art works by interna tional and local talents.  In addition to its Los Angeles location\, the ga llery established an alternative space in Singapore in 2006.  AndrewShire c ontinues to push the international envelope while remaining an integral par t of the local community.  The gallery is located at 3850 Wilshire Boulevar d #107\, Los Angeles\, CA  90010.  AndrewShire Gallery\, Singapore\, is loc ated at 63 Hillview Avenue #10-13\, Lamb soon Building\, Singapore\, 669569 .

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For further information contact Susan Baik\, Director

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baik@andrewshirega llery.com

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213 389-2601  www.andrewshiregallery.com

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For press inquiries contact Christine Anderson\, Communication Arts + Design ca@comm unicationartsinc.com (310) 869-8957  www.communicationartsinc.com

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DTEND:20130209 DTSTAMP:20140827T191205 DTSTART:20130112 GEO:34.0821315;-118.3826225 LOCATION:CMay Gallery\,8687 Melrose Ave. Space B226\nWest Hollywood\, CA 90 069 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Synthetic Minds\, the Photographs of Laura Menz\, Laura Menz UID:251880 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130112T203000 DTSTAMP:20140827T191205 DTSTART:20130112T180000 GEO:34.0821315;-118.3826225 LOCATION:CMay Gallery\,8687 Melrose Ave. Space B226\nWest Hollywood\, CA 90 069 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Synthetic Minds\, the Photographs of Laura Menz\, Laura Menz UID:251881 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR