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Civilization is revving itself into a pathologically short attention span. The trend might be coming from the acceleration of technology\, the short horizon perspective of market driven economics\, the next-election pe rspective of democracies\, or the distractions of personal multitasking. Al l are on the increase. Some sort of balancing corrective to the short sight edness is needed-some mechanism or myth\, which encourages the long view an d the taking of long-term responsibility\, where 'long-term' is measured at least in centuries.

Stewart Brand
Founding board member of The Long Now Foundation

A &\; R is pleased to announce Rocks &am p\; Clocks a group exhibition featuring new works by Cameron Gainer\, Mark Hagen\, Emilie Halpern\, and Mungo Thomson. The exhibit will include v ideo\, sculpture\, photography and painting that expand and challenge notio ns of time and space.

Cameron Gainer’s practice spans photography\, video and scul pture. His work investigates themes that include metaphysics\, cognition\, and natural phenomena. Gainer will debut Sunrise/Sunset\, a video installat ion comprised of a projection of a sunset through a hand blown hourglass. A s the sand in the hourglass descends the projection will gradually material ize to physically manifest and quantify a representation of time and its un relenting and cyclical nature.

Cameron Gainer received his MFA from Tyler School of Art\, Philadelp hia\, PA. Gainer has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at the Fab ric Workshop and Museum\, Philadelphia\, PA\, and the Museum of Contemporar y Art at the University of South Florida\, Tampa\, FL. Recent group exhibit ions include Midnight Party at the Walker Art Center Minneapolis Mn\, Paran oia of Time at Carter and Citizen\, Field Notes at Bard College\, NY\, and Portal at McClain Gallery in Houston Tx\, Recent awards and fellowships inc lude a Pollock- Krasner grant\, a McKnight Fellowship\, and a Smithsonian A rtist Research Fellowship. He currently resides in Minneapolis\, MN.

Mark Hagen’s carved and polished obsidian sculptures refer to the rock’s utilitarian fun ction in tools once employed by ancient civilizations while acknowledging i ts current obsolescence as a sculpted glass. Hagen begins by imposing a str ict geometry\, carving the obsidian into cubes and rectangular shapes that negate the molecular composition of the mineral-like substance. The pieces are then chipped away at by hand in a  manner that is inherent to the mater ial’s property.

Mark Hag en was born in Black Swamp\, VA and received his MFA from California Instit ute of the Arts. Black Swamp\, a solo exhibition at Almine Rech\, Brussels BE is currently on view. Recent group exhibitions include A Handful of Dust at the CAF in Santa Barbara\, Made in L.A. at the Hammer Museum\, Los Ange les\, CA\; Art Public\, at the Bass Museum of Art\, Miami Beach\, FL\; and Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection\, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Mark Hagen lives and works in Los Angeles.

Emilie Halpern’s oeuvre explores a wide range of subjects that include astronomy\, mythology and g eography by employing a combination of poetic restraint and humble gestures . Big Dipper\, centrally installed in the east gallery\, is composed of a c ollection of beach rocks suspended from the ceiling above a mirror on the f loor. These celestial placeholders are hung at heights correspondent to the ir distance from the earth\, which nullifies their seemingly haphazard arra ngement. When their reflection is viewed in the mirror the eponymous conste llation materializes.

Em ilie Halpern received a BA from the University of California Los Angeles an d an MFA from Art CenterCollege of Design. Halpern’s work has been exhibite d at Anna Helwing Gallery\, Los Angeles\, CA\; Art Palace\, Houston\, TX\; Blum and Poe\, Los Angeles\, CA\; Richard Telles Fine Art\, Los Angeles\, C A\; and Leo Koenig\, New York\, NY. Halpern recently had a solo show Jamais Vu at Pepin Moore in Los Angeles.

Mungo Thomson utilizes conceptual strategies to produce irreverent examinations of art history\, science and mysticism in a range of mediums. With simple gestures and dry wit Thomson repositions th e viewer to reconsider the banal and commonplace as remarkable. Thomson’s a nimation Untitled (Time) condenses eighty years of TIME Magazine covers ove r the course of 2:30 minutes. This skittering panoply of history
and mass culture is a literal portrait o f both TIME and time.

Th omson attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York and received an MFA from UCLA. Solo exhibitions of Thomson’s work are currentl y on view at SITE Santa Fe and at the Times Museum in Guangzhou\, China. Fo rthcoming shows and performances will take place at the High Line in New Yo rk City\, ArtPace in San Antonio\, and the Vancouver Contemporary Art Galle ry. A monograph is forthcoming from SITE Santa Fe and Vancouver Contemporar y Art Gallery\, and later this year JRP|Ringier will publish Thomson’s musi cal score with Michael Webster\, Crickets. Thomson has also had solo exhibi tions at The Hammer Museum\, Los Angeles\, CA\; The Kadist Art Foundation\, Paris\, FR\; and GAMeC\, Bergamo\, IT\, among others. His work was include d in the 2011 Istanbul Biennial\; The 2008 Whitney Biennial\; and Performa 05\, among others. He lives and works in Los Angeles\, CA.

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