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Are Friends Electric? \;< /em>

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January 18 < /span>&ndash\; March 21\, 2014

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Catalog release with essay by David Pagel accompanied by Artist Talk- Marc h 16\,2014\, 4- 6pm

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Sarah Awad

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Daniela Campin s

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Clifford Eberly

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Jay Erker

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Helen Rebekah Garber

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Rema Ghuloum

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Rochele Gomez \;

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Raymie Iadevaia

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Bessie Kunath

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Nancy Lupo

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Danielle McCullough

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S tephanie Washburn

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Tessie Whitmore

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Are Friends Electric? is a group art exhibition curated by the Manual History Machines< /em> \; dispersed between two locations as \;Act I and Act II. Act I is presented as a Curator&rsquo\;s Lab Exh ibition at Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) in Chin atown\, Los Angeles from January 18 - March 21\, 2014.  \;Act II was on on view at the Peggy Phelps Gallery and East Gallery at Claremont Graduate University from January 21 - February 6th\, 2014. Along with pres enting the works in two different locations\, Are Friends Electric Act I and II will be accompanied by a catalog. The catalog includes an ess ay by the accomplished writer and art critic David Pagel along with documen tation of both exhibitions and images of individual works by each artist.&n bsp\; Both exhibitions present(ed) works from the same group of artists\, p ushing our modes of perception and ability to relate to the artists' works.  \;

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 \;The work selected for this exhibition hesitates towa rds a technology-driven frenetic future\, addresses feelings of isolation a nd makes transparent the nature of shifting meanings through context/positi oning. The exhibition title\, &ldquo\;Are Friends Electric?&rdquo\; Is take n from Gary Numan&rsquo\;s iconic song\, whose lyrics verge on fear of lone liness amid the appearance of friendly entities. In reflection of our truly complicated relationship with what it means to be &ldquo\;social&rdquo\; t oday\, artists continue to forge\, perhaps even more fastidiously now\, per sonal identities in their practices despite the reality of shrinking &ldquo \;private&rdquo\; and [truly] &ldquo\;public&rdquo\; spaces. New forms of & ldquo\;social spaces&rdquo\; allow for one kind of collectivity\, but margi nalize a more analog communion between individuals. Laden with aesthetic se lf-identifiers\, each work serves as a beacon for the thoughts\, ideals\, a nd intuitions of the artist. When this work is brought together\, what new meanings take place? In collectivity\, can anxiety about the future be temp orarily subsided\, helpfully articulated or possibly - exacerbated? Seen as a synecdoche\, Are Friends Electric? focuses both on each individ ual artist as well as the collective formation of both exhibitions. \;T he exhibitions seek to create a dialogue through a theatrically staged inst allation of video\, photography\, painting and sculpture.

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The artis ts in Are Friends Electric? are actively carving out public space through the simple act of bringing physical objects and bodily engagement i nto a public venue. The handmade and humble materiality in many of the work s reflects a desire for the earthbound\, the visceral and instills a lucidi ty of material that pulls the viewer in and out of cerebral (private) space . Some of the artists&rsquo\; work allows for discrete interpretation throu gh external/ universal references\, while others&rsquo\; work requires more negotiation\, intuitive reasoning and submission to opacity. Perhaps the o pacity serves as a conduit back to the artists&rsquo\; private self and as a reminder to the viewer to retain a private self through their own subject ivity. Perhaps the artist is mimicking their own subjugation to the larger sphere of the world\, and is moving through the material with the intuition \, flexibility and fluidity required for survival. Are Friends Electric ? negotiates between public\, social and private space with the honest y and discomfort that we feel moving towards an unknown future. \;  \;

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Are Friends Electric\, Act I was organized by LA-based artis t collective\, Manual History Machines through Fellows of Contempor ary Art Curator's Lab \;and will be on view from January 18th - March 21st\, 2014 at FOCA exhibition space\, 970 N. Broa dway\, Los Angeles\, CA 90012. Hours of operation: 10am to 5pm/ Tuesday thr ough Friday

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Catalog Release and Artist Talk will b e held at FOCA on March 16 from 4-6 pm. \;  \; &n bsp\;  \;  \;  \;  \;  \;  \;  \;  \;   \;

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For high-res images or general inquires contact: manualhistorymachines@gmail.com  \;  \;  \;  \;

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For more information\, pl ease visit:  \;http://manualhistorymachines.tumblr.com/ \;

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