Biren and Corrina Peipon, Ashley McLean Emenegger, MaryLinda Moss and Nikii
Henry, Danial Nord, Cielo Pessione & John O'Brien, Astra Price, Natasa
Prosenc, Joseph Santarromana & William Roper, Evelyn Serrano, Suzanne
Siegel, Kyungmi Shin & Todd Gray
28, Saturday March 29, Sunday March 30
to 10 pm
Examining themes of
fashion and consumption, we will present durational performances and
installation works in this former furniture store's windows. Questions
regarding the relationship of art and commerce today are myriad, and while there
are no simple answers, most observers agree that there are many troubling
implications of the influences of speculation, branding and celebrity on the
current climate. Giving away the aesthetic experience through such a temporary
event is a return to earlier, more idealistic times, yet placing the work
within a shopping district anchors it to the realistic present. We imagine this
to be an exciting event which will attract art audiences, as well as provide an
unusual experience to passers-by.
Jordan Biren and
Corrina Peipon present a
tableau/performance, "The Exchange of the Avant-Garde" inspired by
quotes taken from a recent Norman Klein discussion of the late Jean
strategies are now central to the branding of all products..."
simulacrum was simply the original itself. It had emerged as the glowing center
of all global branding...It was simply the mood that sold anything. "
represents the "look" of a business transaction, while an inner
dialogue belies conflicted psychological realities of personal negotiation
through a world of branded transactions. With the supporting text contradicting
the appearance of the action, only the image of the event remains, an image
meant to draw attention to the presumptions, or "branded"
recognition, of what is taking place. A search for what defines in what we see
that which we are told we are seeing.
Nancy Buchanan's "3 Fates" sees myth reduced to
marketing; throughout cultural history, sacred and mythic women have appeared
in threes, sometimes also merging into one mythic figure. In Greek mythology,
the three Fates personified destiny and controlled the thread of life from
birth to death (and beyond). The Greek word moira (moῖra) translates as a part
or portion—and so, one's fate is the part one is destined to play in
life. While their forerunners were draped in white, could the gowns worn
by these fashionable "Fates" hint at what lies beyond fashion?
Siren-red satin, prison-jumpsuit orange, camouflage (with glitter).
In Ashley McLean
Day," colorful felt cut out dolls hang in the balance above a miniature,
faux mythological environment, the Garden of Eden meets a metaphoric
apocalyptic collapse, where the yearning for sincere expression clashes with
the expectation and imposition of compliance to the contemporary notion of
aesthetics. Beckoned by the allure and idealization of the Promised Land
below, the dolls, both identical and unique, are naturally confused by the
conundrum of self declaration versus the desire to fit in.
MaryLinda Moss collaborates with Nikii Henry to create a Performative Installation. Through the
evening figures moving through space will leave an imprint, a record of the
presence of the body in the world. Using gauze and plaster,
'clothing" will be formed on the body. As the body moves on, it's image is left behind to create a record of the journey
through time and space
Danial Nord addresses the troubling relationships between art
and commerce, and the implications and influences of speculation, branding and
celebrity on the current art-making climate. His inspiration comes from
Hollywood's historical misrepresentation of artists, and overheard dialogues
between dealers and potential clients at recent Art Fairs. Nord's installation
centers on a projected clip from the film "On the Town" which shows a
ballerina as an artist, described in the film as "the perfect urban
woman", making a painting.
& John O'Brien create a
tableau in which two personages appear in the dark at the center of the space,
like a players in a theatre. The female personage will have a pile of rags
or fashion magazines under her She could be a Queen, he a Poet. Each has a
different style of dress, which means different ways to live and to consider
the capitalism of attire.
Astra Price addresses what food we have and what food we
use. Inspired by constantly seeing fruit trees that have gone unharvested
and unused, this two-part work will repurpose unused domestic fruit in two
phases. On night one, she will process this food; juice, simple salad, etc… and
serve it to the people on the streets. Given the city of Pasadena's origin
having strong ties to citrus production, this work addresses some issues of
site specificity, but can just as easily be applied to larger concepts of
consumption and waste.
Natasa Prosenc's installation, "Innocence – Dissolved"
metaphorically performs the impasse of fast lane consumerism wrapped into the
ideology of progress; the discarded toys suffocating in the thickened gooey
mass of the past embodied emotional investment, that has nowhere else to go
except release into obsession with possession and consumption. As our
environment is cluttered with an unprecedented excess of material objects, our
culture witnesses a steadily dissolving ability to infuse these objects with
emotion. It is this emotional investment that animates our relationship with
objects and with materiality as such. Now that this emotional link is
loosening, our world is changing. These old-fashioned toys, once brimming with
the energy from a child's power of imagination and warmth of her touch are now
discarded, as are the imaginative and emotive habits that go along with
and film theoretician Maja Manojlovic
Santarromana & William Roper reprise
their 2007 "Malambing Thang in which the artists contemplated the nature
of desire and longing and how these emotional states create and/or affect the
perception of ones identity. In the current 'Malambing Thang (Live),' these
same issues of longing, desire and identity attempt to play themselves out as
pure commodity. Viewers on the street will see the backs of a group of people
in the video projection and will have to look around the projection to view the
Evelyn Serrano invites viewers to a session of dysfunctional,
mid-air storytelling, where the "truth" is spinned, Serrano has
engaged a sign spinner to manipulate a short poem exploring connections between
the spectacle of corporate identity, the branding of culture and the
contemporary choreography of meaning.
Suzanne Siegel once shopped for chairs at this very furniture
store – she recalls that they were expensive and the salespeople had attitude.
Siegel's "Shopping Expedition" references memories of shopping trips
to the city (Boston) as a child and also nostalgia for a gentler consumer
& Todd Gray will create a
performance and a video projection piece for "The Long Weekend"
during the performance night, Todd will be installed in the window space and
drum for the duration of the evening; this drumming will trigger a random
choice of short video projection sequences created by Kyungmi of Kumasi market
in Ghana. The Kumasi market is the largest open-air market in West
Africa, and the video was shot walking around the market.
JORDAN BIREN has
recently resumed his long dormant performance practice to augment over two
decades of work in single channel video. In both video and perfomance, his work
considers permutations of meaning behind narrative articulation. He teaches
Video Art at Cal State University San Bernardino.
addresses issues of power and money in her work, taking the form of video,
drawing, collage, and installation. She is faculty of Film/Video at
Todd Gray has
exhibited his photo based work internationally and is represented in the
permanent collections of museums and universities here and abroad. Gray
maintains studios in both Inglewood, California and Takoradi, Ghana.
Emenegger is by tradition an assemblage artist whose work questions established
"absolutes", reveres and summons the feminine, and speaks to the
tender parts of the soul. Her felt installation work also contends with
the issues of absolutes versus personal mythology but in a more humorous manner
with vibrant color, child-like media, and less subdued irreverence.
delves into the ephemeral, the transitional, the transformative in ourselves,
the vulnerable point from which we come to a new awareness of self. Her
sculpture relates to the body and its processes, and has a unique quality in
its use of organic matter in conjunction with other materials. Her sculptural
and installation pieces are an abstracted embodiment of our emotional and
spiritual experiences often relating to the cycles and elements of the natural
Danial Nord's work
critiques the influence of consumerism and commercial media in our
overstimulated environment. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Nord
studied at the Tyler School of Art and the NYU Center for Digital Multimedia.
This past year he exhibited solo projects at HAUS and Fringe in Los
John O'Brien was
born in Sagamihara, Japan; he currently lives and works in Los Angeles,
California and Umbria, Italy. His work has shown itself to bear an effective
confluence of diverse attitudes and disciplines. Installation, video,
performance, sculpture, painting and drawing come together in an artistic
practice pointed at the investigation of objects and their significance to us.
His practice encompasses studio art, public art, art writing and curatorial
Cielo Pessione was
born in Rome Italy, she currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California
and Umbria, Italy. After finishing her art degree at the Liceo Artistico, she
completed her University studies with a doctorate in Modern Literature at the
Sapienza University of Rome. She works in the visual arts (fiber arts,
installation and printmaking) and works with performance in both traditional
and experimental settings.
Astra Price is a
new media artist interested in exploring the non-static
world in art and
life. Currently she gives shape to her explorations through
video in a variety
of forms including improvisation, installations and
single channel work
and has been recently been focusing on concerns of food
in her kitchen and
in her art.
Natasa Prosenc is
an internationally acclaimed visual artist whose work challenges the
conventions assigned to video art and narrative film. By escaping the
categories her visual concepts tap into the preconscious sentient self prior to
all thought and theory.
William Roper is an
artist working in the disciplines of music, theater and the visual arts. He
eagerly awaits the return of The Great Waschbär.
Santarromana's work is biographical, addressing the perception and construction
of identities. His work has been exhibited internationally and he is currently
teaching at California State University in Long Beach and the University of
California in Riverside, He also runs a video art DVD Publishing company: www.system-yellow.com.
Evelyn Serrano is a
Cuban artist, mother, and independent curator currently living in Los Angeles
County, California. She is also the Assistant Director of Programs at the
CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP). She has exhibited her work in solo
and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Serrano feels honored to
have worked with talented groups of visual artists, writers and actors for
several exhibitions and art events she has curated both nationally and
Kyungmi Shin is an
installation artist whose work weaves the language of photoraphy, sculpture,
painting and video. She studied at SF Art Institute & UC Berkeley,
and currents lives and works in Los Angeles and Ghana.
Suzanne Siegel is
an assemblage artist whose work focuses on social/feminist concerns. She has
been exhibiting locally and nationally for thirty years.