On Sept. 16, 2011, from 5-9PM Glendale Area Temporary Exhibitions (GATE) will celebrate the opening of new exhibitions and the closing of existing exhibitions in empty storefronts in downtown Glendale. Guests are also welcome to experience three additional existing art installations in the downtown Glendale area. For more info visit gateprojects.org
Punch by David John Attyah and Utopia by Mark Gens occupy a set of display constructions in windows along Broadway Blvd in the100 N. Brand Blvd. building. Gens’ work is a series of 3D wall constructions referring to models of sleek modernist skyscrapers and a utopian ideal of urban architecture. Displayed against the backdrop of the vacant, deconstructed bank at 100 N. Brand, the sculptures reveal the conflict between (socio-economic) fantasy and reality. Attyah’s mixed-media wall installations consisting of large-scale etchings, cut paper, and gilded frames reflects on male fears of invincibility and fantasies of vulnerability and ask why men create themselves via aggression.
Taylor Tschider’s Has That Always Been There? Consists of a series of humongous glitter-encrusted globule formations positioned at the entrance to the 100 N. Brand Blvd. building. These optically sumptuous and strange objects reference a fascination with opulence, spectacle, and awkward form. The work takes on an even more curious tone when viewed against the building’s empty excavated backdrop.
Tomo Isoyama’s Lucky Mandala, transforms two windows of the100 N. Brand Blvd. building into large circular meditations on consumerism and identity. Using imagery culled from numerous pop culture sources, Isoyama asks viewers to consider how cultural particularities inform one’s participation in commerce and the marketplace.
For Protoslag 2011, Kaminski and Mason present sculptures exploring dystopic visions of youth culture. Visitors are welcome to come and interact with their large pyramidal swing set, futuristic flat-screen scanning bed, and other multimedia works.
With Consideration & Distribution, Anna Magnuson creates an installation out of objects given to her in exchange for drawings. Participate in the project by bringing an object of value to Suite 230 in the 101 N. Brand building. Exchange this object for an original drawing.
David O. Johnson’s mysterious neon packing box sculpture transform the inside of 132 N. Brand Blvd., a former yogurt shop, highlighting its position as a site with rich potential.
Michael Ano’s You Didn’t Think I Could Run a Mile in Six Minutes compiles footage from the artist and other people running around the Los Angeles region, creating a hypnotic portrait of bodies passing through space. This video will screen in GATE’s projection room in Suite 1 in the Glendale City Center Building.
ABOUT GATE Projects:
GATE is a program of temporary exhibitions, curated by PRACCIS, a creative collaboration exploring the intersections of Public Art, Design, and Media. GATE works with property owners to organize temporary exhibitions, allowing artists to exhibit works and explore creatively outside of a conventional gallery setting. GATE is made possible through the support of the City of Glendale Redevelopment Agency.
For more information visit gateprojects.org