Gang of Carp: 1970s Performance and Installation
Alternative Artworks Contemporary Art Ephemera
LOS ANGELES, CA—“Gang of Carp: Ephemera” will open Saturday October 8, 2011, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at Future Studio Gallery in Los Angeles (Highland Park), 5558 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90042. The installation will include dozens of examples of contemporary art ephemera and documentation—such as exhibition announcements, mailers, snapshots and archival photography, posters and correspondence—related to performance and installation art in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area sponsored by Carp, and including other independent actions.
Carp was an alternative arts program formed in Venice, CA in the 1970s for the exhibition of experimental artworks in various public and private spaces, mass media, and other venues; the NEA-funded organization had no permanent space. Founders and curators are Barbara Burden and Marilyn Nix.
Among the documents to be shown are ephemera and documents from such artists as Chris Burden, Jon Hassel, Kim Jones, Ilene Segalove, Alexis Smith, Tom Marioni, Bruce Nauman, Richard Newton, and Robert Wilhite, [complete list attached]. In addition to completed projects, Carp will show materials related to incomplete projects proposed by Gordon Matta-Clark and Michael McMillen.
Carp’s mix of installation, performance, television, video, print magazine and street influenced many experimental art organizations that have followed. As part of Pacific Standard Time, this exhibit reflects an under-appreciated but growing-in-importance aspect of contemporary art—ephemera. It includes the early and experimental work of both well- and lesser-known LA artists in the 1970s.
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Part of Pacific Standard Time
Opening takes place on NELAart.com’s Second Saturday Gallery Night
Open Saturday Oct. 15, 22, 29 from noon to 5 pm, and by appt. through Nov. 4