Bleicher Gallery La Brea presents “Soft Machine UT”, curated by Mike Saijo. Saijo's ambitious project is a series of painted hexagon shapes formed to look like DNA compounds. These shapes will be painted on by diverse members of the community, making a constantly evolving exhibition. Taking cue from the William Burrough’s innovative cut-up/fold-in novel, the canvases create a gallery-wide DNA structure and together, tell a new kind of mythology about our social dynamics.
The exhibit is the first of a three-part series of exhibits curated and created by Mike Saijo. Inspired by William Burrough’s 1964 sci-fi novel Soft Machine, this exhibit explores the novel’s concept of undifferentiated tissue (UT), a tissue which causes the protagonist to metamorphose and change identities throughout the course of its story. Much like the UT, today’s scientific practices continue to change our own DNA and, in turn, constantly restructure the DNA of our society as a whole.
The exhibit will travel to different institutions and be documented as a short film for presentation at the Society of Arts and Healthcare in Detroit in 2012.
Discussion/ Second Reception: Thursday October 13, 6-10PM
-Artists will discuss their work and their views on their work’s current historical contexts.
Show run: September 27 – October 23, 2011
Location: Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, 1431 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica CA 90401