¶ is proud to present its inaugural exhibit, Gape. Through conceptual, installation, and performance based works, seven artists tackle the subject of sexiness, along with the assumptions and associations around it. More than a display of erotic art, Gape creates a dialogue around the portrayal and cultivation of sexuality by exploring concepts of sexiness and eroticism as a performance and as a commodity, its public aspects as well as private, and best of all, the multitude of gray areas surrounding the issue. The ways in which people are acculturated to define, respond to and in turn perform the erotic presents a quagmire of misaligned priorities and dubious values. Specific aspects under scrutiny are the artificial borders of masculinity and femininity, as well as the internalization of mainstream concepts.
Jay Erker is an MFA graduate of California Institute of the Arts. She has been included in various group exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco and is currently a director at WEEKEND.
Sean C. Flaherty is a Los Angeles based artist who has been considering issues of identity and communication through shared cultural experiences such as theater, music, and film. While he often uses appropriated imagery, Flaherty will also appear in his own work, using his likeness when dealing with the personal to explore family traditions and relationship dynamics. Video is his primary medium but he also works in sculpture, photography, and drawing. He received his BFA from California State University Long Beach, and his MFA from CalArts in 2012. He is scheduled to exhibit at the Grand Central Art Center later this year and will be part of a group exhibition this summer at the Torrance Art Museum.
EJ Hill incorporates his own body (or surrogate bodies) into much of his work. He examines its physical properties, limitations, and its role in cultural signification. Recent performances and exhibitions include Help is on the Way (for Mark Aguhar, Trayvon Martin, and the rest of Us) at Monte Vista Projects (Los Angeles), Slow Danceat ACRE Projects (Chicago), and Overkill at The Mission (Chicago). EJ earned a BFA from Columbia College Chicago and is a current MFA candidate at UCLA.
Emily Marchand is an artist currently working and living in Los Angeles. Her main focus encompasses ideas around aging in a culture fixated on youth, which she attempts to negotiate through sculpture and installation. A recent graduate from the Art program at UCLA, she is a contributor to the curatorial group ¶ (New Paragraph) as well as a founding member of the supper club Feed Us Fund Us which raises money towards mini grants for artists.
Marissa Magdalena is a B cup. She feels most at home in liminal spaces. Her work straddles a range of articulation from fashion, sculpture, and performance to installation. She is an alumnus of Otis College of Art and Design and the current Artist in Residence at Trash 4 Teaching.
Pat Patricio is currently working towards a double bachelor degree in Art and Architectural Studies at UCLA. Trained as a multimedia artist, his current work is focused in painting and performance. Me time, is a part of series of performances entitled personals is politicalsthat engage private acts forced into public contexts. Pat lives, masturbates, and works in Los Angeles.
Elyse Reardon–Jung is a Los Angeles bred artist. Employing primarily performance and video, her work deals with the interplay between masochism and gender roles as an expression of the tension between personal strength and self-destruction. Her work has been shown in the states and abroad with CoLab at Platform LA, the New Wight Gallery, JAUS and she is a founding member of the curatorial group ¶. She is a recent graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles.
¶ (New Paragraph) is a curatorial collective helmed by artists Emily Marchand, Elyse Reardon-Jung, Eric Vrymoed, and Sam Widaman. As artists working in the Los Angeles area, they feed on the vibrant culture and conversations surrounding the art world. Yet frequently the artistic community can seem small and suffocating, overly fixated on parsing out trivia that can stymie the free exchange of ideas. That is why ¶ has hit the return key! Rather than drop the conversation altogether, they seek to introduce familiar concepts in a new light, by showing new work from emerging artists, on subjects that are as relevant as they are entertaining.