Carmine Iannaccone: IamTheGravitySurfer
Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 6-9pm
Alias Books East, Atwater Village
3163 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039
ShoeboxLA is pleased to present Carmine Iannaccone: IamTheGravitySurfer. At some height above the city, a cyclist speeds down a curving mountain road. The rider leans into the bends, negotiating a startling rush of forces. Her motion causes the road’s static plane to heave and dip like a swelling ocean. She navigates those swells and dips, pockets and humps, cutting a line across the onrushing topograph.
MEANWHILE, HUNDREDS OF FEET BELOW THE RIDER: countless layers of alluvium compress under the weight of their own accumulation. Differentiations across their breadth activate, crumpling the mass into uplifts and domes, folds and depressions. A slab breaks the surface, its submerged cross-section becomes visible as layers, mineral chemistries irradiated by light now become color.
IAmTheGravitySurfer and the accompanying publication Accordion Fold simultaneously disassemble and reproduce these conditions in sculptural form. In so doing, Carmine Iannaccone looks at the nested plays of time and energy and how they combine to create patterns. In their dazzling variety and tantalizing offers of legibility, these patterns calibrate our perception of the world and speak to our anxieties about how we fit in.
Carmine Iannaccone has been making art in Los Angeles for over 20 years. He received his BA from Dartmouth College and his MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. He is currently a studio mentor and teaches graduate seminars in critical theory at Claremont Graduate University.
Now in its second year, ShoeboxLA gives Los Angeles artists an opportunity to do one-day, site-specific exhibitions outside the traditional gallery setting. Artists and founders Sophia Allison and Paul W. Evans provide an intimate space that challenges artists' and viewers' expectations of size and scale. Locations change for each show but the space remains the same.
(Alias Books East is a curated, general used bookstore located in the heart of Atwater Village. They carry a wide selection of used and out of print titles with an emphasis on literature, film and the arts. www.aliasbookseast.com)