Five Thirty Three presents …in from the cold, a group exhibition featuring new work by artists Norm Laich, Erin Ming Lee, Matt Lucero, Carlos Mollura, and John Souza, organized by Marco Rios.
…in from the cold takes a cue from John Le Carre’s influential spy novel, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1963), later adapted to an Oscar nominated film (1965). After one of his missions goes awry, the protagonist is terminated, leading one to believe that he is no longer an active intelligence agent. However, his “coming in from the cold” is actually a calculated illusion—allowing him to continue with a mission, going even deeper undercover and creating the beginning of a more complicated story. The artists of this exhibition are positioned in relation to this story to allude to various methods of information gathering, infiltration, and the patience involved in both pursuits. The act of coming in from the cold is a way to think of these artists’ works and investigations as just the beginning of a more complex process.
Norm Laich lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied art at the Center for Creative Studies, Detroit; the Ontario College of Art, Toronto; and Eastern Michigan University. His works have been exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles; The California Institute of Technology, Pasadena; and Slanguage, Wilmington, CA.
Erin Ming Lee is based in New York, where she has pursued dance and choreographic projects for the past several years. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego, and her MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine.
Matt Lucero received an undergraduate degree from UC Riverside and a MFA from CalArts. His work has been exhibited at Harris Lieberman, NY; Liz Oliveria, Los Angeles; and LAX><ART, Los Angeles. Upcoming exhibitions include the 2008 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art.
Carlos Mollura earned a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Recent exhibitions include a site-specific project for The Pasadena Armory and a two-person exhibit at Glendale College.
John Souza lives in Los Angeles and studied art at Art Center, Los Angeles, and received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Solo exhibitions include Acuna Hanson Gallery, Los Angeles and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). He is also known for his work as a curator, gallery owner, educator, and graphic designer.