High Energy Constructs is pleased to present INTERNAL MECHANISMS - a
group exhibition of contemporary artists from Los Angeles; New Haven,
Connecticut; Amsterdam; and Chang Mai, Thailand. Guest curator, Joseph
Imhauser, brings together nine artists working in a variety of media,
whose works offer a discerning awareness of how we view and shape the
world(s) around us.
INTERNAL MECHANISMS is proud to be the first US exhibit for artist
Semâ Bekirovic, and the US premiere of “Taste of Noodles” (2006), a
video documentary by Sutthirat Supaparinya.
About the artists:
Semâ Bekirovic is an artist working primarily in
photography and video. Bekirovic has studied at BDK, Berlin and the
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. She has attended the Rijksakademie
residency, Amsterdam (2005-2006) and Lijiang Studio residency, China
(2006). She has shown in numerous museum, art spaces, and galleries in
China and throughout Europe. Internal Mechanisms is her first US
exhibition. Bekirovic lives and work in Amsterdam.
Laura Forman has shown throughout Southern
California and in New York. In 2005, she was awarded the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art’s Timothy Wride Award. She has studied at the San
Francisco Art Institute, Santa Monica College, and is a recent graduate
of the California Institute of the Arts. Forman lives and works in Los
Emilie Halpern’s work has been included in
exhibitions at Casey Kaplan, New York; ACME, Los Angeles; The Breeder,
Athens; and Kunstraum Innsbruck. She received her MFA from Art Center
College of Design in 2002 and her BA from University of California, Los
Angeles in 1998. Halpern recently completed a solo project at The Santa
Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, 2007 and will have a solo exhibition
at Medium Gallery, St. Barthes later this year. Halpern is represented
by Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, where she has had solo shows in
2004 and 2006.
Jason Starr has shown in Austin, Berlin, Chicago,
Los Angeles, and Malmo, Sweden. He received his MFA from University of
Southern California in 2007 and his BFA from California Institute of
the Arts in 2005. Justin Hansch has shown in Austin,
Berlin, Chicago, Copenhagen, London, and Los Angeles. He is founder of
Justin’s Museum of Contemporary Art and has studied at Mountain School
of Art, Los Angeles and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In
2008, Hansch will be included in a group exhibit at Yalu River Art
Museum, Dandong City, China.
Dhavid Streicher is a visual artist and electronic
composer. He has shown throughout Southern California as well as in New
Haven, Chicago, and Cambridge, United Kingdom. He has organized sound
art happenings in Chicago, and his composition, Raushgebet (2005) was
released through the label (12/24) MHz. Streicher is currently
completing an MFA in Sculpture at Yale University and received his BFA
from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006. Streicher lives and
works in New Haven.
Sutthirat Supaparinya is an educator, artist, and
filmmaker working primarily in multi-media installation and video
documentary. Her work has been shown in Germany and throughout Asia.
She is currently teaching a guest lecturer at Payap University and
Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Graduate School of Media and
Communication Technology. Supaparinya lives and works in Chiang Mai,
Kaari Upson has exhibited her work in New York and
Los Angeles. She has studied at the New York Studio School and at the
California Institute of the Arts, where she received her BFA in 2004,
and MFA in 2007. Upson was most recently awarded her first solo
exhibition via an upcoming Hammer Projects at the UCLA Hammer Museum.
Upson currently lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.
Louisa Van Leer’s multi-discipline practice
includes sculpture, photography, installation, public art, and
architecture. She received her MFA from California Institute of the
Arts in 2006, her BFA and BA from Rhode Island School of Design in
1991, and was awarded her California architecture license in 2001. She
is a 2006 recipient of a Skowhegan Fellowship in Painting and
Sculpture. Van Leer lives and works in Los Angeles.
About the curator:
is an artist whose works have been
shown in Los Angeles, Sao Paolo, Orlando, Florida, and throughout
Missouri. He received a BFA from CalArts in 2005 and currently lives
and works in Los Angeles. INTERNAL MECHANISMS is his first curatorial