Summercamp's Project Project presents GO BIG OR GO HOME: big ass sculpture show, an outdoor group exhibition featuring works large in scale and in scope with Melissa Manfull in Guestroom. With a special performance by Falcon Eddy. Organized by Fatima Hoang, Elonda Billera & Janice Gomez.
Interested in an agave plant from the neighborhood that had rotting fruit stabbed through its top spikes, Kristi Lippire's sculpture combines local plant forms made of papier-mache and steel rods to emphasize humor and danger. Richard Haley investigates the interface between the body and objects and the extent to which these relationships produce the self in an attempt to locate the corporeal self in a postindustrial culture. Objects as literal manifestations of these relationships between body and object – the podiums that we speak from, the crutches that we lean on, the flagpoles that we articulate nation through. By replicating and intervening into natural systems like tide patterns and tree growth, Haley imposes a man-made logic onto resistant natural, futile technologies intentionally call into question the whereabouts of agency among human and natural bodies. Breathing new life into a 99 cent store toy, Lorraine Cleary Dale's humourous sculpture questions concepts such as fear, change, chance, and the deep desire for recovery; while also exploring greater environmental issues the world faces today. The question remains can we as a culture or as individuals retain a hopeful and positive outlook when the stakes are down?
Don't Put Nothing in It, Unless You Feel It, by Nicole Antebi,is a recreation of Darwin's two by three foot weed garden used for experiments in the natural selection of plant species. The project elaborates on the experiment to include readings by the poet, Amaranth Borsuk, and experimental sounds of Clay Chaplin and others using sound and language as a way of beckoning plants to the surface. Another work dug into the ground, El Sereno Jaw by Josh Callaghan, is composed of 16 concrete teeth of a lower jaw set in the dirt like gums. Will Long offers unexpected experiences by altering the mundane identity and function of everyday materials. Through ductwork with audio components installed on the hillside, Long broadens the viewers perspective regarding the built environment. Jason Manley's work references ornate, fluorescent Hollywood signs and vintage Las Vegas billboards, where the context of advertisement is changed to a platform for poetic prose. The text addresses the here and now, and is intended to stimulate awareness to place, breaking the monotony of corporate sameness, and merging the boundaries between personal and public.
And as a compliment to GO BIG OR GO HOME, Melissa Manfull's drawing and its accompanying potential space satellites will be featured in Guestroom. Interested in the surface of concrete as an opaque barrier, Manfull's drawings are based on soviet modernist architecture, specifically the disintegrating Palaces of Culture. Cold and sedate, using concrete as the primary material, these palaces were created as places of leisure run by the corresponding trade unions and government to promote various forms of art and culture. Manfull's satellite drawings embody the absurdity of the palaces, where their intention and design are in conflict. This conflict also exemplifies the reality of modernity; new designs undermining the proposed idealism.