Hidden in the middle of a vast corporate park and situated in between the 5 and 405 freeways in Orange County, far south of where typical LA-gallery-goers ever venture, is a promising new gallery called 98Ten. Its fourth show, Dismantling Data, is a concise group show of works by three LA-based artists, Greg Colson, Jenny Herrick, and Asad Faulwell, that explores the visual vocabulary of social signs, symbols, and systems of interaction.
All three artists approach this kind of social data differently but each to a kind of clean, sobering effect. Colson extracts clippings of images from newspapers, public signs, and other media, collaging the images together neatly to distill questions around public fear and social propaganda. Faulwell's paintings blend expressionistic brush strokes with newspaper collage and writings in Farsi as a way to turn public attitudes and discourse around religious conflicts in the Middle East into clarified compositions of decorative patterns, a tidying up, of sorts, of political figures in pictorial space. Herrrick's works on gouache are most appealing, as she approaches social data - both imagined and real -systematically, reducing systems of bioscience, architecture, and language into cool, yet disturbingly effective compositions that evoke the seductiveness of such clinical order.
- Hong-An Truong
(Images top-bottom: Asad Faulwell, 2007, mixed media; Asad Faulwell, 2008, mixed media; Jenny Herrick, 2008, gouche on paper; Greg Colson, 2008, pigment print. All images courtesy of artists and 98ten)