Exhibiting a sculptural installation at Dan Graham, The objects in focus through Justin Gainan’s work are heavy devices—heavy in weight and general tactility. However, the physical objects are not the end of a spectrum, so to speak, but are rather a provocation of what to do with real qualities and how to negotiate presence with these cumbersome ubiquitous entities. Evident confrontations between audience and work are not the symptoms of mischievous tactics here. On the contrary, a confrontation is revealed as Truth and Honesty enters the syntax.
Suburban Los Angeles is a mask (and costume) for two friends in Jason Underhill’s 2009 film Howlin’. The movie follows Daniel and Maria (played by Ben Smith and Roxie Fuller) as the duo talk each other into a narrative that suitably recycles the tropes of their favorite gothic fantasies, servicing their egos as they seek full-frontal self-possession. The pair follows their dreams, sell their souls and make plans to burn their sleepy little town to the ground, all without losing their much-deserved Idol status. “Underhill continues to draw our attention to the interesting miscues and dramas that blooms when reality goes out of focus.” (Colin Perry, MAP, Spring 2010). Also starring: Lucy Griffin and Michael Patrick Carr. Runtime: 30 minute screening loop.
Justin Gainan, b. 1981 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Justin attended the Kansas City Art Institute and graduated in 2004 with his BFA. Solo exhibitions include The Lynne Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri (2004), and Dolphin (2007), also in Kansas City. Selected group exhibitions include Form Content London, UK, and The David Roberts Art Foundation London, UK. In 2006 Justin received the Charlotte Street award in Kansas City, Missouri, an award of unrestricted funds granted to four artists per year. Justin’s upcoming exhibitions include a group exhibition in Moscow, Russia and another at Bäckerstrasse 4 in Vienna, Austria. Gainan received his MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London and currently lives in Oakland, California.
Jason Underhill, b. 1982 in Los Angeles. Jason’s work has been exhibited internationally in the U.S. and around Europe, at venues including The Royal Academy of Art, London, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, and Landmark at Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway. His film, Howlin,’ was included as part of Form Content’s The Filmic Conventions and screened at the ZOO Art Fair in London this past October. In 2008, Jason’s film JESSIE LIVES was selected for Bloomberg’s New Contemporaries, an annual traveling exhibition of emerging artists in the UK. Jason received his MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2009 and his BFA from CalArts in 2005. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
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