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Leo Koenig Inc. is pleased to present "Not Human"\, Brandon Lattu’s fourth solo exhibition with the Gallery. "Not Human" centers around two distinct bodies of work\, projected slide shows and sculptural photogr aphic reliefs. Both types of work extend Lattu’s ongoing considerations abo ut the current ideological stakes of the photographic image in relation to the archive as well as particular legacies of Modernism\, including the rea dymade and the monochrome.

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In the main gallery\, two slide shows ar e separated by a long curtain and projected onto opposite walls. Culled fro m the artist’s extensive archive of more than 120\,000 digital and scanned photographs\, "Not Human" (2013) is comprised by a timed sequence of ordere d images.

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Within each frame\, one finds the picture of an environme nt. Each environment includes a billboard\, a bus shelter\, a store window or some form of display in which the image of a person's face is incidental . In this progression\, no single image bears any relation to its previous image\, formally or geographically. Frames are tethered by a very brief ove rlap between one illuminating and one disappearing face\, both of which are situated in the same section of their respective frames\; their common fea ture is position. Visage after visage\, the overall sequence limns the digi tally and surgically altered apparatus of idealized archetypes. These are c onstructed images of constructed people that have been presented in public for private adaptation.

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On the opposite wall\, another slide show f lickers silently at a different rate. "Smarter Than A Dog\, Faster Than Any thing" (2013) takes as its starting point a single image\, sometimes uncann y and more often banal\, from Lattu’s archive. Each image has been run thro ugh Google’s image search engine in an effort to find a similar or correspo nding match. The yield varies. A stucco wall painted peach near a patch of grass mysteriously attracts wedding images. Flesh attracts flesh. Each orig inary image repeats momentarily between approximations chosen by the artist revealing cosmologies formed by hit and miss results. The machine\, though capable of accessing a greater breadth of images faster than any archive i n history\, often reveals its not-quite-human status.

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An encounter with the second body of work on view\, "Selected Compositions"\, begins in the center gallery and coils into the east gallery. Further developing his "Random Composition" series from 2010\, Lattu brings together four separate images from his archives to serve as the material (and conceptual) support for the monochromatic ‘face’ of a geometric sculptural volume that protrud es from the wall. The single color covering the face spills over each edge and fades onto the discrete depictive images that occupy each side\, partia lly obscuring content. This obfuscation at once invites more detailed inspe ction and acknowledges a co-constructive relationship between pure image an d pure color. While these works\, like the slide presentations\, adhere to a general format\, each "Selected Composition" is unique in that it differs in shape\, size\, image and color according to the artist’s chosen prefere nces.

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Lattu deftly builds upon his previous works with architecture and environmental signage ("Building Obscured by Signs"\, 1999\; "Miracle Mile"\, 2000\; "Repeat"\, 2006\; "Fleetwood Billboard"\, 2010)\, archives ( "Selected Products"\, 2001\; "Rejected Products"\, 2001\; "The Library Seri es"\, 2006-2008) and projected images ("Water Under The Bridge"\, 1998\; "U ntitled Slide Piece"\, 2006)\, while still deferring to the subjective proc esses of archiving and editing that undergirded the Structuralist slide sho ws of Ad Reinhardt. Despite an ever expanding\, sped up\, and ubiquitous im age world\, Lattu refuses the oppositional position of pure abstraction and presents a case for the use of photographs – analog or digital - as tools for critical knowledge production and agency.

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Brandon Lattu’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at The Happy Lion\, Los Angeles\, Leo Ko enig Inc.\, New York\, Vacio 9\, Madrid\, Monte Clark Gallery\, Vancouver a nd the Kunstverein Bielefeld\, Germany. Recent group exhibitions include: " Electric Fields\, Surrealism and Beyond"\, Museum of Contemporary Art\, Sha nghai\; "Attitude Cinema"\, Pesaro Film Festival\, Italy\; "How Many Billbo ards"\, MAK Center for Art and Architecture\, West Hollywood\; "Walker Evan s and the Barn" at the Stedelijk Museum\; Amsterdam\; "Image for Image"\, a t the Museum Ostwall\, Dortmunder\, Germany\; "Tractatus Logico-Catalogicus "\, Vox centre de l’image contemporaine\, Montreal\; and "The Movement of I mages"\, at the Centre Pompidou\, Paris. Lattu lives and works in Los Angel es. He is an associate professor at U.C. Riverside.

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