RECENTLY FROM LOS ANGELES
September 5, 2008 - October 4, 2008
Opening Night Friday September 5th, 2008, 7-10pm
MANIAC / 387 17 TH STREET NO. 204 / OAKLAND, CA 94612
MANIAC presents L.A. Wonderground: Recently from Los Angeles from September 5th 2008 through October 4, 2008. Three emerging artists from Los Angeles project the social feasibility of contemporary public sculpture, replicate borderless representations of national defense, and provide a dissection of power and knowledge through language and culturally trademarked texts.
Sidonie Loiseleux, Ian Arenas, and Diana-Sofia Estrada all work in close relation to a process-based art, making visual notice of the symbolic nature of their subjects while actively attempting to re-route contemporary philosophies pertaining to global citizenship, worth of existence, and cultural identity back to an earlier relevance.
100 of 1001 Attempts, F-15 captures Loiseleux's failed attempts at creating paper airplanes displayed in Plexiglas casing. Accompanied by massive (from ceiling to floor), inkjet prints of unfolded paper airplane attempts, F-22 Raptors (2003- ), and F-15/F-1 Mirage (1990-1991), Loiseleux depicts the "literal territory of folded lines" drawing regard to enemy lines and national borders during times of conflict. Arenas recreates his public sculpture 'A How-To Instruction Manual for Sleeping and Shoplifting' (a project collaboration with John Barlog and John Burtle), carrying on the tradition of time-based work depending on disappearance in the public realm. Regarding daily symbolism, Arenas works with the destinations of work and leisure, production and waste.
Estrada's interest in power and terms of authority as language and culture provides it, imparts a platform for revision and reduction in the way of exploring absence or the removal of known symbols. Using theoretical texts important to Western cultural criticism, thepinkglassswan and visualculture are deconstructed and seen as a move toward a psychology based on visual cues alone. In the same manner, Citizen Revisited presents a silhouette of Estrada as a collection of information sources-books, shelving, and papers minus all biological matter.
Loiseleux recently completed an MFA from CalArts in 2008 and has shown internationally including Peres Projects, (Los Angeles), Galerie Droite, (Paris), CityLights, (Krakow), and Little Tree (San Francisco). Arenas recently completed a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and holds an MFA from CalArts. Arenas has exhibited widely including UCLA Wight Gallery, Milwaukee Art Museum (WI), and Walkers Point Center for the Arts (WI). Estrada holds an MFA from CalArts and had shown nationally including Space 125 Gallery (TX), Michael Poppyfield Gallery (LA), and Union Gallery (TX).
Loiseleux, Arenas and Estrada all participated in 'We Want A New Object' taking over L.A.'s Chinatown Galleries this past June curated by Malik Gaines (My Barbarian) and Christine Y. Kim (Studio Museum, Harlem).