Producing Space features new site responsive works by Aaron Finnis, Cybele Lyle, Amy M. Ho, and Emma Spertus.
While pursuing distinct practices, these four artists similarly work with re-purposed images, materials and existing spaces in ways that reference normative modes of representation, while also subverting them, instigating psychological responses and suggesting new possibilities. To varying degrees their architectural and material manipulations call attention to and critique the cultural production of space, exploring relationships between illusion and reality, constructed space, constructed subjectivity and power.
For this exhibition, the artists literally produce a new space, or set of spatial possibilities, within Interface Gallery with site responsive works that are surreal, playful and subversive.
Spertus advertises a fictional sculpture exhibit in a work that simultaneously functions as blinds, covering the gallery window and door and creating darkness for Lyle and Ho's projected works within. Lyle contributes a video projection of a scene from nature onto the existing gallery architecture, while Ho projects video of a small scale model of an imagined space into the gallery skylights - blurring lines between outside and in, imagined and existing architecture, respectively. Finally, Finnis' work combines everyday, mass produced objects with the digital, referencing physical and virtual spaces of production that reflect and construct our social and cultural identity.
Three out of four of these artists share studio space in an Oakland studio, aptly named "Real, Time and Space," which was founded by Spertus. The artists first exhibited their work together in 2011 in a show at The Lab entitled, "A Floorless Room without Walls." Interface Gallery is pleased to bring their work together again for this exhibition.