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San Francisco

LoBot Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Curated by: Eric Araujo, ross campbell
1800 Campbell St.
Oakland, CA 94607

May 9th, 2009 - June 6th, 2009
May 9th, 2009 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
East Bay
by appt.
sculpture, conceptual, installation, photography, mixed-media, film/video

A two-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system is defined by 2 axes perpendicular to each other at right angles forming a plane known as the XY plane, X=horizontal, Y=vertical. The Z-axis is added to provide the third dimension of measurement.

Z-axis is a group exhibition of interdisciplinary artists who explore the realm of architecture and confront the various aspects of our built environment. By exploiting the intersections between art and architecture artists accommodate new beliefs and perceptions of how to direct and re-direct the purposes of space. They create new processes and rituals to live and work through momentary renderings of material reality, and invent the possible reality, that profoundly shapes the buildings, cities, and homes that help us define what is real and tangible.   
The artists in Z-axis compose new architectural references by assimilating the host space to translate their formal, social, and political meanings into their own art-architectural language. What is expressed is hidden in the grandeur, depth, scale and volumetric integration of their installations, sculptures, films and two-dimensional demonstrations.
Dan Grayber’s playful look at building machinery uses scaled spring-loaded mechanical models that rely on existing architecture for support.  Matt Volla analyzes human walks that reflect spatial conditioning via a participatory postcard, while Steven M King’s sound installation explores the logistical underbelly of urban planning that defines the process of city making.   Z-axis aims to present diverse and dynamic works that reflect disparate aspects of our built environment; this is framed within the large art space of Lobot gallery.

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