Windows & Mirrors
This exhibition seeks the logic of a cultural production raised in the habitus of post-pluralism. In the context of the contemporary, it is difficult to determine the nature of medium specificity. The color field of modernism has been expanded by minimalism and conceptualism to encompass the full scope of the Real, leaving the pictorial plane frameless. This condition is accepted a priori in the works of both Gomez and Wilson.
Composed of “no signal” video screen blue, Andrew Norman Wilson uses projectors, monitors and mirrors to create a light installation in the downstairs gallery. He is, in a sense, a color field painter. However, it is the vacant light of “no signal” video blue being used, the antithesis of IKB. This blue is familiar yet quickly approaching obsolescence. In this work, there is no pretense towards transcendence or the timeless as in that of Turrell or even Eliasson. Shadowing behind the abstraction presented in the gallery, is a performance outside of the art vacuum. Wilson researches and purchases his installation materials as faux naif. He interacts with customer service representatives asking questions like, “Why is the no-video signal blue, blue?” Wilson’s work fluidly occupies the gallery space and the world at large.
Sayre Gomez presents a site-specific installation, by inserting a window directly into the gallery wall. Treated with a trompe l’oeil patina of the everyday, this window is a “recreation” of one found in a vacant L.A. store-front. Gomez uses the vernacular of fringe commerce, consumerism and the loose seams of the economy as medium. His object is familiar in our current urban landscape and foreign as an art object in the gallery; generic in reference, yet specific in execution. The pervasiveness of appropriation is apparent in the signature style developed in Gomez’s hand. Further, this work asks: If cultural relevancy must somehow contain its own irrelevance?
Concurrently, Gomez will be presenting new works on canvas, thirty small works on paper, and a single graphite drawing at Kavi Gupta. Opening this Saturday, November 19 from 4 – 7pm.
Norman Wilson received his BS in Television, Radio and Film with a minor in Fine Arts in 2006 at Syracuse University, Newhouse School of Communications and his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. Currently he has work in a group exhibition at Appendix Project Space in Portland, Oregon and at Eastern Bloc, Montreal.
Sayre Gomez lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago (2005) and an MFA from CalArts (2008). Recent exhibitions include ZZYZX, at Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles and Self Expression or Fog and Other Works at Kavi Gupta Gallery, Berlin, Germany. Recent group exhibitions include Sayre Gomez, Sean Townley and Bobbi Woods at Luis De Jesus in Los Angeles, Other People's Projects at White Columns in New York, and The Awful Parenthesis curated by Aram Moshayedi at Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles. Gomez is also included in the new book published by Lawrence King, titled 100 New Artists.
Following the opening reception will be a performance by Seth Sher at The Hills Esthetic Center, 128 N. Campbell Street 8pm-11pm