M arch 16 - April 14\, 2013

Opening rec eption: Saturday\, March 16th\, 2013 7-10pm

Actual Size Los Angeles is ple ased to present Waxing the Bud\, an exhibition organized by Erich Bo llmann that features work by Deanna Erdmann\, Esmeralda Montes\, Orlando Ti rado\, and Paul Waddell. Through a selection of works that presage an idyll ic land both fictive and ordinary\; Waxing the Bud channels a pastor al rhythm that is routine for Los Angeles\, where paradisaical profusions b loom in stark contrast to the built environment. Wantonly reeking of copula tion\, the exhibition evokes the flower’s stamen and pistil\, as well as th e reproductive features of the human body. The artists use disparate strate gies to reveal the shape of splendor\; reframing sex\, ourselves\, and natu re in their act. 

Deanna Erdmann presents a kaleidoscopic vision of flesh in her video\, “COLT.” Sex is presented through mantra like repet ition as vintage erotic films collapse into one continuous barrage. Erdmann examines rote acts in a dazzling parade of bodies on hammocks\, under wate rfalls\, and inside each other. Each split second clip keeps its original a udio track to jolt the viewer with a frenetic auditory collage that include s a smattering of bird chirps and guttural moans. 

Casting from an amorphous and perverse family of subjects\, Esmeralda Montes contributes a new painting from her most recent body of work. Montes' figures populate a vivid landscape redolent with mutating bodies\, where legs sprout from m ountainsides\, and flora adorns flesh in comic scenarios set on a lush fiel d of marks.

Orlando Tirado examines the eroticism that blossoms in the gaps between stucco and debris in a new sculpture that amalgamates t he city and our bodies. Tirado presents an image of flesh and adornment in a work both detailed and austere. His sculpture takes cues from the verdant artifice of 18th century brautkronen -German wedding crowns- and the jaded tenderness of hustler culture. 

Paul Waddell proffers an abstra ct rejoinder to the other glimpses of ecstasy on display in a new painting that traces coy and debased silhouettes. His fervid shapes over lurid color suggest a Los Angeles both more mundane and more mythic than itself: timel ess like Eden\, yet soiled\, hybridized\, ever envigored. Waxing the Bud  alludes to this Los Angeles\, land of furtive embraces and public expo sures\, imagined selves within dense\, dense foliage\; a collaborative dayd ream enlivened by in the warm\, warm sun.

On Sunday\, April 14th at 1:00pm\, Actual Size will host a poetry reading in the gallery for the closing of the exhibition.

Deanna Erdmann is an artist living an d working in Los Angeles. She received her MFA (2008) from University of Ca lifornia\, San Diego\, where she was a Russel Grant recipient\, and her BA (2002) from UC Irvine. Her work has been included exhibitions and screening s at the Hammer Museum\, Luis De Jesus\, Patrick Painter\, REDCAT\, Angels Gate Cultural Center\, LACE\, Kavi Gupta Berlin\, Sundown Salon\, Lui Velas quez\, Honor Fraser\, compactspace and The New Children’s Museum San Diego. In 2012\, she received the Center for Cultural Innovation Artist Resource Completion Grant. Upcoming her work will be included at Images Festival\, T oronto Canada and Move In at Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles. 

Esmeralda Montes is an artist whose work examines personal family histor y\, online dating sites\, and film to generate characters\, events\, and no n-sequential narratives. Her work has been exhibited in Rome\, Philadelphia \, and Los Angeles\; most recently in the group show Paradox Maintenance Te chnicians at the Torrance Art Museum. Montes received her BFA (2007) from C alifornia State University Long Beach\, and her MFA (2010) from Tyler Schoo l of Art\, Temple University. She lives and works in Los Angeles\, CA.

Orlando Tirado is a writer\, artist\, and award-winning filmmaker. H is work has exhibited in the US and abroad\, including at Commonwealth&\ ;Council\, REDCAT\, and Cirrus (LA)\, Pre-teen (Mexico City)\, and The Phot ographer's Gallery (London)\, among others. He has collaborated with Margar et Haines\, Math Bass\, Vaginal Davis\, and OneOhTrixPointNever. His first short film Wunderkammer (2008) directed by Andrea Pallaoro\, screened inter nationally\; his first feature Medeas is set to premiere this year. Orlando was named a 2013 MacDowell Fellow and a 2012 Fellow by the California Asso ciation of Museums. He lives and works in Los Angeles and New York City.

Paul Waddell is a painter and performance artist living and workin g in Los Angeles. He graduated in 2005 from the School of the Museum of Fin e Arts\, Boston. Waddell has exhibited extensively throughout the United St ates. His most recent exhibitions include Ponding Purple Grass\, Nig ht Gallery\, Los Angeles (2012)\; Moving In\, Honor Fraser\, LA (201 2)\, Grand Re-opening\, Human Resources\, LA (2011)\; I like Mass achusetts...\, MEME Gallery\, Cambridge (2010)\, The life of a house cat\, Waterloo Centre for the Arts\, Waterloo\, IA (2010). Waddell's w ork has been reviewed in the LA Weekly\, Artslant\, Notes on Looking\, A Ri ghteous Transfer!\, Time Out Boston\, Big\, Red &\; Shiny\, and Inter Ma gazine.

Erich Bollmann is an artist and writer based in Los Ange les. Bollmann has previously organized exhibitions such as\, So\, Sangfr oid at Pieter andBerenstain Bears at C-Annex Space. He has shown his work at Commonwealth &\; Council\, Dan Graham\, and Workspace among others. Bollmann is a founding member of the Bradley Manning Prayer Club\, and is working on his first book of poems.

Gallery Hou rs: Saturdays 12:00-5:00pm\, and by appointment.

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