Lifesize brings together the work of Akina Cox and Joseph Imhauser whose practices explore social interactions and shared experience, paralleling historical events through their own personal relationships and encounters. The works in Lifesize are influenced by their surroundings, and represent a partnership with their subjects. In this manner, the exhibition aims to investigate the overlooked or underappreciated associations between people, places, and incidents. Imhauser and Cox push the limits of their authority as artists, privileging exchange and collaboration over individual sentiment.
Imhauser will show “Frank and Lina Nonaka,” (2009) an installation in three-parts. The first a video interview between Frank and Lina Nonaka and their oldest son Terry in their Sacramento home. The second is video documenting a lunch between Frank, Lina, their grandson, and the artist, the last is a composite photograph of all the snapshots and ephemera found in one shoebox in Frank and Lina’s closet. This collection of memories, situations, and places, acts as a personalized archive of Frank and Lina, and provides a nuanced expansion to a more superficially commonplace history. Cox presents three works that can be understood independently as standalone works or as a constellation of subtle and imagined moments: “Proust,” (2009) a portrait painted from an image found in a children’s encyclopedia, “John Jay Toffey,” (2009) a painting of Cox’s great-great grandfather on a background mounted and painted by Cox’s grandmother, and “Alison’s” (2009), inspired by a dream, in which Cox was at a friend’s art exhibit.
Joseph Imhauser has shown in exhibitions and screenings at: Five Thirty Three, JMOCA, Elysian Park Museum of Art and Norma Desmond Productions in Los Angeles; Aquaspace, Atlanta; Northwest Film Center, Portland; and .HBC, Berlin. He graduated from CalArts in 2005 and is co-founder of Lyeberry. Imhauser lives in Los Angeles.
Akina Cox lives in Los Angeles and graduated from CalArts in 2006. She is a co-founder of Lyeberry and the Eternal Telethon. Her works have been included in exhibits in Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Berlin, and Seoul.