Miyoshi Barosh: "Delirium" Heather Martin: "Traspositional"

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"Cartouche 1", 2008 Canvas, Paint, Metal, Yarn 30 X 42 Inches Approx. © Miyoshi Barosh
Miyoshi Barosh: "Delirium" Heather Martin: "Traspositional"

2685 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
March 22nd, 2008 - April 19th, 2008
Opening: March 22nd, 2008 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

culver city/west la
Tue-Sat 11-6
artifice, exaggeration, humor, color, acidic, scenes, battle, weapons, Toys, TV, reality, humans, aliens, space, machine, violence, sex, ornamentation, Baroque, cartoons, cartouche, hand-knitted, handcrafted, hand-sewn, afghans, vintage, detritus, store, thrift, transpositional, delirium
Free and open to the public


The works in "Delirium", the title of Miyoshi Barosh's first solo exhibition at Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects, are made from an accumulation of thrift-store detritus-vintage afghans and glittering metallic sweaters-as well as hand-knitted fabrics, braided rope and tassels crafted by the artist herself. Exploiting the forms of a cartouche, the extra-exuberant colors, patterns and heavy baroque ornamentation employed throughout these pieces underline a broader feeling of melancholy and emptiness. The result is a perceptual disorientation that suggests this is more than an existential crisis; delirium is a cognitive failure. Whereas neat, tidy, regular forms would indicate rational discourse (which might exist in a rational world), the works in "Delirium" are deliberately imperfect, damaged and irregular, and as such a truer reflection of the New Gilded Age that we live in. Miyoshi Barosh lives and works in Palm Springs, California, with her companion, artist Jeff Colson. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She is a former managing editor of BOMB magazine, and founder, editor, and co-publisher with A.R.T. Press, of NOW TIME, a non-profit arts and culture journal based in Los Angeles. Most recently, Barosh was featured in the exhibition, "This is My Country", at Seminal Projects.

Sex, violence, and machine are themes that San Diego artist Heather Martin draws upon to address the psychological and physical interactions of humans. For her debut solo exhibition at Seminal Projects, titled "Transpositional", Martin has created a series of new paintings in which human, machine, and alien forces come together, twisted and distorted, and become interchangeable forms in constructed battle scenes of acidic color and artifice. The abstraction of these strange relationships takes the subject into a realm of its own. In this play of odd interactions, ideas about toys and weapons, passion and violence, space aliens and people, and reality TV and cartoons crossover in a multitude of exaggerated and humorous associations that invite comparisons with contemporary society. A native of Saskatchewan, Canada, Heather Martin received a BA from the University of California San Diego, and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works in North Park.

For further information, please contact Luis De Jesus at 619-696-9699, or email