Lean On Me

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Lean On Me

2006 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
November 18th, 2011 - December 4th, 2011
Opening: November 18th, 2011 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

downtown/east la
By appointment and Sundays during exhibitions. Please see event info and website for hours and updates.
photography, mixed-media, installation, video-art, conceptual, sculpture


LEAN ON ME \\ David Bell & Noah Spindler

Opening Friday, November 18 7-10pm

Trustworthiness. Loyalty. Helpfulness. Friendliness. Bravery.

These altruistic qualities, descriptive of young men on their journey to a successful and wholesome life, are a starting point for the suggestion of performative actions. A stucco wall, rope ladder, trough, and hoop suspended from the ceiling implicate the body in different ways, but none are user-friendly. Highlighting the absurdity of any laborious practice, Noah Spindler constructs a circle out of right angles, opening up a space to contemplate frivolity and false significance. The hoop may suggest an action that requires athleticism, but a level of stupidity must exist simultaneously. Willing participants would also need these qualities to take such a leap. By exploiting an individual’s hopeful reliance for support, either literally or discursively, the artist’s presumption is that no individual requires utilitarian support from the object. 

By projecting a live video feed of the outside (in), David Bell sets boundaries aside, allowing for a smooth space where subjectivities can glide without much resistance, and the illusion of separability is suppressed. One must be inside the gallery to observe the occasional passerby unapologetically turned into an object on screen. Still, not all outsiders enter the gallery, making those who never cross the threshold oblivious to the role they play in this predicament. An exclusive group is charged by a one-sided transaction, affirming fragmented social identities and differences. Social invisibility becomes a material, but leaves passersby well enough alone, speaking to social ambivalence and personal sense of belonging. 

The trough is the least user-friendly object--but is the most fun, as everyone is invited to participate in shared regression. Lean On Me typifies behaviors that take place within the exhibition space. Entering the gallery, one may feel the strange redundancy of still being outside perhaps somewhere between one place and another. Lean On Me acknowledges the artists’ vulnerability in the process of making and showing work. The title, appropriated from the Bill Withers song of the same name, evokes some relief for the artists in difficult times. Their projects offer some distraction from laborious alienation. David Bell and Noah Spindler’s collaborative effort does not attempt to answer the challenge that an art space offers; rather, it concedes to a state of contingent reluctance.


LEAN ON ME \\ David Bell & Noah Spindler

Opening Friday, November 18 7-10pm
Open Sundays 11-5 and by appointment through December 5th.

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2006 E 7th Street
Downtown LA

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