All SYSTEMS GO
As part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Initiative, The Bleicher/Golightly Gallery is pleased
to present “All Systems Go” - A Solo Exhibition by Dave Quick. This exhibition features
a compelling array of Quick’s multi-media artworks including his signature narrative tableau/
assemblages and his quirky kinetic installations.
Multi-media artist Dave Quick is best known for being one of the pioneering kinetic sculptors in
Southern California. Quick creates work that is fused with wit, intelligence, humor and satire,
Utilizing a robust and engaging palette of media including industrial materials, found objects,
electricity, light, motion, sound and viewer participation.
Visually captivating and psychologically twisted, Quick creates intricately structured worlds within
worlds, reflecting a symbolism that is both personal and universal. He invites us to take part, either
as a passive viewer or literally, an active participant (offering buttons and cranks to manipulate at
will).Playful, questioning and confrontational, Quick’s work attacks socio-political, historical and
religious themes, while integrating vintage crankshafts, sprockets and gears, and found objects
into narrative assemblage that explore and merge childhood fantasy and adult reality, producing
unique relics that are at once surreal, humorous and delightfully perverse.
Although he began his art practice as a photographer in the late 1960’s, Quick became strongly
influenced by the “Art and Technology” exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1971,
and it was at that time he began using industrial materials and objects, electricity and kinetics in his
art. Much of his work during the Pacific Standard Time era were responses to political events of the
1960's and 1970's, including his landmark work, "Little Nuke" (1979), a rubber chicken in a high-
tech industrial setting which experiences a faux nuclear accident. "All Systems Go" – A Solo
Exhibition by Dave Quick (curated by Joella March), will be on view at the Bleicher/Golightly
Gallery,1431 Ocean Avenue, in Santa Monica from January 12th through January 25th, 2012. The
Artist Reception will be held on Thursday January 19th from 6 to 10 pm.