Chinatown, The Sequel
ltd los angeles is pleased to present Chinatown: the sequel, an exhibition featuring the work of Hany Armanious, Damiano Bertoli, Fiona Connor, Simon Denny, James Deutsher, Marco Fusinato, Matt Hinkley, Leah Jackson, Helen Johnson, Raimundas Malašauskas, Tahi Moore, Joshua Petherick, Frances Scholz and Mark von Schlegell; curated by Liv Barrett.
A judgement upon an object of our delight may be wholly disinterested but withal very interesting, i.e., it relies on no interest, but it produces one. Only in society is it interesting to have taste — a point which will be explained in the sequel.
— from a translation of Immanuel Kant's Critique of Aesthetic Judgement
In making Chinatown: the sequel there is a gentle acknowledgement of the narrative forces, or the social personality and scripted economy, that contribute to the compositions and constructions that end up in contemporary art galleries. The exhibition locates its place within cultural production as a sequel — a work that is complete in itself but continues the narrative of a preceding work (in this instance, what is being presented is the second and deeply altered incarnation of an exhibition Chinatown, which was never realized). The trace, the restructure is what is being given to contemplate.
Works in the exhibition arrange themselves in different proximities to the notion of the sequel — they elaborate on narratives, films, titles, casting, characters; often extracting new plots from an existing work or re-placing narratives or shifting composition and optics. Each work points towards another work that preceded it. Together in exhibition they propose that production has no end-point and a sequel is always receiving an invitation, whether or not it comes into being, where the suppleness and exuberance of culture allows artists to produce interest, without relying on an interest already in existence.
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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria.