Naïve Set Theory

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Rubble, 2006 Collage, Poster, Pen Ink, Wood 27" X 22 X 3 1/2" © Brian Bress
I Have a Cat in My Throat, 2006 Watercolor And Pencil On Paper 42"X55" © Julie Lequin
Folk Classics, 2005 Collage 12.5"X12.5" © Jennifer Sullivan
foreign legion, 2006 Ink On Sanded Paper 9" X 12" © Ami Tallman
Naïve Set Theory
Curated by: Catherine Taft

2011 South Santa Fe Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90021
November 11th, 2006 - December 31st, 2006
Opening: November 11th, 2006 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

downtown/east la
Tue-Sat 10-5


Cirrus Gallery is pleased to present Naïve Set Theory, a group show of new work by Los Angeles-based artists Brian Bress, Julie Lequin, Ami Tallman, and New York-based artist, Jennifer Sullivan.

As a mathematical notion, Naïve Set Theory grew from an informal understanding of collections of objects in order to allow mathematicians to conceptualize infinite sets of elements. This exhibition casually draws from this idea to link the work of four emerging artists, all who construct a kind of forged innocence or blithe ambivalence through which to filter mature, meticulous, and often political expressions. Exploring issues ranging from psychological states, nationalistic identity, institutional authority, allegory, myth and popular culture, these four artists fashion loose and lively visual vocabularies from which to cull conceptual meaning. Though their stylistic choices and techniques are distinct, they are not unrelated, working in a variety of media, including video, collage, photography, MP3, sculpture, performance, drawing and painting, Bress, Lequin and Sullivan use the self as a conduit for ideas. While Tallman’s practice centers solely on drawing, her text and images allow greater social and cultural discourses to emerge in subtly provoking ways.

Brian Bress, Julie Lequin, Jennifer Sullivan and Ami Tallman are all recent MFA graduates. Since completing their degree, each has been exhibiting nationally in cultural institutions, including museums, universities, contemporary commercial galleries and other visual art spaces. For the occasion of Naïve Set Theory, the gallery will present a unique, interactive work by artist Jennifer Sullivan, created specifically for the Cirrus website,