La Mer De Glace: 2012 Overture

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La Mer De Glace: 2012 Overture
Curated by: Kio Griffith

9000 Overland Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230
September 6th, 2012 - October 1st, 2012
Opening: September 6th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

culver city/west la
Mon-Fri 10-4
West Los Angeles College
photography, mixed-media, digital, installation, performance, conceptual, pop, landscape, surrealism, figurative, modern, traditional, sculpture


West Los Angeles College Art Gallery presents


2012 Overture


Glenn Bach

Dominique Kippelen


Lothar Schmitz

curated by Kio Griffith

OPENING RECEPTION: September 6, 2012  6-9pm

LENGTH OF SHOW: September 3 to October 1, 2012


9000 Overland Ave. Culver City, CA 90230


West Los Angeles College Art Gallery proudly presents 

"Le Mer De Glace : 2012 Overture" 

featuring Dominique Kippelen, Glenn Bach and Lothar Schmitz.

Drawing visual notations interpreted from the 19th century Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich's work, "La Mer De Glace" (aka"The North Pole Expedition Disaster"), visiting artist from Strasbourg, France, Dominique Kippelen, deconstructs the geometrics of Friedrich's work into parsed appendages of soft sculptures and wooden maquettes left in the wake of an emptied dogma; kenosis to nature as if.

As a counterpoint to Kippelen's ephemeral inflections, artist and research physicist, Lothar Schmitz's "manufactured ecologies" accentuate the far reaches of the speculated cultural need towards contemporary human-nature negotiations. 

Glenn Bach's processing of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture as a double century old skeletal composition, aptly titled, "2012 Overture" will premiere amongst the resident morphemes in its effort to rise above the intermittent tide. 


For French artist, Dominique Kippelen, space is the world she travels through with a interrogative eye in which she captures the signs of fragility and imperfections: these are spaces of immersions and meanderings. By refusing to limit herself to a single style, Dominique Kippelen transforms from one universe to another with passion. Her multidisciplinary works include installations, sculptures, drawings, objects and photographs. She garnered the European Centre for Contemporary Artistic Actions Prize, (Strasbourg, France) in 1995 and has published "Space, Whirlwinds and Dust" a monographic book in 2011.

As an artist who works with sound and music, Glenn Bach weaves field recordings, digital audio, and analog electronics into quiet, mediative soundscapes. His published music includes a duo project with John Kannenberg on the UK label Entr'acte, and a solo record on the Scottish label Dust, Unsettled. He has performed or collaborated with such musicians as Steve Roden, Jeffrey Roden, G.E. Stinson, Aaron Ximm, Chris Schlarb, smgsap, Marcos Fernandes, and many others. Bach leads the improvising ensembles Southern California Soundscape Ensemble, Double Blind, and Intense Situations of Peril, and oversees the MPRNTBL netlabel. His long-term project, Atlas Sets, is a collaborative conversation about musical map-making, contemplative practice, creative community, and artistic intention. Bach grew up in Southern California, and received his MFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Long Beach. More information is available

Lothar Schmitz, artist and research physicist at UCLA, received his MS and Ph.D. in Physics at Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, Germany. Schmitz has exhibited his work in numerous venues including the Phoenix Art Museum, CSU Long Beach University Art Museum, Andrew Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, Sarah Lee Artworks and Projects, Santa Monica, and the University Art Museum, UC Santa Barbara. Schmitz received a 2003 C.O.L.A Individual Artist Grant and exhibited his installation "Biotopia" at Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles.

Oguri a native of Japan, in 1985 joined the Mai-Juku dance group founded by the internationally noted dancer/choreographer Min Tanaka. For the following five years, Oguri toured internationally and became a founding member of Body Weather Farm where the group lived and hosted annual international arts/dance festivals. Described by Victoria Looseleaf of the Los Angeles Times as a “treasure,” Oguri has been a recognized force in the movement arts community. He has been producing and creating dance with his partner Roxanne Steinberg who founded Body Weather Laboratory in Los Angeles. He has danced extensively in California, nationally and internationally in Europe, South Africa, Australia, Middle East and Japan. Oguri has been an artist-in-residence at the Electric Lodge in Venice since 1996 where he conducts on-going Body Weather Laboratory dance workshop - a rigorous muscle-bone, mind-body training.