Terrestrial Life

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Terrestrial Life
Curated by: Whitney Carter

825 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
October 13th, 2012 - November 9th, 2012
Opening: October 13th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

west hollywood/b.h.
Tues-Sat 10-5
contemporary, group, solo, opening, reception, exhibition, photography, mixed-media, digital, video-art, conceptual, landscape, figurative, modern


On October 13 2012, Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) will present Terrestrial Life, an all-media group exhibition exploring contemporary landscape juried by Whitney Carter of Carter & Citizen, Culver City. In addition to the group exhibit, LAAA will also feature four solo exhibits by Srboohie Abajian, Robin Adsit, Leigh Brodie and Lola Ramona Lanxinger.

Srboohie Abajian's compelling figurative installation Finding Value occupies the large windows of Gallery 825 and explores American society's compulsion for overconsumption and addiction – to drugs, food, shopping, etc. – and the impact on urban immigrant communities. Among her large-scale assemblages of paintings and monotypes, Abajian interleaves uplifting depictions of individuals who shun consumerism in favor of social interaction and cultural awakening – better ways for people to realize their inner worth.

Robin Adsit's new work Unnecessary Tasks navigates the limits of representation, the politics of figure painting and the conceptual space between painting and drawing. These large wall pieces on paper willfully challenge the mode of viewing enabled by flat, representational images on the gallery wall. Part of Adsit's approach is to divine the changes inherent in the process of painting, and reveal the inaccuracies of capturing people and objects through the illusory devices of painting.

Leigh Brodie's new body of work, Decisive Action Analysis takes the form of digital images, videos and interactive installation, exploring both the creation and translation of digital information. The artist experiments with interpretations of algorithms or instructions to achieve photographic archetypes. Brodie employs advanced computer implemented criteria and algorithms to select the best moment from a stream of images to better achieve these compelling outcomes.

Lola Ramona Lanxinger's Dusk of the Gods series suggests the collapse of society that historically occurs when infrastructure becomes too corrupted. It also addresses the concept that certain ideals are immortal and exist rooted deep in the human psyche. The desire to tear down the world and rebuild it is beautiful and barbaric and instinctive to us as a species. In Lanxinger's new work, these ideals and homemade archetypes manifest as Gods that she has re-invented and re-contextualized to reflect our contemporary society by mixing celebrity, pun, art history, mythology, and pop culture.

All exhibits run through November 9, 2012.