Elastic de facto

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July 20th, 2013 - August 17th, 2013
Opening: July 20th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

culver city/west la
Tuesday - Saturday, 12-6pm


Picture Menu, a NYC-based curatorial group, is very pleased to present Elastic de facto at Carter & Citizen. The exhibition will feature work by Benjamin Bellas, Victoria Fu, Vlad Smolkin, and Brad Troemel. Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, July 20, from 6-8pm. The show will run through August 17. 

Stage One:

Picture Menu arrives in Los Angeles by airplane. The next day, they install the work of the other four artists. Once the work is installed, it is documented. The next day, the show opens. This is the exhibition.

Stage Two (through Twenty-One):

Michael and Keith fly back to New York. Rachel stays in Los Angeles. Rachel begins re-installing and re-documenting the works. She chooses specific photos to become “new works” “of the works.” She sends these photos to the Picture Menu e-mail account. Keith and Michael write brief, poetic responses to each of the photos and post these in a loosely narrative sequence on the Picture Menu website. This is the exhibition?

Questions for an evolutionary exhibition:

  1. How is an artist present in a work?

  2. How is an artist absent in a work?

  3. Can an idea be a performance in itself?

  4. Can a performance ever be properly documented?


Ray Romano – an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and voice actor, best known for his roles on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and the Ice Age film series

Reisterstown – an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States

Palindrome – a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of symbols or elements, whose meaning may be interpreted the same way in either forward or reverse direction

Silk Road – an online black market on the Deep Web

Deep Web – World Wide Web content that is not part of the Surface Web, which is indexed by standard search engines

Surface Web – the portion of the World Wide Web that is indexable by conventional search engines

Picture Menu is Michael Kennedy Costa, Rachel LaBine, and Keith J. Varadi.

For more information, please email Rachel at