Analytic & Synthetic Pile-Up

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Mountain, 2008 Plastic Flourescents, Wood 56x30x30 © Michael Dee
Bicycle Roosters, 2005 Bicycle Wheel, Stool, Plastic Roosters 24x71x24 Inches © Luciano Perna
Analytic & Synthetic Pile-Up
Curated by: Suzanne Adelman

6518 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
October 18th, 2008 - November 22nd, 2008
Opening: October 18th, 2008 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Thursday — Sunday, 1-5 pm (During Exhibitions Only)
Woodbury University
photography, installation, conceptual, sculpture


Analytic & Synthetic Pile-Up is a group exhibition featuring sculpture, painting and photography by 15 Los Angeles artists.  The artworks in the exhibition utilize a ‘piling-up’--a multi-layering of concepts or materials--where the elements are chunky and disjunctive in some works, and seamless or autonomous in others.

The Analytic and Synthetic sensibilities in this exhibition are a play on distinctions from Cubism.  Historically, ‘Analytic’ described early Cubist works that employed everyday objects, often found collage works. Through the use of these materials, the works were considered to represent ‘reality’ more directly.  The ‘Synthetic’ was understood as a more refined and intellectualized approach in later Cubism.  ‘Synthetic’ artworks, usually within the singular medium of painting, have been characterized as more visually dense, abstracted, and colorful.

If we take a rather playful look through this historical lens, there are artworks in this show that might appear, at least perceptually, to fall into either category.  Might a hybridized sculpture appear to be analytic?  Or an abstract painting, synthetic?  Perhaps it’s worth a mention that the early distinctions were somewhat arbitrary or over-determined even in their own historical context.  Given our contemporary understanding, the works in this exhibition, and their surrounding dialogue or intent, certainly blur these prior categorical distinctions. 

There are questions which arise from a passing glance back to these art historical categories:  Is it possible to build a hierarchy of works based on whether they refer more to the physicality of the everyday world than to the intellectual?  And, is it possible to decide which sensibility most directly communicates reality to us?

Gallery Hours:  Wed. - Sat. 12:00PM - 5:00 PM

**This event is free and open to the public.  

Woodbury Hollywood Exhibitions is located just two doors east of LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) and is Woodbury University’s new off-campus exhibition space.

For images or additional information, please contact:  Suzanne Adelman, Gallery Director & Curator  (323) 259-9814.