Friend & Colleague: Word Bites Picture

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Friend & Colleague: Word Bites Picture

11527 Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
June 19th, 2014 - July 26th, 2014
Opening: June 19th, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

santa monica/venice
W-F 11-6, Sat 1-5, or by appointment
painting, modern, surrealism, digital, video-art, sculpture, photography, mixed-media, installation, conceptual


This Summer, Design Matters is proud to present the second installation of two shows by Friend & Colleague, Word Bites Picture.


Friend & Colleague is made up of Katya and Alexei Tylevich. A more accurate name would be Sibling & Colleague. They work together on editions and curated projects.


Happy Nothing & Word Bites Picture are 21st Century parasites, drawing their energy from already-interesting sources. Both projects detect and disseminate subliminal messages.


Word Bites Picture is an ongoing project by Friend & Colleague, launched at the Storefront For Art & Architecture in 2013. Contemporary artists, selected on grounds of pure subjective preference, are asked to submit an artwork of their choice, without comment or background story. In response to the artwork, Katya writes a 500-word fiction, resulting in a ‘caption’ that does little to clarify the artwork, but might capture something that’s otherwise difficult to articulate, like atmosphere or disposition. Shown together, the artworks and their ‘captions’ adhere to one another through a kind of inanimate groupthink. 


Word Bites Picture is a tongue-in-cheek take on Katya’s day-job as an arts writer, which hinges on the inaccurate science of ‘explaining’ art. The project subverts lofty ideas of expository art writing and objective curating, and addresses the cannibalism of all art and literature. 


Among the artists featured in this upcoming show (in alphabetical order): Dewey Ambrosino, Edgar Arceneaux, Michaël Borremans, Espen Dietrichson, Carl Hammoud, Todd Hido, Mi-Zo, Richard Misrach, Dasha Shishkin, and others. Previous participants include Vito Acconci and Otmar Thormann. 


The opening reception for Word Bites Picture will take place Thursday, June 19 at Design Matters Gallery from 6-9. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through July 26, 2014.