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The Floor and the Cane

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Commonwealth and Council
The Floor and the Cane

3006 W 7th St
#220
Los Angeles, California 90005
August 9th, 2014 - August 30th, 2014
Opening: August 9th, 2014 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.commonwealthandcouncil.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
mid-wilshire
EMAIL:  
we@commonwealthandcouncil.com
PHONE:  
213 703 9077
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed-Sat 12-6 and by appointment

DESCRIPTION

David Bell and Iris Yirei Hu offer zero-point perspectives on their inherited histories while enlisting their grandmothers as points of origin and sites of contest. In these non-linear scenes, the two women enter the world only a few years apart, born in 1917 and 1921, from seemingly disparate histories and places, yet participate in significant events that influence global history. The artists collapse generations of remembering and re-remembering, offering mural-sized paintings with panoptic views—Bell’s All my Friends are Dead and Hu’s The Descendants—as effigies to their “homes” and their disorienting perspectives.

For both artists, their grandmothers’ physical houses are the only enduring landmarks of their lives; the homes in which their mothers were raised, and the homes to which they continuously return. The paintings operate as “homes” in their own right, neighboring spaces whose identities are now intertwined and connected.