Without Sun

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Without Sun
Curated by: Carole Ann Klonarides

2245 E Washington Blvd.
90021 Los Angeles
April 27th, 2007 - June 15th, 2007

downtown/east la
323 282 5187
Tue-Fri 10-6; Sat 12-7, or by appointment

Chung King Project is pleased to present Without Sun, a group exhibition organized by independent curator Carole Ann Klonarides in collaboration with Christopher Grimes Gallery, which includes Los Angeles-based artists Dan Bayles, Case Calkins, Anna Sew Hoy, Euan Macdonald, Thom Merrick, Joshua Podoll, and Elizabeth Tremante, with works selectively shown in both galleries.

The concept of the exhibition began as rumination on the Chris Marker film Sans Soleil (Sunless, 1982), a fictional documentary that questions our ideas of appearance, time, memory, and history. In the film, Marker uses the conceit of documentary form and a diarist narrative between a globe traveling filmmaker and a woman who could be a lover or colleague, but who serves as a "vessel of another consciousness."

Sans Soleil is itself an artifact from an already receding past, but like the film, the group exhibition Without Sun reflects on the notion of impermanence and the artist’s utopian need to alter this reality. Dan Bayles’ paintings are of re-imagined sites, which simulate technological interventions in what appears to be architectural or militaristic mappings; Case Calkins sculptural painted totems are receivers for transported psychic messages; multi-media artist Thom Merrick paints and sculpts aberrations within the desert landscape where he lives and works; Josh Podoll’s abstract paintings serve as portals to another dimension; Anna Sew Hoy sculptures are accumulations of the once functional and then discarded, that now invite reinvention; Euan MacDonald, conceptual media works depict the banality of everyday life, and the paintings of Elizabeth Tremante depict the terrifying beauty of ecological transformations.

The artists each combine a variety of materials and methods within their individual works that when seen together, reflect the landscape as a vector of very separate and detached subjectivities.