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Alone in the Jungle

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Alone in the Jungle

970 N. Broadway, #213
Los Angeles, CA 90012
May 5th, 2007 - June 16th, 2007
Opening: May 5th, 2007 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.mandaringallery.com/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
chinatown
EMAIL:  
alexis@mandaringallery.com
PHONE:  
213.687.4107
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed-Sat 1-6

DESCRIPTION
Inspired by the associations made in Teri Pendlebury's notebooks from the 1980's, which juxtaposed drawings of everyday household objects, lamps, tables, etc, with  pieces of dialogue from various sources.  Alone in the Jungle, titled from one of Pendlebury's drawings, examines the way contemporary artists anthropomorphize objects to reflect various conditions of living.  



Alone in the Jungle suggests a specific kind of isolation.  Jungle refers, broadly in this case, to any dense landscape, i.e. the suburban/concrete jungle and alone to a variety of experiences under those circumstances.



Akin to the desire to anthropomorphize is animism - imbuing objects with will, a supernatural determination.   Both impulses ascribe a specific purpose to objects, which seems to offer a promise of consolation.  



Evident in most of the pieces presented is a desire to improve, to make something special, unique, individual, even ideal.  Conversely some work exaggerates imperfections and frailties in an operatic way.  Yet other work resides in a grey zone negotiating space and logistics. Regardless of the intent, all the work which so boldly engages decor and design (while being neither) performs.  



Where do these pieces end and their viewers begin? And can you feel it?