The Ups & Downs

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Elbows, 2009 Plaster
The Ups & Downs
Curated by: Mathew Timmons

2601 Pasadena Ave.
Los Angeles , CA 90031
February 7th, 2009 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

eagle rock/highland park
By Appointment
Insert Press
installation, sculpture


workspace is pleased to present You and Them, by Janne Larsen
As part of The Ups & Downs - an installation series curated by Mathew Timmons

Opening reception February 6th, 7:00pm
Closing reception February 7th, 7:00pm

The Ups & Downs is an installation series. The show goes up, the show goes down. Opening party on Friday night and closing party the next night, on Saturday. No time for exhibitions. Low impact, ephemeral and immersive art. People with lots of People. The market. It’s a party. Time for the underground. It’s a ball. It’s for The People. This has been made for you. You look familiar? The show must go on. Installed and De-installed. Up. Down. Now what? Now then…

This installation is about elbows, the least friendly part of the body; elbows on the freeway, the least social social-interaction. Let’s face it: In the freeway it is You or Them. Body parts are at high risks, morphing into the space of the car, you maneuver and try to out-strategize Them. The last figure in the installation is the hopelessly ideal. The one that is the Other. The unused body part, the dreamer, the drifter, the asleep at the wheel, the one no one talks about.

Bridging the gap between installation art and set design, Janne translates text and spatial dimension into new forms of expression. Her work explores spatial development in performance and gallery dynamics. Her strategy is like that of Brancusi or Meyerhold: "to create an event that transforms the stage, it's objects and the entire material space of the auditorium - including the audience members - into the work." Through social experiments in art, Janne breaks through the fourth wall by challenging the structures behind preconceived notions of art and performance.

Janne Larsen received her B.A in philosophy from DePaul University and in 2007 received her M.F.A from CalArts. Janne is a Los Angeles based installation artist and set designer. Janne's most recent project is an installation in a cave in Greece, sponsored by the Greece Ministry of Culture. Her work has been seen at Telic, CalArts, BetaLevel, UCLA, CalPoly, Cal State LA and the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery.