compactspace, Los Angeles is proud to announce the final weeks of Repeat Until, a group show of photo and video-based work by artists Merve Kayan, Michael Trigilio, Ruben Ortiz-Torres, Mauren Brodbeck, Kael Greco and Gretchen Mercedes curated by fellow artist Glenna Jennings.
Repeat Until takes its inspiration from Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ Maintenance Art Manifesto, the titular loop command found with Pascal computing language and simple acts of doing and doing again. The artists’ subject matter, ranging from wall fans to hole-ridden sweaters to stand-up comedy, comments tangentially on architectural structures, commercial products and/or repeated performances that participate in or evoke labor, time and/or thought-intensive reverberations. The cumulative product is a whimsical investigation of micro-economies that flourish and languish within vortexes of market demand and personal leisure.
Repeat Until is the first group show in compactspace’s new downtown location. compactspace is an international artist collective affiliated with its sister space, compactlab, in Geneva, Switzerland. This innovative organization, previously located in LA’s Pico-Union district, has recently re-located to historic downtown LA, where they promote a multi-media arts program that mainly features emerging and mid-career artists. compactspace LA is made possible by the contributions of the University of California San Diego’s Visual Arts Department.
Merve Kayan’s two-channel video “Work” serves as the nexus piece, investigating the poignant connections between a family-run sweater darning shop and an auto mechanic whose mannequin restoration business segued into The Chasers, a band of automatons that play anything from Barry White to Kenny Chesney. The Turkish filmmaker carefully montages images punctuated by synthetic and organic hands -- limbs that perform actions out of either necessity or impulse, bodies that engage in rhythmic choreographies out of both economic need and leisurely fascination.
The Ends, a collection of six short videos by internationally exhibiting artist and professor Michael Trigilio, is a “meandering through understandings of conclusion, impermanence and unraveling.” Showing in the gallery’s backspace storeroom, Trigilio’s looped sound and image exist in dialog with circuitous performance, reflection, monotony and other secondary manifestations of invisible labor vs. manifest spectacle.
A new video by Ruben Ortiz-Torres offers a comical glimpse of the interfaces existing among hierarchical labor, spectacle and the museum as storehouse and showcase. Gretchen Mercedes investigates the relevance and output of marginalized locations with her photos of the Australian outback and a Wyoming ranch. The large-scale images of Swiss artist Mauren Brodbeck portray public spaces, like the iconic American Storage building in LA, with the artists’ own adaptations and revisions, questioning the relationship between the public and the personal.
In conjunction with Repeat Until., compactspace is proudly exhibiting the work of UCSD graduates Kate Barclay and Katie Herzog in our storespace and officespace. We are also debuting our new collective, Community In-sourcing Bureau, with the piece Last Flight over Guantanamo.