Cycling Apparati

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Cycling Apparati

990 North Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
September 6th, 2008 - October 18th, 2008
Opening: September 6th, 2008 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM




High Energy Constructs and SolwayJones present Cycling Apparati, a group exhibition of painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and video featuring work by Alice Aycock, Michael Decker, Marcel Duchamp, Jean-Pierre Hébert, David Horvitz, Branden Koch, Dana Maiden, Dane Picard and Alan Rath.  Addressing notions of lineage, time, movement and mechanism, Cycling Apparati opens September 6 with a reception for the artists 6 – 9 pm and will be on view through October 18, 2008.

The group exhibition Cycling Apparati is in part inspired by the Museum of Modern Art exhibition and catalogue from 1968 entitled The Machine (as seen at the end of the mechanical age).  K.G. Pontus Hultén curated and also assisted in the catalogue design of this historical survey of mechanical art beginning with Leonardo da Vinci’s Drawings for Flying Apparatus juxtaposed with 19th century paintings, kinetic sculpture, Dada and Surrealists works, and chronologically ending with commissioned works by E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology).

To be included in this exhibition, the other catalyst for Cycling Apparati is the sculpture edition Rotoreliefs (Optical Discs) by Marcel Duchamp.  The editioned work from 1965 includes six offset cardboard discs printed on both sides consisting of circular compositions that rotate at 33 revolutions per minute on a motorized box mounted on the wall.

Combining semi-architectural ‘specific objects’ with interest in machinery, pioneer New York based artist Alice Aycock has been producing important sculpture since the early 1970s that incorporates complex structures that invite the viewer to be both observer and participant.  Cycling Apparati will include (Model for Project for Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia) The Solar Wind and two graphite drawings on Mylar from 1984. Aycock’s work was recently exhibited in the exhibition, Decoys, Complexes, and Triggers: Feminism and Land Art in the 1970s at the Sculpture Center in New York.  Opening this September, MoMA will re-install from their permanent collection, Aycock’s Project Entitled, Studies For a Town (1977) organized by Connie Butler.

Michael Decker’s recent sculptures explore economies of meaning through methods of accumulation, association, and organization. Presenting with Christian Cummings their Ouija Board / Ghost Drawings at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Creative Time in New York, Decker has also exhibited his sculpture and drawing at HIGH ENERGY CONSTRUCTS since 2006, including most recently you are not here, you are still there and think you are here.  Decker earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in 2005, and will have his debut solo exhibition in January 2009 at HIGH ENERGY CONSTRUCTS.

Artist and mathematician Jean-Pierre Hébert has been making algorithmic art in prints, drawings and mixed media since the 1970s.  Two works to be included are Black Square Red Square Swirl and the transformative new software video, Metagon.  Jean-Pierre Hébert lives and works in Santa Barbara, California.  Drawing With the Mind, a solo exhibition of drawings and prints, curated by Elaine Le Vasseur opens at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum August 30, 2008.

David Horvitz is a photographer, chronicler and documentarian of everyday life.  For Cycling Apparati, Horvitz introduces the gallery-goer to the farthest place on the planet from the very place where they are standing as they view his artwork. Born in Los Angeles, Horvitz studied at the University of California at Riverside, receiving a BA in Humanities and Social Sciences and is currently earning his MFA at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.  His work has most recently been exhibited at siteLA, Los Angeles.  Horvitz organized Is that all there is to Fire? A show about boredom at HIGH ENERGY CONSTRUCTS in February 2007.

Branden Koch is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.  He has had solo exhibitions at Rowland Contemporary, Chicago and at HIGH ENERGY CONSTRUCTS with his solo debut exhibition, Discorporate in September 2006.  Upcoming solo exhibitions of new paintings will be on view at HIGH ENERGY CONSTRUCTS from October 25 - November 29 and at the Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque October 3 - 29, 2008.  Branden also curates One Night Stand group exhibitions in his Brooklyn apartment and is a contributing writer for Artillery Magazine.  He received his MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and a BFA in painting from The Cleveland Institute of Art.

Dana Maiden is equal parts photographer, video artist, and sculptor, creating objects that hover between two and three dimensions.  Maiden received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Photography and Sculpture from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, and earned her B.A. from Columbia University where she majored in English Literature, Visual Arts and Art History.  Maiden is the 2008 recipient of the Lorser and Helen Lundeberg Feitelson Fellowship and recently had a solo exhibition entitled A Lamp is Put in Place of the Sun at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Barnsdall Park.  Her work is currently on view in Truthiness: Photography as Sculpture at the UCR California Museum of Photography.  Upcoming exhibitions include Cut: Makings of Removal at the Vincent Price Art Museum, Summerland at Chime and Co. and GLAMFA at CSU Long Beach. In the fall of 2008 Dana will be an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch Art Center in Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado.

Los Angeles based new media artist Dane Picard has created a computer generated mechanized video sculpture that is an amusing self-portrait performance in the round with the recent work, Cornucopia Zoetropia.  Dane Picard’s recent solo exhibition Screen Deaths: Visitations was in January 2008 at Pasadena Museum of California Art Project Room, Pasadena, CA.

Alan Rath’s new robotic wall sculpture for Cycling Apparati is a pair of computer generated motor driven pheasant feathers that move and dance separately, or in unison with human-like movements and rotations within two circular spaces.  Alan Rath lives and works in Oakland, California.