Conceptual Telegraphy and the Song of the Wind Through Its Wires

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The Ambassador , 2008 Watercolor On Paper
Conceptual Telegraphy and the Song of the Wind Through Its Wires
Curated by: Katie Herzog

2601 Pasadena Ave.
Los Angeles , CA 90031
October 10th, 2009 - October 24th, 2009
Opening: October 10th, 2009 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

eagle rock/highland park
By Appointment


“You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.”

Conceptual Telegraphy and the Song of the Wind Through Its Wires is a group exhibition inspired by Albert Einstein's famous quote regarding radio waves. His explanation of technological abstraction draws upon a basic form of messaging: pulling a cat’s tail and the subsequent cry. Einstein uses the idea of the nation-long cat body as a mnemonic device, and his message is transferred through the body’s erasure.

The seven artists living in London and Los Angeles engage narratives of communications, voice, and cultural myths in a post wave world. Works include a reified Disney wishing well, and a dystopic manifest destiny tale realized through yellowing images found in thrift stores. An investigative metanarrative uses illustration and audio hypnosis to seek truth and justice in Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination. A lenticular curse comes between two lovers. The twin towers are resurrected as twin brothers doing what kids do best, and an artist engages in a coital affair with her laptop interface. The works are a result of a pulled tale, utilizing collective consciousness to investigate messages delivered through our cultural cat body and its entropic echo.