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A Harmonious Mix of Objects

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Shio-kusaka
© Courtesy of the Artist and Mihai Nicodim Gallery
Neal-rock
© Courtesy of the Artist and Mihai Nicodim Gallery
Chris-lipomi
© Courtesy of the Artist and Mihai Nicodim Gallery
A Harmonious Mix of Objects
Curated by: Luana Hildebrandt

571 South Anderson Street
Suite 2
Los Angeles, CA 90033
March 13th, 2010 - April 17th, 2010
Opening: March 13th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.nicodimgallery.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
downtown/east la
EMAIL:  
press@nicodimgallery.com
PHONE:  
323-262-0260
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Sat 11-6
TAGS:  
installation, conceptual, abstract, sculpture

DESCRIPTION

Accumulation. Buildup. Mass. Pile. Heap. Most collections of art in group shows are cobbled together from favorite things or known quantities: friends and friends of friends or other organic couplings, whatever is laying around. The mixtures are often haphazard,  faulty; the exhibitions look like a bunch of stuff, roped together under some shoddy  intellectual premise.

Let's step back and try something else. The organizing principle here isn't a fake idea  transferred to an agglomeration of things, but, as the title says, a harmonious mix of  objects.

No tomfoolery or phony assertions. It's a bolder statement to put things together that flow  and change and shift in imperceptible, even graceful, ways, things that are together  because they belong together. We all know that couple that shouldn't be dating, yet they're  the happiest amidst all the other half-hearted stabs at love.

And the artists... Recycled and recast records and books transmogrify in the hands of  Michael Brown. Ceramicist Shio Kusaka formalizes forms. Exorciser of influence and  exotic reconstructor, Chris Lipomi platforms out. Tia Pulitzer connects the deer with the  headlights under a surreal and slick automotive finish, though this time her strange  creature catches gold. Neal Rock shapes squirming sculptures that splatter on the wall  like the back splash of a slasher film. Torbjorn Vejvi extracts intimacy from abstraction with  his naked sculptural mysteries. Jason Kraus reclaims the warped remnants of common  objects and accidental music. Conceptualist Ceausescu survivor Miklos Onucsan maintains his sense of humor.

There's some cryptic connection, some tension between surface and the internal landscape, something very LA, but let's just call it like it is. An unlikely love affair, the  graceful unity of disparate things, it's quite simply better to say only this: a harmonious mix  of objects.


- Andrew Berardini, March 2010