The First Thing

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© Courtesy of Redling Fine Art
The First Thing
Curated by: Matthew Siegle

6757 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
March 20th, 2010 - May 1st, 2010
Opening: March 20th, 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tue-Sat 10-6


“lf you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’lI probably want to know is where l was born,  and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had  me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the  truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about  two hemorrhages apiece if l told anything pretty personal about them. They’re quite touchy about  anything like that, especially my father. They’re nice and all - l`m not saying that - but they’re also  touchy as hell. Besides, l`m not going to tell you my whole goddam autobiography or anything. l’|l just  tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me around last Christmas just before l got pretty  run-down and had to come out here and take it easy. I mean that`s all l told D.B. about, and he’s my  brother and all. He’s in Hollywood. That isn’t too far from this cmmby plaoe, and he comes over and  visits me practically every weekend. He’s going to drive me home  when l go home next month maybe.  He’s just got a Jaguar. One of those little English jobs that can do  around two hundred miles  an hour. lt cost him damn near four thousand bucks. He’s got a lot of  dough, now. He didn’t use to. He  sed to be just a regular writer, when he was home. He wrote this  terrific book of short stories,  The Secret Go/dish, in case you never heard of him. The best one in it  was “The Secret Goldfish.” lt  was about this little kid that wouldn‘t let anybody look at his goldfish  because he’d bought it with his  own money. It killed me." - J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Redling Fine Art is pleased to present The First Thing, a group exhibition featuring artwork by Jesse  Aron Green, Nicholas Grider, RJ Messineo, Lisa Ohlweiler, and Clarissa Tossin. This show explores  urposeful play with artist subjectivity, through text, process, image and object. Each work is anchored  by a characteristic or relationship unique to the individual, but is not bound by an intent to share biographical information. When not serving a documentary purpose, does the personal have  eaning beyond its metonymic capacity? The artworks in The First Thing test this limit, or question  whether such definition is necessary.

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