Hidden Tracks

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Tent 4 (lay my bones with the rocks and roots . . .), 2013 © Courtesy of the Artist and Angles Gallery
Hidden Tracks

2754 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
November 2nd, 2013 - December 21st, 2013
Opening: November 2nd, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Closed since January 31st 2015


Angles Gallery is pleased to present 

HIDDEN TRACKS, featuring a new selection

of works by Los Angeles artist Matt Lifson.


This is the artist's first large-scale solo

exhibition at Angles Gallery.


 The exhibition will be on view November 2nd through December 21st with

a reception for the artist on Saturday, November 2nd, 6-8 PM.


For his first professional exhibition, Lifson has developed a body of work in painting, sculpture and installation that investigates the human need for magic, an exploration of how people receive information through the frame of pictures and objects. The work is situated within an allegory of escape, using images and objects that suggest meditation. Both images and objects border the banal and the phantasmagorical, treading the boundary between the familiar and the unfamiliar. Strategic use of a production methodology of repetition enables the artist to produce alternate narratives that enable the viewer to perceive different, sometimes contradictory information from the "same" picture. 

Repetition, in this instance, becomes an archetype of narrative production. Each of the works involves immediacy as well as invisibility, positioned so as to complicate representation itself. Establishing a constant flux of language and sign, the artist uses this representational strategy to mimic the function of abstraction in visual art. This assertion recognizes paintings and objects as historical documents, recording a history of fiction, mimicking the skewed trails of a history of a painting's or object's origins that are based on the very interventions by media production. The work is positioned on a historical trajectory that is defined, by itself, as a fiction - of what images and objects are informed by, far beyond what they represent. 

The suite of Tent paintings resides between tranquility and anxiety, a psychological space of meditation. Subtle shifts in light reference the film still, our contemporary media culture for storytelling. The image suggests alien abduction, the searching light of a police helicopter, a gravesite. Alternate narratives are suggested through reproduction, repeated marks producing meaning through interpretation, linking the representational works to abstraction. Sculptural works use the strategy of reproduction as an allusion to the retelling of stories. These alternative narratives break away from their origins, offering an allegory of escape.

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