Domestic Utensils

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Domestic Utensils
Curated by: Diana-Sofia Estrada

3503 W. Pico
Los angeles, CA 90019
November 15th, 2008 - December 3rd, 2008
Opening: November 15th, 2008 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

txt only 978-242-6229
By appointment only (Saturday is best)


Artists Besty Hunt, Astri Swendsrud, Michael Buitron, and Nikki Pressley address ideas of home or interiors in various ways. With these particular works, there is a limited use of color with the exception of white, black, and grey. In some cases, it makes the viewer aware of subtle changes in the works, in others it creates a strong contrast. The content of their work, be it personal or historic, deconstruct ideas of home. Each artist works within a conceptual framework that undermines a simple interpretation.
Betsy Hunt investigates the everyday through physical actions and movements in video and performance. Conjuring ideas of domesticity and a feminine space, she emphasizes the beauty of everyday movements. Astri Swensdrud explores the limits of human perception and understanding, the tension that exists between the experience of everyday life and the desire – even need – to formulate explanations or conditions by which to understand, control and communicate experience. Michael Buitron works with the constraints of a preexisting set of statements from the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, an instrument used to assess personality and suggest the presence of psychiatric disorders. Nikki Pressley works with examining and dissecting systems of thought, especially associated with different historical data in an effort to disrupt the seemingly unfettered connections between the accepted signs and signifiers.