Exhibition
FLAX Project

The Reason We No Longer Speak

Opening January 30, 7 – 10 pm

The Reason We No Longer Speak is an exhibition project by David Douard (b. 1983 in Perpignan, France, lives and works in Paris) with interventions by two Los Angeles-based artists, Liz Craft (b. 1970 in Los Angeles, lives and works in Los Angeles) and Jesse Stecklow (born 1993 in Cambridge, lives and works in Los Angeles).

David Douard is interested in systems of growth, decay and contamination, as well as technological and organic modes of degeneration. Creating systems of interconnected installations, he tweaks everyday objects, compulsive soundtracks, and disturbing videos inspired by mechanisms of organic transformation and biological mutation that evoke bodily fluids such as saliva or milk, as well as physical and technological contaminations. His work conveys references to urban poetry, the history of science, counter-culture, and animism.

As a development of of Douard’s past projects, in which bodily liquids were flowing through installations made of transparent fountains or dismantled characters, The Reason We No Longer Speak takes the wish of collecting saliva from a tiger’s mouth at the Los Angeles Zoo as its point of departure. The animal’s secretion would then be poured into jars and become the haunting cornerstone of the installation. Saliva appears in the exhibition as the liquid that enables language and provides a voice to those who can’t speak. It contains as much liquid as words and provokes a silent act of resistance and entangled words.

The Reason We No Longer Speak is an in situ installation developed during Douard’s residency at Fahrenheit, which also acts as a space to host interventions by two artists working in Los Angeles. Liz Craft’s surrealist sculptural practice humorously echoes the dead-ends of Californian counterculture, and feminine imagery with a particular attention to the grotesque, frontally expressed in her purple mouths and pink female-shaped table made of tiles. Jesse Stecklow’s conceptual practice, composed of installations, sculptures, prints, and sound pieces is affected by modern technologies and driven by an extended reflection on physicality. His metal cages contain a tuning fork and his fly tape prints are mounted on chemical trays, in which vinegar and cumin oil seem to endlessly decompose to the noise of a light, obsessive industrial buzz.

Room 1:

David Douard, The reason we no longer s’speak. Slipper of snow. 2015. Mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel. ©Jeff Mclane.

Jesse Stecklow, Untitled (four sound stages), 2015. Box lids, cumin oil, steel, speakers, tuning fork, Norprene tubing Four parts: 15.5 x 9.5 x 6 in., dimensions variable Courtesy of the artist and M+B, Los Angeles. ©Jeff Mclane.

Room 2:

David Douard, The reason we no longer s’speak. Slipper of snow. “mo”2015. Plastic, aluminum, t-shirt, painting, metal, fabric, plasma screen and projection of animated film, 7 ft 2 in 5/8 x 5 ft 6 in 7/8 x 19 in 5/8 Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. ©Jeff Mclane.

Jesse Stecklow, Untitled (Fly Tapes: Trios, Passive Collect), 2015. Two archival inkjet prints mounted to aluminum in chemical tray, each 15 x 10-3/4 x 1 in. Courtesy of the artist and M+B, Los Angeles. ©Jeff Mclane.

Liz Craft, Big Mouth III, 2014. Ceramic, nail polish, epoxy 14 x 10 x 6 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jenny’s, Los Angeles. ©Jeff Mclane.

David Douard, The reason we no longer s’speak. Slipper of snow. “basket”2015. Fabric, wood, metal, foam, plastic, neon. 36 in x 45 in x 21. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. ©Jeff Mclane.

David Douard, The reason we no longer s’speak. Slipper of snow. 2015. Silkscreen on t-shirt and transparent vinyl, C-print, 3D print, eggs, chain, wood, metal, 59″ x 59″ x 3″ 7/8. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. ©Jeff Mclane.

Liz Craft, Mini Witch, 2010 Bronze, stainless steel, glass beads. 36 in x 24 in x 10 in. Courtesy of the artist and Jenny’s, Los Angeles. ©Jeff Mclane.

 

Press Link

April 2015 – MOUSSEThe Reason We No Longer Speak

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