Exhibition
FLAX Project

The Space Between Us

Opening Saturday, July 19, 7-10PM

Fahrenheit’s summer exhibition, The Space Between Us, explores how the line in drawing, sculpture, film, and performance extends beyond flatness and into physical space through the construction of fluid and indefinite movement. This three-person presentation utilizes the exhibition space as a support for a reflection on the line, understood as a path between points and human bodies. The line is another iconic element in modern art and visual culture and a reference in Constructivism, Minimalism and Land Art. It further appears as a fundamental trope in dance and choreography. A study of the line reveals political, social, and cultural boundaries and addresses the interconnections and dependencies resulting from our technological and globalized society. The space between us lies amidst these spectral, invisible lines, and ultimately reflects the vast loneliness and disconnectedness of our modern existence.

Aaron Garber-Maikovska’s approach to drawing, painting, and performance denotes a desire for movement within the plane. His work conveys an attention to physicality, choreography, and a fascination for contemporary flânerie. His latest series of ink on gator board expresses a spontaneously improvised and desynchronized gesture on photographed prints of construction sites, abandoned palm trees or sleeping bags. Similarly, the exhibited video presents the artist performing abstract and poetic movements, at once mechanical and absurd, filmed in an outlet zone in Temecula, California, in a deserted parking lot or inside a Costco. Deprived of an audience, these performances can be seen as a silent form of resistance against a mass consumption system and its attributes – chain stores and industrial zones.

Caroline Mesquita’s in situ, large-scale installation Rag (2014) is composed of bent and welded steel tubes and accompanied by a series of prints on fabric. Shaped as a continuous sculptural line that runs and dances around the exhibition space, it features four sculpted characters adopting sensual positions while the fabric prints seem to flit and jump next to their metal bodies. Recycling pieces from previous works, Mesquita has also built a set of wind instruments, used to compose the minimal soundtrack accompanying her installation.

Piotr Łakomy’s ensemble of ten, sprayed aluminum sheets Untitled(2013) functions as a metallic and reflective décor or stage design for the exhibition. Developing his practice around architectural and human-sized arrangements, Łakomy’s use of automotive spray paint is a performative and physical tool to alter the surface of his works. The reflective, mirrored surface of his sheets furthermore provides the exhibition space with a multiplying effect while interacting with the viewer and the surrounding pieces.

 

Press Links

07.14.14 – Art Cards- Los Angeles – Things to Do in LA

07.26.14 – ART FORUM – Scene & Herd

07.31.14 – LA WEEKLY – The Space Between Us

 

Artworks

Piotr Łakomy
Untitled, 2014
Automotive paint on aluminum printing plates
5 ft, 7 in x 22 ft (170 x 700 cm) ;  5 ft, 7 in x 2 ft, 3.5 in each (170 x 70 cm)
Courtesy of the artist, Galeria Stereo, Warsaw and Stefan Simchowitz

Aaron Garber-Maikovska
Sleeping bags
Le Creuset
Entrance
Crabtree and Evelyn
2014
ink and print on gabor board
47 x 95 x 2 in each (119 x 241 x 5 cm)
Courtesy of the artists, Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles and Standard, Oslo

Aaron Garber-Maikovska
Costco with Corner, 2014
Digital video, 02:42 min
Courtesy of the artist

Caroline Mesquita
Rag, 2014
Steel tubes, prints on fabric and sound recording
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist

Caroline Mesquita
Present, 2014
Body car
16 x 16 x 19 in (40 x 40 x 49,5 cm)
Courtesy of the artist