Gathering Into Being
April 25th – June 7th, 2014
Opening reception: April 25th, 7-9 pm
Now let the water represent the world of sensible facts, and let the air above it represent the world of abstract ideas. Both worlds are real, of course, and interact; but they interact only at their boundary, and the locus of everything that lives, and happens to us, so far as full experience goes, is the water. We are like fishes swimming in the sea of sense, bounded above by the superior element, but unable to breathe it pure or penetrate it. We get our oxygen from it, however, we touch it incessantly, now in this part, now in that, and every time we touch it, we turn back into the water with our course re-determined and re-energized. -William James
CULT is pleased to present Gathering into Being, Los Angeles based artist Michelle Blade’s first solo show with the gallery. The exhibition features new large and medium scale works on canvas paired with several works on paper.
In Gathering Into Being, Blade has shaped an ethereal world, charged with symbolism, where abstract and figurative forms suggest relationships between the material and the immaterial. Using layers of swirling inks and a palette of warm natural hues Blade explores painting as a compression of time and a tool for weaving mythologies. Leaving pockets of the canvas raw, Blade renders movement and space between the amorphous bulbous shapes, the curves of figure and portals into landscape. Blade compounds the past, present and future into mystical tapestries woven from iconographies of contact dancers, book covers, landscapes, abstract sculptures, calendars and ancient patterns. Inspired by mysticism, existentialism, occultism, and eschatology her work aims to visually synthesize various ways of understanding the world.
Michelle Blade’s practice is cross-disciplinary in nature, encompassing painting, sculpture, installation and performance. In past bodies of work Blade has found inspiration in bygone eras of utopian promise and political social ideals. Here, pieces such as Women and Fiction, Hourglass and To Paint is to Love Again pay particular attention to the roles women played in the formation of modernist theory- particularly in relation to questions of identity and women’s work.These paintings, made while pregnant with her first child, each act as a metronome within the exhibition, representing the distance between unique and successive steps in her creative life and practice.
Blade has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo shows at the Center for Contemporary Arts-Santa Fe, Carter and Citizen-Los Angeles, Jack Hanley-San Francisco and Western Exhibitions- Chicago. She is a 2007 recipient of the Murphy-Cadogan Fellowship, a 2X2 Pro Arts Grant, an Alternative Exposure SOEX Grant, and was a 2011 SFMOMA SECA Award finalist. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
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To view more of Michelle’s work: michelleblade.com
The work of Sarah Crowner.
** The images are from catherinebastide.com
Laura Redburn of Cardboard Cities is a visual artist working primarily in illustration and collage. She is based in Cardiff, Wales. To see more of her work, visit her site.
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Paul Clipson is a San Francisco-based filmmaker who often collaborates with sound artists and musicians on films, live performances, and installations. His work has been exhibited and performed both nationally and internationally at such festivals as the New York Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. His Super 8 and 16mm films aim to bring to light subconscious visual preoccupations that reveal themselves while working in a stream of consciousness manner, combining densely layered, in-camera edited studies of figurative and abstract environments, in a process that encourages unplanned-for results, responding to and conversing with the temporal qualities of musical composition and live performance.
OTHER STATES (2013) Paul Clipson
Sound by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Super 8mm film, 7 minutes, color
Featuring Anya Kamenskaya, Trevor Montgomery, Summer McCorkle, Ariel Nevarez, Caitlin Vavasour, Houston Wilson, and Kim Hett
Filmed in New York, San Francisco and Berkeley
The greater the share of the shock factor in particular impressions, the more constantly consciousness has to be alert as a screen against stimuli….”For a living organism, protection against stimuli is an almost more important function than the reception of stimuli; the protective shield is equipped with its own store of energy and must above all arrive to preserve the special forms of conversion of energy operating in it against the effects of the excessive energies at work in the external world, effects which tend towards an equalization of potential and hence towards destruction.” The threat from these energies is one of shocks. – Walter Benjamin (On Some Motifs in Baudelaire)
Everyone knows that, if an art necessarily imposed the shock or the vibration, the world would have changed long ago…There is shock of images between themselves according to their dominant characteristic, or shock in the image itself depending on its components, and, again, shock of images depending on all their components; the shock is the very the form of communication of movement in images. – Gilles Deleuze (Cinema 2: The Time-Image)
An oblong puddle inset in the coarse light: light a fancy footprint filled to the brim with quicksilver, like a spatulate hole through which you can see the nether sky. Surrounded I note, by a diffuse tentacled black dampness where some dull dun dead leaves have stuck….It lies in shadow but contains a sample of the brightness beyond…. – Vladimir Nabokov (Bend Sinister)
“Flat Death” is currently up at Foxy Production and will be up through May 3rd.
Little Paper Planes will be carrying Sara’s book, KITSCH ENCYCLOPEDIA published by BLONDE ART BOOKS. They arrive next week so come by and get one!
Sara Cwynar assembles images from objects and found photographs that court feelings of time passing. Using collage and re-photography, she produces composite images that call to mind old magazine advertisements, postcards, or catalogs.
Cwynar is interested in dated commercial images; in the failure, with time, of their visual trickery; in the waning of their seductive powers. Her works highlight how the once familiar becomes foreign; how the fetishized object can lose its luster; how glamour can fade.
Flat Death combines sculptural constructions that are photographed, printed, tiled, and re-photographed, together with images from darkroom manuals that are decomposed using a scanner. Cwynar’s process is circular; she starts and finishes with a photograph, after a journey of intervention and manipulation that ultimately disrupts the smooth surface and the perspective of the stock image.
Like a reel of film frames, a row of prints line two walls, while two large floral still life works hang on adjacent walls. Together, the works impart an uncanny sense of a lost world of images that Cwynar has collected and recalibrated to present as evidence that images never die, they just float somewhere between the traditional realm of the analog and the Internet, or between complex emotional attachments and kitsch.
Sara Cwynar (Vancouver, Canada, 1985) lives and works in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Design from York University, Toronto. Exhibitions include: Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia (solo); Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Higher Pictures, New York (all 2014); Foxy Production, New York; Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto (solo); Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam (solo)(all 2013); Ed Varie, New York; Talk to Me, Museum of Modern Art, New York (group project) (all 2012); Show & Tell Gallery, Toronto; and Neubacher Shor Contemporary, Toronto (both 2011). She has recently released Kitsch Encyclopedia, a book about the relationship between images and kitsch.
**All images and text are from www.foxyproduction.com
Marissa Purcell is a Sydney-based artist who has shown extensively in Australia and overseas. To see more of her work, visit her site.