Imperfect Crystal | Emma cc Cook: Flags

743 N. La Brea Avenue
Jul 09, 6 PM - 9 PM — ends Aug 13, 2022
Forgotten images and objects have ways of reaching us in incomplete states, laden with degraded facts, and out of step with their earlier selves, they yearn for resurrection from the consciousness graveyard. Imperfect Crystal brings together artists Ilit Azoulay, Joe Biel, Charlie Goering, Anthony Miserendino, Joel Otterson, Cameron Spratley, and B. Thom Stevenson, who consider these dimmed source signals, documents, and veins of mottled intentionality and refracted history. Through material transformation, images and objects return to us, their original meanings both fortified and acutely altered.

Suspended disaster lurks throughout Emma cc Cook’s vampiric interiors and sprawling landscapes. Something cataclysmic has happened: an anemic season, the breakdown of language, a long night perforated by sweeping floodlights. In several drawings and in the exhibition’s sole oil painting, manicured tracts of ashen land roll by through neatly cropped windows. Thoughts and memories interject in vignettes dislocated from their makers and packed neatly into gridded cells, evoking comic strips, graphic storyboards and, of course, flags.