“After,” an off-site group show
9400 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
Thursday, March 7 at 5:00 PM 8:00 PM
Ends Apr 30, 2024
Thursday at the Culver Hotel: Reception for “After,” an off-site group show. 5pm - 8pm. 9400 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232. A DJ, as well as beverages and bites are kindly provided by the Hotel. As a gallery currently located in the Culver City Arts District, The Culver Hotel generously offered us an opportunity to feature works by contemporary Los Angeles artists in the upstairs gallery. In collaboration with the Hotel, Reisig and Taylor Contemporary is presenting “After.” Inhabiting the Hotel’s traditional, elongated gallery with a salon of 6 artists, “After” consists of works by Los Angeles-based artists confronting the histories, poetics, and politics of portraiture through experimental practices of image-making. The media of the exhibited artworks range across photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, and digital art. The participating artists are: Rudik Ovsepyan, Suwichada Busamrong-Press, Erica Everage, Sinclair Vicisitud, objet A.D, and Chris Reisig & Leeza Taylor. The exhibition takes-place in the Hotel’s gallery. (The gallery is accessible by stairs and elevator a the Hotel’s front entrance. Parking is available in the underground facility next to the Hotel). …. Coming from radically different backgrounds, but all currently living and working in Los Angeles, each of the six artists demonstrate unique ways of rendering the likeness—producing a “portrait”—after a body, a face, a figure, an object, an icon, or a self-image through various materials and techniques. Though highly individuated along the distinct traits or processes of their work, all of the exhibited artworks are implicitly or explicitly involved in the production of a semblance—of creating an image that refers to another (originary) image. However, none of the works merely represent, mime, or reproduce this originary image. Rather than reproducing or representing a subject (or object), each work finds its own way of showing the act of image-making itself by producing a portrait as an erratic, layered, mutating record of an event, an image that remains after a particular moment in time. While traditions of portraiture have, for the most part, been active in establishing the particular identity or distinctive markers of a notable person or figure through carefully realistic, but intensified or exaggerated, representations, this exhibition displays an evolving contemporary counter-tradition that focuses on expressing or producing time more so than (reproducing) space, and emphasizes invisible relations more so than visible appearances. Collectively, the artists engage in non-representational modes of portraiture that study the splits between vision, memory, language, image, and identity. What results is a series of studies after portraiture, after the advent of the selfie, after the body and its doubles.
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