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Krysten Cunningham: Under/Over
June 5, 2014 - June 22, 2014
“UNDER / OVER”
June 5th – June 22nd
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, June 5th, 7-10pm
Cunningham will present two large-scale textile sculptures that also serve as performative tableaux’s — “Tapestry X” and “Loom for Minkowski.” “Tapestry X” is a work of hand dyed and woven tapestries that hang in formation from the ceiling. This work links painting, digital process, textiles and architecture in a sensorial manner. “Loom for Minkowski” is a giant powder coated aluminum replica of a toy loom and that will be shown with a spandex textile that was woven for the exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by the artist Dawn Kasper. During the exhibition, the public will have a chance to engage with the art works using cross-disciplinary techniques. Viewers will be encouraged to enter the “Tapestry X” installation and activate the artworks with their presence or by following a set of choreographic instructions, written by Flora Weigmann.
Throughout the exhibition the artist links the labor of weaving to scientific discovery and pokes fun at pedagogical models of scientific gadgetry and display. Cunningham’s “Loom for Minkowski,” the resulting textile and “Tapestry X” become essential and feminine props for conceptually understanding and exploring the ramifications of the “fabric” of space-time and our place within it.
The title of the exhibition stems from Cunningham’s ongoing interest in how language and material are intrinsically bound together. “Under/Over” refers to the process of weaving textiles and how the weaver establishes a pattern (over one warp, under two warps etc.) The title also indicates the fundamental physical relationship of entities in space, and the power dynamics where we employ such language to describe our relationship to a mean. Being “the underdog,” flying “over the radar,” or “over the top” actions are political positions that challenge the status quo.
WORKSHOP: Saturday, June 7th, 2-4pm
“Coincidences in Space-Time”
with Michelle Lai
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Space is limited.
A free workshop on relativity and the body
This playful workshop is based on the idea that not many of us understand Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and the curvature of space/time, despite its profound effect on science and post-modern thinking.
In conjunction with the exhibtion “Under/Over” Cunningham and Lai have constructed performative sculptural activities in order to interact with Herman Minkowski’s famous space-time model, which inspired the exhibition. In the workshop you will interact with handmade props through a series activities devised by Lai’s Butoh influenced methodology.
Linking analytical thought to physical perception the artists textiles and props become essential objects for exploring and understanding the ramifications of the “fabric” of space-time and our place within it. And in the spirit of Neo-Concrete art and Lygia Clark, the workshop will explore the enfolding relationship of the subject and object, and participation as a central theme in approaching these artworks.
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Space is limited
Krysten Cunningham, (b. 1973) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles (2003) and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (2000). She has had solo exhibitions at the Pomona College Museum of Art; the Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf; and Ritter/Zamet Gallery, London.
Michelle Shiu-lin Lai, born in Torrance, CA, is a performance artist, dancer & choreographer. She has a bachelors of architecture from USC and has trained with Body Weather Laboratory for the last 5 years. Lai has performed at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Fowler Museum and the John Paul Getty Museum among other institutions and sites in Southern California, the Eastern United States and abroad. Lai is currently working as one-third of a performance art trio “Power of One” with Heyward Bracey and Kio Griffith, presenting a series of multi-media explorations of body, self, time and identity.
PERFORMANCE: Sunday, June 22nd, 3-5pm
Flora Wiegmann and company
Attire: fall/winter fashion by Nancy Stella Soto
Ligthing design: Claude Collins-Stacensky
For the closing reception on June 22, 3-5 Weigmann and company will perform the choreographic instructions “in spurts” between the spaces of “Tapestry X.” Dancers will be adorned in the Fall/winter fashion line by Nancy Stella Soto, with lighting devised by Claude Collins-Stracensky.
Gallery Hours: Friday-Sunday 12-6pm or by appointment
contact: 323-671-0372 for information
410 Cottage Home Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
Human Resources is a non-profit artist-run collective gallery. The artist raised funding for the exhibition via the USA Artists hatch-fund platform, initializing the interactive platform at the onset of the program.