356 Mission – Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon
As you enter Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon’s, Not Exactly B-Flat, inflatable dams rise and stand at attention to the sound of air pumps and speaker feedback droning out all noise and thought. Together, they create an imposing yet comforting meditative space. The dams collapse, slowly, then all at once to the sound of MNDR and Carolyn Riggs harmonizing in accapella, the silence from the now absent pumps is breathtaking and euphoric. It’s rare for a work like this, minimal, monochromatic, underground, to conjure so much joy but whether it’s memory or some animal sense of completion it’s hard not to smile.
Baert Gallery – Adam Tylicki
Adam Tylicki’s work describes the interplay of creation, exhibition, and destruction in his show Dark Daze. As if to incorporate all popular tropes of contemporary art, Tylicki creates un-ironic, un-self-serious paintings while they are simultaneously destroyed by focused light. The flame challenges the paint and its promise of permanence while the work forms itself around the interplay of the artist and nature. The work is memorialized in video and on pedestals in a darkened shadowy space that evokes contemplation of loss. This is not the actual work, just memories and monuments from a short fleeting moment of creation.
MOCA Geffen Contemporary – Adrian Villar Rojas
Adrian Villar Rojas’ exhibition, The Theater of Disappearance, calls attention to waste and the
permanence of discarded items. While the owners and creators of these objects have long disappeared, the objects arrangement implies intention, sometimes sinister, sometimes accidental, sometimes planned. The frozen relics evoke both feelings of old master painting, and the set of some post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie. Either way, they are reminders of a once great society that strove for so much but were consumed by time nonetheless. Grim as it may sound, the frozen humming centerpieces are surrounded by cores taken at some distant future, revealing the exotic materials made in an era long passed. The new materials are a reminder that all things are connected, organic, metal and plastic, it’s all matter one way or another.
By: ArtBlitz Contributor