Exhibitions

Erin Garcia | Stacks

Erin Garcia presented “Stacks” at THIS Los Angeles Friday 5/11/12. The installation consisted of 6 repetitions of each image from Erins book 23 STACKS, drawn on newsprint and hung with multi colored tape. View photos of the 23 STACKS installation here or purchase the book 23 STACKS here.THIS GALLERY is located at 5906 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90042

MIchelle Blade | Hanging Fire

THE INSTALLATION OF OAKLAND-BASED ARTIST MICHELLE BLADE’S FIRST SOLO SHOW IN L.A., AT CARTER & CITIZEN, HAS THE DECEPTIVELY HOMEY FEEL OF SOMEONE’S PARENTS’ LIVING ROOM IN A GOTHIC TEENAGE HORROR FILM IN WHICH SOMETHING IS ABOUT TO GO HORRIBLY WRONG. THERE’S A RUG ON THE FLOOR, THERE ARE A FEW POTTED PLANTS, SEVERAL MYSTERIOUSLY UNLABELED URNS, AND PAINTINGS NEATLY HUNG AROUND THE SMALL ROOM.

LINGER FOR MORE THAN A MOMENT OR TWO, HOWEVER, AND UNSETTLING DETAILS BEGIN TO EMERGE, SUGGESTING THAT CATASTROPHE HAS ALREADY SET IN. THE PLANTS ARE SPRAY-PAINTED BLUE. THE RUG, ACTUALLY ACRYLIC PAINT ON MYLAR, DEPICTS A KALEIDOSCOPIC PATTERN OF BODY PARTS. THE PAINTINGS — SMALL, MOODY WATERCOLORS DEPICTING SHADOWY FIGURES AND ANIMALS — COME FROM A SERIES TITLED “366 DAYS OF THE APOCALYPSE” (ONE FOR EVERY DAY — PLUS ONE APPARENTLY OF THE PURPORTEDLY APOCALYPTIC YEAR 2012), WHILE THE URNS, WE’RE TOLD, CONTAIN THE ASHES OF OTHER, LESS FORTUNATE WATERCOLORS.

IT’S AN APPEALING PIECE OF NEO-PSYCHEDELIC THEATER, A LITTLE VAGUE IN ITS IMPORT BUT WITH INTONATIONS OF EXISTENTIAL CONTEMPLATION. AT THE FRONT OF THE GALLERY, INSTALLED AGAINST THE GLOW OF THE WINDOW, A 6-FOOT-TALL, FREE-HANGING MYLAR PAINTING OF A SILHOUETTED COUPLE WALKING HAND IN HAND INTO THE LIGHT OFFERS AN OBLIQUE GESTURE OF HOPE. SOMEONE, AT LEAST, MAKES IT OUT ALIVE. - BY HOLLY MYERS










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