FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Los Angeles Art Association Presents…
a group show dedicated to shameless sentiment, willful displays of melodrama and the role of emotion in contemporary art.
Juried by Meg Linton, Director of the Gallery and Public Programs, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design.
September 5 - October 2, 2008
Reception: Friday, September 5, 6 - 9pm
825 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tel, 310.652.8272 / fax 310.652.9251
Web site, http://www.laaa.org
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Left to right:
Siri Kaur, I, too, am in Arcadia (roughly translated).
David Eli Vaughn, Dark Sky.
Mercedes McDonald and Carrie Burckle, Living in the Margins, Stories of Extra-ordinary Angelenos.
Siri Kaur’s new body of work delves deeply into the complicated relationship of photographs to history and memory. The show's title borrows from Virgil's Fifth Eclogue, which tells the story of shepherds traipsing through Earthly Paradise. They come across a tomb bearing the inscription "Et in Arcadia ego", an ambiguously worded phrase the exact meaning of which has been debated over the centuries. Kaur chooses to read the inscription as the words of Death personified, approximately translated as, "I, too, am in Arcadia". Her belief is that photography, which inevitably reminds us of mortality, demonstrates why photographs become powerful totems of memory, fixing time while simultaneously reminding us of the inevitability of its passing. Kaur’s photographs are themselves translations of images from the history of photography and from her personal memories, communicating through mysterious gestures, and coded with free-floating signs that are translatable in myriad ways, recognizable but still open to interpretation, unsettling in their strange ambiguity.
A photographer and avid amateur astronomer, David Eli Vaughn gravitated naturally toward astrophotography, allowing him a more personal approach to what would normally be a fairly scientific activity. Vaughn views his role as setting a theatrical stage, with the starry sky as a luminous backdrop. Using highly technical equipment and methods, the artist carefully establishes his presence as an observer and a potent recorder of the heavens.
Artists Mercedes McDonald and Carrie Burckle navigate the difficult task of sifting through the rubble of news and organizing shards of information into a cohesive story. In contrast to the media’s daily trivialization of what is newsworthy, this exhibit tells the stories of real, marginalized people living in Los Angeles: Angelenos who are homeless, disabled, elderly, who have lived quietly but courageously, facing their daily struggles, and seem to most not to warrant headline news or even recognition. This exhibit uses the photographic process of cyanotype on multi-layered fabric panels to tell the poignantand pointedly overlookedstories of these people, these extra-ordinary Angelenos.
About LAAA: Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA)/Gallery 825 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities, resources, services and exhibition venues for emerging Los Angeles artists. Founded in 1925, LAAA has helped launched the art careers of many celebrated artists, such as Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Wayne Thiebaud and June Wayne. LAAA has played a pivotal role in the formation of Los Angeles’s arts community and is committed to providing emerging artists with the experience, education and exposure needed to create and sustain careers in the arts. Our unique status as a non-profit organization provides us the flexibility for risk-taking beyond what is possible in the commercial gallery system, positioning the organization as a driver of innovative content in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 is located in the heart of La Cienega’s Restaurant Row at 825 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Gallery Hours are 10am 5pm Tuesday - Saturday or by appointment. Please call 310.652.8272 or visit <http://www.laaa.org>