Dark Matter of Fact and Desublimated Landscapes
"works by Christine Nguyen and Kurt Franz"
February 28 - April 12, 2009
Reception: Saturday, February 28, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

3601 South Gaffey St. Bldg. A, San Pedro, CA  90731
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Untitled new work by Christine Nguyen


Christine Nguyen: Dark Matter of Fact
Curated by Marshall Astor


My work draws upon the imagery of science, but it is not limited to technologies of the present. It imagines that the depths of the ocean reach into outer space, that through an organic prism, vision can fluctuate between the micro- and macroscopic. I have been developing a personal cosmology in which commonalities among species, forms, and environment become visible and expressive, suggesting past narratives and possible futures. The forms and environs in my work sometimes migrate into new pieces, establishing new systems. These systems imagine modes of transportation, communication, and regeneration. There are no waste materials in these worlds: vision is a renewable resource.

My recent work has been "photo-based", in that it combines drawing and photographic processes. "Negatives" are drawn on layers of Mylar, which are projected onto light-sensitive paper. The paper is developed in a color processor, creating a camera-less, photographic image. In addition to watercolor and ink, I use materials such as saltwater, seaweed, coral, minerals, and crystals to manipulate the "negative" and the print. The total process is similar to that of making a photogram.

Downsview by Kurt Franz


Kurt Franz: Desublimated Landscapes
Curated by Dana Joy Helwick


Inspired by Richard Diebenkorn's color-unified landscapes of the Ocean Park series, this project was funded through a traveling fellowship to study city peripheries in Western Europe and Middle America. Sites were selected and documented based on the strong identity with their surrounding landscape and diverse mix of space. The goal was to find mechanisms capable of unifying the eclecticism of suburban life that we live in today. However, what was found resided in the residue of built space, rather than architecture itself, generating an interest of the scatological.

Construction and entropic sites along the city's edge become common occurrences that people inhabit to manifest their sublimated desires; resulting in a new typology of public space. This ongoing investigation of such space and the actions it witnesses is reflected in the displayed assemblages that attempt to represent these catalysts of cultural growth. Temporary materials of the construction process are strung between batter boards, bending the wood in tension and compression. They allude to depth through color and line, while being sculptural collages of their own scale and density. The subjective reading of the work parallels that of the landscapes from which they were derived.

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