upcoming exhibition
Chris Niemi
Gravity Distended
10.4.2014



Chris Niemi
Gravity Distended
Opening Reception Saturday, October 4 2014, 7:00pm

Conflating mediums, worlds and systems, Chris Niemi challenges the known order of the world around us. Cross breeding the organic with the synthetic to discuss ideas of preservation, life and decay in her work, she invokes an otherworldly quality lending an alien nature to the organic. What is the experience of an object in the world? Niemi works with the particularities of objects, how an object is being protected, healed, or encouraged to grow. Pushing into the between spaces where nothing and everything is happening, she causes a hiccup that allows for new experiences. The object becomes more real, completely synthetic, unreal and even petrified.

http://chrisniemi.weebly.com/

Chris Cleo Niemi

upcoming exhibition
Malisa Humphrey
A Guest, A Host, A Ghost
9.13.2014























Malisa Humphrey
A Guest, A Host, A Ghost
Opening Reception Saturday, September 13, 7-11pm

“A Guest, A Host, A Ghost” is a sculptural installation featuring new work by Los Angeles-based artist Malisa Humphrey. Working with the persistent aesthetics of colonialism present in Orientalist interiors, Humphrey looks at the continuing role of “the other” as established in literature and art. Beginning with an interest in the Jim Thompson House, a tourist destination in Bangkok, Humphrey examines the myth of the expatriate seduced and absorbed by a foreign culture. Jim Thompson, the American founder of the Thai Silk Company, first introduced the aesthetic commonly associated with Thailand to the United States and Europe. While the Jim Thompson House offers multiple theories on Thompson’s mysterious disappearance during a walk in the jungle, they never mention his role as an active CIA agent protecting U.S. interests in South East Asia during the Cold War.

Looking at the construction of “the other” in the works of Jim Thompson, Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene and Rudyard Kipling, as well as these cultural producers’ personal relationships to and involvement in outside military interests and empire, “A Guest, A Host, A Ghost” suggests that their work is not a disguise for military involvement, but a parallel act, two distinct functions of the same operation.

Malisa Humphrey received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 2005. Her work has screened and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, the Hammer Museum, the Armory Center for the Arts and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

upcoming event
Witch Show
Kiki Johnson and Alexa Loftus
8.29.2014




















Witch Show with Kiki Johnson and Alexa Loftus
Friday, August 29th, 8pm to 12:05pm

Join Kiki Johnson and Alexa Loftus to celebrate the release of their first episode of Witch Show, a podcast hosted by Kiki Johnson and Alexa Loftus that covers local LA witch news and other haunting topics. Where's the best place to take a centaur to brunch? Do witches really like cats? Are aliens even real? Are you an alien?
Witch Juice* and fog will be provided. 

*Beer

upcoming event
RELEASE PARTY
William Gass, Sun Duel (Jason Triefenbach & Friends) and Barry Johnston
// closing reception
Tanya Brodsky
Firt there was. And then there was.
7.12.2014


RELEASE PARTY
Saturday July 12, 2014
8pm

Featuring
William Gass
Sun Duel (Jason Triefenbach and friends)
Barry Johnston
and closing reception for Tanya Brodsky: First there was. And then there was.


Elephant and Universal Love Upload are pleased to present RELEASE PARTY featuring William Gass, Sun Duel (Jason Triefenbach and friends), and Barry Johnston.

From psycho-theatrical vignettes fueled by primitive techno and urban decay to eloquent and minimal soundscapes, the artists of the Open Container Tour meld punk ethos with sound experimentation and collage sensibility to present open-ended and esoteric structures which rise and collapse in emotive oscillation: Abjection, Pleasure, and the Uncanny. We want to touch you… with colorful textures, fervent poetics, trance and transgression. Diatribes and exercise routines for disco mutants and discerning deviants.

We shall be released!

On the same night, Elephant presents the closing reception for First there was. And then there was, an exhibition of new works by Tanya Brodsky. This installation presents a space full of imminent problems. Things are (maybe) about to slide off, overflow, disintegrate, cause bodily harm if not approached with caution. Objects seem to be missing, with only the impressions made by their mass remaining as a record. The intentionality of the objects that are present is questionable. Things are simultaneously much more and much less stable than they appear to be. Contamination is a real concern. There is a dichotomy between permanence and impermanence, the utilitarian and the obtrusive, the mundane and the sanctified. It might all be a joke with no punchline.

Brodsky uses the acts of listing and categorizing to create the semblance of a disjointed narrative. The title of the show derives from narrative connectors: “first there was, and then there was.” Something happened, then something else, then something else. A appears to have led to B, to C, to D. Here, the indexical system is present as a framing device, something to push against. Logic sets up the possibility of red herrings, for the frustrations of not understanding or not solving. It acts as a foil for sex, madness, shit, humor, the mythical Furies, some kind of force of creation and destruction that is outside of and greater than the system.

Anticipation, excitement, dread, all require vulnerability: emotional, physical, or both. Trust is extended towards another being or eventuality, allowing him/her/it into one’s personal space. There is always a brief moment when it is unclear whether the stranger is leaning in in order to be violent, intimate, or both. Such an invasion elicits a physical response. The body tenses reflexively, bracing for fight or flight. Foreplay comes to mind. The erotic power of uncertainty, of waiting, not touching, not moving. In sexual and religious fetishes, art galleries, high end boutiques, the unavailability of the object gives it its power.

Tanya Brodsky (b. 1982, Kiev, Ukraine) lives and works in Los Angeles and San Diego. She received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. She is currently working towards an MFA at UC San Diego. Her work has been included in exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York. This summer she will participate in two traveling exhibitions in Monterrey, Mexico, and Bilbao, Spain.

upcoming exhibition
Tanya Brodsky
First there was. And then there was.
6.8.2014























Tanya Brodsky
First there was. And then there was.
Opening reception Sunday, June 8, 5-9 pm


Elephant is pleased to announce First there was. And then there was, an exhibition of new works by Tanya Brodsky. This installation presents a space full of imminent problems. Things are (maybe) about to slide off, overflow, disintegrate, cause bodily harm if not approached with caution. Objects seem to be missing, with only the impressions made by their mass remaining as a record. The intentionality of the objects that are present is questionable. Things are simultaneously much more and much less stable than they appear to be. Contamination is a real concern. There is a dichotomy between permanence and impermanence, the utilitarian and the obtrusive, the mundane and the sanctified. It might all be a joke with no punchline.

Brodsky uses the acts of listing and categorizing to create the semblance of a disjointed narrative. The title of the show derives from narrative connectors: “first there was, and then there was.” Something happened, then something else, then something else. A appears to have led to B, to C, to D. Here, the indexical system is present as a framing device, something to push against. Logic sets up the possibility of red herrings, for the frustrations of not understanding or not solving. It acts as a foil for sex, madness, shit, humor, the mythical Furies, some kind of force of creation and destruction that is outside of and greater than the system.

Anticipation, excitement, dread, all require vulnerability: emotional, physical, or both. Trust is extended towards another being or eventuality, allowing him/her/it into one’s personal space. There is always a brief moment when it is unclear whether the stranger is leaning in in order to be violent, intimate, or both. Such an invasion elicits a physical response. The body tenses reflexively, bracing for fight or flight. Foreplay comes to mind. The erotic power of uncertainty, of waiting, not touching, not moving. In sexual and religious fetishes, art galleries, high end boutiques, the unavailability of the object gives it its power.

Tanya Brodsky (b. 1982, Kiev, Ukraine) lives and works in Los Angeles and San Diego. She received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. She is currently working towards an MFA at UC San Diego. Her work has been included in exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York. This summer she will participate in two traveling exhibitions in Monterrey, Mexico, and Bilbao, Spain.

upcoming exhibition
Mountaineers: New Collages by Alice Clements
5.10.2014



































May 10 - June 5

Opening Reception: Saturday May 10th, 7pm-10pm
Additional Gallery Hours: Sunday May 25, 2-6 pm and by appointment

Elephant is pleased to announce an exhibition of new mixed media collages by Los Angeles based artist Alice Clements. With a raw and irreverent sense of materials, Clements uses paint to emphasize decisions made in mounting images on each other. Taking the most basic formula of collage as a starting place - an image glued onto a flat surface - she explores figure ground relationships, variations on landscape and subjects human, animal and neither.

Her Handsome Man Collages project began several years back. This body of work departs entirely from abstraction with painted forays into figurative representation, using images culled from popular culture, art history, and print media. The collages employ strategies of formal symmetry, sentimentality and wit to explore imaginary narratives and formal play.

Alice Clements received her MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena in 2008. "Mountaineers" is her third solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Recent shows include University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, Long Beach City College, and Glendale College Art Gallery.

upcoming exhibition
Scott Cowan & Katy Cowan
The Fifth Wall
4.11.2014























SCOTT COWAN & KATY COWAN
April 11, 2014; 7pm-11pm


The “fourth wall” is the proverbial division between entertainers and their audience. Recently, in a casual conversation, Katy and Scott mistakenly referred to this metaphorical division as the “fifth wall.” As their laughter settled, they began to wonder: if the fourth wall allows for one to suspend one’s disbelief, and temporarily—albeit from a distance—accept a fiction as an affective reality, what would a fifth wall represent? What would be its function?

After a few moments of conjecture and google-ing, they found that questions regarding the role of the fifth wall have varied answers. On the one hand, some argue that the fifth wall is the barrier between the critic and the practitioner (1); on the other hand, others hold that the fifth wall involves meta-marketing. (2) Further, some believe it refers to an instance when an artist fumbles, disrupting the scene: for the show to continue, both audience and artist must regain composure without halting the performative aspect of the event. (3)

Entertained by the spectrum of possible definitions, in THE FIFTH WALL Scott and Katy want to synthesize the commonalities between these definitions; they hope to use their understanding of the fifth wall to frame their work. Here, they believe the fifth wall involves revealing elements of an illusion without expecting resolution behind an illusion. Recognizing the space between artist, observer, and critic, Scott and Katy purposefully expose the structures of their work. Recollecting the fruits of their conversation, they now begin to ponder: perhaps the meaning of a work of art is not an intrinsic element, but is extrinsic and goal-oriented.

Their collaboration involves the necessary tension between interpretation and misinterpretation, that is, the fragility of the interpretability of a work of art. THE FIFTH WALL is their humorous attempt to seriously consider that a reality ‘behind’ an illusion can only ever be a reality in an illusion.

Please join!

(1) “What does ‘breaking the fifth wall” mean?,” Yahoo Answers, response from Eagle1388 posted three years ago, accessed March 10, 2014, http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110130155525AAZAk3R.

(2) Eugene Carr, Breaking the Fifth Wall: Rethinking Arts Marketing for the 21st Century (New York: Patron Publishing, 2011). Breaking the Fifth Wall is a self-published e-book available at Amazon.com.

(3) “Breaking the Fifth Wall,” Uncyclopedia: The Content-Free Encyclopedia, last modified January 21, 2013, accessed March 25, 2014, http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Breaking_the_fifth_wall.