past exhibition BE HERE NOW Rebecca Kolsrud, Anna Mayer & Andy Rocher november. 12. 2010
Elephant is pleased to announce the exhibition...
BE HERE NOW
Anna Mayer Andy Roche
Please join us at the opening reception for this exhibition onFriday, November 12, 2010 6pm - 9pm.
"...O Holy Family.
This is the seat of the practice.
And as the children who are the fruit of the union appear, see them as divine avatars, holy beings who have come recently from our true HOME to teach. Nourish and feed them as they feed you. Listen for their tone, see their ray so as to help them fulfill their spiritual destiny, provide a matrix for their consciousness. Great care must be taken to guide this entity on this plane. Choose carefully the initial impressions which they will be registering as you would the food they eat. They are the hope and destiny of the universe. Respect and honor them. Guide them clearly. Keep them home and free of chaotic inputs. Let love burn in all the lamps. Through all of this, face and cope out the difficulties... "
Baba Ram Dass, from Remember, Be Here Now (1971)
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What progressive possibilities are available to figurative art now? Three pieces by three artists here articulate three theatrical modes of the figurative. In each case, the figurative gesture is not to demonstrate a human form in a frame, but rather, to activate the exterior space containing the work. By effectively turning the space into a theater, and surrounding works into co-stars, these works' primary commitment emerges as a collaborative teaching function, facing their public selves toward the whole of the room. Instead of stepping back from the social encounter, each work steps forward, constituting an argumentative, cacophonous public space.
Rebecca Kolsrud lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received a B.S. in 2006 from New York University, and is a current MFA candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Anna Mayer lives and works in Los Angeles, where she got her MFA from CalArts in 2007. Moving between between collectivity and introspection, Mayer attempts to establish an “outcantatory” practice that uses language, fire, and intention to propose relationships encouraging embodiment and the rejection of discreet, linear modes of reception. In 2010 Mayer had a solo exhibition at Sea and Space Explorations in Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include Night Gallery (CA), Cerritos College Art Gallery (CA), A.I.R. Gallery (NY), Karen Lovegrove (CA), and Klaus Von Nichtssagend (NY). Mayer recently performed the first of her *WORD THE WORD* series of guided listening sessions at the Experimental Mediation Center of Los Angeles. www.annamayer.info
Andy Roche earned a BFA from the University of Iowa and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. One strain of his work, as included in this show, pursues an aesthetics of radical witnessing informed by the politics and theology of Christian Anarchism. Roche also performs in the group Black Vatican, recording artists for Locust Music. www.andyroche.org