upcoming exhibition
Varieties of Disturbance
Joan Weinzettle
07.09.17 - 07.30.17









































Opening reception Sunday July 9, 7-10pm

 
Varieties of Disturbance is an exhibition of sewn works on paper that hover somewhere between textile and drawing.

Completed over the past two years, the works reveal the desire to process, distort, partially erase and release text surfaces taken from stories, poems, reviews, and most recently, opinion pieces and current news into an altered state of being. Asking to be read again, the works shift back and forth between what we know and what we no longer see.

Using cotton thread and ordinary machine sewing the work is visually grounded in the basic structure of plain weaving and netting, referencing lines in nature and ancient and contemporary textiles.

Joan Weinzettle (b. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a Los Angeles based artist. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textiles from California College of the Arts in 1985. She has exhibited work in the LA area most recently in WOVEN, a group show at Sturt Haaga Gallery curated by John David O’Brien and SAMPLED, a group show at Offramp Gallery curated by Anita Bunn.

On view Saturdays from 12- 4 and by appointment. 

To schedule a visit, email elephant: elephantartspace@gmail.com  

past exhibition
Rock Collection
Elizabeth Loux
06.24.07























If you are a rock, what are you doing?
  1. Someone threw me and I’m flying through the air.  Small things hit me as I fly but my shell     deflects them.  I’m going to land at some point and my shell will protect me.
  2. Someone is holding me in a closed hand.  Their other hand is cold but this one is warm because they keep squeezing me, on and off.  They are messing with my shape but I don’t  change.              
  3. Not really doing anything.  It’s cold outside and my shell is colder than the air.
  4. Someone is trying to clean me.  They are trying to take responsibility for their impact on me by cleaning the mess.  Sometimes, an object makes it easy by being easy to clean, but I am rough and porous and trap dirt.
  5. Someone is trying to clean me, but this time, I am nonporous.  I am easy to clean and minimize their impact on me by being resilient.
Elizabeth Loux is an artist and residential cleaning lady from Philadelphia.  While cleaning, she projects herself onto the objects that she is maintaining. These objects are referenced in her work through mold making and the use of materials found in new construction.  She road tripped to Los Angeles with these sculptures in or on her car.




past exhibition
MESHWORK
Meghann McCrory
05.12.07 - 05.27.17


































Opening reception: Friday, May 12, 7-10 PM
Focus.



Start in the middle. Go from there.



See the pattern. Follow the thread.



Look at this. Stay a moment. And then another. And look, now we’ve been here a little while. Each moment builds on the last. Each action prescribes the next.

Do something. Do it again.



We’ve got infinite bandwidth; the scroll is never-ending. Swipe, zoom, pinch.

My ears are ringing. Are yours?



My attention is all I have. It’s finite and it comes with an expiration date.



Hold it. Pay it. Capture it. Draw it. Get it. Grab it. Ask for it. Focus it.



Start in the middle. You have to start somewhere.



It’s like a possession, an obsession, a procession. When turned around, it becomes a kind of protection. It is a process. I am possessed. I mean I feel processed. I mean I am a process. What was I saying. What? Is what I was saying.



Your attention is all you have. It’s finite and comes with an expiration date.



Grab a thread and pull. Grab a corner if you can. Hold on. It’s all you can do isn’t it. Hold on. Just for a sec. And then another. That’s it.



It’s something, isn’t it. It really is.





Meghann McCrory presents MESHWORK, an exhibition that explores meshes, nets, pattern and drift. Springing from previous works that looked into the entwined histories of textile production and binary computing, this exhibition explores the more intimate material possibilities of textile-inspired vocabularies. Adopting parametric processes in works on paper and a new textile-based sculpture, the installation plays with distortion, distraction, attention and resonance.



Meghann McCrory is an artist based in Los Angeles. Her work includes sculpture, performance, photography and writing. Originally from Albuquerque, she earned her MFA from CalArts and her BA from Wellesley College. 

Gallery hours on May 13th, 20th and 27th,12-4 PM
and by appointment 

past exhibition
Twiddle, Poke, Hold
Liz Nurenberg
04.09.07 - 04.29.17
















Opening reception Sun, April 9th, 2-6 PM


In the 21st century we have become accustomed to holding our social interactions in our hands. These interactions are slick and technological; they limit the physical intimacy that is possible through touch. In Twiddle, Poke, Hold, Liz Nurenberg exhibits a series of hand held forms. These sculptures explore texture and handmade form through material play, both hard and soft. The objects suggest ambiguous function and are meant to illicit moments of intimacy between two people or between a person and an object. These hand holds reference product design, representation, and ergonomic form. Participants are asked to interact and investigate the objects in order to find moments of comfort and awkwardness through touch.



Liz Nurenberg (b. 1978) is a Los Angeles based artist. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Grand Valley State University (2003) and a Masters of Fine Art from Claremont Graduate University (2010.) She is currently a Part Time Lecturer at California State University Northridge and Otis School of Art and Design. She was awarded a fellowship to Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency in 2002, a Helen B. Dooley Fellowship at Claremont Graduate University in 2010 and received a California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Grant in 2014. She has exhibited work in Southern California, the Midwest, the UK and Austria.

On view April 15th, 22nd, and 29th,12-4 PM or by appointment

past exhibition
The Blob
Jenn Berger
03.11.07 - 03.29.17



























Opening reception Saturday, March 11, 7-10 pm

“Technologies are not so much an extension or an appendage to the human body, but are incorporated, assimilated into its very structures. The contours of human bodies are redrawn:  they no longer end at the skin.”

-Elaine L. Graham, Representations of the Post/Human: Monsters, Aliens and Others in Popular Culture

The Blob is a nearly 12’ tall sculpture of an obese human-like form. The folds of skin and fleshy craters make for a simultaneously abstract and recognizable figure. Filling the gallery from floor to ceiling, The Blob expands visually through the roof and physically across the room in motorized breathing puddles. With limbs and torso fitting together like a doll, the figure’s gray leather skin is also pieced together, resulting in a form both cohesive and fractal. Like a digital 3D model come to life, The Blob’s expanse obstructs gallery visitors, forcing them to navigate around this looming, spreading mass.

Open to the public Saturdays from 12-4pm, or by appointment.

past exhibition
note to self
organized by Bettina Hubby
02.04.17 - 02.25.17














Opening night: February 4th, 7-10 pm
“Edible snacks” in the deadpan style of artist Bob Dornberger will be served until they are inside everyone
Free food / Bring cash
 
Participating artists:

Ashton Allen
Margot Bowman
Saskia Wilson Brown & Micah Hahn                                      
Joshua Callaghan                         
Bob Dornberger
David P. Earle                                                    
Emma Gray
Bettina Hubby
Mike Slack
                                                                                             
Intrinsically process driven, To-Do lists are both aspirational and pro-active, both of the moment and for the future. When an item on a To-Do list is crossed off, it becomes an accomplishment, but when left undone, a nagging regret. Normally not for public consumption, To-Do lists are intimate and unguarded, unpremeditated and revealing. Hinting at a work in progress, they become accidental journal entries, a place where thoughts become systems and notes become ideas, and a unique record of a particular moment in time. Once an item has been ticked off the list, the list itself is a witness to (or evidence of) one’s own power to manifest.

Works in the show are motivated by To-Do lists which are also displayed and appear in many forms: pencil on Post-it, printed out screen shot, and scrawl on a wall.

On view on Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment.

To schedule a visit, email elephant: elephantartspace@gmail.com

* above image: Emma Gray