current 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