5790projects is thrilled to announce its third pop-up group exhibition for 2013, “ele:mental,” featuring five LA-based artists practicing in painting, sculpture, and mixed media arts. Concurrently, more than a dozen artist studios in the Beacon Arts Building will be exclusively open for viewing during the opening’s hours.
The artists featured in “ele:mental” push the boundaries of our most fundamental components, and in doing so often reduce them to pure abstraction. In the mind of the viewer, these elemental fixations become visual gateways into a conceptual territory – thus simultaneously existing in tangible and philosophical spaces. Whether it’s the meticulously photographed analysis of L.A. air quality by Jeff Rau, or the pixel sorting algorithms coded by Adam Ferriss, the works in this exhibition illustrate the notion that basic, disregarded attributes often affect our overall cognition. At times, such simple details can become alarming or strange when overly contemplated, as is alluded to in Norbert Garcia Jr.’s surrealist sculptures of everyday objects, or Virginia Broersma’s grotesque-yet-alluring oil portraits. When these constituents are packaged as a larger whole, their unsettling conceptualism becomes less daunting; a feeling of resolution felt in the assemblage paintings of Rachel Stiff. Be it a single pixel on a computer screen or the oxygen we breathe, an elemental understanding of the world can be the least believable.
5790projects focuses on providing a pop-up exhibition platform for emerging artists based in Los Angeles. The artists included in ele/mental encompass a diverse miscellany of practice and exhibition history. Virginia Broersma (CA) received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design, Georgia, and has since exhibited at the Museum of Art and History (CA), among many galleries. Adam Ferriss (VA) studied at the Maryland Institute of Arts in Baltimore (MD), and has exhibited extensively throughout Europe. Norbert Garcia Jr. (AZ) studied at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco (CA), and was the 2006 Emerging Arts of the Year from the League of United Latin American Citizens. Rachel Stiff (MT) received her MFA from the University of Arizona (AZ), was the recipient of the Medici Scholars Award from the university. Jeff Rau (CA) received his MFA from California State University in Fullerton, and has exhibited at the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery (CA), among other venues. All of the artists live and work in Los Angeles.
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