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UCIRA Artists Jordan Crandall, Elle Mehrmand, and Micha Cárdenas present Speculative Exhibition


Exhibition runs June 16 through August 28, 2011

Opening Reception on Thursday, June 16th, 8-10PM

Performances on Thursday June 30th, 7-9PM
Zach Blas, Micha Cárdenas & Elle Mehrmand, MAL IDEA (Michelle Lee), Christopher O’Leary, Claudia Salamanca and Malcolm Smith

Panel Discussion on Thursday July 28th, 7-9PM
Christopher O’Leary, Zach Blas, Jack Halberstam, and Jordan Crandall.

LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), 6522 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90028

LACE is proud to present Speculative, a group exhibition curated by Christopher O’Leary and Zach Blas. Speculative will focus on new modes of art making and of presentation with an emphasis on the experiential, subversive, and tactical potentials for art in the 21st century. The projects included in this exhibition engage wildly diverse mediums from critical software, art-science, social practices, experimental video, wearable architecture, performance works and much more.

Featuring work by Casey Alt, Zach Blas, Jeff Cain, Micha Cardenas & Elle Mehrmand, Xarene Eskandar, Michael Kontopoulos, Christopher O’Leary, Claudia Salamanca, and Pinar Yoldas, the exhibition takes a multiplicity of forms and makes use of a variety of technologies including digital video projection, sound devices, specific lighting and other digital media to address notions of design, science, business, sex, gender, death, politics, environmentalism and, most of all — the future.

Christopher O’Leary speculates about an increasingly dystopic vision of our future, as expressed through popular film, comics and literature. His work, Blocking the Exits, is a dynamically-edited, single-channel video project comprised entirely of still photographs that have been animated through morphing algorithms. Jeff Cain uses historical, botanical, and geographical research on the invasive mustard plant spread throughout California by Franciscan Monks to mark the El Camino Real to propose a 600 mile native biome restoration of the historic royal road. His installation will use documentation of original research and visualization of an imagined intervention to reveal both an optimistic and fatalistic representation of colonialism and the difficulties of undoing history. Xarene Eskandar investigates the idea of ‘the fold’ in origami-based clothing designs that relate the body to an unspoiled landscape. The forms themselves will be installed in conjunction with media documentation depicting their use.

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Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun 12 – 6pm, and Thu 12 – 9 pm Suggested donation $3, Members free

In-kind support for Speculative has been generously provided by the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at UC San Diego.

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