PROJECT 1 May 14 - October 19
Gold Flood, 2009
Location: A Level outside of the Parking Office
Gold Flood poses questions about systems of value by way of this mysterious metal for which we work, fight, cry, toil, and sacrifice. “By gold all good faith has been banished; by gold our rights are abused; the law itself is influenced by gold, and soon there will be an end of every modest restraint.”
- Sextus Propertius (50-16 B.C.)
Karen Lofgren (b. 1976, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is an LA-based artist recognized for darkly delving into the collective unconscious. Her work has been shown at LACMA, LACE, Human Resources, Pitzer Art Galleries, Machine Project and See Line Gallery. Awards include Canada Council and Durfee Foundation grants. Her work has been featured in Artforum.com critic’s picks, LA Weekly, and the LA Times, as well as books, catalogues, and album covers.
PROJECT 2 June 11 - October 19
Come Together, 2012
Location: Stairwell near the World Trade Center Bridge
Come Together features a tessellating pattern of bodies connected by strands of ectoplasmic material. Inspired by the underground invisible network of tissues that connects mushrooms, as well as the residue of a medium's séance, the shamanistic figures in this work are attempting to find tangible bonds between visually separated bodies and spaces. The figures could be read as various discreet members of a population, or the kaleidoscopic refraction of a single individual. The stairway is seen as a passageway between two spaces that might seem at odds with each other but coexist simultaneously, a bridge between the physical world and a space less tangible.
Matthew Greene (b. 1972, Atlanta, GA) is a Los Angeles-based painter and performance artist known for his dark and otherworldly landscapes that investigate horticulture, horror films, fairy tales, and 19th Century symbolist art. His work has been exhibited at Stuart Shave Modern Art, London; Peres Projects, Los Angeles and Berlin; Deitch Projects, New York; COMA, Berlin; and the Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria. Greene’s work is a part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
PROJECT 3 July 16 - October 19
Simmons & Burke
Clouds wallpaper (edition of 3), 2007- 2012
Location: North Lobby, Plaza Level
Clouds wallpaper is the newest work in an ongoing project of large-scale digital collages composed of photographed clouds, smoke, smog, and various other vapors and gasses. This vinyl wallpaper was made in Los Angeles, with very few clouds overhead.
Simmons & Burke (b. 1983, 1982) are a Los Angeles collaborative duo known for their intricate digital collages of sight and sound. Their work has been exhibited most recently at the Kunsthalle Wien, Austria. Their work is held in La Colección Jumex, Mexico City; Me Collectors Room Berlin/Olbricht Foundation, Berlin; and in the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
PROJECT 4 August 13 - October 19
Location: West Plaza Railing and the Concourse, Flower Street Escalator Railing
OZ explores the relationship between humans and the natural world, and the distinctions between untouched and manipulated nature. Despite nods to structural film, her underlying references have closer ties to panoramic landscape painting. Her installation, Oz, inverts the horizon and reconstructs the relationship between earth and sky. California Poppies bloom facing downwards on the top railing and stars float up from the lower railing until they meet in the middle, contorting the perception of spatial orientation through gravity and color.
Diana Thater (b. 1962, San Francisco, CA) is an American artist, curator, writer, and educator who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She has been a pioneering creator of film, video and installation since the early 1990s. Selected solo exhibitions include the Santa Monica Museum of Art; Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Vienna Secession, Austria; MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; Witte de With, The Netherlands, and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Since 1990, her work has been featured in group exhibitions including three Whitney Biennials, the Sculpture Project in Munster, and the Carnegie International. She is the recipient of awards and honors, including an NEA Grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the James D. Phelan Art Award in Film and Video. Her work is held in many public collections including the Guggenheim, the Tate, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Walker Center.
PROJECT 5 September 4 - October 19
The Escalator to Nowhere, 2011
Location: A level at the B level escalator
The Escalator to Nowhere is comprised of two precisely identical and symmetrical monolithic forms that rest wedged between the wall and floor by gravity alone. Its presence is announced by its lack of movement. There is no up or down, only sameness on both ends; two static objects unsure of their surroundings.
Ryan Perez (b. 1982, Oceanside, CA) is a Los Angeles-based artist who works with photography and sculpture. His work has been recently exhibited at The Sweeney Gallery, Riverside, Ca; Control Room, Los Angeles, Yautepec Gallery in Mexico City and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles.