February 20 - March 25, 2016
Curated by Rough Play
Go Big or Go Home features thirteen Los Angeles artists who rise to the challenge creating large scale sculpture and site specific installations that question the limits of possibility. Their artwork, whether produced through a physically demanding work process, extensive research, mastery of new disciplines, or by exposure to psychological or emotional vulnerability, represents a significant dedication to an idea that can be read as fearless and committed.
Christian Tedeschi, Rebecca Ripple and William Ransom, create objects that question the limits of possibility while harboring gravity of concept and implementation. The physicality of each individual’s work can communicate tension between weight and weightlessness, unravel the actual into abstraction, or connect the disparate.
In pushing the limits of materials and processes, the categorization of objects is blurred. Sculpture merges into drawing and painting into installation. Bridget Beck’s large steel sculpture emerges out of the artists ink drawings in a shift between two and three dimensional space. Elizabeth Tinglof plays with dimensions and color in her wall installation of 30 individual paintings that undulate from the frames that contain them. From a miniature-scale dormer on the wall, Ashley Hagen propels a cascade of stuffed animals coated in plaster and painted in soft pastel colors creating a frosting-like waterfall. Emily Sudd creates new narratives with her ceramic installations, altering the visual perception and challenging the hierarchies of objects and materials.
Pontus Willfors, Lynn Aldrich and Thinh Nguyen challenge the way the viewer perceives everyday objects. Willfors' work addresses our ability to manipulate aspects of nature we deem as product, nuisance or waste. Aldrich transforms commonplace items into transcendental configurations, while Nguyen creates sculptural forms from discarded items; resurrected they occupy a different role. During the opening reception, Nguyen wore one of his sculptures in a performance that challenges the limitations of physical endurance.
Artists go to extraordinary lengths to produce the conditions under which they can execute and exhibit their works of art. Julie Shustack’s multi-sensory installations merge physicality and sound. Beatriz Cortez routinely delves into new processes to produce works that reference psychological processes and essential human experiences. Rebecca Niederlander’s site-specific sculptural installations are abstractions that use repetition and the inherent ephemeral nature of the materials to address the individual's position within the larger community.
Lynn Aldrich - Bridget Beck - Beatriz Cortez - Ashley Hagen - Rebecca Niederlander
Thinh Nguyen - William Ransom - Rebecca Ripple - Julie Shustack - Emily Sudd
Christian Tedeschi - Elizabeth Tinglof - Pontus Willfors