Summercamp's ProjectProject 3119 Chadwick Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
Luddite Fallacy August 25—September 8th, 2013
Ichiro Irie & Randall Foster
and Kiel Johnson in Guestroom
Opening Reception: Sunday August 25th 5-8PM
Workshops Saturday: Saturday August 31st 2-3:30PM
Making Friends with Kristy Baltezore
Survival Skills with Randall Foster
Bonfire Closing: Sunday September 8th 6-9PM
Summercamp’s ProjectProject presents Luddite Fallacy August 25—September 8th, 2013. An outdoor group exhibition bringing together artists who both destroy the machine and those who work within and understand the necessity of technology. Organized by Fatima Hoang, Elonda Billera Norris & Janice Gomez.
Kristy Baltezore’s potato powered LED chandelier in Summercamp’s ProjectProject’s Secret Space exposes hidden stereotypes and subconsciously held social and cultural beliefs by reframing objects and acts of the domestic within the context of external, political structures. Baltezore’s current body of foodworks employ Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, the food pyramid and capitalist structure as means to discuss alternate economies, anarchy, food politics, hunger, and homelessness. Nicola Vruwink’s Feltering Planters employ familiar handmade materiality in vessels forms that originate from digitally created files using 3-D software. The files are exported as patterns to be hand built or sewn into succulent planters. Vruwink then alters them to mimic shapes and forms encountered in one’s Los Angeles daily life such as electrical and cellphone towers.
Using magazines and catalogues depicting what was once the newest and latest in furniture, architecture and technology Justin Michell also begins with a digital process. Michell uses a flatbed scanner and photo editing software to make digital prints that look deceptively like modernist collages made the old fashioned way by cutting and gluing. Upon closer inspection, they subtly expand upon the possibilities of these older techniques by changing the scale, duplicating and distorting fragments, removing details, altering the color and otherwise remixing their source materials becoming a faux nostalgia for a future that never came. Tom Norris’s text based watercolors create relevant aphorisms out of phrases heard in conversation and song lyrics instead of antiquated sayings that no longer literally translate, but the meaning comes forward. Through Norris’s practice the commonplace magic all around us links us to olde world apparitions, mystical methods and alchemic means. Norris conjures up notions of nostalgia, romanticism and sentimentality. In another version of text, John Burtle will send postcards to Summercamp throughout the course of the exhibition with drawings of emoticons emojis. Bertle subverts/ convolutes the system by using a digital symbol in a personal analog format. In a comedic power point on a tablet of paper, Laura Krafft’s performance video reveals how to find the Luddites all around us. Asking important questions such as, “What do they look like?” or “What kind of comments might they make at dinner?”.
Ichiro Irie and Randall Foster, in association with Foster’s Institute of Hillbilly Technology, celebrate the symbolic death of the automobile and what it has represented to America and the world in the 20th Century. The Ford Effigy will be constructed entirely out of recycled and repurposed wood, and will serve as a dwelling. This mock vehicle and accompanying action(s) do not represent necessarily, the death of the car, car culture or mass production, but more represents the death of an ideal. Foster will live in the vehicle for a two week period, and conduct a hillbilly survival workshop in the interim. Also during the course of the exhibition, the vehicle will be charred to take on a blackened hue, becoming a symbolic home, coffin and hearse, all in a single object. At the closing reception, the entire structure will be torn down with sledge hammers and axes, and burned in a proximate firepit/bonfire, in effigy; a cremation, and a fun celebration in anticipation of what the future has in store.
And as a compliment to Luddite Fallacy, Kiel Johnson will be featured in Guestroom. Johnson’s series of drawings use the everyday to pollinate a larger vocabulary of abstract images. The latest bodies of work have begun as an investigation into common objects that are bold enough to come forward. Any conversation, odd discovery or chance occurrence could become fuel for a drawing. Johnson dissects everyday objects to better appreciate and manipulate their nature: to discover and pictorially reveal the profound in the quirky behavior of familiar objects.
Hours by appointment. Please contact us at summercampprojectproject(at)gmail.com.