Alumna Bessie Kunath: Safety Dance – January 30 – February 27, 2016
BESSIE KUNATH: Safety Dance
January 30 – February 27, 2016
Eastside International (ESXLA)
602 Moulton Ave, Los Angeles CA 90031
Opening Reception: Saturday, Jan 30th, 7 to 10 PM
Gallery Hours: Saturday & Sunday 1 to 4 PM beginning Saturday, Feb 6th, or by appointment
Featuring a cast of objects pulled from various points in our chaotic universe, brought together by randomness and desire, presented lovingly just for you.
dead/neutral fertile/bored needy/cute standing/barely
The objects transparently lay bare their construction, inception, handling and manipulation – with fingerprints [damage], humble materials [vulnerability] and imperfections [stretchmarks]. The objects refuse refinement to a point of no return. They have the ability to regress back to a less constructed state if they so wish.
As interpretations shift from person to person [in a dance of relative and mutual contingency], it becomes evident that meaning is not located in the object. Meaning is a moving target – animated and performative – which both confuses and reinforces our subjecthood.
Bessie Kunath received her MFA from UC Santa Barbara in 2012. Previous exhibitions include ‘I Know Everything’ curated by Iris Hu at Dave Gallery; ‘Free Normcore’ at Autonomie; ‘Are Friends Electric?’ at Fellows of Contemporary Art; ‘Demolition Woman’ at the University Art Gallery, Chapman University, curated by Young Chung; ‘Odd Ghosts and Unlikely Dancers’ at WEEKEND; and the 2011 and 2012 BOOM MFA Invitational Exhibitions. Bessie lives and works in Los Angeles.
ALSO: ESXLA artists in residence open studios upstairs Jan 30th:
Andrew Murray (US)
Maria Lynch (BR)
Eastside International (ESXLA) is one of the EMERGE Projects fiscally sponsored by the Pasadena Arts Council