Conduction

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 26  5-8 pm
970 North Broadway, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phyllis Green performing Disengagement with her sculpture Veil (photo by Ave Pildas)

Featuring work by:
Deborah Aschheim
Lynne Berman
Phyllis Green
Delta Lamenta
Rachelle Rojany
Julie Shafer
Alise Spinella
Liz Young

Performance Events:
Saturday, August 26, 5-8pm
5:00 – 5:45pm  Liz Young will read excerpts from Walt Whitman, Annie Proulx, Sam Shepard, Truman Capote, Elmer Kenton, Felix Salten, Willa Cather, Emily Dickinson, and William Blake 

6:00 – 6:20pm  Artists Introduction and Discussion

6:30 – 6:50pm  Phyllis Green will perform Disengagement with her sculpture Veil

6:45 – 7:45pm  Deborah Aschheim will interview participants. asking them to recall buildings from memory while she draws them from their description, somewhat like a police sketch artist drawing a crime suspect.

Shown below are photos from the opening reception.

Sunday, September 10, 4-8pm

Donna Gottlieb, FOCA Chair, discussing Fellows history and mission to guests of the Conduction Performances event

4:00 – 6:00pm  Delta Lamenta, featuring artist Lynne Berman and poet Eve Luckring, will collect anonymous complaints from the public. In exchange, the artists will respond with a written response and a drawing for each submission. Participants are given the (free) "poem" written especially for them in reply to their particular complaint.  A drawing is then made of the written response. A sculptural installation will display the complaints, written responses, and drawings as they accumulate throughout the event.

6:10 – 6:40pm  Julie Shafer will be reading excerpts from her short Did ya get any good shots? Based upon her experiences creating photographs in the bayous.

6:50 – 7:20pm  Alise Spinella and Geneva Skeen will perform a meditative duet of sound and mark-making, each responding to the other.  The environment is recorded and layered in real-time, translated into gesture, and archived on paper.  A dialogue across media emerges as both women communicate through the sensing body.

7:30 – 7:50pm  Ashley Romano with musician Ari DeSano will present Crazymaker, combining movement and narrative to examine the monstrous feminine.  Based on Romano’s and her family’s belief in the supernatural, the performance will reimagine the original wild woman, Bigfoot Patty.

Julie Shafer (artist) & Lynne Berman (curator) discussing Julie Shafer’s photographs.

In Conduction, the artworks exhibited - sculpture, photography, installation, drawing, painting, and video - employ performance as a part of the works’ formation.  The artist’s engagement with social space, subjects, place, narrative, and fabricated events is embedded within the art object.  While performance art might seem to emphasize the immaterial, the works featured in this exhibition do not reside solely in actions.  Rather, they are realized into material forms that can exist independently through implied, recorded, or referenced activities.

Deborah Aschheim invites participants to recall buildings from memory while drawing them like a police sketch artist.  Drawings, excerpts from the participants’ interviews, and video recordings are exhibited along with a live performance of the drawing interviews.

Phyllis Green’s sculptures derive from a line in the Upanishards, “walking with wood on the head,” to approach a guru (teacher) on the first stage towards enlightenment.  She crafts devices to assist in the walk that are both objects of contemplation and props for performing.

Delta Lamenta (Lynne Berman and Eve Luckring) performs in public places using writing, drawing, and installation to respond directly to audience complaints.  Participants unburden themselves and then participate in a transformational exchange that spans wonder, surprise, and delight.

Lynne Berman takes her Complaint Center boxes wherever she travels and solicits written complaints in plazas, train stations, malls, marketplaces etc…that she later transcribes into drawings.

Rachelle Rojany’s stack of rectangular slabs relies on the gallery worker to move pieces to the wall each time a visitor enters the space, the act behaving as a ticker-marker.

Julie Shafer’s photographs are portraits of landscapes formed over several days of submerging light sensitive paper in the bayous impacted by oil mining, contamination creating the image.  Her short stories feature the psychological aspects of encounters that occur in the places she visits.

Alise Spinella's paintings are created in a meditative process using her body as an instrument to record sound through gesture.  Her performance, in collaboration with sound artist Geneva Skeen, is a duet of live drawing and improvised sonic experience.

Liz Young’s installation, employing excerpts from literary sources that reference landscape and the human condition, uses sculptures as props for a multimedia performance evoking nature’s beauty and accompanying decay and loss.

Though dispersed across styles, methods, and intentions, these artists find common ground through their use of performative acts in the materialization and realization of the works they produce.
Lynne Berman, curator, is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Los Angeles working in drawing, performance and installation.  Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Orange County Museum of Art, Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, Pomona College Museum of Art, Torrance Art Museum, Swiss Cultural Institute in Rome, and Tom Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles and was the recipient of a 2012 COLA award.  She has curated and organized exhibitions including Lotus Motel, F.A.R. Bazaar, and Verbarian.  Her work has been presented in museums and galleries as well non-traditional sites such as supermarkets, the Los Angeles riverbed, train stations, and public plazas.

Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) is a non-profit, independent and membership-based organization that supports contemporary art in California.  Curators Lab Exhibition Program is supported by FOCA and awards grants to emerging curators for presenting current and relevant group exhibitions in our Chinatown office space.

For further information, please contact:  FOCA Curators Lab Chairs: Noriko Fujinami norikofujinami@earthlink.net & Tressa Miller tressart@me.com or Curator, Lynne Berman lynneberman@gmail.com