2010 FOCAFellowship

’Everything is Political’, an exhibition conceived by Andrea Bowers and Daniel Joseph Martinez opens this Sunday, October 17th at the FOCA Space in Chinatown. At the exhibition a catalogue was distributed that was designed by Jessica Fleischmann’s still.room. The ingenious and radical catalogue contains an essay by Lucia Sanromán, Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, entitled ’Between a Rock and a Hard Place: From Radical Art to Radical Optimism.’ About Bowers and Martinez, Ms. Sanromán explains: "Their practices are fundamentally different, yet they share an insistent belief in art as a detonator of forms of agency, social engagement and political action." For her portion of the exhibition, Bowers, continues her investigation on homage and the archival impulse by transforming 15 utilitarian folding chairs into memorials to artists Bowers particularly admires. Martinez adds two elements: the first a ceiling hung sculpture involving a hare strapped within an IED and second, a large photograph printed on an elegant silk background of an anonymous massacre site. This is a show that must be seen, not explained.

November 6th, 3:30PM
Andrea Bowers and Daniel Joseph Martinez, the FOCAFellowship recipients, plus Lucia Sanromán, featured essayist in Everything is Political catalogue and Bennett Simpson, Associate Curator MOCA.

Museum of Contemporary Art
Ahmanson Auditorium
250 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012