“A Spaghetti Dress for World Peace” | 2nd September | LA

Timothée Calame, Victoria Colmegna, Catharine Czudej,
Oto Gillen, Sam Grossinger, Gypsy Sport, Paul Heyer, Megan Marrin,
Mark McKnight, David Muenzer, Laura Owens, Bailey Scieszka,
Heji Shin, Tom of Finland, Dena Yago, Dardan Zhegrova

The show is about how people have particular values and morals, and ideal ways of being in the world, which all apply both to their working lives and personal lives. These values are almost always perverted by the “noise” of encounter––with media, conflicted relationships, class warfare, world events, the environment––sending them towards some other unanticipated reality (I want to emphasize that not one of these aspects should be over or under-emphasized, but that they are all at play and moving through us at all times). Sometimes people try to transmit these into their work––the values, the “noise,” and the interaction of the two. The artworks in the show are all dealing with this same phenomenon in themselves, but then on a second level are asking to be understood in aesthetic terms for contemplation. Under evaluation is the possibility of transmitting such a political experience through the process of becoming an artwork in a particular market context. The title of the show, A Spaghetti Dress for World Peace, is borrowed from an article in the New York Times about fashion designer Miguel Adrover, and I think it perfectly encapsulates the significance, and perhaps senselessness (or ultimate desire and sense), of trying to enact this process, of taking a moral or political stance through an artwork that will always be a luxury good existing in the world, and dramatizing that course of action in various ways.                     ––Paul Soto, 2nd September 2017

Saturday, 6-8p
On view through 21st October

 

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ca.2004 — John Waters — Image by © R¸dy Waks/Corbis Outline

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