Left to Right: Betsy Hunt, Nikki Pressley, Astri Swendsrud, Michael Buitron
Opening Saturday, November 15th, 2008
3503 W. Pico
Los angeles, CA 90019
Curated by Diana-Sofia Estrada, Domestic Utensils presents the work of Michael Buitron, Betsy Hunt, Nikki Pressley, and Astri Swendsrud. These artists address ideas of the home and interior space in ways that both invite and disrupt the viewers expectations. In addition to the artists' overlapping interest in the domestic context, they all approach the topic with a restrained color palette. Using mostly whites with blacks and greys, it makes the viewer aware of subtle changes within the work. In the white-cube conventions of exhibition space, the demarkation between artistic content and context becomes blurred. The impetus of their work--be it personal or historic--deconstructs ideas of home and domesticity. Each artist works within a conceptual framework that undermines a simple interpretation.
Betsy Hunt investigates the everyday through physical actions and movements in video and performance. Conjuring ideas of domesticity and a feminine space, she emphasizes the beauty of everyday movements. Astri Swensdrud explores the limits of human perception and understanding, the tension that exists between the experience of everyday life and the desire--and need--to formulate explanations or conditions by which to understand, control and communicate experience. Michael Buitron works with the constraints of a preexisting set of statements from the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, an instrument used to assess personality and suggest the presence of psychiatric disorders. Nikki Pressley's work examines and dissects systems of thought associated with historical data, in an effort to disrupt the seemingly unfettered connections between the accepted signs and signifiers.
Please join the artists and curator at the opening reception on Saturday, November 15. The show runs through Saturday December 6 at COMA Alternative Space. Located on Pico at Westchester Place, a block east of Arlington Avenue. For those in the mid-Wilshire and Hollywood area, COMA is about a mile east of La Brea at 3503 Pico. The gallery can be reached by the 10 Freeway, from the Arlington exit, just west of Western Avenue. Go north on Arlington to Pico, and make a left. The gallery will be on your right.
by appointment only (Saturday is best)