The Lab's Annual Juried Exhibition
Curated by Marcella Faustini and Chris Fitzpatrick
Featuring: Aaron Finnis, Amy Ho, Cybele Lyle, Daniel Konhauser, Emma Spertus, Zarouhie Abdalian & Joseph Rosenzweig, and Anonymous.
Opening Reception: Friday, June 24, 2011, 7 - 10pm
Exhibition dates: June 24 - July 30, 2011
Gallery hours: Thursday - Saturday, 1 - 6pm
For the past 16 years, the Lab has occupied the Redstone Building—a landmark encapsulating a specific history of union organization and labor strikes. And yet the richly decrepit ceiling topping the ground-floor interior carries its own overlapping histories through layers of flaking paint, faded residues, holes, grids of piping, track and theatre lighting, ducts, vents, and the incidental patterns created by absent ceiling tiles. Despite its qualities, this time-inscribed canopy is most often overlooked, if not willfully ignored. Here, the ceiling is the locus. The walls and floor will be left empty. Projects by eight artists will instead occupy the ceiling, perhaps creating more volume than they inhabit.
A floorless room without walls includes an undisclosed and nearly imperceptible project by an artist participating anonymously. Zarouhie Abdalian & Joseph Rosenzweig emit radiation through a sculptural tautology, while Aaron Finnis modifies information, light, and perspective, so that more dimensions may be extruded from optical effects. Projection by Amy Ho introduces a gradient point of termination beyond the ceiling. Cybele Lyle projects the image of another space, as well as its virtual inhabitant’s endless attempts to escape, which draw a lattice of vectors onto the ceiling. Emma Spertus drops the ceiling through the suspension of another, that is, through the fragmented semblance of a reconstituted other (temporal, spatial, indexical). Daniel Konhauser repurposes a device to provide a closer, more anachronistic vantage on it all.
Aaron Finnis was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. He studied Fine Art Practice at Goldsmiths in London and currently works in San Francisco. Aaron produces unique works on paper and sculpture using magnetized audio and computer tape.
Amy M. Ho builds video and spatial installations that bring attention to the duality of our existence as both physical and psychological beings. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and recently graduated from the Mills College MFA program.
Cybele Lyle holds an MFA from Hunter College in New York City, where she received the Tony Smith Award upon graduating. She received a BFA in printmaking in 2001 from California College of the Arts. Recently Cybele has shown with Galerie Poller in New York, ATA in San Francisco and at Krowswork Gallery in Oakland. In the fall of 2010, Cybele was an artist in residence at the Bemis Center in Omaha. She is currently an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center and lives in San Francisco, CA.
Emma Spertus lives and works in Oakland, CA, and was born in neighboring Berkeley, CA. She received her MFA from Hunter College, New York in 2008. Recent exhibitions include "11 lights of the Bay" at The Apartment Gallery in Vancouver, Canada (2011); a solo show at White Columns in New York(2011); "0%" at Important Projects, Oakland, CA (2010); "Booked" at Forthrite Gallery, Oakland, CA (2009); “Transitional Space Platform", Hatch Gallery, Oakland, CA (2009); and “One Week Only”, White Columns, New York (2008). She will be in a show at Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City, New York this September.
Zarouhie Abdalian and Joseph Rosenzweig have independent artistic practices that together span drawing, sound, sculpture, video, text, performance, and installation. They have shared a half-decade-long artistic dialogue that results in periodic collaborations. To these collaborative works, Abdalian brings her interest in staging alterations that expose the limits of a material site and engage the underlying structures by which it is known. As for Rosenzweig, these projects bring to bear his interest in the allegorical potential of process and in the use of feedback as a means of problematizing the relation of subject and object.