February 25 - April 1, 2017
Opening: February 25, 6-9pm
Set deep into a darkened archway Aitor Lajarin’s video piece, Trumpet Ballad, emits the burble of a young trumpeter wobbily climbing and descending a C major scale. The notes plonk out into the gallery with a sense of incertitude - a sound hedged against its own success. The video takes a dive, dissolving through a closed window and into an unknown interior space. In this room a pair of boxing-gloved hands gingerly clasp a trumpet.
Crickets is an absurd theatre of comedy, a sincere composition of poetry, and a deadpan embrace of estrangement from inside the march of everyday life.
The east wall is painted with a 30 foot long mural of quarter-scale bricks that together form a dizzying expanse of flatness. Couched on its surface is a single small painting of an isolated paradisiacal island. Elsewhere, similarly sized 8x10” twilight paintings of urban domiciles dot the room - a high rise apartment building, a stand-alone house - each yielding their own yellowing, brick-like fenestral glow. These miniature cityscapes continue back into the office and bedroom.
Finally, Sea Shell stands near the doorway - a knee-high cardboard cube with a pair of headphones plugged into its side. The piece offers a momentary escape from within that reframes its surroundings, suggesting a performance of relaxation from inside a crowd.
Crickets is a reflection on the distended poetics of art itself. A cricket’s chirp can sometimes be heard from a great distance. You may be able to sneak closer to its source, but only up to a certain point. Inevitably, amid a palpable closeness to the unseen target, you will find yourself in silence.
Exhibition Context is a six-part series of additive solo shows designed to throw focus toward the gallery's embedded conditions of presentation. It serves to maximize individual artistic platform while encouraging a collaborative approach. In this fourth of six shows, Lajarin has recontextualized works left behind by the ﬁrst, second and third artists: Paul Pescador, Linnea Kniaz, and Ian James. Lajarin will then expand this context by leaving another work behind for the fifth artist to incorporate into her exhibition.
Crickets is a two part exhibition, with the complementary half occurring at Heritage Square Museum from February 19 – April 9, 2017. Heritage Square Museum is located at 3800 Homer St. Los Angeles, CA 90031.
Aitor Lajarin was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from the University of Basque Country in Bilbao and his MFA from University of California in San Diego. His work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions in the US, Latin America and Europe. He is also co-founder and co-director of the artist run space DXIX Projects in Venice, CA.
1 Second Films: The Century Collection
February 25 - April 1, 2017
“A burst of singularities!” - Spencer Holden
A burst of singularities! Calling out of context! 1 Second Films: The Century Collection, is the most precise offering of imagery available from Spencer Holden’s deep and deepening oeuvre of abbreviated cinema. Each film holds the minimum amount of story: a moment extracted from narrative, prose extracted from time, poetry extracted from prose; a jumping off point, a summation, an epiphany, an anti-story; a reality, a symbol, an event; a beginning, a middle, a half-middle-late-ending-not-quite-yet. They are a temporary collection of strangers standing together on a platform. A concatenation of unrelated events and actions. Logic keeps them distinct, no?
Accompanying Exhibition Context upstairs is Non-Cinema, downstairs. Non-Cinema is a series taking place in the basement of VACANCY dedicated to experimental video works, specifically the works of Spencer Holden, whose philosophy of Non-Cinema gives the project its title. Like Exhibition Context, Non-Cinema will run through July, 2017.
Spencer Holden is an active ﬁlmmaker with a focus in experimental video, installation and performance art. He is now developing cinematic experiments towards a Non-Cinema. His work has been featured at REDCAT, Slamdance, Barnsdall Art Park and The Watermill Center. Spencer graduated from California Institute of the Arts in the Film and Video Program in 2013.