Everything Speaks Twice

January 22 - March 5, 2015







For the full term of my employment this place has stirred an unresolved interest in me. The guests come in off the street charged with the electricity of the not-yet. The lobby and the objects in it speak to them, direct them, transform them into the fictional role of hotel guest. They are choreographed into proper motion by the placement of pillars, corridors and desks. The paintings tell them where to stop and admire, the hearths where to sit and converse and also to admire. Our marble floors portend the infinite. The chandeliers, divine birds of prey. Each desirable human relationship, designed and decorated into existence, is crystallized in the materials that constitute this lobby.

On a very cold day, a bulky poet told me that everything knowable is made from a tissue of more or less obscure signs. From his newly sweaty cocktail, he elicited that each one of these tissues is open to striking new relationships with any other. The lobby is a smooth receptacle, private but open, with props designed for intriguing engagements. Some talk and drink and drop glasses while talking and laughing and drinking and some talk and laugh with the plants after doing so. The flatness of everything reflects its own language and all is reflecting to be read. After tapping his pipe out the muddled poet turned to me, himself now sweaty with intrigue at his own thoughts, and promptly vomited. As I began my move toward the maintenance closet he looked up from the scene momentarily, hooked my arm, and licked this apothegm into my ear.

Everything Speaks Twice is the first in a series of collaborative exhibitions that begin as a dinner and end as a show (and ultimately a book).


Tanya Brodsky was born in 1982 in Kiev, Ukraine. She received her BFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 and is pursing her MFA at the University of California, San Diego. Brodsky's sculptural works address the issues of human interaction with objects and spaces on a multi-sensory level. Her work has been exhibited at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, CA; Galeria Alternative Once, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; Bizkaia Aretoa, Bilbao, Spain; and Fairview Museum, Fairview, UT. In 2015 she will be a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. Brodsky lives and works in San Diego, California.

Bailey Hikawa was born in 1987 in Los Angeles, CA. She received her BFA in Painting and Textiles from California College of the Arts, San Francisco in 2012. Hikawa’s interdisciplinary practice focuses on painting, sculpture and installation as a point of departure for collaboration and spacial exploration. Her work has been exhibited at Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA; Shed Projects, Oakland, CA; and Important Projects, Oakland, CA. In 2015, she will be releasing a collection of concept driven wrist watches. Hikawa lives and works in Los Angeles, California. 

Laura Schawelka was born in 1988 in Munich, Germany. She received her MA from Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany in 2013, and is pursuing her MFA at California Institute of the Arts. Schawelka’s work examines modes of representation and display, the production of value in its different systems and the politics of seduction through installation, video and photography. Her work has been exhibited at the MMK Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt, Germany; Kunstverein Wiesen, Wiesen, Germany; Galerie Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt, Germany and MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Frankfurt, Germany. In 2013, she was the recipient of a one-year Fulbright Scholarship for Graduates. Schawelka lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Trina Turturici was born in 1986 in San Jose, California. She received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Long Beach in 2010 and her MFA in Painting from Boston University in 2013. Turturici’s focus on color, flatness, and dimension in her work evokes a sense of humor and awkwardness that is based on her daily perception and interaction with the world. Her work has been exhibited at the University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach; Sherman Gallery, Boston, MA;  and 808 Gallery, Boston, MA. In 2013 she was a recipient of the Vermont Studio Center residency and artist grant. Turturici lives and works in Los Angeles, California.


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