May 14 - June 25, 2015
EASTON A. MILLER
We were preoccupied with an expectation of weightiness and how fragile something might be based on its obscured form. All of the things in the slowly emptying room were covered in blankets and we cleared them out one at a time. It seemed to be a lamp, but it could have been a chair. This lump was definitely our “important box” made from Indonesian teak, but might have also been some of the toiletries we packed up in tupperware. It was this thin separation between object and universe that writhed with conceptual affect. What were all of these blankets doing? Keeping cold objects warm? We tried smoothing over the areas in the carpet where the couch, chairs, and table had left their feet marks. We did this before we took the carpet with us. Despite our efforts (a combination of goo-gone, goof-off, and bladed-scrapers were required for the removal of the carpet tape) this was not the hardest part. We found it fit to keep the wall we had built, too, separating the bathroom and kitchen. Where the table used to be, the bowl-cut light fixture now projects a flat, brightish circle on the floor. It’s hung far too low, indicating to any possible successors where to put a table of their own. There were also real sunmarks outlining where the paintings in the hallway used to hang, something we doubted would actually happen when we hung them there. We had discussed it at the time. All of these small details smacked of something heavy, and produced a form of distance from ourselves that we hadn’t noticed before. We were estranged from our lived environment, caught between spatial alliances and empty shelves, and between the small differences interrogating the transparency of vision.
Gray Grey, the third and final installation in the collaborative exhibition series, Everything Speaks Twice, features works that engage with different kinds of negative space in the formation of personal gestures. The artists’ focus on materiality (and lack thereof) produces a formal atmosphere that is unitarily a study of presence through absence, a staged approach to observation, a sleight of logic that swipes at the 'infra-thin.' Each small gesture moves toward the translation of a void into a plenum, and into a state of ‘negative search’ for meaning that neither confirms nor denies prior knowledge of its objects.
Gray Grey is the final installation in a series of collaborative exhibitions that begin as a dinner and end as a show (and ultimately a book).
Easton A. Miller was born in Indianapolis, IN in 1985. He received the presidential scholarship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004, and graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts and Art History in 2008. Shortly after graduating he built and ran Thrones Gallery for the next year. Selected recent exhibitions include CES Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Green Point Terminal Gallery, New York, NY; LVL3 Gallery, Chicago, IL; The Franklin, Chicago, IL; Ninapi Gallery, Ravenna, Italy, and Homeland Security Gallery, Dallas, TX. Miller is also a published writer, having been featured in Daily Serving, Art Forum, Beautiful Decay, and Vice to name a few. Miller lives and works in Los Angeles, and currently has work exhibited in Complex Decisions at CES Gallery, Los Angeles, CA through June 6th, 2015.
Ryan Perez was born in Oceanside, CA in 1982. He received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in 2008 and his MFA from University of California Riverside in 2012. His work has been exhibited at Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Control Room, Los Angeles, CA; Pepin Moore, Los Angeles, CA; The Sweeney Gallery, Riverside, CA; and LACMA's Special Projects series. His most recent solo exhibition was at C24 Gallery NY and he is currently preparing for his 2nd solo exhibition with Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City; which is scheduled for this coming fall. Perez lives and works in Los Angeles and is represented by Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City.
Jennifer Remenchik was born in Austin, TX in 1986. She received her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 and is pursuing her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Remenchik’s work investigates the formation of post-identities and inter-subjectivities through the use of materials, poetics, and vestigial appendages. Her work has been exhibited at 304 Space, Brooklyn, NY; DaVinci Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; CoLab Projects, Austin, TX; Red Space, Austin, TX; Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX; and at the Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX. Remenchik lives and works in Los Angeles.
Raised in Barcelona, Spain, Pascual Sisto graduated with a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and a MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011 and is a recipient of the 2012 California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include Smart Objects, Los Angeles, CA; The Fairview Museum of History and Art, Fairveiw, UT; Three Days Awake Los Angeles, CA; Taylor Macklin Paris, FR; and 5 Car Garage, Los Angeles, CA. Upcoming shows include De Facto at China Art Objects, Los Angeles, CA. Sisto lives and works in Los Angeles.