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Image courtesy of the estate of Bas Jan Ader

Gravity Art

March 1, 2008 6:00 pm to April 26, 2008

Image courtesy of the estate of Bas Jan Ader


TELIC Arts Exchange becomes a lab for the production of a new genre of art from March 1 through April 26. In light of recent cultural developments, video art, performance art, and conceptual art no longer seem like esoteric, avant-garde enterprises. Social networking and content distribution platforms, such as YouTube, suggest that these forms are becoming normative modes of public address and interaction.

Gravity Art, curated by filmmaker Rene Daalder, is an exhibition that retroactively proposes a genre based on the idea of gravity as a medium. Operating in relation to Daalder’s documentary on Bas Jan Ader, Here is Always Somewhere Else, and his website, this exhibition brings together several generations of conceptual artists through the unlikely, but perfectly obvious conceit of gravity.

One dominant theme of Gravity Art is an interrogation of the legacy of Bas Jan Ader, the conceptual artist from the Netherlands who found himself in various art schools in Southern California in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The exhibition itself follows this trajectory: an exhibition at De Appel co-curated by Daalder in Amsterdam called Gravity in Art was a point of departure for this show at TELIC; many of the artists are Dutch; and Daalder himself emigrated from the Netherlands to Los Angeles around the same time as Ader.

Gravity Art features work by are Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Monsieur Moo, Johanna Billing, Slater Bradley, Lonnie van Brummelen, Daniel Devlin, Gino de Dominicis, Hege Dons Samset, Friedrich Kunath, Gavin Maitland, Ari Marcopoulos, Liza May Post, Willem de Ridder, Pipilotti Rist, Fernando Sanchez, Wim Schippers and Wim Vanderlinden, Richard Serra, Pascual Sisto, Stelarc, Marco Schuler, Joel Tauber, Jacob Tonski, Tsui Kuang-Yu, Marijke van Warmerdam, Guido van der Werve, and Erik Wesselo.

A symposium presented by TELIC and hosted by Daalder at UCLA in April brings several Dutch conceptual artists to Los Angeles, including the renowned Fluxus performer Willem de Ridder and the successful newcomer Guido van der Werve, and a special presentation of Gerry Schum’s rarely seen but highly influential conceptual art film compilation Identifications.

This exhibition is made possible in part with support from the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and

Rene Daalder: Curator
Aaron Ohlmann: Exhibition Coordination
Jens Hommert: Exhibition Design
Michael Sehnert: Technical Advisor
Pascual Sisto: Special thanks

Mondriaan Foundation

Christopher Curtin - Suspending Disbelief

May 28, 2005 6:00 pm to July 2, 2005

Installation view

Christopher Curtin’s installation, Suspending Disbelief, explores the phenomenological possibilities of video by stretching the medium into a third dimension, depth. As projected video is essentially a flat medium, certain experiences are unattainable in viewing a two-dimensional surface: Suspending Disbelief allows us to see “into” a video projection, extending our experience of vision.

In the installation rotating “blades” nine feet in diameter, made of specially coated cast aluminum form a sculptural foreground-screen and create a very large custom-made fan. These blades turn at a variable velocity before a flat screen such that video of our atmosphere, when projected onto these surfaces, flickers between foreground and background screens. Viewers interpret these pulses of video in the way that we experience the world around us: as a deep field of visual sensations. As the blades speed up or slow down we experience this installation physically as well, as a large gale wind is produced and flows over our bodies in a mixture of air and flickering images. .
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Jiacong Yan - Un-Natural

March 5, 2005 at 6:00 pm

Installation view
“O Tiger-lily!” said Alice…”I wish you could talk!”
“We can talk,” said the Tiger-lily, “when there’s anybody worth talking to.” Talking flowers have long stimulated the imagination, in stories from Tennyson through Carroll - if we were able to hear flowers, what would these voices of mother nature tell us?

In Jiacong Yan’s design for Whisper, an immaculate and exotic bed of freshly cut Cala Lilies gives us the chance to experience the unexpected. By placing an ear to a flower blossom one can hear revealed secrets and shared solicitations.  View movie
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