October 28, 2007 - LAXART - Benefit Auction
October 28, 2007

Benefit Auction

Adrià Julià, A Means of Passing the Time (film still), 2007, 16mm single-channel film installation, 6:00 minute loop, courtesy of the artist and LAXART

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FEATURING OVER 100 WORKS FROM ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING ARTISTS

Edgar Arceneaux, Kamrooz Aram, Ethan Ayer, John Baldessari, Kelly Barrie, Justin Beal, Whitney Bedford, Walead Beshty, Andrea Bowers, Mark Bradford, Brian Bress, Kimberly Brooks, Jedediah Caesar, Jeff Chabot, Terry Chatkupt, William Cordova, Meg Cranston, Gregory Crewdson, Zoe Crosher, Krysten Cunningham, Francesca DiMattio, George Dinhaupt, Sam Durant, Brad Eberhard, Shannon Ebner, Lisa Eisner, Kirsten Everberg, Rob Fischer, Harrell Fletcher, Eve Fowler, John Furmanski, Charles Gaines, Shelly George, Ken Gonzales-Day, Joe Goode, Alexandra Grant, Sherin Guirguis, Wade Guyton, Terry Haggerty, Karl Haendel, Marc Handelman, Micol Hebron, Drew Heitzler, Leslie Hewitt, Evan Holloway, Salomon Huerta, Marie Jager, Danny Jauregui, Vishal Jugdeo, Adrià Julià, Isaac Julien, Glenn Kaino, Matt Keegan, Mary Kelly, Karen Kimmel, John Kleckner, Marcus Knupp, Terence Koh, Alice Konitz, Jason Kraus, Elad Lassry, Lauren Lavitt, Thomas Lawson, Glenn Ligon, Kalup Linzy, Mara Lonner, Michelle Lopez, Matt Lucero, Shana Lutker, Nathan Mabry, Euan MacDonald, Erlea Maneros, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Alexander May, Kevin McCarty, Julie Mehretu, Yunhee Min, Julio Cesar Morales, Kori Newkirk, Eric Niebuhr, David Noonan, Chris Oatey, Ruben Ochoa, Yoshua Okon, Chris Oliveria, Catherine Opie, Eamon Ore-Giron, Arthur Ou, Virginia Overton, Laura Owens, Marlo Pascual, Florencia Pita, Raymond Pettibon, Paul Pfeiffer, Antonio Puleo, Michael Queenland, Michael Rashkow, Marco Rios, Amanda Ross-Ho, Peter Rostovsky, Allen Ruppersberg, Robert Russell, Analia Saban, Dean Sameshima, Eduardo Sarabia, Matt Saunders, Julia Scher, Maya Schindler, Kim Schoenstadt, Anna Sew Hoy, Alex Slade, Meredyth Sparks, Greer Howland Smith, Lisa Tan, Joel Tauber, Mungo Thomson, Lesley Vance, Mark Verabioff, Kelley Walker, Jim Welling, Mary Weatherford, Mark Wyse, Liat Yossifor, Brenna Youngblood, Carrie Yuri (list in progress)

ADRIÀ JULIÀ: A MEANS OF PASSING THE TIME
MICHAEL RASHKOW: CIRCLE PICTURES

November 16, 2007 through January 5, 2008
Opening reception November 16, 7-9pm

LAXART is pleased to present the United States debut of Adrià Julià’s newly commissioned film A Means of Passing the Time, produced by LAXART with support from the American Center Foundation. Filmed in collaboration with former USO entertainers, A Means of Passing the Time aesthetically documents the “representation of home” and the static signs and values that help situate oneself geographically and psychosocially. Centering on a 16mm looped film projection, Julià’s site-specific installation explores the fixity of representation, space, and time through the intersections of film and performance.

The narrative structure of A Means of Passing the Time focuses on the act of mumming–a brand of home entertainment involved with questions of social ethics, wherein neighbors appear unexpectedly and perform in each other’s living room. Former USO entertainer Mark Gower has described mumming as a symbolic interaction between individuals that manages to reveal the perception of social roles within communities. While USO entertainers and “DoD Overseas Shows” provide, for the United States Military serving abroad, the equivalency of a show from “back home,” foreign military bases come to serve as virtual cities, staging the concept of “home” through such familiar icons as currency, postage, and American retail products. The act of mumming therefore operates within this logic, in which case USO entertainers adopt this discursive strategy to carve out shared geographies and local references between both spectator and spectacle. Mimicking this informal tradition, A Means of Passing The Time is the product of a collaboration between Julià and two former USO performers who visited US military bases around the world to provide entertainment to American troops overseas.

From his home in Chico, California, where much of A Means of Passing the Time was filmed, Gower has described this relationship between performer and audience:

It was December 1996, and only two days before Christmas an unusually strong winter storm had blanketed much of Eastern Europe in snow. Even the American military had grounded most of its planes because of severe weather conditions. Overnight and throughout the day the snow got worse and it is now Christmas Eve. We are snowed in with the American military, and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are also snowed in, and a magician from Connecticut. We are given our orders; we are told to put on a show!

About LAXART

Responding to Los Angeles’ cultural climate, LAXART questions given contexts for the exhibition of contemporary art, architecture and design. With a renewed vision for the potential of independent art spaces, LAXART provides a center for interdisciplinary discussion and interaction and for the production and exhibition of new exploratory work. LAXART offers a space for provocation, dialogue and confrontation by practices on the ground in LA and abroad. LAXART is a hub for artists based on flexibility, transition, spontaneity and change. The space responds to an urgency and obligation to provide an accessible exhibition space for contemporary artists, architects and designers.

LAXART’s programs are made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, American Center Foundation, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Campari, Eileen Harris Norton, Ruth and Jacob Bloom, Jenny Chase and Andrew Bernstein, Richard Massey, Daniel Avchen, Foundation for Contemporary Art, FORyourART.com, Uber.com, and LAXART founding members and patrons.

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