May 24, 2006 - LAXART - TOROLAB, SOS: EMERGENCY ARCHITECTURE
May 24, 2006

TOROLAB, SOS: EMERGENCY ARCHITECTURE

TOROLAB SOS: EMERGENCY ARCHITECTURE
Exhibition runs May 27-July 1, 2006

Opening reception
Saturday May 27th 6-8pm

LAXART
2640 S. La Cienega Blvd
LA CA 90034
T.323.868.5893

www.laxart.org

LAXART is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of TOROLAB in Los Angeles, SOS: Emergency Architecture, featuring the video 9 Families and a public art project that includes a billboard on La Cienega Boulevard.

Founded in 1995 by Raul Cárdenas Osuna in Tijuana, Mexico, TOROLAB is an interdisciplinary collective engaged in a series of experiments responding to the urban conditions of Tijuana. Their project SOS: Emergency Architecture addresses questions of survival, emergency and camouflage in the urban context.

TOROLABs SOS: Emergency Architecture proposes to rescue materials from the local milieu, what they term an emergency architecture. This interdisciplinary project represents a critical examination of the border condition, addressing irregular housing environments and potential spaces for reassessment and negotiation.

TOROLAB is invested in redefining notions of emergency architecture an architecture of possibility – an architecture necessary for the dynamic conditions of socio-political flexibility and exchange inherent to the border. The LAXART project features the presentation of 9 Families, a video presentation marking the interviews and research with 9 families in a collaboration of designing a domestic community for the families, with the families. The exhibition is complemented by a public project in the form of a billboard on La Cienega between Venice and Washington, imaging the women from the 9 Families collaboration.

TOROLABs billboard will be located on La Cienega between Venice and Washington facing north. The billboard will be mounted from June 5 through July 3, 2006. TOROLABs exhibition and billboard SOS: Emergency Architecture is made possible with the generous support of La Colección Jumex and Eloisa Haudenschild.

LESLIE HEWITT: MAKE IT PLAIN curated by Jeffrey Uslip

LAXART is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of New York based artist, Leslie Hewitt. For LAXART, Hewitt will present a new series of drawings and photo-sculptures. This debut exhibition in Los Angeles continues her investigation into the reciprocal relationship between drawing, sculptural and photographic forms. Hewitt approaches the problematics of space photographically; what she terms as a simultaneous construction of the real in the photograph through echoes of sculptural space defined through texture and material.

LAXARTs programming is made possible by charitable contributions from Anthony Grant, Peter Norton Family Foundation, La Colección Jumex, Danielson Foundation and LAXARTs Executive Board and Founding Members. In-kind sponsorship from Campari.

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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 is located at 2640 S. La Cienega Los Angeles, CA 90034 T.310.559.0166 F.310.559.0167 office@laxart.org www.laxart.org
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