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Nicole Miller
The Conductor
Jul 18 - Aug 22, 2009
Los Angeles-based artist Nicole Miller presents her first solo exhibition entitled The Conductor. The exhibition focuses upon restaging the trope of musical presentation while Miller examines the gestural, aural, analytic, and intellectual demands of conductorial performance. The video installation challenges the viewer both by perception and meaning.
 

LA><ART’s programs are made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Danielson Foundation, the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Campari, the Standard Hollywood, Eileen Harris Norton, Janine and Lyndon Barrois, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, ForYourArt, and the LA><ART Board of Directors, Producers Council, Curators Council, founding members, and patrons. This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

DIDIER FIUZA FAUSTINO: (G)HOST IN THE (S)HELL is made possible with generous contributions from the Graham Foundation, Étant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, Icon Art Services and EDP Renewables, Hermès International, and Benchmark Scenery Incorporated.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

WARNING TO ATTENDEES:

DIDIER FIUZA FUASTINO: (G)HOST IN THE (S)HELL hosted by LA><ART from July 18, 2009 through August 22, 2009, includes a site-specific installation formed from a hanging chain link fence with barbed wire. Attendance is at your own risk. By attending DIDIER FIUZA FAUSTINO: (G)HOST IN THE (S)HELL, you agree to assume sole responsibility for any risk and to release LA><ART, LA><ART’s board of directors, funders, advisers, directors, patrons and employees as well as the artist, the artist’s supporters, patrons and employees from all claims relating to any injury, damage or loss you may suffer or cause while on the premises or as a result of your visiting the premises.

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LA><ART PRESENTS A NEW ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN PROJECT BY FRENCH- PORTUGUESE ARCHITECT DIDIER FIUZA FAUSTINO AND LOS ANGELES-BASED ARTIST NICOLE MILLERʼS SOLO DEBUT

 

Didier Fiuza Faustino, Point Break, 2009, site-specific installation with chain link fence and barbed wire, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist and LA><ART, Los Angeles; and Nicole Miller, The Conductor (still), 2008, digital video projection, TRT: 7 minutes, courtesy of the artist and LA><ART, Los Angeles

 

Didier Fiuza Faustino: (G)HOST IN THE (S)HELL

 

July 18 through August 22, 2009

 

As part of a new multifaceted architecture and design initiative, LA><ARTʼs produces one ambitious A+D project exhibition per year. With the generous support of the Graham Foundation, LA><ART launched its A+D project series in 2007. In the second iteration of this series, French-Portuguese architect, designer and artist Didier Fiuza Faustino's site-specific installation at LA><ART will focus on the materiality of chain link fence and its use in American cities and suburbs from a critical perspective. By investigating how this simple architectural element transforms space and elicits an imposing and often intimidating relationship to the body, he will create an experimental and unstable spatial environment that addresses the social, political and psychological issues arising from the common usage of chain link fencing. In delineating private space, prison enclosures, political borders, construction sites, and sports facilities, this material generates intense, often uncomfortable emotional reactions and uncovers issues of spatial social injustice. Examining the generic system in which chain link fence functions to enclose and demarcate an empty space, Faustino's sculptural installation will question the politicizing nature of such a spatial markers.

 

Didier Fiuza Faustino is an architect and theorist currently living and working in Paris and Lisbon. He received his MFA from the Paris-Villemin School of Architecture in Paris, France. Notable exhibitions include Future City at the Barbican Center in London, Everywhere at the 2006 Busan Biennale, and Corpus Delicti at the Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie in Paris. Solo presentations of his work have taken place at Artists Space and Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. In November 2007, the Centre Pompidou in Paris debuted Faustinoʼs H BOX, a collapsible video projection room that has since traveled to the Tate Modern in London, the Yokohama Triennale in Yokohama, Japan, and is currently on view at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach.

 

Didier Fiuza Faustino: (G)HOST IN THE (S)HELL is made possible with generous contributions from the Graham Foundation, Étant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, Icon Art Services and EDP Renewables, The Fondation dʼentreprise Hermès, and Benchmark Scenery Incorporated.

 

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Nicole Miller: The Conductor

 

Curated by Naima Keith

 

LA><ART is also pleased to present The Conductor, the first solo exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist Nicole Miller. Centered upon the interpretative style of the orchestral conductor, the video mimics one the most demanding, all-encompassing, and complex tasks in the field of music performance. By restaging this trope of musical presentation, Miller examines the gestural, aural, analytic, and intellectual demands of conductorial performance. In that a musical conductor must not only interpret the score, but must develop the gestural skills necessary to transmit that information clearly to an orchestra, Millerʼs video presents the ways in which the orchestral leader interprets and performs a score. While no sound accompanies the video, the sole character looks outward toward the viewer, revealing the traditionally unseen maestroʼs facial and bodily contortions. The result of this reversal provides an insight into the interpretive idiosyncrasies that define the translation of aural phenomena into visual form. The Conductor features an actor in front of an abstract backdrop that Miller has directed as he performs a powerful and nonsensical facial choreography. The absurdist nature of this video challenges the viewer at the levels of both perception and meaning.

 

Nicole Miller received her MFA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2009 and her BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia in 2005. She was recently included in the exhibition “Psychosomatic Acid Test,” curated by Mark Titchner at the Royal Academy of the Arts in London.

 

About LA><ART

 

Responding to Los Angelesʼ cultural climate, LA><ART questions given contexts for the exhibition of contemporary art, architecture and design. With a renewed vision for the potential of independent art spaces, LA><ART provides a center for interdisciplinary discussion and interaction and for the production and exhibition of new exploratory work. LA><ART offers a space for provocation, dialogue and confrontation by practices on the ground in LA and abroad. LA><ART 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.

 

L.A.P.D. – LA Public Domain features artistic and curatorial collaborations and interventions in experimental contexts. Thomas Lawson: New World is on view at Participant Inc. in New York from June 14 through July 26, 2009.

 

LA><ARTʼs programs are made possible with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Danielson Foundation, the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Campari, the Standard Hollywood, Eileen Harris Norton, Janine and Lyndon Barrois, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, ForYourArt, and the LA><ART Board of Directors, Producers Council, Curators Council, founding members, and patrons.

 

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

 

Upcoming: September 12 – October 31, 2009: William Leavitt and Gustavo Artigas

 

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