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A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
Nov 2 - Dec 21, 2013
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LA><ART is pleased to present Los Angeles based artist Sean Shim-Boyle’s first institutional solo exhibition in Los Angeles
Sean Shim-Boyle: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats November 2 - December 21, 2013
For his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Canadian-born artist Sean Shim-Boyle has created A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats. This site-specific installation at LA><ART fuses architecture and sculpture to create a performative gesture using recycled raw timber and automatic sliding doors.
Installing 100 beams to the existing architecture alludes, in part, to the forests of his childhood home in British Columbia. By lowering the existing rafters, this transformation compresses the space. The intervention alters the sensory relationship the viewer may have to the building. Towards the rear of the space is a set of automatic sliding glass doors, a variety commonly used in commercial premises. Placed in too-close proximity to one another, the sensors designed to open and close the doors are compromised, leaving the doors locked in endless standoff. The arrested movement of the doors creates an apparent passageway that is neither accessible nor secure.
In this sense, Shim-Boyle’s work considers the everyday transformation of raw materials into animated structures that occasionally take on a mind of their own.
About the Artist
Sean Shim-Boyle (b. 1986) lives and works in Los Angeles. He received a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts (2008) and his MFA from the University of California Los Angeles (2012).
Founded in 2005, LA><ART is a leading independent nonprofit contemporary art space in Los Angeles, committed to the production of experimental exhibitions and public art initiatives. Responding to Los Angeles’ cultural climate, LA><ART produces and presents new work for all audiences and offers the public access to the next generation of artists and curators. LA><ART supports challenging work, reflecting the diversity of the city and stimulates conversations on contemporary art in Los Angeles, fostering dynamic relationships between art, artists and their audiences. Since 2005, LA><ART has produced and commissioned over 200 exhibitions, public initiatives, and projects.
LA><ART will launch its Vision Campaign including The Occasional – a city wide exhibition and public art initiative. This platform for LA continues the organization’s ongoing commitment to supporting artistic and curatorial freedom while focusing on commissioning new work in experimental contexts.
LA><ART’s programs are produced with generous support from Stacie Fabrikant, Sima Familant, Carol Gonsalves, Elizabeth Goldman, Jennifer Hermelin, Brooke Kanter, Gizela Laskowska, Marc Lee, Philip Lord, Iris Marden, Eileen Harris Norton, Michael Price, Mai-Trang Trinh, Joshua & Sonya Roth, Leslie Rubinoff, Christopher Yin and John Yoon