A Means of Passing the Time (film still)
Limited Edition for LA><ART
In November 2007, LA><ART presented a new site-specific film installation by Los Angeles based artist Adrià Julià. Entitled A Means of Passing the Time, Julià’s film aesthetically documents the “representation of home” and the static depiction, signs and values that help situate oneself geographically and psychosocially. The film was then translated into a site-specific multi-channel installation with a series of performances directed by the artist on a newly crafted stage, executed in the space for Gower and his troupe of actors. A body of photographic images documenting the collaborative work of Julià and Gower as well as the film’s location—Chico, California, further emphasized the exhibition.
Chico—a Northern California non-site—represents a kind of home for former USO performer Mark Gower. In this minute suburban area, Julià animated anecdotes and memories of Gower including a walk, a riot, a local hair salon, the sounds of neighbors yelling, fallen trees, and intimate conversations. In doing so, A Means of Passing the Time explored the fixity of representation, space and time through the intersections of photography, film and performance.
Adrià Julià was born in Barcelona and has lived in Los Angeles since 2001. He has been selected by curator Lauri Firstenberg to be included in the Lyon Biennale (2007). Forthcoming solo exhibitions include LA><ART (Los Angeles) and the Generali Foundation (Vienna, Austria). In 2000, he was selected to participate in the exhibition Muestra de Arte Joven, INJUVE and in 2002 received the Alatadis Prize. Julià has also exhibited at Anne de Villepoix Gallery (Paris) as well as Soledad Lorenzo Gallery (Madrid). Recent solo exhibitions include Truc Trang Walls, The Room Gallery. University of California, Irvine (Irvine), La Villa Basque, Vernon, California, Artists Space (Nova York), OCMA - Orange County Museum of Art – (Newport Beach, California), Sala Rekalde (Bilbao), and Espai Zero1 (Olot), Continental Agur, Galería Soledad Lorenzo (Madrid) and Anatomies for a Common House, Palau de la Virreina (Barcelona). He has also participated in group exhibits such as Nothing Stands Still, New Langton Arts (San Francisco), Artist’s Archives, The Backroom (Los Angeles and San Francisco), Mirador ‘06. O.K. Centrum für Gegenwartkunst (Linz, Austria), Surrounding Matta-Clark, Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporanea (Lisboa), The Gardenlab, Pasadena Art Center College of Design Wind Tunnel (Pasadena), Screenspirit, Städtische Galerie im Buntentor Bremen (Bremen, Germany), We’ve Moved, Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), Monocanal, MNCARS - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia - (Madrid), Centre d’Arts Sta. Mònica (Barcelona) and CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea - (Santiago de Compostela), Rituale 2003, Akademie der Kunste (Berlin) or Total Überzogen, Edith-Ruß-Haus (Oldenburg, Germany).