Opening reception for the artists on Saturday, May 1st from 7-10pm
Exhibition will be on view from May 1 – June 5.
Raid Projects is pleased to present CACOPHONIC – featuring the artwork of Jon Barwick, Roni Feldman, Elizabeth Ramirez Ferry, Ryan Peter Miller, Grant Vetter and Casey Vogt. This exhibition has traveled to us from Werkstatt Gallerie in Berlin where it was titled “Optimistic American Dischords”. These artists were united as winners of the “MFA Now” competition which was juried by Edward Lucie-Smith, Judy Chicago, Kay Saatchi, John Millei, Murar Reilly, Bernar Venet, Nicolette Kwok and Victoria Lu.
The six young American artists in this show have formed a group that they have named ‘Cacophonic’. Forming groups is, of course, the traditional way in which young artists band together in order to get a hearing. Think, for example, of the Futurists at the start of the 20th century and of the Surrealists who followed them. Roni Feldman, a member of the group, says that their work is a reaction to a decade that began with planes crashing into the World Trade Center in New York, and ended with an equally resounding economic crash – a period of “complexity and dissonance, marked by a clamorous rise in technology, especially the technology of information, as well as by wars and other forms of disaster.” He and his colleagues engage with a world of conflicting values, in the visual arts as well as in politics, and welcome the uproar that results. “We are wary of didacticism.” He says, “and recognize that a work of art is, first and foremost, a unique sensory experience. The balance between content and physical presence in our work reflects an enduring optimism in the face of the odds that we believe is typical of our generation of American artists.”
Opening April 24th, 7-10pm
April 24-29, 2010
Curated by Elizabeth Cline
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This is the last opening in the month of programming that constituted RAIDspace/workPROJECTS. During the opening workspace and RAID Projects will also be releasing a ‘zine catalogue detailing the activities from the past month!
Curated by Zemula Barr, Sarah Brin, Melinda Guillen and Jennifer Lieu
Nice to meet you: Over
April 17 – 22, 2010
Nice to Meet You: Over is a performative exchange between two artists intended to be a reification of the spatial distance between workspace and RAID Projects, marked by the contemplation of voyeurism, the notion of virtual space as a meeting site, and the tensions forged by continuously expanding social networks. Each artist will manifest these themes through their implementation of archaic modes of communication such as fax machines, handwritten letters, and typewriters, as they attempt to get to know one another from a distance. While both participants have strong themes of engagement and mediated communication within their respective oeuvres, their identities will remain undisclosed until the opening, in order to maintain the quality of the mediated, first encounter.
Juxtaposing instantaneous and delayed forms of communication, attendees at both spaces will be able to simultaneously witness the encounter in-person, as well as through remote video feeds. Printouts of artists’ communiqués and artifacts from the performance will be on view at both workspace and RAID Projects, through April 22.
About the artists –
About the organizers –
Zemula Barr, Sarah Brin, Melinda Guillen and Jennifer Lieu are co-organizers and sometimes friends. For three consecutive summers, all attended Kamprow, a camp for humorless, conceptually dense children in Falmouth, MA, from 1989-1991.
*Image by Zemula Barr with text generated in Self-Portrait Bot.
Curated by Jessica Minckley of CANAL
Outside the Project
April 10 – 15, 2010
Saturday, April 10: 7-10pm
RAID Projects and workspace are joining forces for one month to bring you a single entity: RAIDspace/workPROJECTS. In a series of four one-week exhibitions opening every Saturday in April, four independent curators were invited to organize shows that take place in both spaces at the same time, in an attempt to bridge spatial and temporal gaps present in the narrative of art viewing around Los Angeles.
602 Moulton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
2601 Pasadena Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
CANAL curates the work of photographers Sidonie Loiseleux, Nicole C. Russell, Ruby Johnson, Julie Shafer, Lindsay Ljunkull, Siri Kaur, Heather Rasmussen, Zoe Crosher, and Renee C. Martin. Outside the Project is a physical and online exhibition of works that are not part of these artists’ practices. Most of them work in series or within some sort of self-imposed structure. The photographs in this exhibition are taken between these projects, but are to be considered art objects, despite their lack of structure. Within the context of his exhibition, these photographs are likened to one off drawings or artworks other artists make.
CANAL has curated one artwork from each artist to be exhibited at RAID
Projects in a traditional format, however, more works are visible online. To access this element of the show, there will be Internet access and a public computer available at Workspace during the week long exhibition, and on the CANAL website http://canal.tumblr.com