Visions & Voices
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Visions & Voices initiative is USC's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches. The initiative features an array of events organized by faculty and schools. With presentations by critically acclaimed artists and distinguished speakers, the series features theatrical productions, music and dance performances, film screenings, lectures, and workshops.
Abigail Collins & Spencer Longo
Abigail Collins & Spencer Longo
April 12 - 30, 2013
Curated by Santiago Vernetti
April 12 // First Opening Reception - Abigail Collins, 6-9pm
April 19 // Second Opening Reception - Spencer Longo, 6-9pm
April 25 // Part Three Opening Date
During the run of this show STATION will act as work station, a point of departure either in preparation for an install or decompression from one. 3001 Gallery will serve as a fixed exhibition space. After the week long exhibition the artists will switch spaces. A third part to the show, along with its curatorial conditions, will be revealed to the artists and the public on April 25th.
This curatorial method-in-the-making is not interested in fostering collaboration between two artists whose practices are recognizably disparate. Instead, the aim is to work in concert with the similarities between the artists' practices with regards to process rather than content.
Spencer Longo's 'Seamless Integration' is a body of work that explores the aesthetic gestures of brands and the notion of personal identity construction within branded lifestyles. Through appropriation, assemblage, and the employment of sign manufacturing and flower arranging services (and with at least one product from Martha Stewart's Home Office collaboration with Avery available exclusively at Staples), Longo looks at the complexities that exist within the brand/consumer relationship of predetermined channels of self-expression.
This fluidity of personal identity is further explored using public pick-and-choose mood-boarding services like Pinterest which reflect the ability to constantly redefine the meaning of self, do-it-yourself Ikea empowerment and the scaleable perfection of expressive, stock vector graphics. Within the work there is a similar disregard for historical and social contexts in favor of creating a flattened, surface-oriented feed of colors, textures and objects that hover around the notion of an undefined, flexible lifestyle brand.
Longo uses visual and methodological cultural tropes as both the source material and the subject of his work. He has exhibited at Favorite Goods, Synchronicity Space and Mastodon Mesa in Los Angeles, is a member of the online collective The Jogging (thejogging.tumblr.com) and his favorite sparkling water is Gerolsteiner.
Abigail Collins examines the psychological slippages produced by militarized urban spaces, most recently with regards to Palestine. Her research based projects take the form of photographic, video, and installation works which draw on interdisciplinary methods to re-think the relationship between trauma and architecture. Collins is an MFA candidate in the Interdisciplinary Studio program of the UCLA Department of Art. In 2010 she was resident at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, South Korea. In 2008, she received her BFA from Cooper Union, New York.STATION & 3001 Gallery
Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
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Los Angeles, CA 90007
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