Sunday, July 08, 2007

High Energy Constructs


990 North Hill Street, Suite # 180, in Los Angeles' Chinatown
http://www.highenergyconstructs.com/




Internal Mechanisms

July 28 – September 1, 2007

Semâ Bekirović
Laura Forman
Emilie Halpern
Jason Starr and Justin Hansch
Dhavid Streicher
Sutthirat Supaparinya
Kaari Upson
Louisa Van Leer

curated by Joseph Imhauser

Opening reception for the artists: Saturday, July 28, 2007 6 – 10 pm
High Energy Constructs is pleased to present Internal mechanisms - a group exhibition of contemporary artists working in Los Angeles; New Haven, Connecticut; Amsterdam; and Chang Mai, Thailand. Showcasing the work of eight artists working in a variety of media, the exhibition exposes the emotional and physical complexities that are encountered when artist's political beliefs shape their personal practices, both materially and conceptually. Discerning how the outside world influences our internal perceptions, and vice versa, the artists assembled here offer new mechanisms for how we view and shape the world around us: large or small, personal or political.
Internal Mechanisms features work by Semâ Bekirović, Laura Forman, Emilie Halpern, Jason Starr and Justin Hansch, Dhavid Streicher, Sutthirat Supaparinya, Kaari Upson, Louisa Van Leer, and is curated by Joseph Imhauser.

Internal Mechanisms is proud to be the first US exhibit for artist Semâ Bekirovic, and the US premiere of "Taste of Noodles" (2006), a video documentary by Sutthirat Supaparinya.

About the artists:
Semâ Bekirovi ć is an artist working primarily in photography and video. Bekirovic has studied at BDK, Berlin and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. She has attended the Rijksakademie residency, Amsterdam (2005-2006) and Lijiang Studio residency, China (2006). She has shown in numerous museum, art spaces, and galleries in China and throughout Europe. Internal Mechanisms is her first US exhibition. Bekirovic lives and work in Amsterdam.
Laura Forman has shown throughout Southern California and in New York. She has studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, Santa Monica College, and is a recent graduate of the California Institute of the Arts. Forman lives and works in Los Angeles.
Emilie Halpern's work has been included in exhibitions at Casey Kaplan, New York; ACME, Los Angeles; The Breeder, Athens; and Kunstraum Innsbruck. She received her MFA from Art Center College of Design in 2002 and her BA from University of California, Los Angeles in 1998. Halpern recently completed a solo project at The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, 2007 and will have a solo exhibition at Medium Gallery, St. Barthes later this year. Halpern is represented by Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, where she has had solo shows in 2004 and 2006.
Jason Starr has shown in Austin, Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Malmo, Sweeden. He received his MFA from University of Southern California in 2007 and his BFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2005.
Justin Hansch has shown in Austin, Berlin, Chicago, Copenhagen, London, and Los Angeles.. He is founder of Justin's Museum of Contemporary Art and has studied at Mountain School of Art, Los Angeles and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2008, Hansch will be included in a group exhibit at Yalu River Art Museum, Dandong City, China.
Dhavid Streicher is a visual artist and electronic composer. He has shown throughout Southern California as well as in New Haven, Chicago, and Cambridge, United Kingdom. He has organized sound art happenings in Chicago, and his composition, Raushgebet (2005) was released through the label (12/24) MHz. Streicher is currently completing an MFA in Sculpture at Yale University and received his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006. Streicher lives and works in New Haven.
Sutthirat Supaparinya is an educator, artist, and filmmaker working primarily in multi-media installation and video documentary. Her work has been shown in Germany and throughout Asia . She is currently teaching a guest lecturer at Payap University and Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Graduate School of Media and Communication Technology. Supaparinya lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Louisa Van Leer's multi-discipline practice includes sculpture, photography, installation, public art, and architecture. She received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2006, her BFA and BA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1991, and was awarded her California architecture license in 2001. She is a 2006 recipient of a Skowhegan Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture. Van Leer lives and works in Los Angeles.
Kaari Upson has exhibited her work in New York and Los Angeles. She has studied at the New York Studio School and at the California Institute of the Arts, where she received her BFA in 2004 and, most recently, her MFA in 2007. Upson lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.

About the curator: Joseph Imhauser is an artist whose works have been shown in Los Angeles, São Paulo, Orlando, Florida, and throughout Missouri. He received his BFA from CalArts in 2005. Joseph currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Internal Mechanisms is his first curatorial project.

Internal mechanisms will be on view from July 28 – September 1 2007. An opening reception for the artists will be held in the gallery on Saturday, July 28, 2007, from 6 – 10 pm, at 990 North Hill Street, Suite # 180, in Los Angeles' Chinatown. For images or more information on this exhibition please call 323.227.7920 or email smoler@highenergyconstructs.com.

Gallery hours: Friday and Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm, and by appointment.


see the images from opening day here

review of internal mechanisms on artslant.com! http://www.artslant.com/la/articles/show/363


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