Alex Slade: What City Pattern?
When: September 7, 2013 - October 26, 2013
Location: 6018 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA, United States of America
(Los Angeles) - Edward Cella Art + Architecture is pleased to announce the gallery's first solo exhibition of large-scale photography and sculpture by Los Angeles artist Alex Slade. Since the early 1990s, Slade has looked to the inherent systems and structural processes of photography and sculpture to identify and examine our relationship to various environments, placing a concerted emphasis on the ways in which those environments continue to be transformed by human intervention and time. With an interest in the impact of urbanism, economics, and eco-industrialization on the landscape, his sculpture employs complex mapping strategies and architectural interventions to create an awareness of underlying spatial systems, while his photography addresses issues that extend beyond those of a purely photographic practice. The title of the exhibition: What City Pattern? is taken from a 1956 issue of Architectural Forum in which the authors project what kind of city pattern will be prevalent in 1976. Their optimistic view of a future in which architecture and design solve all of the world's problems is now relegated to history, as are many of the architectural ideas they expounded. Slade explores the ways in which landscape and space are transformed structurally and physically by manifest ideologies, and questions the "progress" and mutability of those constructs. Slade's first version of What City Pattern? was exhibited in 2011 at Station, a USC Roski School of Fine Arts Photography gallery. As a continuation and re-visitation of the original project, Slade will include ephemera from this period of architecture and design, as well as materials pertaining to the locations of the exhibited photographs in the exhibition. What City Pattern? (Revision 2) will feature and offset two bodies of work. The first was recently commissioned from Slade for the exhibition, The Whole Earth California and the Disappearance of the Outside, which opened this past April at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, in Berlin. This series explores the ideological construction of "sustainable development", and presents a subtle reveal of the environmental, economic, and social implications of corporate capitalism. The photographs reflect on how the Whole Earth movement of the late sixties/early seventies started by Stewart Branda biologist with artistic and social interests committed to thoroughly renovating American industrial society along ecologically and socially just lines has been subsumed and subverted by that same industrial complex. As Slade puts it, "renewable energy is industrialized and its interest in nature has been bureaucratized." These photographs are shot on location in California where industrial sustainability projects ("renewables") are accompanied by "natural" (man-made) habitat areas or wildlife refuges. Alongside the Whole Earth California works, the exhibition will include a series of photographs depicting abandoned Modernist architecture (usually architect unknown) taken on a recent trip to the Midwestern states of Kansas and Oklahoma. The sculpture in the exhibition is conceptually derived from the Modernist architecture depicted in these photographs. By focusing on the ingenious engineering feats of some of these architectural structures, and by recreating them as sculptures, Slade revalues and revitalizes that which has been abandoned in the interests of what corporate branding calls "economical and ecological progress". Alex Slade's earlier photographic series have focused on images of large-scale real estate projects such as a social housing project in Berlin, housing development-sized vacant lots, abandoned shopping malls, and suburban development in the Inland Empire. His work has been included in exhibitions throughout the U.S. and internationally, including the Santa Monica Museum of Art; Pasadena Art Museum; San Francisco Art Institute; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Els Hanappe Underground, Athens; Kunstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin. Slade has participated in the 1999 Liverpool Biennial; the 2003 Prague Biennial; and the inaugural Hammer Museum mini-Biennial, Snapshot - New Art from Los Angeles. The artist was recently commissioned to produce photographs for The Whole Earth California and the Disappearance of the Outside an exhibition curated by Diedrich Deiderichsen and Anselm Franke that opened in April at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Slade was awarded a C.O.L.A. Individual Artist Fellowship in 2008 and a California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship in 2006. He has a BA In Social Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1984) and an MFA in Photography and Media from the California Institute of the Arts (1993). He is currently the Assistant Chair of the Fine Arts Program at the Otis College of Art and Design. Special Exhibition Event: In Conversation: Alex Slade and Carole Ann Klonarides Saturday, October 5, 2013 | 5 PM Artist Alex Slade and independent curator Carole Ann Klonarides will discuss his interest in abandoned architectures and the land-use issues raised by an urban system that extends far beyond the city's borders. Gallery hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm., and by appointment. For further information, please contact the gallery at 323.525.0053 or email@example.com. 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