Confirmed dates for Japan :
Surface tension is supported in part by the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres Québec
and the Canada Council for the Arts.
This event is set in the context of Steve Roden’s : Shells, Bells, Steps and Silences.
more info below
instinct, perception, intimacy and proximity are key elements
to my performance at LACE in the context of Steve Roden’s installation.
not experiencing the installation first hand yet, having access to its sounds files,
a very intimate connection to the work whilesimultaneously, being removed from it.
an allocentric approach to composition,
a delicate balance between presence and absence of knowledge.
Thanks to LACE, Robert Crouch and Steve Roden.
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
6522 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
András Blazsek is a Hungarian-Slovak media artist, working mainly in the field of sound and installation art. He earned his master’s degree at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2009 and will start his postgraduate studies at the Academy Of Media Arts Cologne this year. Blazsek is a member of the artist group Besorolás Alatt (Unrated). He curated the +3dB contemporary Sound Art Festival in Budapest in 2009 and 2010. He lives and works in Budapest Hungary and Slovakia. More at amigzaj.blogspot.com.
France Jobin (b. 1958) is a sound / installation / artist, composer and curator residing in Montreal, Canada. Her audio art can be qualified as “sound-sculpture”. It reveals complex sound environments where analog and digital meet. Her installations can be said to follow a parallel path, incorporating both musical and visual inspired by architectural elements.
Jobin has created solo recordings for bake/staalplaat (Netherlands), ROOM40 (Australia), nvo (Austria), DER (USA), ATAK (JP), murmur records (JP) and on the prestigious label LINE (USA). Her work appears on countless compilations. Recently, her sound installation Entre-Deux presented within the new media installation exhibit DATA/FIELDS, was met with critical acclaim in Washington DC. DATA/FIELDS is curated by Richard Chartier and includes Ryoji Ikeda, Mark Fell among others.
Her latest endeavor, immersound, is a concert event/philosophy which she initiated and is curating. She produced the first immersound in Feb 2011 at the Gallery Oboro in Montreal and continues to produce and curate the event with Oboro.
Steve Roden : Shells, Bells, Steps and Silences.
LACE is proud to present Shells, Bells, Steps And Silences, a new video installation and film survey by Los Angeles artist Steve Roden, curated by LACE Associate Director/Curator Robert Crouch. While Roden has been making films for over 20 years, this is the first body of work he has made with video exclusively, although the visual language and the approach to performance is certainly an extension of his 2011 film, Striations. Shells, Bells, Steps And Silences incorporates 3 research projects conducted by the artist over the past year: a collection of sea shells acquired by Roden from the estate of modern dancer Martha Graham, notes from a recent residency at the Walter Benjamin archive in Berlin, and John Cage’s seminal 4’33”, a work that Roden performed daily over the course of an entire year.
LACE both champions and challenges the art of our time by fostering artists who innovate, explore, and risk. We move within and beyond our four walls to provide opportunities for diverse publics to engage deeply with contemporary art. In doing so, we further dialogue and participation between and among artists and those audiences.
Founded in 1978 by a small group of artists, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) has become an internationally recognized pioneer among art institutions. Uniquely positioned among commercial galleries and major art establishments, our nonprofit organization provides a local venue that advocates and exhibits innovations in art-making. By encouraging experimentation, LACE has nurtured not only several generations of young artists, but also newly emerging art forms such as performance art, video art, digital art, and installation-based work. LACE has presented the work of over 5,000 artists in over 3,000 programs and events, which have provided the impetus for dialogue about contemporary arts and culture for over 30 years.
Many of the artists that LACE has supported over the years, being once unknown, have gone on to become influential and admired individuals in their field, including Laurie Anderson, John Baldessari, Chris Burden, Karen Finley, Dan Graham, Gronk, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Mike Kelley, Martin Kersels, Barbara Kruger, Linda Nishio, Tony Oursler, Jorge Pardo, Rudy Perez, Paper Tiger TV, Adrian Piper, Nancy Rubins, Ed Ruscha, Jim Shaw, Diana Thater, Bill Viola, Johanna Went, and Bruce and Normon Yonemoto.
Since moving to Hollywood Boulevard in the mid-1990s, LACE has become a key intermediary between the local community and the contemporary art world. Our prominent spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame allows for a broad and diverse audience. Since contemporary artists’ interests have moved beyond the gallery itself and into public arenas, LACE’s programs encourage the public to encounter art in their daily existence so that they are engaged by it and also participate in it. LACE has been deeply involved in the creative vibrancy of the Hollywood community and looks forward to expanding its reach through programming efforts.
LACE’s programming is either free or low-cost, making it accessible to all audiences. Just in 2008, LACE produced an exciting range of creative and educational activities, including 11 exhibitions, more than 40 public programs, and a mobile public art project. These presentations served nearly 16,000 audience members, and showcased the work of 195 artists and 18 curators. LACE has more than doubled its education and outreach offerings since 2005 and plans to continue this expansion.
LACE has developed ongoing education and outreach programs in order to build audiences and provoke discussions of exhibitions. These programs include the Salon Series, which are experiential events for adults; ArtWorks, providing hands-on art making workshops for at-risk youth; and the Gallery Guides Program, which provides gallery visitors with a point of entry for the artwork and its concepts.
At a time when public funding for arts education has diminished, and access to the arts becomes more rare for all populations, LACE strives to increase meaningful dialogue between our institution and our diverse community. LACE fosters artistic collaboration and provides Los Angeles audiences with access to stimulating ideas and artworks. These original guiding principles remain at the very heart of the organization today. While the contemporary art community in Los Angeles has grown and expanded over the years, the need for a venue like LACE—free from commercial constraint and unbound by the restrictions imposed by larger institutions—is more essential to the vitality and diversity of that community than ever before.
Recently celebrating its 30th anniversary, LACE has become a part of LA’s history and continues to innovate into the city’s future.
Variance is supported in part by the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres Québec
and the Canada Council for the Arts.