Elena Bajo

Elena Bajo
Residency: January 13 – March 28, 2014
Exhibition: With Entheogenic Intent (Burn the Witch)

Elena Bajo was born in Madrid (SP) and lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin. Her concept-generated and research based practice is concerned with the social and political dimensions of everyday spaces, the strategies to conceptualize resistance, the poetics of ideologies, and the relationship between temporalities and subjectivities. She works individually and collectively across installation, sculpture, painting, performance, participatory events, film, text and writing. She uses exhibition spaces as studios or laboratories where an experimental, itinerant, site-specific performed work can unfold, building improvised actions and choreographed movements. Using art production processes as her point of departure, Bajo works with places as they are given to her and is limited by the materials available in and/or around them. She rearranges these found elements into new compositions, juxtaposing the identities of prefigured social and political spaces and dimensions, creating a, sometimes, cryptic but always revealing new code of signifiers. Bajo presents to her viewers a re-staging of a space and time, of the past, into future events that uses chance, contingency and ambiguity of the moment.

Recent solo exhibitions La Femme Radicale or The Point of No Return, 2013, D+T Project Brussels (BE); The Absence of Work, 2012, Platform3, Munich (DE); The Factory of Forms, 2012, Manifesta Parallel, Genk (BE) and group shows Zero Hours, Art Sheffield 2013 Sheffield UK; Original Doubt at Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon; Throw a Rock and see what happens, Casa Encendida, Madrid; Vers une Hypothese Fort Du Bruissin Xll Lyon Biennial Lyon, Material Conceptualism at Anaant and Zoo Gallery, Berlin; Pacific Standard Time, LAXART, 2012, Los Angeles; Perform Now! Los Angeles 2010; Registered, White Columns, New York, 2009; Bread and Roses 101, University of Trash, Sculpture Center, New York, 2009.

She received an MA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins School of Art, London (UK) in 2005 after obtaining a MA in Architecture from ESARQ, Barcelona in 2002. She was a co-founder of the temporary art project EXHIBITION, NY (2009). Her third artist’s book The Absence of Work has been recently released, published by Platform3 Munich-Edition Taube, Berlin.

Elena Bajo’s Artist Lab Residency at 18th Street Arts Center and all associated events have been made possible through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

 

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Image Credits (from left to right):

L’Apres Coup, Perfomative Sculpture Installation Detail Performers, fabric, black ink on found papers in an abandoned autoshop in the building, found wooden newsboard. (2013) Original Doubt Curated by Andrea Novoa Rodriguez and Veronica Valentini Plataforma Revolver Lisbon Portugal Performers: Alessandra Armenise, Sara DalCorso, Ana Rita Manso. (1)Performative sculpture by interpretation of a Manifesto. (2) News Board, A Manifesto’s text decoded into musical notes, and then into pixel scores reflecting an anarchist Manifesto fragments chosen by invited local performers. Photo by Fabio Salvo Courtesy of Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon and D+T project Gallery, Brussels Perfomative Sculpture

Installation Detail Performers, fabric, black ink on found papers in an abandoned autoshop in the building, found wooden newsboard. (2013) Original Doubt Curated by Andrea Novoa Rodriguez and Veronica Valentini Plataforma Revolver Lisbon Portugal Performers: Alessandra Armenise, Sara DalCorso, Ana Rita Manso. (1)Performative sculpture by interpretation of a Manifesto. (2) News Board, A Manifesto’s text decoded into musical notes, and then into pixel scores reflecting an anarchist Manifesto fragments chosen by invited local performers. Photo by Fabio Salvo Courtesy of Plataforma Revolver, Lisbon and D+T project Gallery, Brussels

Still Square Black Sonata Perfomative Sculpture Installation View Performers Sound Movement Music Throw a Rock and See What Happens, Curated by Juan Canela Ineditos 2013 La Casa Encendida Madrid Spain. Local Performers: Paloma Carrasco, Alba Fernandez Alba, Marisol Lopez Rubio, Angela Millano. A Manifesto text is decoded into musical notes, and interpreted by performers to generate the score for the musicians, the choreography for the dancers and the script for the actors, unchoreographed. Courtesy of Casa Encendida y D+T Project Gallery Brussels Still Square Black Sonata Perfomative Sculpture Installation View Glass, plastic, fire resistant blankets, wood, found in exhibition’s storage space Performers

Sound Movement Music Throw a Rock and See What Happens, Curated by Juan Canela Ineditos 2013 La Casa Encendida Madrid Spain. Local Performers: Paloma Carrasco, Alba Fernandez Alba, Marisol Lopez Rubio, Angela Millano. A Manifesto text is decoded into musical notes, and interpreted by performers to generate the score for the musicians, the choreography for the dancers and the script for the actors, unchoreographed. Courtesy of Casa Encendida y D+T Project Gallery Brussels

Black Flag, Installation View acrylic paint on cotton. Drop cloth taken from a team of workers painters painting building walls in SCIARC, school of architecture, Los Angeles,  -WHO TOLD YOU SO?!#2 Truth vs. Organisation Curated by Freek Lomme Onomatopee, Eindhoven-NL  2012 Courtesy of Onomatopee

Black Flag, Installation View acrylic paint on cotton. Drop cloth taken from a team of workers painters painting building walls in SCIARC, school of architecture, Los Angeles,  -WHO TOLD YOU SO?!#2 Truth vs. Organisation Curated by Freek Lomme Onomatopee, Eindhoven-NL  2012 Courtesy of Onomatopee

The Multiplier Effect, Discarded pieces of glass from glass workshop prepared by worker in duty, pieces of concrete. VESSEL curated by Carl Slater and Glen Johnston – The Stonehouse, Fringe BAS 7 Plymouth, UK, 2011. Photo by Carl Slater. Courtesy of KARST, Plymouth

The Factory Of Forms – Reconstructing of the Common – The Absence of Work – Schrodinger’s cat (Quantum Suicide) A Thought Experiment “We erased the semiotic landmarks of our image-poem to induce a simultaneously chaotic and osmotic experience of a then revisited political history of social struggle and protest. This visual and structural attempt opens up the horizon of our habitat to envisage and thus welcome new and necessary ecosophical ethos.” Elena Bajo in conversation with Bastien Rousseau – The Factory of Forms, Elena Bajo, 2012 Manifesta Parallel Projects, Aluminum metal plate on stone, engraving, wasteland ( site of the first community place for mine workers, now a place contested by private and city parties). Manifesta Parallel Projects, Genk, 2012. Photo by Elena Bajo, Courtesy of D+T Project, Brussels.

The Pervasive Element Frieze Art Fair, Tent One during construction, undergoing white spray painting on galleries booth walls, corrugated cardboard covering floor, Frieze Frame, Selected by Rodrigo Moura and Cecilia Alemani, D+T Project, London 2011. Courtesy of D+T Project Gallery, Brussels Photo by Elena Bajo The Object of a Movement / Is Music the Essence of Words? Discarded painting stretchers, acrylic on canvas, masking tape. D+T Project Gallery, Brussels 2010. Photo by White Project, Courtesy of D+T Project, Brussels Phot by White Project.

 


   
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