Friday, January 23, 6-8pm
1629 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Join us for an intimate conversation with exhibiting artist Alice Wang and independent curator Michael Ned Holte.
In her exhibition, Wang presents sculptures, drawings, prints, and new video work. Using elements of the earth–including mineral oxides, chemical substances, precious metals, geological formations, and light–Wang sees her work as a method of invention and discovery of alternative temporalities. Additionally, Wang presents web-based work hidden within our website: www.18thstreet.org.
Kinetic forms. Gravity is applied in Wang’s work as an annealing force. Memory is a physical sensation imprinted on the mind mass of flesh. Fossilized stone, several million years old, is subject to gravity in the same way as are dancers or tennis balls. Its unpredictable velocity makes tracking impressions difficult but not impossible. Reoriented from a scientific context toward an aesthetic one, Wang’s explorations reveal the wonders of quotidian physical phenomena. Presence and projection at once. Her work combining spatial and time-based media evolves from a deeply personal inquiry into the history of science, expanding from that scope of individual human time to a vast, geological frame of existence.
Alice Wang was born in the ancient city of Xi’an, and lives and works between Los Angeles and Toronto. Her solo exhibitions include Slippery Contours at Galleri Detroit in Stockholm, Sweden, and XIT-RM: The fallacy of misplaced concreteness at the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Canada. From 2012-2013, Wang lived and worked in Paris as a fellow of the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation, and in 2013 she was a Villa Aurora fellow in Berlin. She earned a BS in Computer Science and International Relations from the University of Toronto, a BFA from California Institute of the Arts, and an MFA from New York University. Wang teaches Photography and Critical Theory at University of California in Santa Barbara, and makes still and moving images, drawings, sculptures, websites, and writing.
Michael Ned Holte is a writer, independent curator, and Co-Director of the Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts. Holte has contributed to print and online periodicals such as Afterall, Artforum International, Art Journal, East of Borneo, and Pin-Up. Holte has organized numerous exhibitions including TL;DR (2014) at Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand; Support Group at Thomas Solomon at Cottage Home, Los Angeles (2010); and Celine and Julie Go Boating at Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles (2005). Along with Connie Butler, he co-curated Made in LA (2014) at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.