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Blum & Poe : Darren Bader || Mathew Cerletty || Lucy Dodd - 20 July 2013 to 31 Aug 2013

Current Exhibition

20 July 2013 to 31 Aug 2013
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Darren Bader
Heaven and Earth
July 20 - August 31, 2013

Artists in this exhibition: Darren Bader, Mathew Cerletty, Lucy Dodd

Darren Bader
Heaven and Earth

July 20 - August 31, 2013
Opening reception: Saturday, July 20, 6-8 pm


2 is the indomitable parallax of union and division. Therein lies its horror and divinity, its comedy and stupidity.

It takes two to make a thing go right; it takes two to make it out of sight (like literally, I can't see a thing).

Which number is the number of faith, 2 or 1 (infinity doesn't count)? Ethically speaking, 2, since 1 is fantasy -- fantasy and faith seemingly isomorphic, much like 2 and itself.

Try to separate them -- it's an illusion. (Pope Innocent III)


The impulse is one of knowing: How to know? (Why to know and what to know are both tautological in their own ways. Who cares about where, and where knows no care of who. When is the point that is beside the point.)

Everything is everything as of course it can't be.

Ask the local gentry, and they will say it's elementary. (Voltaire)


You always wanted a lover; I only wanted a job. (Kanye West)

Words cleave; thoughts struggle to equalize.

Every time one wants to be valedictory, one is assailed by remains. Every time one wants to be present, one is assailed by doubts.

What have I done to deserve this? (Thomas Snowden)

There's the noble notion that the abstract can eschew the anthropomorphic, and so it can. But it can't do anything else at all.

How am I gonna get through? (Fredric March, Death Takes a Holiday)

Darren Bader (b. 1978) studied Film/Television and Art History from New York University. He has had solo exhibitions at MOMA PS1, New York and 1857, Oslo, as well as participated in group exhibitions at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan; FLAG Art Foundation, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; LAXART, Los Angeles; White Columns, New York; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He frequently writes and has published several books.

Mathew Cerletty
Kitchen Island

July 20 - August 31, 2013
Opening reception: Saturday, July 20, 6-8 pm

Blum & Poe is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Mathew Cerletty. This will be Cerletty's first solo presentation in Los Angeles.

About a year ago, I started worrying that my work wasn't embarrassing enough anymore. I was thinking of it in relation to the overtly personal portraits of friends, family, and myself that I made in my early 20s. Shortly after moving to New York, I deviated from that stuff; it began feeling predictable and emo, and didn't reflect my excitement about all the different art I was seeing. I started taking my paintings apart, focusing on one or two ingredients. Titles, often the initial inspiration for a figurative work, became painted text. Wallpaper that surrounded a figure became patterned abstraction. I wanted to implicate viewers, so I tried to make artwork that sat right on the line with evasive intentions. A worthwhile goal, but in retrospect I think I was also trying to disguise my own vulnerability.

This show is more openly about my life. One way to understand the work is to know that my girlfriend moved in with me last summer. Another is to see the different kinds of pictures I've made over the past 10 years as reconfigurations of the same thing. I now more fully understand why people say every artist really just makes the same painting over and over their whole life. Maybe that's not a problem.

Mathew Cerletty was born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in 1980. He received his BFA from Boston University in 2002. He has been included in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY; Royal Academy of Arts, London; State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; Museum Voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium; and New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art, Wickatunk, NJ.

Lucy Dodd

July 20 - August 31, 2013
Opening reception: Saturday, July 20, 6-8 pm

Blum & Poe is proud to present a solo exhibition with New York-based artist Lucy Dodd, whose work generates from a pre-existing realm of fable. In this case, the exhibition stems from the fable of the Foss plant, a collaborative project that dates back to Los Angeles circa 2004. Attempting to bring the project full circle, Dodd presents the culmination of the turbulent journey through time and space set inside the grumbly, rumbling Catfish studio, its' belly burping and bumping along the ocean floor through heat and sleet, though coup to calm, through leaks, bursts, filibusters and b-flat notes, a kidneys' need, a tickle in the throat... and the final upheaval of the roaring storm whose ochre radius swung down and pointed with pin prick precision straight to Catfish and with the last clap of thunder deafly pronounced: "THE FOSS GOES ON! IT DOES NOT END!" and the humbled Catfish who's eardrum rung skidded to a stop, bumped into bucket, gave its' final purge, rolled over into shavasana and mumbled, "oh yea, no shit...the foss is now the force."

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F! !SS

The exhibition includes the water plant and eight new paintings, whose relationships are determined by a painted triangular key, as well as the above riddle.

"I just wanted to say a few things about the water plant. It is only a myth to me, but it seems more real than rain. I think the story goes that the water plant was saved by the goddess of Atnextopoo, who lived in the weeds just next to the freeway, just down from the gypsum weed. She was the one who told the catfish to trim his whiskers, but didn't realize that that would have implications with aerodynamics and his ability to swim with the butterfly in his mouth. Well the water plant was vital to this fable because it was the link to the outside world. Everything on the under side was brown and murky, and all on top or outside was bright powdery green, fresh like a skin of a young cucumber." (Author of the Foss Fable)

Lucy Dodd (b. 1981) received her BFA from Art Center College of Design in 2004 and her MFA from Bard College in 2011. She has had solo exhibitions at No.5a, New York and Pro Choice, Vienna. In 2011, Dodd was part of Performa 11 in New York with Sergei Tcherepnin.

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