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Blum & Poe : Daniel Lefcourt || Theodora Allen - 7 Mar 2015 to 18 Apr 2015

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7 Mar 2015 to 18 Apr 2015
Hours -Tuesday - Saturday from 10:30 am to 6 pm
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2727 S. La Cienega Blvd
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Daniel Lefcourt, Cast, 2015
PBk31 pigment and urethane binder on canvas
112 x 76 in
12


Artists in this exhibition: Daniel Lefcourt, Theodora Allen


Daniel Lefcourt

Los Angeles, March 7-April 18, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, March 7, 6-8 pm

At a data visualization conference a few years ago, a colleague passed me a piece of paper with an Internet address written in nearly illegible handwriting. The address didn't start with "http://www"; instead it was a protocol I had never used. I showed it to a tech savvy friend, who suggested I only visit the link anonymously. Curious, but not knowing what I would find, I decided I better not use my home network. I went to one of the remaining public libraries in the city and opened the TOR network on my tablet.

What I found was a database of JPEG, AVI, PDF, DXF and GIS files, along with an antique Google maps-like application that allowed one to zoom in and out of high-resolution satellite images of various locations using pinching gestures. I ran my fingers over the terrain, which was labeled in a code unknown to me. A quick search revealed there were hundreds of thousands of items in the database.

The first file I opened was a PDF document on the history of photogrammetry -- a technique in which photographs are used to measure scale and distance. Another query brought up a PowerPoint presentation on model making and subtractive manufacturing. There were documents and examples of the relationship between pantographs and "point clouds." There were also thousands of files that contained soil sample data and information from a materials library.

The most memorable files were video stills that appeared to have been captured directly from satellites or unmanned aircraft. They were what filmmaker Harun Farocki has called Operative Images -- images that exist merely to gather data. Some of the content was deeply upsetting, though it was unclear to me at the time if the stills were simulations or not. These files were the exception though -the majority of the content had to do with techniques for input, processing, and output.

On my next visit to the library, the database was empty. The interface was there, but the content failed to load. The screen stopped responding to my touch. As I closed the browser, and wandered through the library stacks, I realized that I had stumbled upon something significant -- perhaps, this could be a useful methodology.... The database was an allegory.... Maybe I have to enact a similar set of operations....

-- Daniel Lefcourt
 

Blum & Poe is pleased to present Daniel Lefcourt's first solo exhibition at the gallery, which includes new large-scale paintings, relief panels, and a selection of works on paper. All of the works in the show are derived from small cultivated accidents created in the studio -- a puddle of water and glue spilled on a debris-covered tarp or a spot of paint dropped arbitrarily on a board. Measuring no more than a few inches, the scenes are digitally photographed dozens of times from a number of angles to generate a 3-dimensional computer model, from which a low-relief foam carving is manufactured. Paint is poured into the low-relief mold, allowed to dry, peeled off, and adhered to a large canvas. The final result of Lefcourt's technique is a set of spectral images with an intense physical presence.

Daniel Lefcourt was born in New York, where he currently lives and works. He received his MFA from Columbia University and is a member of the faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including First Among Equals, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; Reel to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; Knight's Move, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY; Subject Index, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden; and The Gold Standard, MoMA P.S.1, Long Island City, NY. A recent web project, Modeler, was commissioned and presented by Dia Art Foundation.

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Theodora Allen

Los Angeles, March 7-April 18, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, March 7, 6-8 pm

Blum & Poe is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist Theodora Allen. Through a range of symbolic imagery, Allen's paintings explore tropes of the natural world and the rudimentary tools we use to navigate it -- both emotionally and physically. The paintings resonate with the spiritual-leaning aesthetics of such fringe countercultural movements and figures as the visionary poet William Blake, designer William Morris, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, early abstractionist and mystic Hilma af Klint, and the zeitgeist of 1960's California hippie idealism. However, allusions to past ideologies are more despondent than optimistic -- fluttering moths, wild flames, guitars without strings, an occasional counting hourglass, and the common weed or dandelion. The emblems stand in as markers of time, symbols of persistence and blindsided foolishness, the uncontrollable, and the inward looking.

Allen's new paintings feature a range of enigmatic still lifes, in which space is demarcated through interlocking planes of symmetry and framed within a stylized architectural niche. Her works achieve a balance of graphic flatness and illusionistic form, evocative of sun prints. The surfaces are slowly built up with thin washes of oil paint, which are partially removed before they can dry. The effect simultaneously defines and dissolves the picture plane, producing a subtly polluted spectrum of colors and ghostly distressed surfaces.  

Theodora Allen (b. 1985, Los Angeles, CA) holds an MFA in painting from the University of California, Los Angeles, a BFA in painting from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, and has completed a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ.    



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