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Blum & Poe : Stop.Move.
Noritoshi Hirakawa
- 6 Nov 2010 to 23 Dec 2010

Current Exhibition

6 Nov 2010 to 23 Dec 2010
Hours -Tuesday - Saturday from 10:30 am to 6 pm
Blum & Poe
2727 S. La Cienega Blvd
CA 90034
Los Angeles, CA
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Matt Saunders, Kuhle Wampe Bikes 108, 2010
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Artists in this exhibition: Nathalie Djurberg, Hirsch Perlman, Robin Rhode, Matt Saunders, Noritoshi Hirakawa

November 6 - December 23, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday November 6, 6-8 pm

Blum & Poe is pleased to present Stop.Move., a group exhibition featuring Nathalie Djurberg, Hirsch Perlman, Robin Rhode and Matt Saunders. Stop.Move. explores the use of stop motion film, video and animation in the work of four contemporary artists working with a diverse range of original source material (photography, painting, sculpture, performance).

The earliest examples of stop motion film date to the late 19th century and utilized the incremental movement of inanimate objects or formed clay figures (claymation). When photographed frame by frame and strung together, these stills provided the illusion of fluid movement. As the medium progressed, actors began placing themselves in the frame, often to comedic effect, clumsily jerking their bodies from frame to frame. This new film technology allowed for the illusion of super human feats of strength or impossible movement through space and time.

Stop.Move. presents four unique takes on the stop motion tradition via recombinant means and materials. This small cross section of film and video evince the painstaking handmade quality of their 19th century predecessors while telling 21st century stories grounded in four distinct media.

Nathalie Djurberg (b.1978 Lysekil, Sweden)
Djurberg's formed clay children and animals belie the transgressive acts committed in surreal hand-crafted model world. Recent solo shows include Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2005), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008), and the Prada Foundation, Milan (2008). The artist lives and works in Berlin.

Hirsch Perlman (b. 1960 Chicago, IL)
Perlman produces photographs and videos often devoid of narrative context, raising questions of interpretive license and the problem of perception. Recent solo shows include Drammens Museum, Norway (2006), Museum of Modern Art, New York (1996) and group shows include Nine Lives, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2009), The Whitney Biennial, New York (1998 and 2002), Venice Biennale, Venice (1993). Perlman is a professor of sculpture at UCLA. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.

Robin Rhode (b. 1976 Cape Town, South Africa)
Playful and melancholy in turn, Rhode's films are stories from the street, using performance to animate his measured stop motion sequences. Recent solo shows include Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2010), Street and Studio: From Basquiat to Séripop, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria (2010), White Cube, London (2008) with group exhibitions such as Choreographing You: Fifty years of Art and Dance, The Hayward Gallery, London (2010), VideoStudio Series: Psychogeography, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2008), Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova, and Robin Rhode, ICA Boston (2008). The artist lives and works in Berlin.

Matt Saunders (b. 1975, Tacoma, WA)
Saunders' animations begin as hundreds of unique ink paintings on mylar which, when photographed, comprise the painterly stills in his films. Recent solo shows include Harris Lieberman, New York and Renaissance Society, Chicago (both 2010) and Galerie Almine Rech, Paris (2006), with group shows at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (both 2008). The artist lives and works in Berlin and Cambridge, MA.

For additional information and press materials, please contact the gallery at and 310-836-2062.

Noritoshi Hirakawa
The Returning of the Sun
November 20 - December 22, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday November 20, 6-8 pm

Blum & Poe is pleased to present The Returning of the Sun, a new three-channel video installation by New York-based artist Noritoshi Hirakawa.

Hirakawa believes that human activity shapes the culture in which we live. His work in performance, photography, and film is widely recognized for unveiling problematic social structures. Within this framework, Hirakawa proposes to extend the boundaries of perception, thus altering aesthetic views for the future.

The Returning of the Sun is a study of the process of sublimation from darkness (dusk) into light (sunrise) using the Japanese concept of Iki-Ryo. Iki-Ryo is an apparition of the soul of a living person, able to haunt or embody another person. In this story, two young women make an emotional claim to one man. While one woman is clearly in the present, the other (the Iki-Ryo) mysteriously haunts and exists in the present although she is from the past. Their ultimate confrontation is resolved in an emotionally charged dance piece choreographed by Karole Armitage, the punk ballerina trained by Balanchine and Cunningham, and director of her own company Armitage, Gone! Dance.

Also on view in this exhibition is Heat Stroke, the second installment in a series of slide projections entitled Streams By The Wind. This story of father and daughter consists of 80 images viewed in a narrative progression without sound on a slide carousel. Each installment of Streams By The Wind features an interaction between a man and a woman. These characters possess conflicting traits and elude any customary definition of good or evil. Hirakawa's aim in this series is to compose narratives that deviate from modern film and literature and to create multi-dimensional characters that react to their circumstances, unfettered by predetermined dispositions.

Noritoshi Hirakawa was born in 1960 in Fukuoka, Japan. Recent solo shows include Chi-Wen Gallery, Taipei (2009), Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo (2008), Baukunst Galerie, Cologne (2006), Salon 94, New York (2006), Wrong Gallery, London (Frieze Art Fair 2004), Deitch Projects, New York (1997), and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris (1995) with group shows including Silence in the Light, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Darkside, Fotomuseum Winterthur, An Attribute of Living, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp (all 2008), FLASH CUBE, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2007), Into Me / Out of Me, P.S.1, New York, Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art, (both 2006), The History of Japanese Photography, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, False Innocence, Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona (both 2003), Cold Burn, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo (2000), and Feminin, Masculin, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1995).

His work is included in the collections of Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Frac's Regional Contemporary Art Collections, Nantes, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Yokohama Museum of Art, SMAK Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, and Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt.

For additional information and press materials, please contact the gallery at and 310-836-2062.

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