A PICNIC IN EDEN
The company, Los Angeles
A Picnic in Eden
October 2–4, 2009
No, it is not only our fate but our business to lose innocence, and once we have lost that, it is futile to attempt a picnic in Eden. —Elizabeth Bowen
The Company presents a three-day special event: a two-person presentation/collaboration by Abel Baker Gutierrez and Bettina Hubby. Hubby’s accessories debut within Gutierrez's new photographs. Round ‘jewelry’ boxes house her new series of accessories with Gutierrez's photographs mounted onto each box; the objects will be displayed as part of an Eden-like installation within The Company’s garage space. The accessories will be modeled live at the grand opening on persons who embody the spirit of these images and objects.
It was because Gutierrez's work is rooted in the tensions of understanding identity and aspects of youth, as well as his mastery of mood that Hubby approached him to collaborate on this project. Both artists chose subjects who exude a quality of agelessness, gender-neutral beauty, and a momentary glimpse on the edge of losing their innocence. Eden served as the undercurrent for the works being created.
Hubby’s accessories can be categorized as men’s or women’s, and are made from labels, silk flowers, beads and magnets, making new functions/contexts for each. Anna Bruce collaborated on these works, under their new label, BENT. Piper Olf fabricated the circular boxes onto which the photos are mounted. Tyler Hubby’s film loop will be projected as part of the installation.
Painter/Photographer, Gutierrez's works explore a world of post-teen angst, development of sexual identity, and representations of masculinity in adolescence. Taking inspiration from rock music's aesthetic trends, internet subcultures, and old masters paintings, Gutierrez experiments with art materials and photography to create portraits and installations that reflect societal obsession with youth culture and issues of “growing up.” Abel Baker Gutierrez lives and works in Los Angeles.
All of Hubby's work is one-of-a-kind and this project was garment related. Besides the reinvention of Hubby clothing at its core, HubbyCo's mission increasingly continues to produce innovative community-minded and collaborative projects that involve different artists, practices, and topics of interest—events that will strive to delight, inspire, inform and spark conversation. Each project will be unlike any preceding it. What they have in common is the curiosity in how other practices can intersect, create spectacles, and push us all into thoughts and results we wouldn't be able to realize independently.