Three exhibitions

curatorial hub at ARCANA: Books on the arts

culver City

All Tomorrow's Parties

ARCANA: Books on the Arts

Curated by Bettina Hubby

September 2018

Culver City

With a wink & a nod to the Velvet Underground song, All Tomorrow’s Parties, artists Micah Hahn and Nicola Vruwink’s exhibition at Arcana: Books on the Arts, will explore hope, desire, longing and relationships. Through a variety of materials, each artist will craft independent pieces that, in situ, will engage in flirty and sometimes intimate conversations that offer hints of voyeuristic engagement. Works Included in the show will be two dimensional image and typographic prints by Hahn that explore chance occurrence, the distance between people, and what it means to be alive, in the world. Vruwink will include ceramic sculptures and functional objects obsessed with their own materiality and slump, coil & curve without apology.  Some languish in their singularity while others send out signals desperate to make a connection.

Helen Chung & Wendy Heldmann

ARCANA: Books on the Arts

Curated by Bettina Hubby

July 2018

Culver City

Helen Chung's still-life paintings are studies of her shopping bag sculptures. They are an attempt to render a kind of obscurity and mystery associated with how the products in our market place became what they are. In essence, Chung is conceptually addressing the many hands the products traveled through to become the commodity that we buy and use. In allowing the one-time-use bags to outdo their original purpose as carriers of their original objects, Chung, via multiple process of re-objectification, attempts to dismantle our fixed notions of what we consider valuable and disposable. 
 
Wendy Heldmann: Library aisles and offices appear as they are never seen - tomes slump in their shelves, books lie in unintelligible piles on the floor, periodicals and papers are strewn across surfaces - defying the organizing principles that make their content accessible. These works oscillate between alluding to the obsolescence of tactile information systems such as libraries, allegorizing the unnavigable results of an obtuse google search, and simply documenting the varying degrees of disarray left after a thorough ransacking.

David P. Earle & Emily Joyce​​

ARCANA: Books on the Arts

Curated by Bettina Hubby

June 2018

Culver City

David P. Earle's altered books are both excavations and constructions. Unearthing buried histories, finding aesthetic concordances and building new narratives, Earle burrows wormholes through paper, splices together photographs, and removes text exploiting the flatness of the page to suggest a parallel universe contained between the covers. In some cases, the viewer is encouraged to look through the book, creating new forms with every turn of the page.

 

Emily Joyce’s paintings and sculptures are investigations into the underlying structure of the physical world; its mysteries and mathematics. The formally rigorous geometry in her work is offset by a purposefully awkward or playful gesture designed to destabilize the viewer. Taking her cues from early abstractionists and the Surrealists, she transforms found patterns and objects into hybrid creations whose parts add up to a whole that is new and familiar at the same time. ​

Additional Curatorial Hub events:

Circus of Books
Curatorial Hub, December 16-31, 2018.
Art Catalogues at LACMA
Curatorial Hub, 2018.
Helms Bakery
Curatorial Hub, December 9–15, 2018.
Blue Roof Studios
Curatorial Hub on June 23, 2018.
Bestor Architecture
Curatorial Hub, February 11, 2018.
Depart Foundation
Curatorial Hub, Summer 2018.
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