Art in the Park presents:
Between Us : Tools, People, and Environment
a group exhibition organized by Liz Goetz and gloria galvez
Exhibition Dates: May/1/2020 – May/31/2020 Location: artintheparkla.org/between_us
Jennie E Park
Exhibition walkthrough with guest critic Andrew McNeely: May 2nd @ 11am RSVP for zoom link at email@example.com
Artist lecture by Don Edler: May 30th @ 11am RSVP for zoom link at firstname.lastname@example.org
Although often overlooked, tools are integral to the lives we live. Our bodies have limits, those limits are subverted with tools. We pick up the stick to move the pebble closer, the arm could not reach through the fence. Tools not only help us move past our physical limits, they also push us past the barriers that exist between the environment and us. When hands cup water running out from the faucet we are able to drink it, but if we want to bring it to a friend, folded hands are only able to hold so much….it has to be carried with a tool, like a cup. The cup is a tool that maintains friends. The cup extends one’s relationship with our surrounding environment. This online exhibition presents the work of six artists who contemplate tools, play with tools, rest with tools and examine the world with tools. Don Edler’s Chablet is used to rest the body of the viewer who contemplates the anthropocentric tablet – bringing body and tablet intellectually closer through the comfort it provides. Jennie E. Park’s Flight of the Feeler Gauge provides us with metaphoric liberation as we reimagine our bodies performing movements inspired by the feeler gauge. The relationship, admiration and need for, that these artists have to tools impacts their bodies, environment and society.
Julian Cullars is Los Angeles native artist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist.Cullars’ sound and video art is pleasantly woozy and laid-back, but shows a subtle attention to detail without being excessive or indulgent.Can be reached at @Jbean_cullars
Don Edler is an artist and filmmaker born in Bremen, Germany. Edler attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received an MFA in Studio Art from New York University. Don Edler was the founder and curator of ELEVATOR MONDAYS, a social exhibition space in Los Angeles that focused on experimental curation and highlighted local emerging artists circa 2017-2020. Edler lives and works in Los Angeles.
FOREMOST is an artist, educator, and social justice activist based in Los Angeles, California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in art history, a master’s degree in education, along with a multi-subject teaching credential and is currently pursuing an M.F.A at CalArts. His artforms include video, drawings, and collage. His art uses everyday materials and spaces to think about their uses, how those uses are fluid, and how that drives his imagination to speculate and appropriate new “playgrounds” as well as reclaim “playgrounds” for the Black being. He is engaged in a play practice aimed at disrupting and subverting the normal state of affairs and systems of oppression. Simultaneously, he stays within a dream space, a real space for evoking ephemeral laughter, pleasure, and enjoyment but permanently revealing socio-political conventions and biases.
Isha Khanzode is an artist based in Los Angeles,but originally from Boston,Massachusetts. Her work spans many mediums including video, watercolor, animation,sculpture and fiber art, through which themes of discomfort and displacement are often explored humorously by use of satire. Most pieces work to capture a specific emotional state of being stemming from seemingly unusual or unbelievable circumstances.
Jennie E. Park is a Korean American artist, writer and curator interested in interdisciplinarity and integrated approaches to healing and honesty. She is currently a CalArts MFA student in Art and Creative Writing with a concentration in Integrated Media, and her research- and project-based practice is informed by graduate degrees in psychology and law. She has shown work in the past year through Torrance Art Museum, MOZAIK Philanthropy, CSU Long Beach, Imagine Entertainment and Other Places art fair, among other venues, and has contributed interviews, reviews and essays to Artillery and other arts publications.
Cedric Tai, born in Detroit (1985), has an Art Education degree & BFA from Michigan State University (2007), and an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art (2013). Tai is an un-disciplinary artist and neurodivergent educator who thinks through sculpture, talking, writing, performance and experimental exhibitions. He makes friends and art between Los Angeles, Detroit, Mexico City and Glasgow. He hopes that his work tickles, cajoles, and inspires people to consider their fears, limits and individual aspirations with curiosity. He and his artwork have been described as ‘Pathologically Curious’, a lovely, tender way of describing his neuro-divergent ADHD (aka Time-Blindness, aka Intention Deficit Disorder.) Awards include the 2009 Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Visual Arts, a 2015 Knight Foundation Challenge Grant, a 2016 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship and an upcoming artist-in-residencies at Yucca Valley Art Material CA, Sante Fe Art Institute, NM and Sculpture Space, NY. Solo Exhibitions include “Concept Structure Torture Survival Title”, New City Space, Glasgow (2011), “Indirectly Yours”, Intermedia, CCA, Glasgow (2013), “We Need More ________!”, Re:View Contemporary (2014), “Amateur Strategies”, UCLA (2016), and “50 Bad Artworks”, Casa Lü, Mexico City (2020). Ongoing passion projects include ‘Canela Art Gallery’ (CDMX), ‘Over Over Over’ (Detroit/Glasgow), SolidarityClub.org, MakeBrixels.com, and AnyonesIdea.com