BETWEEN POST AND PRE at Durden and Ray

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Saturday, 3 March 2018 to Saturday, 31 March 2018
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Saturday, 3 March 2018 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Image: Arthur Cohen - Bull with Pink, oil on linen, 84 x 72 inches, 2015

Durden and Ray (Los Angeles) and HilbertRaum (Berlin) present "Between Post and Pre," a multidisciplinary exhibition that points to the complexities of contemporary living and art making, as well as to a general sense of the world being in a state of flux, on the cusp of major changes which are about to happen or have already begun. Like a bad joke on post-modernism’s aim to question and deconstruct perceived reality, you can now enter a post-factual alternate reality where facts are being replaced by spin and interpretation. But of course this is also open to interpretation… 

The works shown in this exhibition navigate their own "reality islands" in highly original, poignant ways. Some share a common ground, others are quite divergent. 

One such island is the relationship with and increasing dependency on technology: 

Clemens Wilhelm’s short film Contact is a darkly funny take on dating in a high-tech driven, control- and surveillance obsessed world. Sean Noyce’s paintings are created by a human/machine hybrid. Sascha Appelhoff/Lena von Gödeke present the viewer with Trans, a sheet of hyperlinks to discover their layout for a planned but unrealized installation at Durden and Ray. 

Another group of works centers around the use of our hands to feel, think and express: 

Solely painted with his fingers and hands Arthur Cohen’s Bull with Pink is full of opposites: violently physical yet fragile at the same time, natural yet artificial, the bull, a quintessential symbol of male potency is given a a gender-bender twist by the enveloping pink. Aneh Ondare’s hand stitched gloves catalogue body memories of interactions that have "written" themselves into her skin. Ruth Wiesenfeld’s little creatures made from wire mesh and unravelled fabric are created in a highly intuitive process, where the hands are doing the thinking. 

Underneath all the multi-faceted diversity of the artistic positions presented in "Between Post and Pre," an overarching theme becomes apparent: a deep and passionate concern with what it means to be human. 
 

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1923 S. Santa Fe. Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90021

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ABOUT DURDEN AND RAY Founded in 2009, Durden and Ray is comprised of 24 artist/curators who work together to create exhibition opportunities at their downtown Los Angeles gallery as well as in concert with artist groups and gallery spaces around the world. Durden and Ray concentrates on small, tightly curated group shows at the gallery, organized by the members, and hosts international artists as part of a commitment to global exchange and alternative networks. The Durden and Ray model expressly overlaps multiple strategies, including the commercial potential and visual identity of a gallery, the democratic structure of an artist group, the potential to create collaborative works of art in the manner of a collective, and the shared fiscal support of its programs by group members and project partners similar to a non-profit organization. Durden and Ray is committed both to individual praxis and to shared aims of curatorial experimentation, visual research, and artistic exchange with international partners. ABOUT HILBERTRAUM HilbertRaum is an independent, non-commercial, artist-run project space. It opened in January 2015 in the middle of Reuterkiez in Berlin-Neukölln. Behind HilbertRaum is a group of 16 Berlin-based artists, who take turns curating and organizing two-week exhibitions throughout the entire year. Projects incorporate a broad range of painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation and performance. HilbertRaum is named after the infinitely dimensioned Hilbert space, a concept developed by the mathematician David Hilbert. To us, it represents an open, undetermined and evolving structure of self-organization with the expectation of the unexpected.

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