Exhibitors: Juka Araikawa, Xana Kudrjavc ev-DeMilner, Yvan Martinez and Joshua Trees, Krister Olsson
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<Explanation on the project by the organizers>
Xana makes portraits of moving objects in the form of collages and drawings. Through her emigration to L.A. from Berlin, dramatic changes occurred in her working environment. In contrast to Berlin, where it is possible to navigate the city using public amenities, in moving from one place to another by car on highways in L.A. you are reminded of your isolation. It may be that the repeated pattern and the layering of traces of wax-based pencil crayons reflect these conditions.
‘Dawn of the Dead’, a movie critical of consumer society, is the focus of this work. In the movie, a group of shoppers are trapped in a storage room inside a shopping mall after being chased by zombies. They begin to recreate the life they led outside the mall by stacking cardboard boxes to make furniture and household amenities, ironically creating an alternate version of consumer society. Mike draws parallels between the protagonists in the movie and contemporary artists. Can an artist who places himself in his studio, a space isolated from the real world-- living in an age where the pursuit of idealistic expression has finished--make work that is relevant to contemporary society? Taiwanese-born Mike moved to Singapore to continue his activities after completing his MFA at CalArts. This work was shot in his studio space, which exists like an island in the middle of the city. The unresolved nature of this work is suggested in the posture of the main character (the artist himself).
Juka paints artificial environments, such as indoor beaches. For her, these landscapes are theatrical spaces or stages to explore the imaginations and expectations of people. The behaviors of humans in these spaces are like the movement of a non-turbulent wave, seemingly in eternal repetition.