Brooks AdaLioryn / The Crane’s Nest
Brooks AdaLioryn is an LA based artist working primarily in ceramics, clothing, jewelry, installation and performance. A shrine-like installation will inhabit the window of there-there.
The Artist will be present in the installation from 12pm - 5pm on the following dates:
May 17th, May 18th, May 19th, May 23rd, May 24th, May 25th and May 26th.
Jason Roberts Dobrin / The Studio
Opening reception Thursday May 16th 6-9pm
Originally trained as a photographer, Roberts Dobrin is a multifaceted artist invested in the re-contextualization of myths ubiquitious in American media. He is motivated by pointing to the extremism of our cultural imaginary.
Roberts Dobrin reveals the margins and seams of our culture. His language is steeped in the rhetoric of late capitalism and hyper consumerism.
Roberts Dobrin makes use of simple subject matter such as apples and oranges. Often rendered in a thick gestural impasto, he reduces his subjects to icons, asking the viewer to dwell on the surface versus the subject matter.
The sheer repetition and obsessive nature of the work speaks to the destabilizing cultural climate and the destructing of individual difference that results from the promotion of a generic American culture “as seen on TV.” He wants to make visible the universalized reality of facing depletion not by way of division or spectacle or binary, modernist sound bites, as presented in dominate culture and headline media, but instead by reconfiguring the different fetishized tropes to paint an accurate depiction of our collective condition.
The artist received his MFA from CalArts and presently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Tim Youd / Drawings of a Painting
Consider the typewriter ribbon: Half an inch wide, made of cotton, made of nylon. Saturated with ink. Red and black. Solid black. Or blue, as Raymond Chandler preferred. The typewriter ribbon recalls noisy newsrooms and clattering typing pools. Sit at a typewriter all day, and you will come away grimy and ink stained. A fresh spool of typewriter ribbon holds the promise of a novel waiting to be written. Maybe the Great American Novel itself. A used spool holds a secret history of words written and rewritten and rewritten again.
Tim Youd’s colored pencil and graphite drawings bear down on the typewriter ribbon as both an idea and an object. As abstractions, these drawings are hard-edged images of rectangles within rectangles. But as representations, they are exactlytypewriter ribbons, complete with grime and smudge. The rectangle within the rectangle format echoes the page of a book—the rectangle of the block of text inside the larger rectangle of the page. The typewriter ribbon doubles symbolically as a sentence.
This group of works—titled “Drawings of a Painting” - is a translation of the artist’s ongoing series of “Typewriter Ribbon Paintings.” Those “Typewriter Ribbon Paintings,” which first premiered at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2015, are made of typewriter ribbon and residue ink. The drawings, by comparison, have no ribbon or ink in them, but Youd constructs them in the same manner as he constructs the paintings—ribbon by ribbon. The artist positions each drawing closer to the bottom margin of the page than to the top, reinforcing the idea that the image is of an object—one of his paintings—as opposed to a perfectly centered two-dimensional design.
The focus on the typewriter ribbon comes from Youd’s decade-plus performance cycle The 100 Novels Project, in which he has undertaken the retyping of 100 novels, each on the same make/model as used by the author, and in a location related to the novel. To date he has retyped 61 novels.
A performance and visual artist, Tim Youd is presently engaged in the retyping of 100 novels over a ten-year period. To date, he has retyped 61 novels at various locations in the United States and Europe. His work has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at the CAM St. Louis, MCA San Diego, New Orleans Museum of Art, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Hanes Art Gallery at Wake Forest University, and the Lancaster Museum of Art and History. He has been in residence at various historic writer’s homes, including William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak (Oxford, MS), Flannery O’Connor’s Andalusia (Milledgeville, GA), the Hemingway-Pfeiffer House (Piggott, AR), the National Steinbeck Center (Salinas), and Virginia Woolf’s Monk’s House (Rodmell, Sussex). He has presented and performed his 100 Novels Project at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), LAXART and the Museo dell’Ara Pacis (Rome), and retyped Joe Orton’s Collected Plays at The Queen’s Theatre with MOCA London. He is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York. Youd lives and works in Los Angeles.