BEST PRACTICE

2019

 

 

KIM GARCIA

I LEAVE THIS STANDING STONE TO BE A SIGN

MARCH 16 - APRIL 13

 

 

 

For her exhibition, I leave this standing stone to be a sign, Kim Garcia presents a new body of mixed-media works in sculpture and drawing. The exhibition uses fiction to confront the tension between ideas of collaboration, interpersonal relationships, and community. Materials and process converge to result in forms that are both familiar and foreign. Through a layered approach to objects and imagery, the artist asks us to consider the work’s past and the residual myth that remains.

 

My practice is committed to the investigation of social objects that are grouped to form a constellation built through forms and fictions. In this constellation, these disparate objects negotiate proximities and are always transitioning away from where they once were.

 

Fiction is used as a productive site for describing states of instability, where I rely on residue from social interactions as a catalyst for my practice. The work appears as vacated scenes where physical interdependencies and contradictions are exposed and stagnant. These scenes are within topics of interpersonal connection, community structures, and the fallibility of memory, where I dismantle and restructure their foundation through layered sculptural installations, leaving space in-between the objects as a passage for viewers to navigate through the work.

 

By altering the original foundation, sculpture and drawing are used to suspend the scene and create a space where questions can circulate within its atmosphere. Where do past sentiments go when looked at from the present? What future can be built from a forgotten past, and how can we move forward without dissolving ourselves? The sentiment of my practice is to give power to the absent; what isn’t visible, what may be powerless, and what cannot be easily defined.

 

Kim Garcia was born and raised in the Paradise Hills neighborhood of San Diego. She received an MFA from UC Irvine in 2018 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

 

Find more on Kim's work at https://kimgarcia.info/.

 

 

 

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JOSH TONIES

SONGS AND VIEWS OF THE HOLOCENE GARDEN

FEBRUARY 9 - MARCH 9

 

 

In the exhibition, Songs and Views of the Holocene Garden, Josh Tonies presents new drawings and animated works depicting interior landscapes and domestic objects which employ projection and migrating shadows that merge and congeal image to material. Themes of the work include desire, human-induced extinction, and sensations of loss.

 

Josh Tonies is an artist who works with drawing and the moving image. His work centers around temporary ecological studies that take form as animation, drawing, works on paper and book arts. He is a lecturer on record at University of San Diego and UC San Diego, teaching courses in film, video art, animation and studio arts. He has exhibited his work most recently at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, The Center for Fiction in NYC, Comfort Station in Chicago and the San Diego Museum of Art.

 

During the Opening Reception on February 9th, musician Matt Wellins joined the artist in a collaboration in live sound mixing to accompany the video works.

 

Matt Wellins is an artist from Pittsburgh, PA. His work is largely based in particularities of materials, the snafus of live performance, and a general ambivalence towards contemporary technology. His current interests are in the private loft theater of 1970s New York, cybernetic music systems, and the ZBS Artist-in-Residency program. He has presented his work - most notably in collaborations with artists Sarah Halpern and Josh Tonies - at venues such as Anthology Film Archives, EMPAC, and Cass Projects.

 

 

Find more on Josh's work at http://joshtonies.com.

 

Find more on Matt's work at http://mattwellins.bandcamp.com.

 

 

 

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