David Abir: REVIEW: DETAILS FROM RUIN TO RENEW
Curated by Simmy Swinder
1933 S Broadway, Lower Level Los Angeles, CA 90007
June 1 – July 14, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, June 1, 6-9pm
TEKRAR is a multi-level monument containing numerous environments and sculptures. Using synesthetic techniques to sculpt space and experience, the monument conveys a self-contained and regenerating system.
REVIEW: DETAILS FROM RUIN TO RENEW, examines how this process developed, and hints to where it exponentially will lead.
RUIN, produced for Art Platform Los Angeles, in association with Cottelston Advisers, consists of TEKRAR LEVEL FOUR, the crown of the TEKRAR monument. The sculpture, which emulates the anatomical structure of the human ear, uses sound - in the form of re-composed western and eastern classical music, lighting, and basic construction materials to create an emotional response in both external and internal space. RENEW presented by Actual Size Gallery, furthered the concept by incorporating two sculptures CHAMBER NO. 2 and INTERSECT NO. 1 built within a larger structure that filled the entire space.
For this exhibition, the site-specific installation was fragmented, and re-contextualized as three individual freestanding sculptures. Placed in tandem with the existing work, the interrelation between the sonic, architectural and visual elements serves as an introduction to the project at its germinal level; portraying the sculptures as archaeological relics and implying a greater history of a monument that once stood, or has yet to be realized.
David Abir is an Iranian-American sculptor born in 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in 1991. David’s most recent exhibitions included a solo exhibition at Actual Size Gallery, 2012, an installation at Art Platform Los Angeles, 2011 and Happiness Is… a group show curated by TS+ Projects, 2010. Tekrar was first commissioned in 2005 at Koldo Mitxelena in San Sebastian, curated by Octavia Zaya. The sculpture was then further refined in 2007 when exhibited at the Aldridge Museum of Contemporary Art. The first edition of Tekrar Level four was acquired by Borusan Holdings, as a permanent public exhibition in Instanbul Turkey (2013). In addition to his own work, David has also collaborated with Doug Aitken, Alfredo Jaar, Shirin Neshat and Shazia Sikandir for music and sound installations at the 303 Gallery, MoMA, Barbara Gladstone Gallery and Galerie Lelong. David lives and works in Los Angeles and New York.
About Simmy Swinder
Following her successful direction of photo l.a. | artLA projects in January 2011, Simmy Swinder was appointed Director of Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles. She has curated independent projects through Cottelston Advisors and TS+ Projects, an art advisory and creative venture enterprise she co-founded in 2010. To date, TS+ Projects has curated shows in galleries, corporate and temporary exhibition spaces, and contributed to the limited edition print company, Artstar. She continues to writes for American Contemporary Art and tasj magazines.
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