Landrum / Rubio: The Levity of Translation
Autonomie is proud to announce a two person show of Ashley Landrum and Nano Rubio on Thursday, June 9th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Please join us for our inaugural exhibition on Artwalk night!
|Ashley Landrum (detail)|
Landrum's practice as a sculptor relies on mirroring and moire effect that activate perception through shifting layers of allegorical information. Her sculptures are often constructed using metallic scaffolding, painterly substrates, fabricated surfaces or any number of welded materials. These items might be super-added to shimmering fabrics, delicate textures and taught systems of suspension that invite a type of looking that is simultaneously pleasurable and restricted - or even pleasurable in its restrictions. Moving between the discourses that surround transversal painterly spaces and deconstructed sculptural effects, Landrum's work offers us a contained interaction that isn't overly about its status as-such. Instead, her pieces play with a mixed genealogy of historical and contemporary precedents that challenge the ways in which we consider the sculptural object, its phenomenological precepts and its epistemological comport. The fluctuating boundaries of Landrum's works evidence a rare instance of complexity that exceeds the common conditions of historical measure and dialogic interlocution - a sure mark of their purchase in the present.
Bio: Ashley Landrum holds an M.F.A. from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and a B.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. She was the recipient of the Armory Center for the Arts Fellowship Grant and the Gluck Fellowship for the Arts. Landrum has recently has shows at One Colorando in Pasadena, D-Block Projects in Long Beach and AC PRojects in Pomona. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Rubio's abstract Paintings unfold a logic of performative designs and gestural actions that display an incongruent topology of time based inscriptions. Often reading as different lines of code - linear, scrapped, squeegeed and imposted - his works operate as a virtual catalog of conflicted cartographies. Playing with stark oppositions between light and dark space, rich and muted color, and theatrical figure/ground relations, Rubio's aesthetic program courts a distinctive neobaroque sensibility centered around issues of translation and transference. By working with an expanded vocabulary of non-traditional tools, Rubio's images produce forms of misidentification that renew the radicality of process-based work by towing the line between fracture and virtuosity. Such paintings represent a profound meditation on the dialect relation of self and systemicity, affect and dictation, performance and enactment. In such an inquiry, every form of visual refrain marks a new relation to systems of information display that extend from the programs of seventeenth century painting to the digital worlds of today.
Bio: Nano Rubio is a 2011 MFA graduate of Claremont Graduate University. Nano recieved his Bachelors of Arts in Studio Painting from California State University, Bakersfield. Awards and nominations include the Emerging Arts Scholarship from the Arts Council in Kern in 2007, Claremont Graduate Fellowship 2009-2011 and a faculty nomination for the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant in 2011. Nano's work's can be seen New American Paintings (MFA issue #93). He is also currently showing at ANN 330 Gallery and DBA 265.