The Collective Arts Incubator presents Provenance: The Liquid Sculpture Works of Mariel Carranza, curated by Summer Peterson.
|Exhibition Opening Reception:Saturday, March 11, 2017, 7pm -11pm
Performances 7:30pm -11pm
To experience Mariel Carranza’s work is to be moved to a potent feeling of connectedness, both at a cellular level and on the infinite planes of existence. Her liquid sculpture pieces, made of organic material, concretize life processes at the micro and macro scale via depiction and inhabitation. Consider compositions constructed of living cycles, conception and decomposition. Within a single piece resides the method of application, a time stamp of the moment it was constructed, while documenting the living nature of the materials themselves. Carranza “feeds” her pieces. Colors and textures develop and change over the years. Abstract forms become signifiers of land masses, water-borne organisms, a river delta, the trunk of an ancient tree, the clustering point of conception. Living cells grow then decompose, beget then feed other life forms, moving through time to become what one views in this moment: a marker of the past, a veritable sign of what will be, germinating into an infinite cycle.
At eighteen years of age, Mariel Carranza came to the United States from Lima, Perú. Treating her body as material, Carranza works to detach from physical limitations. Her concerns with the transformation of living matter has led her to labor continuously on a number of art works as if tending to a living being. Surrendering to the course the materials take when left unfixed, her sculptural works challenge the notion of time limitations.
Opening night performances will feature a lineup of exceptional Los Angeles artists playing experimental music:
Gabie Strong is a California artist and musician exploring spatial constructions of degeneration, drone and decay as a means to improvise new arrangements of self-reflexive meaning. Strong uses sound performance, radio broadcasting, environmental installation and video as a mediums for experimentation. Her work has been presented at Current LA: KPARK, MOCA, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Kchung TV at the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. 2014, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, Knowledges at Mount Wilson Observatory, Pitzer Art Galleries, University Art Gallery UC Irvine, LAXArt, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Human Resources, SASSAS, LACE, High Desert Test Sites, LACMA, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, and Jabberjaw. In 2010 Strong founded the all-female free-psych group Lady Noise, concluding with a series of durational performances for Dawn Kasper’s installation in the 2012 Whitney Biennial.
Los Angeles based artist Nephila (Shannon Kennedy of Pedestrian Deposit) combines her work as a string player, theater designer, sculptor and sound artist into performance pieces that weave sonic narratives connecting the natural world and the human psyche. Her current performance, titled “Hema” uses branch harp and liquid.Gabie Strong is a California artist and musician exploring spatial constructions of degeneration, drone and decay as a means to improvise new arrangements of self-reflexive meaning. Strong uses sound performance, radio broadcasting, environmental installation and video as a mediums for experimentation.
Kelly Coats is a multi-instrumentalist and current member of LA Fog, an experimental chamber music ensemble composed of woodwinds and strings based in Los Angeles. She is also one half of the techno/experimental duo SheKhan.
Metadad is Izella, Evelyn, and Christina. They will turn your notions of a 3-piece girl band inside out.