On June 4th I spoke with Allison de Fren at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery on the handmade bodies that populate my work in the COLA Fellowship Exhibition and my obsessions the (in)/animate.
The artist talk was held in conjunction with my installation, (In)/Animate Objects, an installation that included over a thousand handmade distressed dolls. The installation was the companion piece to the performance, Object of Her Affection, in which a woman, Andrea Lowe, an Object Sexual has mysteriously fallen from a building she loved. In (In)/Animate Objects, years have passed and her grandmother has amassed thousands of rag dolls that testify to the insatiable need for love at the heart of the obsessional life.
Allison de Fren
For the artist talk at LAMAG, I was in conversation with Allison de Fren, a media practitioner and scholar at Occidental College who investigates the relationship between the body and technology, especially about artificial bodies: dolls, puppets, automata, cyborgs, and robots.
Prior to our talk, I was also present at LAMAG to activate the installation.
June 4th, 2016
June 4th, 2016
City of Los Angeles
Individual Artist Fellowship Exhibition
Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90027
Thursdays through Sundays,
12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Admission is free
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(In)/Animate Objects was made possible with funding from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and through fabrication and assistance from numerous individuals.