current exhibition
MESHWORK
Meghann McCrory
05.12.07 - 05.27.17


































Opening reception: Friday, May 12, 7-10 PM
Focus.

Start in the middle. Go from there.

See the pattern. Follow the thread.

Look at this. Stay a moment. And then another. And look, now we’ve been here a little while. Each moment builds on the last. Each action prescribes the next.
Do something. Do it again.

We’ve got infinite bandwidth; the scroll is never-ending. Swipe, zoom, pinch.
My ears are ringing. Are yours?

My attention is all I have. It’s finite and it comes with an expiration date.

Hold it. Pay it. Capture it. Draw it. Get it. Grab it. Ask for it. Focus it.

Start in the middle. You have to start somewhere.

It’s like a possession, an obsession, a procession. When turned around, it becomes a kind of protection. It is a process. I am possessed. I mean I feel processed. I mean I am a process. What was I saying. What? Is what I was saying.

Your attention is all you have. It’s finite and comes with an expiration date.

Grab a thread and pull. Grab a corner if you can. Hold on. It’s all you can do isn’t it. Hold on. Just for a sec. And then another. That’s it.

It’s something, isn’t it. It really is.


Meghann McCrory presents MESHWORK, an exhibition that explores meshes, nets, pattern and drift. Springing from previous works that looked into the entwined histories of textile production and binary computing, this exhibition explores the more intimate material possibilities of textile-inspired vocabularies. Adopting parametric processes in works on paper and a new textile-based sculpture, the installation plays with distortion, distraction, attention and resonance.

Meghann McCrory is an artist based in Los Angeles. Her work includes sculpture, performance, photography and writing. Originally from Albuquerque, she earned her MFA from CalArts and her BA from Wellesley College. 

Gallery hours on May 13th, 20th and 27th,12-4 PM
and by appointment 

past exhibition
Twiddle, Poke, Hold
Liz Nurenberg
04.09.07 - 04.29.17
















Opening reception Sun, April 9th, 2-6 PM


In the 21st century we have become accustomed to holding our social interactions in our hands. These interactions are slick and technological; they limit the physical intimacy that is possible through touch. In Twiddle, Poke, Hold, Liz Nurenberg exhibits a series of hand held forms. These sculptures explore texture and handmade form through material play, both hard and soft. The objects suggest ambiguous function and are meant to illicit moments of intimacy between two people or between a person and an object. These hand holds reference product design, representation, and ergonomic form. Participants are asked to interact and investigate the objects in order to find moments of comfort and awkwardness through touch.



Liz Nurenberg (b. 1978) is a Los Angeles based artist. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Grand Valley State University (2003) and a Masters of Fine Art from Claremont Graduate University (2010.) She is currently a Part Time Lecturer at California State University Northridge and Otis School of Art and Design. She was awarded a fellowship to Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency in 2002, a Helen B. Dooley Fellowship at Claremont Graduate University in 2010 and received a California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Grant in 2014. She has exhibited work in Southern California, the Midwest, the UK and Austria.

On view April 15th, 22nd, and 29th,12-4 PM or by appointment

past exhibition
The Blob
Jenn Berger
03.11.07 - 03.29.17



























Opening reception Saturday, March 11, 7-10 pm

“Technologies are not so much an extension or an appendage to the human body, but are incorporated, assimilated into its very structures. The contours of human bodies are redrawn:  they no longer end at the skin.”

-Elaine L. Graham, Representations of the Post/Human: Monsters, Aliens and Others in Popular Culture

The Blob is a nearly 12’ tall sculpture of an obese human-like form. The folds of skin and fleshy craters make for a simultaneously abstract and recognizable figure. Filling the gallery from floor to ceiling, The Blob expands visually through the roof and physically across the room in motorized breathing puddles. With limbs and torso fitting together like a doll, the figure’s gray leather skin is also pieced together, resulting in a form both cohesive and fractal. Like a digital 3D model come to life, The Blob’s expanse obstructs gallery visitors, forcing them to navigate around this looming, spreading mass.

Open to the public Saturdays from 12-4pm, or by appointment.

past exhibition
note to self
organized by Bettina Hubby
02.04.17 - 02.25.17














Opening night: February 4th, 7-10 pm
“Edible snacks” in the deadpan style of artist Bob Dornberger will be served until they are inside everyone
Free food / Bring cash
 
Participating artists:

Ashton Allen
Margot Bowman
Saskia Wilson Brown & Micah Hahn                                      
Joshua Callaghan                         
Bob Dornberger
David P. Earle                                                    
Emma Gray
Bettina Hubby
Mike Slack
                                                                                             
Intrinsically process driven, To-Do lists are both aspirational and pro-active, both of the moment and for the future. When an item on a To-Do list is crossed off, it becomes an accomplishment, but when left undone, a nagging regret. Normally not for public consumption, To-Do lists are intimate and unguarded, unpremeditated and revealing. Hinting at a work in progress, they become accidental journal entries, a place where thoughts become systems and notes become ideas, and a unique record of a particular moment in time. Once an item has been ticked off the list, the list itself is a witness to (or evidence of) one’s own power to manifest.

Works in the show are motivated by To-Do lists which are also displayed and appear in many forms: pencil on Post-it, printed out screen shot, and scrawl on a wall.

On view on Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment.

To schedule a visit, email elephant: elephantartspace@gmail.com

* above image: Emma Gray





past exhibition
In the realm of a dying star
Sarada Rauch
01.06.17 - 01.29.17





















Opening reception Friday, January 6th 7-10pm

In the realm of a dying star we revolve around
– in a circle, a revolution, an orbit– we are floating, and some call it flying, but really it’s continuous falling. Falling fast enough to avoid crashing, but too slow to escape the pull of gravity. Stuck in a regular repeating path around. Disaster means “bad star” in Greek. Just like how a snowball turns into an avalanche, a small rocky body can take out a species. From that belt, between Mars and Jupiter, Gods of War and State. And as I contemplate this, that asteroid swings by again, those walls are never high enough, they are never full enough, revolution is a circle. Each time around it’s the same, but it is also a little different.

In the realm of a dying star is a concept album and collection of music videos. In this show, some of the poems are songs, some of the videos are sculptures, and some of the photos move.

Sarada Rauch is an artist, poet and musician born in Los Angeles, and based in Brooklyn. Through reenactment, her work collapses the personal and mediated experience to examine the construction of histories and institutional narratives. Taking her own private thoughts and contemporary events as subject matter, she explores how information is presented in relation to discourses of the “other.” The work is informed by her experience navigating between differing cultures in her background as a perpetual other.

Sarada received her MFA from Hunter College and has exhibited internationally in spaces such as The Drawing Center, New York; Hessel Museum of Art, Hudson; RH+ Gallery, Istanbul; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Central St. Martins, London; La Conservera Center of Contemporary Art, Cueti; Demarco Art House, Edinburgh; and the RISD Museum, Providence. Artist residencies she has participated in include Open Sessions at the Drawing Center, New York; The LMCC Swing Space, New York; Center for Book Arts Workspace Residency, New York; Latitude 53, Edmonton; and she received the BBK Saxony Fellowship in Leipzig. Sarada was one of the directors of Heliopolis Gallery in Brooklyn, and is a co-creator of the podcast called Around About.

website: www.saradarauch.com

On view on Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment.

To schedule a visit, email elephant: elephantartspace@gmail.com

past exhibition
Void of Course
11.20.16 - 11.27.16



































Hannah Beadman
Edgar Fabian Frias
Jaye Fishel
Grace Kredell
Sarah Manuwal
Lindsay Minnich
Saewon Oh
Amy Von Harrington
Laura Berlin Stinger
Eliza Swann
Meg Whiteford
And more...

Sunday, November 20th, VOID OF COURSE OPENING, 6pm - 8pm
With performances and vegetarian BBQ! https://www.facebook.com/events/333051703735172/


Sunday, November 27th, BORN AGAIN, AGAIN! 7pm - 10pm, Celebrating our resilience, magic, and beauty, this event centers Queer and Trans People of Color while also weaving in folks at other intersections. How are contemporary artists, cultural producers, visionaries, and spiritual beings engaging with personal and collective surTHRIVAL, compassion, grief, love, loss, play, MEANING? This event explores the forging of sacred sanctuaries and self-proclaimed POWER (from) within our beautifully diverse communities. https://www.facebook.com/events/1883400381887735/

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VOID OF COURSE is a platform for female identified visionaries to explore and create new pathways to the Great Mystery through performance, art, sound, healing, and discussion. VOID OF COURSE began as a three month long residency hosted by the Women's Center For Creative Work and continues as a curatorial platform to hold space for unknown thresholds.

“Void”, from the Middle English “unoccupied” speaks to the dark places within our psyches, where “logic” and “reason” have vacated in order for something new to play out and take form. In this spiritual location, this platform holds space for female-identified beings on a mystical quest as we share what has been produced through our personal and collective unknowns. In creatively engaging with our own journeys into uncharted space, we heal ourselves and make accessible our capacity for giving artistic and spiritual authority to ourselves. Ultimately, we are choosing to celebrate our integrated identities as women, artists, seers, and healers and offer ourselves power and transcendence in a patriarchal spiritual world which does not readily give us agency, and a capitalistic art world which does not readily give us place.

“Void of Course” refers to an astrological term for a period of time when the Moon is transitioning between signs in the zodiac, and is unaspected by any other celestial influence – the Moon charts its own path.

VOID OF COURSE IS ORGANIZED BY GRACE KREDELL AND ELIZA SWANN

past exhibition
M.L. Dodge
10.9.16 - 10.31.16



































Opening reception Sunday, October 9, 2 – 5pm
Elephant is pleased to present Other Moons, an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles- based artist M.L. Dodge. The exhibition marks Dodge’s first solo presentation with Elephant.

The exhibition features new wall works that reference relief sculpture, assemblage, and abstract painting. Comprised of a collection of cut up mathematically designed painted patterns, circuitboard copper, thinly poured cement and thickly poured paint the works first resemble topographic maps of desolate places.
Paralleling his cut up photographic sketches of construction sites in states of covering, this series of work aims to also distill down in-progress, structural spirits as meshed landscapes with perpetual potential. A building’s underlying nature elucidating its otherworldly qualities, oscillating between painting and rendering, sculpture and site. As almost environmental accidents intuitively scored across a revealed process, these emblems of staged time are finally placed as portraits. This is done to outline the intrinsic values of character in building that are often overshadowed by the homogeneic conformity of façade across contemporary real estate development and cosmopolitan culture.

Born in Fairfax, Virginia in 1975 M.L. Dodge has exhibited his work in the United States and Europe. Dodge was recently included in group exhibitions at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles & the High Desert Test Sites. Dodge lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.