1. Video by Amanda Mears.

    LACE hosts Dutch sound artist collective Staalplaat Soundsystem for a 10 day residency 20 Feb. – 1 March 2012. Within the current mood of worshipping the latest technology in media art, Staalplaat Soundsystem provides a breath of fresh air, reminding us of the 100-year tradition of noise-making machines, in which “mad” inventors and various kinds of artists operating in the margins of the art world meet. During their residency Staalplaat members Geert-Jan Hobijn and Carlo Crovato will construct a site specific, interactive sound installation that will also serve as the focal point for a participatory sound performance.

    Using “everyday electronic junk” scavenged from thrift stores and donations, Hobijn and Crovato will fashion new “sound machines” that will be controllable by the audience via smartphones. As the residency proceeds the artists will create and add more machines to an ever-growing installation in LACE’s main gallery space. In the final phase of the residency they will re-locate the installation to the storefront space and set it up so that LACE visitors and the general public can conduct the “orchestra” via their mobile phone both inside and outside from the Walk of Fame.

    ABOUT STAALPLAAT SOUNDSYSTEM

    Since its inception in 2000, Staalplaat Soundsystem has started creating a multitude of “machine installations” using all manner of consumer electronics, such as a dozen floor polishers (Sweet Sissy and the Ballroom Hiss), and Avantilator, a composition for one hundred electric office fans. At the heart of this work is a low-tech philosophy: to make installations appear simple, revealing rather than concealing how they are made.

    Artists participating in the LACE residency include Staalplaat Soundsystem founder Geert-Jan Hobijn and Carlo Crovato. Staalplaat Soundsystem has been showing works at several international festivals, museums, galleries and events like Avanto (Helsinki), Sonar (Barcelona), 798 South Gate space (Beijing), DEAF (Rotterdam), Transmediale (Berlin), DOM (Moscow), Ars Electronica (Linz), Todaysart (Den Haag), MOCA Taipei, Museeum Weserburg (Bremen), Townhouse Gallery (Cairo), Steirischer Herbst ( Graz), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Khoj International Artists (New Dehli), and Auditorium (Rome).

    For more information on Staalplaat Soundsystem, visit staalplaat.org.

    SUPPORT
    This project is supported, in part, by public funds from the Netherlands Cultural Services (New York), in partnership with the Dutch Centre for International Cultural Activities (SICA); Music Center, the Netherlands; Netherlands Theatre Institute; and the Dutch Fund for the Performing Arts. Additional funds have been provided by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Mondriaan Fund.

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  2. LACE presents Shells, Bells, Steps And Silence, 28 June – 16 September 2012, a new video installation and film survey by Los Angeles artist Steve Roden, curated by LACE Associate Director/Curator Robert Crouch. Shells, Bells, Steps And Silence incorporates 3 research projects conducted by the artist over the past year: a collection of sea shells acquired by Roden from the estate of modern dancer Martha Graham, notes from a recent residency at the Walter Benjamin archive in Berlin, and John Cage’s seminal 4’33”, a work that Roden performed daily over the course of an entire year.

    Several silent single channel works will a be on view -- all of which you get to preview here -- including Everything She Left Behind That Fits In My Hand, a film of Roden interacting with the objects in his Graham collection, a lexicon of the various ways that Benjamin crossed out unwanted words in his notebooks, and a series of stop motion animated “loops” related to a postcard found in Benjamin’s archive that pictures the interior of a cathedral in Siena.

    Shells, Bells, Steps And Silence will also be accompanied by a series of events, open to the public, including sound performances, a workshop, and more.

    For more information on these programs and the exhibition, including additional images and a full press release, visit welcometolace.org

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  3. 28 June- 16 September 2012 at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

    LACE is proud to present Group Dynamics and Improper Light a new large-scale installation by artist Gina Osterloh, curated by Carol A. Stakenas and Robert Crouch. Osterloh constructs life-size room environments and activates them through still serial performances, paper-maché models, and cardboard cutouts. Group Dynamics and Improper Light will explore the relationships between abstraction and identity, the space between individuals, and what determines “a group” within a social context.

    This commission marks a new arc in Osterloh’s career. Group Dynamics and Improper Light will be the first time the artist’s process is made public – her meticulous set construction, how each set is dependent upon her 4x5 large format camera, lighting decisions, and experimentation with materials.

    For her residency at LACE, she will move her entire studio practice into the main gallery in June 2012, and construct three bodies of work from start to finish. During this time the gallery will be open to the public and Gina will be engaging with visitors as part of her process, as well as through a series of hands-on workshops. When a visitor enters the gallery, they will walk into three unique working stage sets installed in the gallery simultaneously. Each set will explore abstraction and identity through the lens of “improper light”, as each material and light will both illuminate and obscure subjects being photographed.

    At the conclusion of the summer residency period, LACE will mount a final exhibition of finished prints which will be on view September 6 – 16, 2012. A monograph accompanying the exhibition will be forthcoming.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST
    Gina Osterloh is an artist and educator based in Los Angeles, California. Currently she is working on a short film essay that addresses issues of perception and identity through the lens of blindness. Osterloh’s photographic works investigate operations of mimicry and perception within the photographic plane. Upcoming exhibitions include Silverlens Gallery, August 2011 and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, January 2012. This September 2011, she has been selected to attend the Woodstock Artist in Residency Program for Photograph in Woodstock, New York. In 2007-2008, Osterloh was a Fulbright Scholar recipient to the Philippines, during which she created a new body of photographs that depicted spaces made from everyday office paper used in Manila. During her Fulbright, Osterloh also researched conceptual artist practices in the Philippines; and at Monte Vista Projects LA, curated the exhibition Minimum Yields Maximum that presented conceptual and political works from the Philippines, Vietnam, and California. Other awards include a Durfee ARC Grant 2010 and a Completion Grant by Silverlens Foundation, Philippines 2008.

    She has exhibited widely including Hong Kong, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. Reviews of her work include Art in America, Hyphen Magazine, Art Asia Pacific, Asian Art News, Art Monthly Australia, Art on Paper, Giant Robot, the LA Times, and Art Forum Online. Osterloh received her BA in Media Studies from DePaul University and a MFA in Studio Art from University of California, Irvine. Gina Osterloh’s work is represented by Silverlens Gallery, Manila and François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles. View more of her work at ginaosterloh.com/work

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  4. For Practice Sessions, LACE brought Nathalie Pozzi and game designer Eric Zimmerman to Los Angeles to present the North American premiere of Interference, a large-scale, physical game installation. Interference was exhibited at Track 16 Gallery and presented in partnership with USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative and IndieCade 2013, The International Festival of Independent Games.

    Interference is a strategic social game where you win by stealing from other players. Five suspended, super-thin steel walls dotted with organic patterns resembling cell tissues act as vertical game boards. The twist is that each turn you must steal a piece from another game going on between other players. While each game takes place in a local area of one of the walls, the games themselves can move across the walls – and games even collide with each other as they drift across the walls’ surfaces. Interference encourages players to negotiate, argue, and scheme with and against each other, across physical space, social space, and the spaces between games.

    This presentation of Interference was initiated by former LACE Executive Director Carol Stakenas.

    Video by Mariah Garnett.

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  5. For Practice Sessions, LACE brought Nathalie Pozzi and game designer Eric Zimmerman to Los Angeles to present the North American premiere of Interference, a large-scale, physical game installation. Interference was exhibited at Track 16 Gallery and presented in partnership with USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative and IndieCade 2013, The International Festival of Independent Games.

    Interference is a strategic social game where you win by stealing from other players. Five suspended, super-thin steel walls dotted with organic patterns resembling cell tissues act as vertical game boards. The twist is that each turn you must steal a piece from another game going on between other players. While each game takes place in a local area of one of the walls, the games themselves can move across the walls – and games even collide with each other as they drift across the walls’ surfaces. Interference encourages players to negotiate, argue, and scheme with and against each other, across physical space, social space, and the spaces between games.

    This presentation of Interference was initiated by former LACE Executive Director Carol Stakenas.

    Video by Mariah Garnett.

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