1. Exhibition dates: January 13 – March 28, 2014

    Opening reception: Saturday, February 1, 6-9 pm
    18th Street Arts Center // Main Gallery
    1639 18th Street
    Santa Monica, CA 90404

    As Artist Lab Resident at 18th Street Arts Center, artist Elena Bajo will develop a site-specific body of work that examines botanical, topographical, and textual elements to reveal the layers of the everyday and the specific temporality of social encounters born out of her residency. Bajo contemplates local indigenous shamanism as political dissidence, the universal history of magic, and the continuous suppression of stifled histories of revolutionary women by political systems via colonization and witch-hunting. During her residency, the exhibition space will fluctuate constantly as an environment where new spells will be cast and new historical elements undertaken.

    Curated by Anuradha Vikram and Nicole Rademacher

    Interventions during opening reception:

    Warren Neidich, curated by Isabelle Le Normand

    Sean Raspet, curated by Amanda Hunt

    video by Matías Muñoz-Rodríguez: vimeo.com/matiasmunozrodriguez

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  2. Exhibition: October 14 – December 20, 2013

    18th Street Arts Center presents:

    Carolina Caycedo: Be Dammed
    Opening reception & performance: November 16, 6-9 pm

    video by Matías Muñoz-Rodríguez: vimeo.com/matiasmunozrodriguez

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  3. Exhibition dates: September 21 – October 5, 2013
    Opening reception: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 6-9 pm
    Residency dates: July 15 - October 5, 2013
    18th Street Arts Center // Main Gallery
    1639 18th Street
    Santa Monica, CA 90404

    Furthering his interest in film and filmmaking as subject matter, Adrià Julià initiates a new project focusing on the relationship between the camera and the body for his Artist Labs Residency and Exhibition at 18th Street Arts Center. During an initial research phase, Julià investigates the effects and changes that cameras produce in the bodies that operate them. Moving past a consideration of the materiality and physicality of film as form, the artist addresses the somatic connection of filmmaking to the human figure. Working within layers of translation between the moving image, industrial design, and ergonomics, Julià’s work analogizes the structure and function of commercially produced cameras and the biomechanical systems of the body.

    video by Matías Muñoz-Rodríguez: vimeo.com/matiasmunozrodriguez

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  4. Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle brought Kentifrica to 18th Street from January - April of 2017, with conversation, food, laughter, engaging discussions, and art-making workshops around erasure and gentrification, and provoked questioning of our perceptions of geographic and cultural identity. Sherin Guirguis was in residence from April - July of 2017, creating a suite of new experimental works combining hand-made textures of adobe, gold-leaf, and shibori with architectural forms reminiscent of her native Egypt.

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  5. Los Angeles-based artist Shana Lutker presented Scenes from Chapter Four, the latest entry in her ongoing series of research-based artworks derived from the history of Surrealist fistfights, in the Artist Lab Residency at 18th Street Arts Center. Over the summer of 2016, Lutker will develop and workshop elements of a live performance based on the events of July 2, 1925, when a group of Surrealist artists protested a banquet at the Closerie des Lilas in Paris. In the Fall of 2016, Los Angeles-based collective Lucky Dragons (Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara) presented User Agreement, the latest phase of an ongoing project which examines existing modalities of peace through performance. The aim of User Agreement was to reverse-engineer the technologies of peace—treaties, protocols, symbols, and systems—in order to learn from what has already been invented, to repurpose and re-contextualize, to fix existing bugs and to create new possibilities for interaction.

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18th Street Arts Center is the largest continuous artist residency program in Southern California. Its core gallery program, Artist Labs, stimulates public dialogue around the role of artists in society through process-based, commissioned projects intending to foster exploration and experimentation and provide in-depth opportunities for artists to critically develop their practice. Structured as both a residency and an exhibition, individual artists or collectives develop new work and generate provocative programming.

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