April 12 – May 24, 2015

The Elegant Universe

Olivia Booth, Rod Fahmian, Sonja Gerdes, and Nora Shields

Curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando for The Pit, Los Angeles

Opening reception on Sunday, April 12th from 4-7 pm.

exhibition images below

If a shadow is a two-dimensional projection of a three dimensional world, then the three dimensional world as we know it is the projection of the four-dimensional universe.

–Marcel Duchamp

The Pit presents The Elegant Universe a show of new sculptures by Olivia Booth, Rod Fahmian, Sonja Gerdes, and Nora Shields. Inspired by the scientific concept of string theory, The Elegant Universe fragments the linear, narrative methods of seeing in an exploration of dimensionality as form. Through visual fragmentation and the physical navigation of space, The Elegant Universe creates a framework for the disruption and contemplation of perception, potentializing dimension as a concept beyond our immediate recognition.

Inspired by the book of the same name, The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene explores the history and future of scientific string theory as connecting the universe through microscopic loops of energy lying deep within the heart of matter. Greene devised a theory that postulates the existence of extra dimensions of space. Instead of the usual four dimensions, he determined that there must be ten spatial dimensions and one dimension of time to allow for a consistently defined string theory. The theory explains that we do not perceive these extra dimensions because they are “curled up” or “compactified,” and hence not noticeable.

The construction of three-dimensional space is composed of the materiality of the world. This frame of space is physically experienced and considered through a specific, predetermined vocabulary of terms. Primarily through the use of sculpture, the artists use materials and methods that explore ideas of transparency, architecture, energy, and theatricality. The Elegant Universe proposes that a disruption of space may challenge conventions of interaction and understanding to allow for the subtle interrogation of the intangible.

A Risograph printed publication accompanies the exhibition and includes texts by Adam D. Miller and the curator. It will be available at the opening and on our online shop for $20. 

Olivia Booth lives in Los Angeles; Rod Fahmian lives in Los Angeles and Riverside, California; Sonja Gerdes lives in Berlin, Germany; and Nora Sheilds lives in Los Angeles. 

 Sonja Gerdes, Pie of Trouble. Let's Hang. Berries and Balls., 2014 Found Steel, lacquer, unfired clay, and woven wool

Sonja Gerdes, Pie of Trouble. Let's Hang. Berries and Balls., 2014 Found Steel, lacquer, unfired clay, and woven wool

 Rod Fahmian, Untitled, 2015 Steel, Portland cement, sand collected on site, and florescent lights

Rod Fahmian, Untitled, 2015 Steel, Portland cement, sand collected on site, and florescent lights

 Olivia Booth, (foreground) Al Jazeera Piece, 2015 (background) Glint piece, 2015

Olivia Booth, (foreground) Al Jazeera Piece, 2015 (background) Glint piece, 2015

  Sonja Gerdes, Pie of Trouble. Let's Hang. Berries and Balls., 2014 Found Steel, lacquer, unfired clay, and woven wool

Sonja Gerdes, Pie of Trouble. Let's Hang. Berries and Balls., 2014 Found Steel, lacquer, unfired clay, and woven wool

 (detail) Rod Fahmian, Untitled, 2015

(detail) Rod Fahmian, Untitled, 2015

  (detail) Rod Fahmian, Untitled, 2015

(detail) Rod Fahmian, Untitled, 2015

 Nora Shields, Divider 1, forever and..., 2015 Wood, cement, acrylic paint, lacquer aluminum, and spray paint

Nora Shields, Divider 1, forever and..., 2015 Wood, cement, acrylic paint, lacquer aluminum, and spray paint

 (detail) Nora Shields

(detail) Nora Shields