June 7 - July 19, 2015

Lost in a Sea of Red

Opening reception Sunday, June 7 from 4-7pm

Jedediah Caesar, John Divola, Tomory Dodge, Monique Van Genderen, Mark Hagen, Whitney Hubbs, Annie Lapin, Jason Bailer Losh, Devon Oder, and Melanie Schiff

installation images below

  Monique Van Genderen; courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

Monique Van Genderen; courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

The Pit is pleased to announce Lost in a Sea of Red an exhibition featuring photography, painting, and sculpture by ten Los Angeles based artists.

This exhibition brings together photography, painting and sculpture that explore themes of transcendence and re-birth, nature and the sublime. The artists included in Lost in a Sea of Red draw inspiration from a range of sources. Mark Hagen’s sculptures incorporate the phenomena of the cosmos and nature employing materials such as obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass. John Divola captures fleeting, abstracted moments of tension and play in the existential desert landscape as in his series of photographs titled Dogs Chasing my Car in the Desert. Annie Lapin’s paintings introduce moments of intensity and chaos with large brush strokes of color and traces of landscapes visually in flux. All the works suggest movement and transformation whether captured with a camera or presented with abstract materials and forms.

The numerous photographic works in the exhibition reference the landscape directly capturing moments of meditation, contemplation and metaphor.  Bold and colorful paintings bring forward a tension between abstraction and representation with gestures mimicking natural elements such as the confused space of swirling water or of trees swaying in the wind.  The four sculptures included also employ formal methodology and materials often combining man made and natural resources. On view together, these works highlight the elusive and mystical qualities of nature and our place within it.

A two color Risograph book has been designed and printed in house in a limited edition of 200 to accompany the exhibition and will be available for purchase at the opening and in The Pit’s online shop.