January 11 - March 1, 2015

Opening reception January 11th, 2015 4-7pm

Mending Wall, Curated by Alexis Rose

Leonor Antunes, Alisa Baremboym, Huma Bhabha, Kate Bonner, Rachel Harrison, John Houck, Jake Kean Mayman, Ann Greene Kelly, Sean Kennedy, David Shull

Installation images below

John Houck, Ideas About Walls (From the series A History of Graph Paper), 2014

Courtesy of the artist and On Stellar Rays

He only says, ‘Good fences make good neighbors.'

Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder

If I could put a notion in his head:

'Why do they make good neighbors?  Isn’t it

Where there are cows?  But here there are no cows.

Before I built a wall I’d ask to know

What I was walling in or walling out,

And to whom I was like to give offense.

 

-Excerpt From Mending Wall by Robert Frost 1914

 

Mending Wall is the title of the latest exhibition at The Pit curated by Alexis Rose.  This is the second exhibition in an on-going series put together by outside curators and artists at The Pit.  Rose has selected a group of artists ranging from emerging to established from Los Angeles to New York.  The exhibition takes its name and thematic inspiration from the poem by Robert Frost.

Frost’s Mending Wall (1914), is the story of the yearly meeting of two neighbors to restore the stone wall dividing their properties. The two characters have polarizing views on the wall – one questions its necessity, while the other is dedicated to the tradition. The poem deals with two central themes – barrier building / segregation (why do we put up walls, and what does a barrier really represent?) and the persistence of action amidst a flawed practice (the wall continues to fall apart each year, and yet they continue their annual meeting and mending of the wall). Like the poem, the exhibition explores concepts of construction, examination, oppositions, purpose, relationships, and repetition.

The artworks in the exhibition investigate borders and divisions in construction, often in a playful and humorous tone. The works echo the poem, as they all dissect and analyze the mechanics of construction. Many of the works see construction as a necessary, pervasive action, however flawed, and explore themes of persistence. Other works were created to specifically interact with the gallery space, inherently challenging the borders or “walls” of the object. Rose  has incorporated the gallery space’s history and the concept of the “machine shop” as one of the major curatorial themes for the show.

The building the gallery is housed in was originally an auto mechanic’s shop in the 1930's. Later the building was split up into small spaces occupied by various businesses. The small bay that has been converted into The Pit was the first shop for the American Drill Bushings Company (now an international corporation) before becoming a working shop for a machinist (our landlord) for nearly 30 years until it was converted it into an exhibition space.

The artists chosen to participate in Mending Wall, Leonor Antunes, Alisa Baremboym, Huma Bhabha, Kate Bonner, Rachel Harrison, John Houck, Jake Kean Mayman, Ann Greene Kelly, Sean Kennedy, David Shull, all have artistic practices that revolve around dissecting, and analyzing the mechanics and functions of objects and some make very specific references to construction.  The works resonate with the ad hoc, tinkerer mentality of the mechanic. These non-uniform works’ unity depend on clearly divisible parts. The artists presented are keenly aware of the hyper-mediated history of contemporary practice. However, they break past exhaustion or simple ironic awareness to a mode of production that embraces division as a method of working through essentialist anxieties.

An exhibition zine has been designed and printed on our in house Risograph in a limited edition of 200 to accompany Mending Wall and will be available for purchase at the opening and in our online shop.

 left to right: John Houck, Leonor Antunes, DAvid Shull, Huma Bhabha, Rachel Harrison

left to right: John Houck, Leonor Antunes, DAvid Shull, Huma Bhabha, Rachel Harrison

 left to right: John Houck, Leonor Antunes, David Shull

left to right: John Houck, Leonor Antunes, David Shull

 Alisa Baremboym,  Modulink Systems , 2014

Alisa Baremboym, Modulink Systems, 2014

 Huma Bhabha, Rachel Harrison, Jake Kean Mayman

Huma Bhabha, Rachel Harrison, Jake Kean Mayman

 Rachel Harrison, Sno, 2012

Rachel Harrison, Sno, 2012

 David Shull, Sean Kennedy, Alisa Baremboym, Huma Bhabha

David Shull, Sean Kennedy, Alisa Baremboym, Huma Bhabha

 Sean Kennedy, site specific installation in the gallery's namesake "the pit". 

Sean Kennedy, site specific installation in the gallery's namesake "the pit". 

 John Houck, Ann Greene Kelly

John Houck, Ann Greene Kelly

 Kate Bonner,  Dimmer presence , 2014

Kate Bonner, Dimmer presence, 2014

 Huma Bhabha,  Untitled , 2011

Huma Bhabha, Untitled, 2011

 Huma Bhabha,  Untitled , 2013

Huma Bhabha, Untitled, 2013

 Leonor Antunes,  Chain of Triangles (fron St. Saturnin to Rodez) , 2010

Leonor Antunes, Chain of Triangles (fron St. Saturnin to Rodez), 2010

 John Houck,  French Curve , 2014 

John Houck, French Curve, 2014