Peter Harkawik, Nevine Mahmoud, Matthew Monahan, Takeshi Murata, Dani Tull, Rosha Yaghmai
November 5 - December 17, 2017
Opening Reception November 5, 4-7pm
The Pit is pleased to announce Nerve Center, a group exhibition featuring the work of six Los Angeles based artists; Peter Harkawik, Nevine Mahmoud, Matthew Monahan, Takeshi Murata, Dani Tull, and Rosha Yaghmai.
Through a variety of mediums, Nerve Center creates a dystopic conversation centered on ideas about futuristic archeological objects and the anxiety of the fragmented or augmented body. Peter Harkawik’s collection of intricately detailed body parts and objects such as chicken feet, a three chambered peanut, and a prawn cast in stainless steel are arranged and suspended from a smooth spiraling metal armature. Oversized and dismembered, a rose-hued resin nipple is tethered by metal cable to a polished pink marble cylinder in Control Panel 2 (Cherry) (2017) by Nevine Mahmoud. Matthew Monahan’s metallic geometric mask suggests the face of a robot or a large work of Chinese origami, while two of Takeshi Murata’s computer generated prints feature musical instruments and insects in still life arrangements that highlight the uncanny experience of perceiving and interpreting digitally constructed imagery. Dani Tull’s canvases reference the disembodied limbs of robots from Hajime Sarayama’s iconic science fiction illustration paintings floating in ethereal color fields, and, installed above the pit, Rosha Yaghmai’s geometric gate made from Miracle Gro and other materials comprises a repeating pattern that recalls Mesoamerican architecture.
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