February 28 - April 11, 2015

Where the Sand Worm Slumbers, at Charlie James Gallery's project space in Chinatown

Julia Haft-Candell, Matt Merkel Hess, Naotaka Hiro, Adam D. Miller, Aaron Morse, Devon Oder, Dani Tull, John Williams

 Aaron Morse, Cloud World (#5, Antelope), courtesy of the artist and ACME Los Angeles

Aaron Morse, Cloud World (#5, Antelope), courtesy of the artist and ACME Los Angeles

Charlie James Gallery is excited to welcome the curatorial practice of LA artists Adam D. Miller and Devon Oder, better known as The Pit: Exhibitions and Editions from Los Angeles.

Using the location of the project space at the gallery as inspiration, The Pit has brought together works of drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and ceramic inspired by “the underground”. Artists included in “Where the Sand Worm Slumbers” are Naotaka Hiro, John Williams, Aaron Morse, Matt Merkel Hess, Dani Tull, Julia Haft-Candell, Adam D. Miller and Devon Oder.

The show takes its title from the iconic Science Fiction series Dune by Frank Herbert. In the books the sandworms are gargantuan desert dwelling creatures that are worshiped as manifestations of the “earth deity”. For the exhibition “Where the Sand Worm Slumbers” Miller and Oder were interested in incorporating the physical space of the basement into the conceptual grounding of the show. The show brings together artworks that reference freedom, the vastness of nature, elements of the earth, and even at time personal spirituality being found underground in a claustrophobic, slightly oppressive space.

In addition to the show, The Pit is printing and publishing a Risograph printed zine to accompany the exhibition that will be produced in an edition of 200 available at Charlie James Gallery, at The Pit and in our online shop.

 Naotaka Hiro

Naotaka Hiro

 Naotaka Hiro

Naotaka Hiro

 Naotaka Hiro, Matt Merkel Hess, John Williams

Naotaka Hiro, Matt Merkel Hess, John Williams

 Devon Oder, Julia Haft-Candell

Devon Oder, Julia Haft-Candell

 Julia Haft-Candell, Adam D. Miller

Julia Haft-Candell, Adam D. Miller

 John Williams, U-shapes, 2013, oil on canvas courtesy of the artist and Richard Telles Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca

John Williams, U-shapes, 2013, oil on canvas courtesy of the artist and Richard Telles Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca

 Julia Haft-Candell, My Eye, 2015

Julia Haft-Candell, My Eye, 2015

 Devon Oder, Zen, 2015 Archival inkjet print courtesy of Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, Oregon

Devon Oder, Zen, 2015 Archival inkjet print courtesy of Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, Oregon

 Bleed (Glacier), 2015 C-print  courtesy of Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, Oregon

Bleed (Glacier), 2015 C-print courtesy of Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, Oregon