Margarita Cabrera, Joshua Callaghan, Farrah Karapetian, Amanda McGough, Amy Sarkisian, George Stoll, Vincent Szarek, Jennifer Wolf
curated by Allen Tombello
ARENA 1 Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the fall 2012 exhibition season with Doppelgangsters- the Prequel organized by artist/curator Allen Tombello. The exhibition opens Saturday, September 1st with a reception for the artists on Saturday, September 8th. The exhibition continues through September, 29th.
A survey exhibition, Doppelgangsters – the Prequel considers how eight contemporary artists create psycho-spatial displacements using figuration in sculpture and installation. These “Doppelgangsters” give expression to the uncanny (Freud’s concept when a thing is familiar yet foreign creating a feeling of discomfort), the uncanny valley (in robotics the human response of revulsion when human replicas look and act almost, but not perfectly, like actual human beings), and the doppelganger.
The dissonance posed by artificial doubling can feel like a threat to identity itself and consequently to our understanding of how we attribute identity to objects and humans. The experience of the living robot or the doppelganstered object can be so rich and compelling that it challenges our notions of specialness, eliciting existential anxiety that paves the way for the uncanny moment to occur, forcing us to reconsider the nature of what we, as well as objects that surround us, really are.
While their practices are complicated by considerations of scale and material, all the artists in the exhibition challenge the viewer’s preconceived perceptions of the everyday. By creating doubles and copies, they ask us to look and look again at works that span the quotidian – a bike, a toilet paper roll, a parking block or a children’s puzzle.
Margarita Cabrera: born 1973 in Monterey, Mexico. Cabrera has had solo survey shows at UC Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and El Paso Museum or Art. Cabrera has been included in the important exhibitions New Image Sculpture at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas and Phantom Sightings: After the Chicano Movement organized by the Los Angeles Museum of Art as well as exhibitions at San Jose Museum of Art, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, El Museo del Barrio, New York. She is represented by Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. currently lives and works in El Paso, Texas.
Joshua Callaghan: born in Doylestown, PA, earned an MFA from the UCLA and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Recipient of a Fulbright Grant to Nepal. His work has been included in exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad including LA Louver, Los Angeles, Galleria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, and Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain and solo exhibitions at Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2011), Haas & Fischer Gallery, Zurich and Bank Gallery, Los Angeles (2008).
Farrah Karapetian: born in the US in 1978 took her BA in fine art from Yale University (2000) and her MFA from the UCLA (2008). She has been a MacDowell Fellow (2010) and an artist-in-residence at the Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War (2009) and has had solo exhibitions at the Vincent Price Art Museum (2012); Roberts & Tilton (2012); LEADAPRON (2011); PØST (2011); the Kantor Gallery (2010); Geoffrey Young Gallery (2008); and Sandroni Rey (2008, 2009).
Amanda McGough: born 1986 in Mission Viejo, CA, lives and works in Los Angeles. She earned a BFA in painting from Otis College of Art & Design in 2008 and will begin the MFA Art program at the UC Irvine in the Fall of 2012.
Amy Sarkisian: received an MFA from UCLA in 1997 and ran the project space, Studio 870. She is part of Artist’s Pension Trust Los Angeles and is a member of the artist co-op, WPA Los Angeles. She has had solo exhibitions at Atelier Cardenas Bellanger and Galerie Carlos Cardenas in Paris, Suzanne Vielmetter and Sister in Los Angeles, Marella Arte Contemporanea in Milan. She has been included in exhibitions at Las Cienegas Projects, LACE and The Mak Center in Los Angeles; Leo Koenig Gallery, Deitch Projects, Anton Kern Gallery and The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York; Miliken Gallery in Stockholm, Galerie Loevenbruck and Parc Saint-Leger-Centre d’art in France; Rodolphe Jansses in Brussels. Amy Sarkisian currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
George Stoll is a sculptor who lives and works in Los Angeles. He has been exhibiting internationally since 1994 and his work is in the permanent collections of several public institutions including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Seattle.
Vincent Szarek: born in 1973 and received a BFA from RISD in 1995. After living and working in New York for many years he moved to LA last November.
Jennifer Wolf: born in Ventura, CA. She graduated with a BA in Art History from UCLA and an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Wolf lives and works in Venice, CA.
Allen Tombello is an artist, designer and curator living and working in Los Angeles. He has had exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York and is currently represented by Carl Berg Gallery. Allen Tombello received his BFA from R.I.S.D. and MFA and MArch1 from UCLA. He is currently working on his next curatorial project, “The Punctum Punked” a survey on photography’s afterlife.