Saturday November 18th, 6-9pm
China Adams · Sandy de Lissovoy · Oona Gardner · Ariel Herwitz ·
Ivan Iannoli · Michael O’Malley · William Ransom ·
Saturday October 21- November 18, 2017
Arena 1 Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition On Edge, a group exhibition of work by artists whose work bears witness to a transitory, provisional state with an inherent unease and tension. They provide us both a respite and reminder of the underlying instability of our lives and the stress we all endure as citizens of this world in its current state of social tension and potential for flare up or collapse.
Our bodies know material. When we are attuned and attentive we can experience the world through our corporeal awareness of material conditions. We can feel the visual and visceral effect of work that is suspended in its state of becoming. We can grasp the tenuousness of time held in the static grip of an object, action or image.
Material pairings simultaneously uphold and upend the notion of truth in materials. Simple gestures belie the complexity of the material universe of history, culture, manufacture or nature. Whether easing unresolved tensions with open ended visual gesture or heightening transitional unease through material manipulation the work of On Edge walks a line and embraces the possibility of falling off.
Curated by Oona Gardner and William Ransom who have collaborated on countless projects since the mid 1990’s but this is their first opportunity to jointly curate an exhibition.
ARENA 1 is an exhibition space founded by Santa Monica Art Studios directors Yossi Govrin and Sherry Frumkin. Based in an historic hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, ARENA 1 invites nationally and internationally renowned artists, as well as established curators, to develop innovative and compelling exhibitions.