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The sixth in the series of Hammer Invitationals, "All of this and nothing" will present the work of several Los Angeles-based artists, both established and emerging, alongside a number of international artists, several of whom will be exhibiting in Los Angeles for the first time. (Run time: 2 min., 43 sec.)
All of this and nothing: Charles Gaines
In November, 2010 we visited Charles Gaines in his studio to discuss his work in the exhibition "All of this and nothing", the "Manifestos". Gaines has been described as "one of the first, if not the first, African American, to work in the field of conceptual art." He is interested in how one experiences art and derives meaning from it. He focuses on the internal politics that form our ideas and feelings toward art, expressed through linguistic tools such as metaphors and metonyms. (Run time: 2 min., 47 sec.)
All of this and nothing: Dianna Molzan
While Dianna Molzan was working on her pieces in "All of this and nothing" we visited her in her Los Angeles studio in November, 2010. Molzan's paintings explore established tropes in the language of painting by borrowing the techniques of recognizable historical styles, then attempting to overcome mannerism through radical alterations to the picture plane. She deconstructs and then rebuilds her canvases into wholly original forms that experiment with the painting surface to become sculptural in their presentation. (Run time: 3 min., 55 sec.)
All of this and nothing: Frances Stark
In November 2010 we visited Frances Stark in her Chinatown studio to discuss her work in relation to the exhibition "All of this and nothing". Language is both a medium and a subject in the work of Frances Stark, whose works on paper and sculptures explore the potential and the limits of language. Fascinated by language's ability to both inscribe and confuse meaning, her work explores art's capacity for communication, and interpretation in works that often take up the subject of the artist's studio and working processes. (Run time: 4 min., 14 sec.)
All of this and nothing: Kerry Tribe
We visited Kerry Tribe in January, 2011 during the installation of "Milton Torres Sees a Ghost" at LAXART, which she discusses in this video. Tribe's film and video works are meditations on cognition, using image, text, and sound to explore what she calls "the phenomenology of memory." Influenced by the structuralist filmmakers of the 1960s and 1970s, her works use varying approaches to installation so that the subject of the work is often mirrored in its structure. (Run time: 4 min., 45 sec.)
All of this and nothing: Mateo Tannatt
Mateo Tannatt asked us to meet him at the old zoo in Griffith Park to discuss his work in the exhibition "All of this and nothing". Tannatt makes sculptures, paintings, photographs, videos, prints, and performances inspired by everyday urban experiences and the quotidian sites in which inspiration or creativity occur. Carefully positioning objects in diverse mediums adjacent to one another in what he calls "landscapes of objects," Tannatt creates a fragmentary and associative narrative that remains esoteric and incomplete. (Run time: 4 min., 14 sec.)
UCLA Department of Art Lectures: Evan Holloway
2/29/12---Evan Holloway has had recent solo exhibitions at Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles; Harris Lieberman, New York; the Approach, London; and the Pomona College Museum of Art. His work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions including, All of this and nothing at the Hammer; Moby Dick and The Wizard of Oz at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; and The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas: Recent Sculpture at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (Run Time 1 hour, 30 min.)

All of this and nothing is the sixth in the Hammer Museum’s biennial invitational exhibition series, which highlights work of Los Angeles-based artists, both established and emerging, alongside a number of international artists. All of this and nothing features more than 60 works, much of it created for the exhibition, by fourteen artists: Karla Black, Charles Gaines, Evan Holloway, Sergej Jensen, Ian Kiaer, Jorge Macchi, Dianna Molzan, Fernando Ortega, Eileen Quinlan, Gedi Sibony, Paul Sietsema, Frances Stark, Mateo Tannatt and Kerry Tribe.

The first major exhibition at the Hammer to be curated jointly by the museum’s chief curator, Douglas Fogle and senior curator Anne Ellegood, this exhibition presents a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, sound, performance, and the moving image. The artists explore fundamental questions about our experiences of existing in the world and in the potential for art to reveal the mysterious and the magical. Reaching beyond exclusively visual references, many works incorporate aspects of music, literature, science, mathematics, sound, or time into their subject matter or structure. This group of intergenerational artists closely considers the process of art-making in their work by playing with scale, the ephemeral quality of their materials, the nature of time and language, and the relationships between the objects that they create. Their work explores ideas of disappearance and reemergence, of shifting visibilities, as well as the beauty found in the everyday. These artists resist notions of autonomy and completeness in favor of openness to multiple interpretations over time. For them the value of the work resides more in the process of its making than in the resulting objects.

Whether using the floor as a canvas in order to build up topographies of powdered pigment (Karla Black), sewing fabrics onto canvases instead of using paint (Sergej Jensen), taking apart the language of political manifestos and translating them into musical scores (Charles Gaines), reinvesting mundane materials such as cardboard and packing materials with a new aesthetic life (Gedi Sibony), or exploring the structural language of film in an analysis of the subjective nature of memory and time (Kerry Tribe), these artists conceptually and emotionally invest simple (and sometimes found) materials with a newfound poetic meaning while offering a thoughtful meditation on the fragility of our lives and the objects that make up the world around us.

LAXART Installations

As part of the museum’s on-going collaborations with LAXART, three artists included in All of this and nothing will have projects on view at LAXART. Kerry Tribe will have an installation in the gallery (February 5 - April 24), Dianna Molzan on the building facade (February 5 - April 24), and Fernando Ortega will have a billboard project (February 1 - 28). LAXART is located at 2640 S. La Cienega in Los Angeles. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm. 

Hammer Invitationals

Hammer Invitationals, inaugurated in 2001 with Snapshot: New Art from Los Angeles, is a series of biennial exhibitions dedicated to offering critical, museum-based consideration of recent art. International Paper (2003), THING: New Sculpture from Los Angeles (2005), winner of the International Association of Art Critic’s “Best Thematic Show Nationally,” Eden’s Edge: Fifteen LA Artists (2007), and Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from L.A. (2009) followed. All of this and nothing opens January 30, 2011.

This exhibition has received generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the GUESS? Foundation. Additional support has been provided by Linda and Bob Gersh, Linda and Jerry Janger, Heidi and Erik Murkoff, and Julie and Barry Smooke.

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