Apocalypse Summer at ltd los angeles

Artists: Lucas Ajemian, Andrea Marie Breiling, Ross Caliendo, Ian Davis, Hayden Dunham, Aimee Goguen, Anton Lieberman, Jake Longstreth, Lila de Magalhaes, Chandler McWilliams, Dominic Samsworth, Marian Tubbs, Alice Wang

Exhibition title: Apocalypse Summer

Venue: ltd los angeles, Los Angeles, US

Date: July 26 – September 9, 2017

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and ltd los angeles

Under the sweltering heat of the nuclear sun, our imaginations run away into fever dreams, erect on gas fumes and bio-engineered water substitutes, our perception of reality mutates, as if perpetually melting, burning and decaying in an endless apocalypse summer. Our hallucinations worsen with each passing day of blinding sun, no UV protection can save us from the banal fate of eating sunscreen by the bucket in a futile attempt to survive life on earth’s blistering surface.

OUGHT, a beacon of what-ifs is perched above the gallery entrance. Its sky-blue neon, barely visible during the day, luminously glows during the night’s stillness provoking consideration of the slow apocalyptic drip, the onslaught of social collapse and environmental decline. Shifting grey horizons blur the distant wildfire. Islands of sea plastics are home sweet home. Our eyes behold the shock of the new pure, oil down, in unobtrusive, feckless splendor.

Will the drip be manipulated?

Will the matrix be misled?

Familiar objects evolve in diagonal directions, manipulated beyond their original functions. Our own bodies at once virtual and tangible, inorganic and alive, our thoughts, energies, and ideals filtered through activated charcoal and left in gilded-gutters. This everyday strangeness, this burgeoning lie of “fact” – a continental drift towards end-times and another doomed Pangea.

Or maybe. . .

Like a bird that mimics a dial-up modem. Like an auto-reminder to see a dentist in a thousand years. Like microwaving a poem. A personal ritual, a specter of the inevitable, a clerical error.

Hayden Dunham, HROUGH, 2017, Aluminum, rubber, mineral composition, activated charcoal, platinum silicon, tourmaline, volcanic ash, foam, ceramic Dimensions Vary, Plinth 97 x 48 x 12 in (246 x 122 x 31 cm)

Hayden Dunham, HROUGH, 2017, Aluminum, rubber, mineral composition, activated charcoal, platinum silicon, tourmaline, volcanic ash, foam, ceramic Dimensions Vary, Plinth 97 x 48 x 12 in (246 x 122 x 31 cm)

Alice Wang, untitled #2, 2017, 1000-watt metal-halide light, silver mylar, moving reflections on the wall and floor, Dimensions variable

Hayden Dunham, ROU, 2017, Aluminum, foam, porcelain, 21 x 19 x 18 in (53 x 48 x 46 cm)

Anton Lieberman, Goblin, 2016, Resin, 47 x 26 x 3in (119.4 x 66 x 7.6cm)

Ian Davis, Pipeline, 2017, Acrylic on linen, 55 x 60 in (139.7 x 152.4 cm)

Lila de Magalhaes, No Worries, 2017, Dyed sheet, thread, pastel, yarn, 38 x 31 in (96.52 x 78.74 cm)

Hayden Dunham, HROU, 2017, Porcelain, mineral composition, leather, metal, polymer, acrylic, 68 x 27 in (173 x 69 cm)

Hayden Dunham, “Is it cold in the water”, 2017, Porcelain, glass, canvas, Aluminum, rubber, polymer, volcanic ash, kaolin clay, mineral composition, acrylic, 72 x 60 in (183 x 152 cm)

Andrea Marie Breiling, Through the Roses, 2017, House paint, charcoal, enamel on canvas, 72 x 60 in (183 x 152 cm)

Jake Longstreth, Carbon Canyon #19, 2017, Oil on muslin in artist frame, 61 x 41 in (155 x 104 cm)

Jake Longstreth, Carbon Canyon #20, 2017, Oil on muslin in artist frame, 61 x 41 in (155 X 104 cm)

Lucas Ajemian, Laundered Painting 48 x 24, 2017, Painting on canvas, 48 x 24 in (121.9 x 60.96 cm)

Lucas Ajemian, Laundered Painting 24 x 36, 2016, Painting on canvas, 24 x 36 in (60.96 x 91.44 cm)

Aimee Goguen, Human Arcade (splitting), 2017, HD animation, sound, 5 min; Human Arcade (duplicate and multiply), 2017, HD animation, sound, 5 min

Aimee Goguen, Human Arcade (splitting), 2017, HD animation, sound, 5 min

Aimee Goguen, Protagonist Worm, 2017, Resin, ceramic and stick (video object), 12 x 24 in (31 x 61 cm)

Ian Davis, Deliberations, 2015, Acrylic on panel, 20 x 16 in (50 x 41 cm)

Lucas Ajemian, Drawing 1, 2017, 29 x 25.5 in (74 x 65 cm), Mixed media on drafting polymer

Lucas Ajemian, Drawing 2, 2017, 29 x 22.5 in (74 x 57 cm), Mixed media on drafting polymer

Chandler McWilliams, Of Some Consequence (OUGHT), Neon, 26 x 11 in (66 x 27.94 cm)

Dominic Samsworth, BOX / Ashen Tan, 2016, Urethane enamel alkyd on linen, 35 x 80 in (90 x 200 cm)

Ross Caliendo, A Hot Desert and a Cool Breeze, 2017, Acrylic paint, oil pastel, and oil paint on raw canvas with air-dry clay snake frame, 43 x 39 in (124.5 x 101.6 cm)

Ross Caliendo, Diamond Head and the Prairie, 2017, Spray paint, acrylic paint, flash paint, oil pastel, colored pencil, and oil paint on raw canvas with air-dry clay snake frame, 43 x 39 in (124.5 x 101.6 cm)

Ross Caliendo, Snake Sky, 2017, Colored pencil, acrylic paint, spray paint, silkscreen ink on raw canvas with air-dry clay snake frame, 43 x 39 in (124.5 x 101.6 cm)

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