Hydroponic Forms – Eight artists from Los Angeles

Brian Bress | Josh Callaghan | Michael Decker  | Sean Higgins  | Amanda Ross-Ho | Bas Louter | Fay Ray | Eric Yahnker

Hydroponic Forms / Eight Artists from Los Angeles

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Hydroponic Forms brings together eight artists who emerge out of the delicate cultural ecosystem of contemporary Los Angeles. Hydroponic agriculture is a means to support plant life on a carefully composed liquid diet of nutrients and water without soil. The technology allows you to grow plants in places that wouldn’t otherwise sustain life; warehouses, spare bedrooms, garages and closets for example. Art in Los Angeles grows in similar marginal spaces fed by a nutritive stream that is harder to chemically identify, but likely contains elements of obsessive compulsive behaviors and therapeutic handicraft; celebrity worship, cultural detritus and profundity through superficiality; and a volatile compound of self-loathing and megalomania. Given time and space these plants can bear flowers, even fruit.

Die Galerie ampersand zeigt zu den DC-Open 2016 in der Gruppenausstellung „Hydroponic Forms“ acht junge Künstler aus Los Angeles. Der Begriff Hydroponic stammt aus der Botanik und bezeichnet ein Kultivierungssystem für Pflanzen in Innenräumen, das das Wachstum durch künstliche Nährstoffzufuhr und Beleuchtung optimieren soll. Dieses Bild einer kontrollierten Imitation natürlicher Prozesse steht stellvertretend für die Haltung einer junge Künstlergeneration, die in der artifiziellen Atmosphäre der Kunstmetropole Los Angeles Lebenssurrogate aufsaugt, um aus ihnen Kunst zu produzieren.

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