SWIPE – Abstract Technical November 3rd, 2015
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, November 14, 2015 – Saturday, January 2, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 14, 2015; 8pm-12am (at offsite Location – 837 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
Press Preview: Saturday, November 14, 2015; 2pm-6pm
Los Angeles, CA. – Jai & Jai Gallery is proud to present ‘SWIPE: Abstract Technical’ with new works by Los Angeles-based artist Mike Nesbit. This will be his second solo exhibition with Jai & Jai Gallery. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015; from 8pm-12am, at an offsite location; 837 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, with media partner, SuperArchitects. The exhibition at the offsite location will run from November 14 through November 22, 2015, by appointment only. In conjunction to the exhibition held at the offsite location, curated pieces of works will also be exhibited at Jai & Jai Gallery; 648 north Spring Street, Los Angeles CA 90012, from November 14, 2015 – January 2, 2016.
With his most recent collection of works, Mike Nesbit explores the control of intent of a swift motion; a SWIPE. Like a swing of a baseball bat and a stroke of a paint brush, the technique of the action itself is explored through the scrutiny of the nuances between slight variation and true consistency of the outcome. Furthermore, Nesbit states “the result of a motion only exists in relation to a contextual dialogue.” The SWIPE is studied by its relationship to materiality, scale, and color. Nesbit chooses to frame his SWIPES in relation to the urban landscape by utilizing brick walls, concrete or steel surfaces as his canvases. Beneath the swipe of painted creases with a screen printer’s squeegee, emerges a complex narrative that only deepens because of its very simplicity in impressionistic representation caused by a SWIPE on its surface.
The installation at the offsite exhibition space is meant to be both location-less yet site specific, where the first intention of the artist is for the spectator to engage in the scale and materiality of the autonomous art pieces. Each six 8×12 foot concrete canvas, framed with steel, will flank and float between the building’s colonnade in order to create a wall of what seems like continuous SWIPES. The harmony between concrete canvas and site context is defined by the SWIPES of colored acrylic paint. The enormity of the exhibition space itself commands a museum-like atmosphere with cement floors and walls. The large concrete canvases hangs gracefully as if it were floating in the air and yet captures striking motives of swift swipes of radiant colors.
The curated pieces that are displayed at Jai & Jai Gallery include frottages of swipes on unspecified brick walls on paper and flood swipes on concrete canvases. These pieces are made specifically for the Jai & Jai Gallery space; highlighting Mike Nesbit’s theory on the Abstract Technical contextualized through his material studies of the urban landscape and brought back and displayed against a pristine white-walled gallery space.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michael Nesbit, a native of Los Angeles, is currently a project designer at award winning architecture firm, Morphosis. Along with his current discipline, Michael is exploring areas between art and architecture, with an interest in literal misrepresentation. These particular interests have worked their way into gallery exhibits in Los Angeles to academic workshops at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Previous to current work, Michael played four years of professional baseball with the Seattle Mariners. He received his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Mike Nesbit states ‘I feel the more I try to describe the SWIPE the more I become an antagonist to its conceptual agenda. I could talk about its relationship to previous movements such as Abstract Expressionism, where the work might be compared to artists like Motherwell, Kline, Reinhardt, and Richter. I could also say there is similarity in representation and in subject matter, in spirit or character, but what all these really share is a disciplined technical approach to the work. For me, this is what the SWIPE is about, and by focusing on the technical, I remove my work far from Abstract Expressionism, where instead I would call it Abstract Technical.’
His continuous study on the theory of abstract technical in relation to material studies of Los Angeles’ urban landscape is peppered throughout the naked walls of the city – a SWIPE.
ABOUT THE MEDIA PARTNER
SuperArchitects is a startup publication/media/news platform based in the digital world, socially advocating exclusive projects that push the boundaries of architecture, urbanism, and design. SuperArchitects, also known as S//A, manifested in 2010 to serve and provide design students, academics, emerging practitioners, and unknown creatives an equally loud voice to inspire the world, but more importantly to influence the evolution of architecture through new ideas. This curated collection of content aims to share, inform, and empower the creative youth by generating international awareness in relation to fresh ways of thinking and doing. Furthermore utilizing the open-network-culture to fuse ideas, mediums, projects, and people together. It is this type of confluence that will help architecture go beyond what it is now, and what it might represent for the future.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
Jai & Jai Gallery, based in Los Angeles, was founded in 2012 by sisters, Jomjai and Jaitip. Jai & Jai Gallery focuses on maintaining a trans-disciplinary program by working with and exhibiting the works of both emerging architects and contemporary artists. Alongside curated exhibitions of relevant, contemporary work, the undercurrent mission of Jai & Jai Gallery is to engage in and cultivate discussions that lie within the intersection of art and architecture. The fresh perspectives of the gallery exhibitors reveal disparate influences and practices but share a common affinity for pushing the boundaries of theory, fabrication, and representation through art, architecture, and design.
For more information and visuals, please contact Jomjai Srisomburananont,
Jai & Jai Gallery, 648 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA,
tel: 805-338-1896; email: firstname.lastname@example.org Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat, 11 – 6pm
Follow us on instagram @Jai_n_Jai