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Actual Size Los Angeles

measuring with a bent ruler

July 25 — September 8, 2018

measuring with a bent ruler consists of distinct, yet interconnected installations and programs developed with artists Dylan Mira, Neha Choksi, and Kandis Williams.

Initiated through a series of conversations, the project pushes against a thematic group exhibition and considers the lines of exchange that are produced through the encounter of three practitioners, mostly strangers to one another. As presentations move from one artist’s work to another—in the form of changing installations and events—the exhibition unravels as an open-ended dialogue where each staging potentially affects the next.

The project presents three artists with discrete installations. Each artist was invited to consider the sequential structure of the show, and the brief meeting between works and processes that will take place within the Actual Size gallery space, with short temporal gaps between installation and deinstallation punctuating each part. Through its slow unraveling, the exhibition asks: How can we work together while still working apart? Where do the moments of crossover and exchange take place among practices and artistic processes inhabiting a space? How does the in-between mediate the production and reception of projects, and what dynamic interdependencies can this production allow room for? Audiences are invited to return during the exhibition run, which will take the form of installations, unfinished works, late-night events, closed performances, editing sessions, and so on.

measuring with a bent ruler responds to the indeterminate and charged political and social times in which we find ourselves. It questions how our current moment might allow us to imagine artistic production and collaborative modes of action differently. As each presentation shifts to the next, physical fragments remain and linger, so that each artist’s material and/or textual presentation makes a mark on the next. The project brings together and expands upon ideas shaped individually, while extending the duration, or afterlife, of each work.

Mira, Choksi, and Williams are connected by an interest in disrupting dominant systems of logic through investigations of language, history, and time. Through a visual, writing, and performance-based practice that is at times collaborative, the artists’ works rescript how bodies can transform space, and how bodies can behave differently when asked to share space. By engaging negation as a site of transformation and opening up room for absurdity and reflection, the artists think through larger considerations around birth, existence, intimacy, and loss. Another key point of departure for this exhibition is the continual fascination with time: how does a rethinking of linear time relate to how we navigate spaces, our labor and artistic processes in everyday life? Presentations elicit a variety of readings to break with fixed terms and concepts, and to subvert linear narratives. The influence of instability and inconclusiveness emphasizes an emerging factor in the way of working — practitioners who are activating new temporal structures, or new methods to measure time, within one space. The project imagines a world of cancellation and disruption sitting closely with a new visual conversation.

measuring with a bent ruler will open with an installation and program by Dylan Mira, followed by Neha Choksi, and conclude with Kandis Williams.

Dylan Mira’s exhibition, Night Vision, includes a new video on shamanism and ecofeminist ritual practices across the Asian diaspora. The work was recorded with a broken infrared camera during travels to Jeju Island and the DMZ where tigers are rumored to live. Viewable only in the dark hours through Actual Size’s front windows, the video is accompanied by a large sculpture that first appeared in the artist’s dream, and a temporary bar further activated by a sound program.

Night Vision opens on July 25 and will be on view daily from sunset to sunrise through August 11, with sound performances by Mayako XO (Sara Gernsbacher) on August 1 and 미친년 (Saewon Oh and Sara Kwon) on August 8. Dylan Mira on dreams. 9-10pm, with drinks and anju served.

Events (to be announced) and installations by Choksi and Williams that will be introduced and edited in the space will punctuate and perhaps even reorder the presentations. The artists will also publish a text consecutively throughout the  exhibition.

Actual Size Los Angeles
741 New High St.
Los Angeles CA 90012

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Image: Dylan Mira, Night Vision, 2018, (still) video, 14:17 min. Courtesy of the artist.