Opening Reception: September 8th | 2-5pm
Antigone highlights the idea of choice in choicelessness, focusing on how the decisions artists make, inform and effect the choices and aesthetic conventions that follow. Antigone also reveals the visible and invisible interconnectedness of people, places and things.
Marthe Aponte, Lorraine Bubar, Barbara Kolo, Lilah Lutes, Victoria May, Blue McRight, Lena Moross and Joan Wulf work with diverse materials: paper, paint, tape, textiles, wood and fire, that represents the aesthetic dynamism of Los Angeles: Their narratives describe landscape as well as internal, emotional environments such as love and longing. People experience these phenomena in multiple ways, and the works in Antigone reverberate with the correlations that bind the artists as women and storytellers with agency to the manifold ways their choices stimulate responses.
In the Greek plays about her, Antigone exercises her divine rights that ultimately forsake her. However, she takes control of her destiny, realizing that there still may be choice as a means when choicelessness is the only end. In the exhibition Antigone, narratives speak of the environment and conservation, the tenacity and tenuousness of human relationships, and the labor of women’s work. The artists invoke their responsibility as makers to animate these subjects with outcomes over which they may have little control. These trajectories do not stop them from the practices that they believe in and that are necessary to the artistic vibrancy in all its forms of LA.