MUSHROOMS & HONEY

OPENING SATURDAY MAY 14

metro pcs  & ANIMALS WITH HUMAN RIGHTS HUMANS WITH ANIMAL RIGHTS

in collaboration with Either Way LA

12PM – 4 PM at Nuisance Alley, Echo Park (map)

7 – 10 PM at metro pcs, Chinatown

Mushrooms and Honey

with

Merideth Hillbrand
Whitney Hubbs
Ian James
Nick Kramer
Julia Leonard
Candice Lin
Anna Mayer
Devon Oder
Matt Siegle
LeRoy Stevens

Organized by Nick Kramer

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Devon Oder, Julia Leonard, Candice Lin, Merideth Hillbrand, Whitney Hubbs, & Matt Siegle (L-R)

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LeRoy Stevens & Devon Oder

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LeRoy Stevens, Devon Oder, & Julia Leonard

 

Cosmos from LeRoy Stevens on Vimeo.

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LeRoy Stevens, “Cosmos”

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Devon Oder, The Flats

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Devon Oder, Julia Leonard, Candice Lin, & Merideth Hillbrand

Julia Leonard, Meanwhile 3

Candice Lin & Merideth Hillbrand

Candice Lin, Clairvoyant Testosterone

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Candice Lin, Mushroom Study 2 (Lion’s Mane)

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Candice Lin, Mushroom Study 2 (Oyster)

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Merideth Hillbrand, Hot Dog 1

Merideth Hillbrand, Hot Dog 2

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Candice Lin, Merideth Hillbrand, & Whitney Hubbs

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Whitney Hubbs, “Detail of a Woman no. 1”

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Whitney Hubbs, Matt Siegle, & Anna Mayer

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Matt Siegle, New Model Law’s Domicile, w/ bag

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Anna Mayer, No End of Channels 18 (Figuring)

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Anna Mayer, Nick Kramer, Devon Oder, LeRoy Stevens

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Nick Kramer, Hand Portfolio My Chair

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Ian James, Wolf River Harbor (looking east)

Documentation of Mushrooms & Honey @ Either Way LA here

I’ve invited you for many reasons. I value my encounters with your work and I value the opportunity I’ve had to think about it for a long time, that is, to remember it. You are all artists whose work I admire and loosely associate with “outside” or “outdoors” and, most importantly for me, you resonate as a group in other, less definable ways. Maybe you project a certain calm. Or, maybe I like to imagine your work in unfiltered daylight. Planted in time and conversation I trust that our ideas will expand and coalesce.

Honey, sweet bio-gold, isn’t made in plastic bears and mushrooms aren’t convenient stools for tiny creatures. The thing is, both honey and mushrooms keep their truths secret from all but the most dedicated connoisseur. Mushrooms are

basically the official plant of the avant-garde* and honey is the moon juice of spiritual correctness.Held secret in hives and beneath the ground these two substances embody weird math lurking outside the easy purview of us human animals.

The connections I draw here are not reflective of the facts or respectful of nature’s patterns. Rather, they are based on an imagination of the world via distant, hidden metaphors. Let your mind wander, ask yourself if, and how, you can you compress the alien rhythms, expressions and textures of creepy nature into a form that is at all compatible with human understanding.

To give meaning to the shortness of the afternoon (mushrooms), I wanted weeks (honey). I wanted a container, like a hive, to keep all this honey. I wanted something like a mycelial bloom balanced with the frantic orchestration of a hive, each with its own patterns, speed and scale: Mushrooms & Honey.

For the first event of the day, we will gather in a disused alley from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., for the brief, outdoor section of the show. Then, as day turns into evening, metro pcs will house the second, slow section of Mushrooms & Honey. This exhibition will open from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, and be on view until 6 p.m. Saturday, July 2 (with regular hours in between).

Nick Kramer

*Are mushrooms even accurately described as plants?

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Mushrooms & Honey
Organized by Nick Kramer
Opening May 14, 11 AM – 4 PM (Nuisance Alley – map below) and 7 – 10 PM (metro pcs)
May 14 – July 2, 2016

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metro pcs is an artist run project space in Chinatown, Los Angeles
422 Ord Street, 2nd floor
Stairway entrance on Hill Street
Open Sat 12 – 6, or by appointment

 

http://metropcs.la/
chinatown.metropcs@gmail.com
323.388.5650