In all Sincerity
Sierra Harris, Josh Kawahata,
Helena Martinez, Danny Shapiro,
Amy Zapata, Tirsa Delate, Caitlin Mullally & Abriel Gardner
Reception: December 15th 7-10pm
Performance at 8pm
Open Hours: Wednesday, December 13th - Sunday, December 17th, 12-5pm
1206 Maple Ave., 5th floor, suite 523
Los Angeles, CA 90053
In all Sincerity is a group exhibition that speaks to the interactions of parallel realities and contradictions featuring work by Sierra Harris, Josh Kawahata, Helena Martinez, Danny Shapiro, Amy Zapata, Tirsa Delante, Caitlin Mullally, and Abriel Gardner.
Sierra Harris and Danny Shapiro explore the nature of reality as a manifestation of consciousness where both everything and nothing are real. Working through the digital and the corporeal as parallel and superimposed realities, these artists investigate the blurring boundaries between cyberspace and the IRL.
In the process of learning how to sail, Sierra Harris records the audio and GPS coordinates of each endeavor. She created a 3D animation to correlate with the audio. Her work examines how an experience occurs firsthand versus the representation of that experience in a virtual world. She is based in Long Beach, CA and is currently pursuing a BFA in photography at California State University Long Beach.
Danny Shapiro’s paintings use a collage sensibility to grapple with the influx of imagery we experience in our day to day lives. Through the use of translucent fabric the artist is able to form an open space for the viewer to navigate new relationships between images. He earned his BFA from Columbia College Chicago in the spring of 2017 and is based in Los Angeles.
Tirsa Delate grew up in New York City and recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue her MFA at California State University, Northridge. She uses performance, photography, and video to explore relationships among the body, the construction of identity, and nature. In this performance, dance, rhythm, and spontaneous movement are accompanied by and respond to live, electronically produced music in a quest to experience and understand unconstrained dance in institutional spaces? Does live music erase or reinforce the boundary between mind and body, and for whom? The accompanying video, Flashes, compiles of still images documenting past performances. The strobe-like flashing in the video provides a rhythmic, stable pulse that acknowledges the intuitive, primal movements of my body. Displayed on a tablet, Flashes emphasizes technology’s effect on the nuanced relationship between performer and viewer.
Exploring reality through negation and affirmation, the works of Josh Kawahata, Abriel Gardner and Caitlin Mullally are understood through discovering contradictions in our relationships to memories.
Josh Kawahata’s paintings are images based on memories he’d like to relive, or imagined events he wishes had happened or would happen. He explores the blurred lines of memories, the way the mind can paint a picture of things that never occurred and make them seem as true as reality. He is based in Hacienda Heights, California and is studying drawing & painting at California State University Long Beach.
In their collaborative piece titled “In all Sincerity,” Caitlin Mullally and Abriel Gardner actively understand the process of neglect through installation and performance. Through the form of dance scores, they explore the tension of representing something that can only be shown through contrast and negation. Caitlin Mullally is an installation artist and Abriel Gardner is a dancer/ choreographer; both based in Los Angeles. Caitlin Mullally and Abriel Gardner are earning their BFAs from California Institute of the Arts.
Helena Martinez’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Demonic Possession” is a study of schizophrenia interpreted as demonic possession. Because of the misunderstandings and
underrepresentation of schizophrenia, it has become more fictionalized than real. The work identifies parallels between symptoms of schizophrenia and representations of exorcisms in horror. Helena Martinez is an artist exploring mental illness, healing, and the occult through performance and installation. They are based in Los Angeles and earning their BFA at California Institute of the Arts.
Amy Zapata has been a part of the Downtown Los Angeles Drag scene for the past 2 years. It has transformed her preconceived notions of identity and gender. Primarily photographing Queens in Los Angeles has turned her focus not just on the entertainers but the city itself. Each influences the other and are an integral backdrop to the work. Using both digital and film cameras Amy attempts to blur the lines of gender, to highlight the avant-garde, and to document the changing performers their lives and the landscape.