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"Other 'Zones' II: The Garden and The Cube"
2007-07-04 until 2007-08-31
Gregg Fleishman Studio
Culver City, CA, USA United States of America

Gregg Fleishman Studio is pleased to (re)-present Other 'Zones' II: The Garden and The Cube, 'an exhibition in progress' considering the intersection of architecture and visual arts. The Culver City based artists Gregg Fleishman, Nana Tchitchoua and Rachel Portenstein, translate their collaborative fusion into an exhibition of social/architectural experiment centered around interactive puzzle paintings, 3-dimensional scale models, a full size cube (shelter system), a play structure, labyrinth and wonderland paintings and hanging paper sculptures. The space is a fantastic environment of harmony, playfulness and thoughtful investigation into the future in a call for radical reconstruction.

Gregg Fleishman's work redefines structures in playful expressions of geometrical harmony. He constructs structural skeletons, grounded in real world conditions and meant to provoke new ways of living. These noble buildings are held together in scale and character by Fleishman's unique elaboration on joints concentrated and harmoniously fitting together. In addition to structures and models, the exhibition space is adorned with his dignified signature "SCULPT C H A I R S" that have been previously exhibited worldwide and grace the collections of MOMA, the Yale University Art Galleries, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cal Arts graduate visual artist, Nana Tchitchoua explores ideas about public, private and free spaces, experimentation, and living in the most fulfilling way. The most recent intervention of collaboration features the 1st set of Puzzle paintings, which are reversible, interactive and without borders. New additions to Other 'Zones' are the labyrinth studies, collages and a set of 6 paintings executed before collaboration. Assembled on the many surfaces are a menagerie of birds and other creatures situated in dense jungles of patterns executed via collage, stencils, decoupage, and painting. They are rhythmic and autobiographical windows into 2-dimensional utopias of singular character and vast depth. Stenciled patterns introduce a readymade quality to the work, a mechanical procedure binding the organic compositions, revealing or obscuring layers under varying conditions, ensuring that discovery and wonder remain central upon repeated viewings.

Rachel Portenstein joins Gregg and Nana in creating the Kindergarten for All Ages. Her work explores the tensions between order and chaos, rigidity and pliability, continuity and change and simultaneously brings in the harmony to its surroundings. Rachel's work evolves through the process of assembling materials that primarily lay in organic, colorful and absurd. Given the form of the aesthetic content, these creature-like paper sculptures suspended from the ceiling decorate the wonderland by their elegance and mystery.

The Garden and The Cube is not installed in a uniform manner throughout the gallery but instead is conceived as a variety of experiences. The sort of questions raised by the cross-fertilization of archi-art seeks to circumnavigate the boundaries of space and time by the creation of interdisciplinary objects that are modular, portable and transformative in their nature. The exhibition is both a social/architectural experiment and an analogy with games advocating new modes of survival and living experimentally to transform social relations by manipulating space and time. The KinderGarten for All Ages.

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