Niche.LA presents “Wireless”
new work by Rex Bruce
curated by Nic Cha Kim
LOS ANGELES, CA – In his new series, “Wireless,” Los Angeles artist Rex Bruce presents images and videos taken with a cell phone camera where the subject is the “air” in which mobile communications are transmitted. Within abject looking sky-scapes, tops of golden arches, street lamps, vernacular decoration and architecture jut upward into the frame. Often included are telephone poles and slack wires strung between them, an ironic choice considering the instrument with which they were photographed.
Many of the minute VGA images and videos are printed and projected into enormous proportions, where the artifacts of low-resolution, a tiny lens, and uncontrolled hues come to constitute the style of the artwork. The content of the work, the moody quality of saturated colors, and mottled textures impart a sense of the ever “grungy” aspect of life in Los Angeles that is infused with the commerce driven pop-surrealism pervasive to the look of the city. A cogent “connection” is made here, as the contemporary current of millions of wireless calls have become the primary agency of creation in Los Angeles. The result are lyrical works of compelling beauty.
Other works in the exhibit are composites of multiple images simulating physics based analysis of mobile transmissions that “show” wave propagation and are used to assist in tower/repeater placement in the streets of urban environments. These painterly looking abstractions allude to an invisible “spirit world” created by the totality of the immeasurable activity around us in the “air” of the wireless ether.
Niche.LA features an 18-seat private screening room and a mixed-media/video art gallery. A digital cooperation in the middle of Gallery Row, these two “mini-galleries” offer an eclectic artistic experience on the 4th floor of the Spring Arts Tower in less than 750 square feet.
Niche.LA is operated by Nic Cha Kim and located at 453 S. Spring St. #441, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (www.niche.la). Nic also serves as President/Co-Founder of Gallery Row Organization (GRO) and Resident Producer of Lodestone Theatre Ensemble.
“Wireless” — New Work by Rex Bruce
453 S. Spring St. #441, Los Angeles, CA 90013
March 9th, 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturdays till April 1st by appointment only