THE AWFUL PARENTHESIS
curated by Aram Moshayedi

A Group Exhibition featuring the works of Phil Chang, Matt Connors, Sayre Gomez, Nick Kramer, Kim Schoen and Erika Vogt





September 17- October 31, 2009




Prices reflect those at the time of exhibition- not the current market value. For current value, go the artist page.

Previous Exhibitions

2012

NARCISSISM, THE REAL, THE FAKE AND THE ANTI-DIGITAL IMPULSE

ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: OPEN NETWORK

ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: THE VISITATION

2011

ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: LIVIN' L.A.

ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: NOW AND THEN

INSIDE/OUTSIDE: STATES OF BEING

SUSAN LOGORECI, JAMES GRIFFIOEN AND DENNIS OPPENHEIM

2010

JONAS WOOD: PRINTS

CRAIG KAUFFMAN:
WORKS ON PAPER RETROSPECTIVE

REMIX JULY 2010

GILLIAN THEOBALD:
NEW PAINTINGS


2009

NATHANIEL DE LARGE
at large

THE AWFUL PARENTHESIS
CURATED BY
ARAM MOSHAYEDI

VENICE/VENICE
JOHN BALDESSARI AND
 BRUCE NAUMAN


NO SHOES ON THE CARPET

JAY BOLOTIN: THE JACKLEG TESTAMENT: PART ONE: JACK & EVE

CHARLOTTE F. SMITH

2008

JEDD GARRET:
WONDEROUS ORBS OF LIFE


COSMOS FACTORY
CURATED BY
BRAD EBERHARD

SUMMER COOL

SUSAN LOGORECI
THERE IS ALWAYS
MORE FOR PEOPLE
LIKE YOU


MARK GOLAMCO
CLOAK AND CANDLE
 

VIJA CELMINS

2007

ALL HUMAN ACTIONS
CURATED BY

DAWN KASPER

NIGHT BLOOMS
CURATED BY
MARK GOLAMCO


JUSTIN MOORE: TIME MACHINES & PARANOID LANDSCAPES

STRODE & WILDER

WORKS ON PAPER

2006

NAIVE SET THEORY
CURATED BY CATHERINE TAFT 

SUSAN LOGORECI: AREAS OF INTEREST

SUPERSIZE PRINTS

QUIVER

HEATHER BROWN-
JACOB HALEVY-JONAS WOOD

THE LATEST FICTION

2005

FINE LINE

GILLIAN THEOBALD "ELEMENTS"

THE PICTURE I CARRY IN MY HEAD
CURATED BY
TERRI PHILLIPS

DIMITRI KOZYREV

JJ VILLARD

SUSAN LOGORECI

2004

ELAINE BRADFORD

JUSTIN MOORE - "GENESIS"

PLAY-GALLERY FOR STILL AND MOTION PICTURES AT CIRRUS

ARBORETUM

MARGO VICTOR "MVG TESTS"

JACOB DYRENFORTH "ROMANTIC COMEDY" AND "EVERY GUITAR MOVE"

MARK BRADFORD MONOPRINTS

"CRAZY THOUGHTS HAVE QUICK WINGS"
CURATED BY
EVE WOOD

2003

DIMITRI KOZYREV "JOURNEY'S II

PAINTING BY LETTERS

ROSS BLECKNER "PATHWAYS"

DANIEL BRANDELY "ALAMEDA DANCE"

"RECESS"
CURATED BY DAN BAYLES

"IN THE SHADOW OF SUMMMER BLISS"
CURATED BY JUSTIN MOORE AND JEAN MILANT

"SERIES"

"SELECTED GRAPHICS" LOPEZ COLLECTION

"DRAWINGS" DIMITRI KOZYREV

2002

MAGGIE LOWE TENNESEN

SALOMON HUERTA

ED RUSCHA "COUNTRY CITISCAPES"

JUSTIN MOORE

FLATLINE

DIMITRI KOZYREV

2001

RICHARD BAKER

"GILLIAN THEOBALD"

"l*AND*sc*APE"
CURATED BY GEORGE RAGGETT

"AUXILIARY SETTINGS"
CURATED BY STEVEN CRIQUE AND JEAN MILANT

2000

"VIJA CELMINS"

NEW PRINTS BY
JOAN NELSON AND 
CERAMICS BY ROGER HERMAN

"Past and New Prints"

1999

"GILLIAN THEOBALD"

"STEVEN CRIQUI"

"JERRY BRANE"

"GUY DE COINTET"

More information about previous exhibitions at Cirrus will be added to our website in the near future.

Prices in red are sold

The Awful Parenthesis is a group exhibition of works by six Los Angeles-based artists. Formed in response to a proposition initiated by Cirrus Gallery, it presents a selection of emerging artists without prior relationship to the space or its history.

The exhibition is organized around a concept of spatial and temporal dislocation developed by Thomas De Quincey in 1823, wherein a disruptive knock at the gate in Shakespeare's Macbeth is described as "the re-establishment of the goings-on of the world in which we live." It is in this moment, De Quincey writes, that we are made profoundly aware of "the awful parenthesis" that had rendered the scene "cut off by an immeasurable gulf from the ordinary tide and succession of human affairs." Brian O' Doherty later used this oft-cited passage as the starting point of his important essay "Context as Content," published in the pages of Artform in 1976. For O'Doherty, the activities that take place within the institutional frame of the gallery space undergo a suspension in time and space not unlike the stasis allegorized by De Quincey in the preceding century.


The artworks in The Awful Parenthesis engage with conditions of materiality and conceptual bracketing and attempt to redefine the relationships between a visual medium's history and its institutional contexts of display. The approaches represented here investigate the material qualities of images and objects as they relate to architectural and historical specificity; they reveal both inward and outward tendencies toward formal and discursive devices of training. Each artist's contribution to the exhibition exists within and outside the suspended spaces of viewing, seperately renegotiating how space is delineated within both the picture frame and the context in which pictures, as objects, are looked upon.

Phil Chang
Double (Exposure 1)
2009
C-Print
30" x 40"
Phil Chang
Double (Exposure 2)
2009
C-Print
30" x 40"
Phil Chang
Double (Exposure 5)
2009
C-Print
30" x 40"
Matt Connors
DBCWMC II
2009
Oil on Canvas
41" x 37"
Matt Connors
Three Reds
2009
Oil and acrylic on muslin with tape
26" x 22"
Matt Connors
Untitled
2009
Oil on canvas
96" x 27"
Matt Connors
Untitled
2009
Acrylic on wood
25.5" x 20"
Sayre Gomez
Collage with two plates
2007
Collage on paper
22.25" x 30"
$1000
Sayre Gomez
Forrest II
2009
Acrylic on Archival Inkjet Print
17" x 22"
$800
Sayre Gomez
Unitled Untitled
2007
Archival Inkjet Print
17" x 22"
$800
Kim Schoen
Provenance
2006
single-channel video projection with sound
TRT: 8min
Ed.5
$2500
Kim Schoen
Provenance
2006
single-channel video projection with sound
TRT: 8min
Ed.5
$2500
Kim Schoen
Provenance
2006
single-channel video projection with sound
TRT: 8min
Ed.5
$2500
Erika Vogt
Evolutionary Cat
2009
Plotter Print of Pencil, Carbon, Acrylic Paint on Paper
Dimensions Variable
Erika Vogt
Green Dragon
2009
Plotter Print of Carbon on Paper and India Ink Pen on Paper
28" x 36"
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