Collection: NIAD Gallery Exhibition // OBJECT INSIDE OBJECT OUTSIDE INSIDE OBJECT OUTSIDE OBJECT organized by Andres Guerrero + GGLA

Opening Reception and Artist/Curator Talk: Saturday, August 19, 1-4 PM

Four wooden hands, positioned upright on the square panel from which they were cut, decorated in horizontal bands of vibrant colors on each finger and jagged patterns along the edges of the base, a smiling face on each hand.

About the exhibition

Paintings and photographs are often perceived as portals. Their magic is that they can take us someplace. Hung in a room they provide a view: be it of a landscape, portrait, interior, or abstraction, be it to another time or an inward perspective, be it of another reality or a reflection of where we are. 

The power of a sculpture is similar, but also transitional. It exists in relation to our discoveries of it, and its story adapts to the settings it visits, which can be indoors, out in nature, or even in mutable locations that bridge a sense of inside and out. 

Subjects in a 2D work of art abide by the laws of their plane. A dog in a painting is “small” if it sits comfortably in the lap of a person in the same painting, regardless of that painting’s size. Our response to sculptural works however—and for that matter, to objects in general—comes from the body. The sculpture itself is miniature, life size, or giant depending on how we cast it in relation to our understanding of similar objects. 

The objects in this exhibition are particularly relatable. They bear the marks of a thing that is reaching out to meet us. Many of them have a toe in the worlds of painting and some from the experiences of digital screens, but through the attentions of their makers they’ve nudged their way into our dimension. What’s more, they come to us with a lexicon of functions we’ve participated in. 

Because of this effort which lives in the object, We empathize with them. We recognize their aspirations: to have a compressed experience inflated, realized, or empowered. 

It is much like the story about a child’s toy, a velveteen rabbit that longs to become real so it may leave the safety of an interior world and have sensory encounters. It is a journey that (within the framework of this fairytale) any object could tackle if a person imbues that object with the wear and tenderness of attention.

These works relate such encounters. They alternately reward and/or frustrate our expectations by refiguring the patterns and memories we associate with their shapes, images, and language. 

Whether they are imbued with hope, sarcasm, anxiety, love, absurdity, or concern, each of them teeters between being an object that protects and comforts and one that needs protection and comforting. Thus, they reflect those fluctuating aspects and capacities in ourselves.

Participating Artists:

Julio Del Rio

Marlon Mullen

Shawna Kinard

Sylvia Fragoso

Carlota Rodriguez

Andrew Sungtaek

Nick Makanna

Kayla Mattes

Mansur Nurullah

Jose Joaquin Figueroa

Jerry Peña

Oliver Hawk

Aaron Estrada

William Scott

Paige Valentine

About GGLA:

GGLA is a contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, California, run and founded by Andres Guerrero. GGLA focuses on uplifting underheard voices, promoting diversity and intersectionality, and the strengthening connections between artists and communities.

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