Opening Performance: Thursday, December 4, 2008 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Loft, 401 S. Mesa, San Pedro, CA 90731
From December 4 to January 17, artists Edith Abeyta and Marshall Astor will engage in a series of actions, using the gallery at The Loft as a stage for process and experimentation in the public sphere.
The primary focus of this exhibition is the construction of a house inside of the gallery. This project is intended as an experimental exercise, loosely rooted in the ideas contained within the two artistsâ€™ installations for the 2006 exhibition Contemplating Apocalypse, which took place at The Brewery Project.
Post-Post-Apocalypse takes place in a cycle of three parts, Ruins, Survival and Civilization.
Ruins: On December 4, beginning at 6 PM, the two artists will enact Ruins, the symbolic exodus from their destroyed city. In a rain of light and sound they will make their path into the wilderness, in search of a new home.
Survival: Following ruins, the artists will engage in the primary action of the exhibition, Survival. During Survival, the artists will construct both the artificial environment for their post-apocalyptic hermitage and their new home, a 12â€™ x 24â€™ house on stilts, occupying most of the gallery space. In addition, a series of events and actions by guest participants will take place, including curatorial and artist salons, a cheesemaking workshop, a meditation exercise, the murder of a car, a birthday party and other events to be cooked up during the course of the exhibition.
Civilization: The close of the exhibition will be the celebration of the return of Civilization. Following the successful construction of the house, the artists will host a closing event/performance in celebration of both the New Year and the completion of their project.
December 4, 2008 – January 17, 2009
December 4, 2008, 6-9 pm: Opening Performance
December 17, 2008 7:00pm: Curatorâ€™s Salon
December 25, 3:00 pm: Puttinâ€™ on the Ritz by Robert Tower
December 31, 7:00 pm: Silence Not Cake: An Offering by Betsy Lohrer Hall
January 7, 2009, 7:00 pm: Artistsâ€™ Salon
January 9, 2009, 6:00 pm: Rutabagas and Pork with Pirkko de Baer
January 10, 2009, 4:30 pm: Murder Your Car by Browne Molyneaux and Randall Fleming
January 15, 2009, 7:30 pm: Michael Lewis Millerâ€™s 50th Apocalyptic Birthday Bash
January 17, 2009: Closing Reception
401 South Mesa Street, San Pedro, CA 90731
Post-Post-Apocalypse will be open to the public during the December 1st Thursdays Art Walk, special events and by appointment.
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About the Artists
Edith Abeyta is an installation and mixed media artist based in Los Angeles. The hallmark of Edithâ€™s work is her interest in participatory practice, involving both the public and other artists in the process and/or exhibition of her works.
More about Edith can be found at http://www.edithabeyta.net/
Marshall Astor is an artist and curator based in Los Angeles. As an artist, he works in sculptural and/or installation based media. Most of his works are project-based, touching on the narratives, information space, symbology and myth that surround apocalyptic, disaster and pandemic events.
More about Marshall can be found at http://www.marshallastor.com
About The Loft
The Loft is in downtown San Pedro at 401 South Mesa. Built in the early 1900s, the building once was Pacific Laundry, which washed all the clothes and linens for cargo ships calling at the port. To this day, part of the building serves as a warehouse for Harbor Ship Supply.
Since 1995, the building has been home to a group of artists who create paintings, sculptures, neon works, and assemblages in huge, airy, sunlit studios. Two galleries with polished floors and high ceilings showcase their work with new exhibits mounted every month. Guest artists are invited to show their work, and community meetings, musical events and poetry readings are also held here.