Artists as curators, curators as artists, artists exhibiting their work for the first time, artists exhibiting their work for the zillionth time; such has been the profile of those who have either shown or organized shows at JAUS, Los Angeles. As an introduction for this artist-run space to the art community in New York, founder and director Ichiro Irie, has organized the group exhibition Hysterical Friction showcasing works by more than 20 artists.
How does one go about encapsulating six years of programming that has included everything from small drawings to large scale installations by well over 300 artists from all 6 continents without having a huge museum-like space and an extravagant budget? The quick and easy answer is that you can’t and you don’t. Nevertheless, out of a desire to give visitors some sense of what JAUS is all about, Hysterical Friction brings together, with a few exceptions, mostly LA artists who have previously shown at JAUS in the form of a works on paper exhibition.
Also featured are a few New York residents such as RISD & Rutgers alum, Erin Dunn; Davide Zucco who just had a solo show at NURTUREart, and recent Yale MFA grad Joseph Buckley. Also included are former New York residents Nick Brown, Shiri Mordechay, and Nathan Redwood.
Taken as a whole, the show attempts to exemplify the diversity of talent that JAUS has become known for with works ranging from the very minimal and conceptual to the very baroque and visceral. The contrasts created by the juxtaposition of so many disparate approaches in such proximity might create for a somewhat manic and jarring experience; an experience that will hopefully stimulate a dynamic and unexpected reading of each individual work.
Artists included in the exhibition are Carl Berg, Virginia Broersma, Nick Brown, Joseph Buckley, Anibal Catalan, Brian Chambers, Brian Cooper, Erin Dunn, Martin Durazo, Vick Garaventa, Aska Irie, Ichiro Irie, Kiel Johnson, Shiri Mordechay, Ruby Osorio, Alison Rash, Nathan Redwood, Devon Tsuno, Lena Wolek, Eve Wood and Davide Zucco.