March 23 – April 27, 2014
Opening reception: Sunday, March 23, 2014, 7–10PM
2A Gallery is very pleased to present a two-person show of work by j.frede & Joshua Petker entitled Support Systems opening Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 7–10PM and running through April 27, 2014. This exhibition combines Reductions sculptures by j.frede and paintings of chairs from artist Joshua Petker, as well as a collaborative work that combines their two practices.
It can be argued that an object’s worth is dependent on desire, and its value varies depending on its perceived desirability. In the most basic sense, objects have utilitarian and aesthetic components. The weight of either of these components is also variable, but it’s safe to say that function and appearance are key to the value of an object. When either of these attributes fades, the object moves towards its end.
The works in Support Systems exemplify ways structures we rely on for support often break down. Sometimes the progression of failure is slow; cracks appear and seams begin to separate. Objects made by man to make life easier or more comfortable – some cherished as valuable, some overlooked for decades, many used daily to assist us – often have the shortest lifespan. As we try to force these structures back together they continue a path towards an ultimate end, and without intervention the final result will indeed be this end. Taken as metaphor, the works by j.frede and Petker speak to the greater themes of dejection and mortality.
j.frede was most recently an artist in residence at the National Center for Contemporary Art in Kronstadt, Russia, where he created a new body of work ranging from paintings and sculpture to drawings and video. His work has been presented in the United States and Europe at such institutions as Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; Soundvision Gallery, Portland, OR; Phantom Galleries, Long Beach, CA; Ausland, Berlin; Machine Project, Los Angeles and Berkeley Art Museum.
Joshua Petker is currently an MFA candidate at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. He received his BFA from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA in 2002. He has had solo exhibitions at Shooting Gallery, San Francisco; LeBasse Projects, Culver City, CA; and Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles. He has also shown at ACME Gallery, Los Angeles; Ré Écrire, Paris, France; Bristol City Museum, England; and White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2A Gallery is located at 400 S Main St #2A, Los Angeles, CA 90013 on the second floor of the San Fernando Building. Founded in August 2013, 2A Gallery is an independent artist/curator-run project designed to utilize a particularly unique space as a venue for creative production and exhibition. 2A Gallery occupies a small office space in a renovated downtown building. Each exhibition has an opening and closing reception. Otherwise, the space is open by appointment by emailing calvin@2AGallery.com or calling 213.924.3472.
Image: (Left) Joshua Petker, Chair on Blue, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches. (Right) j.frede, Blue, 2013. From the Reductions series.