June 4 to June 12, 2004

Performance June 4, 8-10pm

Featuring works by:

Jasom Mombert, Jorge Nava, Cary Peppermint, Sal V. Ricalde and Timothy Jaeger

Cut and Mix.
East and West.
Approaches to media, location, and performance.
Insert New York City and the San Diego/Tijuana region into Los Angeles and redefine notions of 'popular' and 'experimental'. File&Save as an eventscape, or perhaps a prototype for combining two distinct scenes in order to create a new spatial montage: Here, varied artistic stances are brought together into a gallery space to question how the digital age, and its aftermath of unlimited possibilities, can bring aesthetic, political, and locative dimensions of the works to the forefront.

CUT AND MIX presents the work of five artists particularly sensitive to their locales. In "One Hit Wonder" by Jason Mombert, his dalliance with masquerade and authentic notions of self reduce the artist to a loose array of global signifiers out-of-whack: bling-bling, and b-boy culture are exposed in the face of a New York art world always on the lookout for the new. Cary Peppermint presents excursions through 'over-exposure' in the media to convey the concept of the Western consumer-subject, adrift without purpose or identity, hyper-mediated and awash in the blinding light of capital and exchange. Echoing the rapid turnover of trends and fashion in New York City, Mombert's and Peppermint's practice investigate the constant re-construction of the self through the lens of pop culture, while simultaneously harnessing a criticality towards mainstream sensibilities.

San Diego/Tijuana is the gateway to a border culture characterized by the crossover of North and Central America. Helped by Nortec's forward-thinking blend of electronic culture and traditional Mexican influences, artists combine different attitudes towards examining their place within this eclectic mix. Jorge Nava's approach to filmmaking is that of an experimental ethnographer influenced by the aesthetics of home movies and family vacation videos mixed with modes of contemporary digital production. Sal V. Ricalde's videos showcase the images and sounds of Tijuana, and focus on the perspective of a Tijuanense media artist investigating both the history and speculative future(s) of the city. A protagonist of the networked, global electronic media scene, Timothy Jaeger's database cinema is an aggressive, stark erasure of narrative where sensation, affect, and the pull of multiple, montaged perspectives combine together to create a distinctly modern glance at his local environment.

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