Stephanie Washburn in “Are Friends Electric?”

Mark Moore Gallery artist Stephanie Washburn will be participating in  “Are Friends Electric?” – a group exhibition produced by the Fellows of Contemporary Art’s Curators Lab.

“Are Friends Electric?” is a group art exhibition curated by the Manual History Machines, and will be dispersed between two locations as Act I and Act II. Act I is presented as a Curators Lab Exhibition at Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) in Chinatown, Los Angeles from January 18 – March 21, 2014.  Opening just a few days later, Act II will be on view in the Peggy Phelps Gallery and East Gallery at Claremont Graduate University from January 21 – February 6th, 2014. Both exhibitions present works from the same group of artists, pushing our modes of perception and ability to relate to the artists’ works.

Participating artists include Sarah Awad, Daniela Campins, Clifford Eberly, Jay Erker, Helen Rebekah Garber, Rema Ghuloum, Rochele Gomez, Raymie Iadevaia, Bessie Kunath, Nancy Lupo, Danielle McCullough, Stephanie Washburn, and Tessie Whitmore.

The work selected for this exhibition hesitates towards a technology-driven frenetic future, addresses feelings of isolation and makes transparent the nature of shifting meanings through context/positioning. The exhibition title, “Are Friends Electric?” Is taken from Gary Numan’s iconic song, whose lyrics verge on fear of loneliness amid the appearance of friendly entities. In reflection of our truly complicated relationship with what it means to be “social” today, artists continue to forge, perhaps even more fastidiously now, personal identities in their practices despite the reality of shrinking “private” and [truly] “public” spaces.

FOCA’s exhibition space located at 970 N. Broadway, Suite 208 Los Angeles, CA 90012. Hours of operation: 10am-5pm/Tuesday through Friday. Opening reception is on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 from 7-9pm. A catalog release with text by David Pagel – accompanied by an Artist Talk- will be announced at a later date.

“Are Friends Electric, Act II” will be on view from January 21st – February 6th at the Peggy Phelps and East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, located at 251 E. Tenth Street, Claremont, CA 91711. Hours of operation: 10am-5pm/ Monday through Friday.

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Stephanie Washburn

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