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Catalyst at EPOCH
June 16, 2023 - September 15, 2023
The pandemic-era virtual gallery, EPOCH, is still at it, staging new digital exhibitions, many set within a post-apocalyptic architectural venues that viewers can navigate through. The newest locale: the yet-to-be built Peter Zumthor building at LACMA, a project which has incited much debate. In EPOCH’s rendering, the prospective building already feels on the brink of demolition with smoky orange skies lending an ominous tone to the experience. And, while the virtual exhibition is still on view, over the summer viewers could also experience the show in real space (kind of) via a just closed iteration of the show at Honor Fraser, where gallery-goers donned virtual headsets while navigating the exhibition space. The show begins with Carla Gannis’ Virtues and Vices, a virtual sculpture featuring a grid of AI avitars that the artist has developed over the years, and ends with Auriea Harvey’s monumental digital sculpture, Black Conversation, in which a mother and son lean back to back gesturing to eachother, yet gazing in opposite directions. Across the show, both bodies and communication, weather biological or technological, serve as a centerpoint to the work on view.
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Image courtesy of EPOCH.