The Arena 1 Gallery in Santa Monica will present Infinity+1, part 1, an exhibit of works by artists Mitra Fabian, Debra Greene, Robert Strati and Casey Reas, beginning Saturday, Jan. 12 and continuing through Feb. 9.
An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the gallery, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica.
The works featured in the show flirt with the idea that infinity can be made tangible. Using tools of science like computer software or invented rules that are based on science but are actually fake, the artists employ similar processes of repeated patterns to investigate infinite outcomes, a gallery spokesperson notes.
Curator Christine Duval envisions this as the first of a series that will explore various aspects of infinity.
Fabian works with atypical materials like glass vials, plastic films, tape, various office and scientific products. As she builds with these materials she deconstructs and alters them in such a way that they are not immediately recognizable. Their “reconstruction” is determined by what the material is capable of doing, not meant to do, Duval said.
Greene said she has always been interested in subverting materials and their relevance. She approaches each piece with the same rule, but proceeds by slightly altering a component in exploring how a repetitive process is subverted to allow for different outcomes, Duval said.
Los Angeles artist Reas has been writing generative software for artistic purposes since he graduated from MIT in 2001. His prints, often presented as a diptych, represent a moment frozen in time which the software will never be able to reproduce as it survives into infinity, Duval said.
Strati said he is motivated by the interactions of art, architectural theory, music and science. He draws upon musical notations, engineering schematics, architectural plans, alphabets, nodal networks and maps for inspiration.
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