Terry Chatkupt + Melanie Nakaue
Alluvial Treasure(s) + Iterations
January 9–26, 2020
Artists' Reception: Thursday, January 9, 6-8pm (talks at 7) | Facebook Event
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For over a decade my projects have involved video, installation, photography, and sound to investigate broader issues of subjectivity within a specific environment. These ideas are usually responses to physical landscapes, which are examined through various cultural, social, and psychological lenses.
“Alluvial Treasure(s)” is a body of work inspired by two main things: 1) the landscape of my home and 2) my children. Through abstraction and documentation, this exhibition is an attempt to discover the natural (and occasionally unnatural) elements and forms in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Northeast Pasadena, California.
Terry Chatkupt is a Los Angeles-based visual artist, filmmaker, and musician.
He received a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2004 and attended the Skowhegan artist residency program in 2003.
Chatkupt’s videos, installations, and photography have been exhibited at LAXART (Los Angeles), Jerome Zodo Contemporary (Milan, Italy), REDCAT (Los Angeles), and Harris Lieberman (New York).
Screenings of Chatkupt’s film/video work have been included in programs at numerous venues including MoMA (New York), Centre for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci (Prato, Italy), Seattle Art Museum, Art Basel Miami Beach Video Lounge 2007, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
Chatkupt’s film/video work have also been featured in several film festivals including the 2011 ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival (Tempe, AZ), the 2008 Narrative Film + Video Festival (CalState, Chico), and the PDX Film Fest 2008 (Portland, OR).
Terry Chatkupt performs his solo music project under the name of Terrain and is also one half of the LA-based experimental music duo Pyschoplasmics. He is also the co-founder of Dogū Studios.
Working primarily within the medium of experimental animation, sculpture and installation, my work explores the interconnections between autobiographical, art historical and cultural narratives. My current body of work Iterations, consists of a series of 3D animations of 3D objects that are arranged in compositions inspired by the traditional Japanese art of Ikebana (flower arrangements). In researching Ikebana, I was struck by a new contemporary take on this practice, Freakebana, that uses a non-conventual approach by incorporating random objects and aesthetic strategies. In Ikebana, the artist must be able express the “dynamic, living beauty, which is present in the tiniest of plants” . 1 However, the items in Iterations are significant in that they reference a specific familial/ personal moment or memory. By using 3D modeling and 3D animation to represent these forms, I am interested in exploring the potential of this medium to create the simulation of objects, space and memory.
Melanie Nakaue is a Los Angeles based artist and designer. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), and her BA from Scripps College in Art and Art History.
Selected screenings and exhibitions of her work include: Culver Center of the Arts (UC Riverside), Luckman Gallery (CSULA), Nichols Gallery (Pitzer College) University Art Gallery (CSU Chico), AM NUNDEN DA (London), 533 (Los Angeles, CA), Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival (Portland, OR), Monte Vista Projects (Los Angeles, CA), Gallery 4F (Los Angeles, CA).
Melanie is also the founder and designer of FRIENDS OF SIMILAR SIZE, a conceptual jewelry line that specializes in limited editions and custom pieces.