Defining the subjectivity of one’s place results in using affixes; a way to enact and hone-in, to indicate further and to be closer to or to control the presentation of. 

_topia. 

That dash. 

That space. 

That absence of a prefix; _topia alone leaves a space open for subjectivity. 

Breaking the rules of engagement, integration, and presentation, four LA based artists discuss, edit, curate, and write together; asking what we can create when the opportunities and institutions we were told to believe in have ultimately failed. Using form, materiality and imagery we reflect on this subjective liminal space. 

Molly Tierney uses decomposition and assemblage as her foundation to investigate materials. In Vanguard Sentiment, she combines unearthed canvases with weathered personal print ephemera, and a latex impression from her studio floor, thus converting the value of the surface into time and memory. In “Social Political Inscription of Being near Erasure of the Self” she did a rubbing in emulsified asphalt by hand of studio her garage door.

Charlie Engelman’s sculptures perform a mimesis, presenting an inverse, rather than the original form. These negative casts recontextualize objects of everyday life, separating them from function and imposing new meaning and narratives in their shadow.

Samantha Greenfeld’s Midden series shifts within states of fragmentation and wholeness, unifying relics into singular, interconnected bodies. In the same way discarded material allows archaeologists to understand ancient civilizations, the amalgams of memories from found materials transform into portraits of a life, a community, a time, and a place.

Nilay Lawson obliterates with imagery and figuration with “Can’t Hide What The Sun Can See”; a baseball-cap shaped painting depicting horrors of American urbanity on one side, as the other side explodes with flora, camouflaging the entire surface. Lawson has developed a pictorial language of symbols that speaks to current political, cultural, and social tensions.

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