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Blum & Poe : A.L. STEINER | ANTHONY BURDIN | DREW HEITZLER - 2 July 2015 to 22 Aug 2015

Current Exhibition

2 July 2015 to 22 Aug 2015
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Blum & Poe
2727 S. La Cienega Blvd
CA 90034
Los Angeles, CA
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A.L. Steiner, Love Changes the Lover, 2015
Color pigment photographs, dimensions variable

Artists in this exhibition: A.L. Steiner, Anthony Burdin, Drew Heitzler

A.L. Steiner
Come & Go

July 2 — August 22, 2015

Blum & Poe announces the gallery’s first-time solo exhibition with artist A.L. Steiner. Between the interlude of state-sanctioned exploitation and violence, the Amerikkkin project of mass incarceration and slavery, the uncertain future of California's viability, and planetary implosion, A.L. Steiner presents an overview of her photo archive from 1995-2015 at Blum & Poe. Come & Go will feature a relaxing space for the lost art of print viewing, complete with a revolving cast of subversives and interlocutors. The gallery serves as an all-access pass to integrate the acts of looking, seeing, understanding, and listening while the time-space continuum is placed on hold / pause / play / fast-forward / rewind.

A.L. Steiner (b. 1967 in Miami, Florida) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Community Action Center (with A.K. Burns), Tate Modern, London, UK (2011), which traveled to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2012), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA (2013); and Bodies, Identities, and Alternative Economies, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, OR (2012). Her work is featured in public and private collections internationally including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; and Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.

The exhibition features a collaboration with Shinichiro Okuda/WAKA WAKA; live performances by Brave Accepter on July 11: 12pm-4pm; Jibade-Khalil Huffman on August 15: 1-3pm; YACHT on August 22; and an archivist to guide viewers daily, 10am – 1pm and 2 – 6pm.


Anthony Burdin
Fragments from Expeditions: Destitution, Deterioration, and Devastation
July 2 — August 22, 2015

Blum & Poe announces the gallery’s first-time solo exhibition with artist Anthony Burdin. Burdin’s exhibition Fragments from Expeditions: Destitution, Deterioration, and Devastation is comprised of paintings and video documentation of live performances. His new satirical, text-based paintings, written in a pseudo-calligraphic style, bleed words together to create visual tongue twisters. Utilizing journalistic talking points or trendy phrases, the works grapple with ever dwindling free speech. Other paintings continue the artist’s exploration of a trademark graffiti technique he refers to as “Kookscrawl.” Two videos of Burdin’s automatic performances, shallosscrave (2014) and Vape Lounge (2014), record the journey of a fictional character named Desert Mix as he traverses his claimed domains scattered with sight gags. Also included will be abstract paintings based on fictional landscapes where the performances could have taken place.

Anthony Burdin (b. 1971 in Encino, CA) lives and works in the USA. His work is featured in public and private collections internationally including the Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, Norway; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany; and Tim Nye Foundation, New York. Group exhibitions include The Sound of Things: Unmonumental Audio, New Museum, New York, NY (2008); Number One: Destroy, She Said, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany (2007); and Whitney Biennial: Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2006).---


Drew Heitzler Pacific Palisades

July 2 — August 22, 2015

Blum & Poe announces the gallery’s third exhibition with Drew Heitzler. As Don DeLillo in White Noise (Viking, 1985) postulated, "Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.” In Pacific Palisades, Drew Heitzler employs video, sculpture, works on paper, and wall text to expand upon his interest in the intersection of two groups of German and Austro-Hungarian exiles and émigrés who called Los Angeles home in the post-war period. The first group, popularly described as Weimar on the Pacific, began arriving in the early 1930’s, their numbers rapidly growing as Europe became more and more inhospitable. These were the Jewish and Leftist writers, musicians, and filmmakers brought to Los Angeles through visas and employment offered as life-saving grants by Hollywood Studios. The second group began arriving after the war, when NASA and the aerospace industry, under the auspices of the National Security Administration, began recruiting rocket scientists and communications specialists for the Space Race. These two groups, now melded and dispersed, became an expanded field of influence from which aesthetic philosophy, socio-political thought, technological development, and industrial material trickled down into the architecture and popular culture of Southern California, where its co-mingling created the concept of lifestyle. Heitzler’s works explore this figment of the American Dream, one that has consequences for which we are just now beginning to understand.

Drew Heitzler (b. 1972 in Charleston, South Carolina) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Recent solo exhibitions include Drew Heitzler, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ (2014), and Study for Paradies Amerika (City of Quartz), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2014). Heitzler’s work has been exhibited extensively around the world, including at the Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France; Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK; and MoMA PS 1, New York, NY. His work is featured in public and private collections internationally including Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport, CA; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. 

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