March 10 – April 15, 2017
Stephanie Deumer (Los Angeles)
The Body of Language and the Motion of Words
Opening reception Friday, March 10 at 8pm.
Artist Talk directly preceding the opening reception at 7pm, in the PAVED Arts main gallery space.
The Body of Language and the Motion of Words is a sculptural video installation by Stephanie Deumer, inspired by writings of the late architect, artist, and poet Madeline Gins. The exhibition aims to create an environment where subjects, objects, text, and space shift indefinitely, blurring their definitional boundaries. Elements in the show exist in an osmotic state, simultaneously reflecting and absorbing one another. For example a video cube shows the corresponding gallery walls that it faces, thereby creating a simulated mirror image of the room. In another instance, video footage shows a subject folding paper into the recognizable forms of an airplane and cootie-catcher. However in the process of being constructed, their shapes echo the contours of the (female) body that is creating them. Through various depictions and representations, the pieces fold into one another and fluctuate between the tangible and the digital.
A Canadian artist currently living and working in Los Angeles, Stephanie Deumer holds a BA from the University of Guelph and a MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, the UK, and Ecuador. She was recently an artist-in-residence at the REEF in Los Angeles and Cerritos College in Norwalk, California.