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Maj Hasager | Visiting Artist Residency and Exhibition | Iterations
February 23 - April 5
Maj Hasager |Iterations
Visiting Artist Residency and Exhibition
February 23 – April 5
Saturday February 23 | 5-8 PM
Danish visiting artist Maj Hasager presents Iterations, a project based on the Pico neighborhood of Santa Monica, where she is immersed for six months as an artist in residence at 18th Street Arts Center. Iterations continues Hasager’s interest in investigating the archive-as-process, as well as looking at the area’s multifaceted history, including forced relocations and exile. By drawing on the contents of 18th Street’s locally-based Culture Mapping 90404, Hasager collects local stories as an alternative to official archives, in the form of interviews, digitalization of private images, and field recordings (audio and video). Her multifaceted installation will consist of video, sound compositions, text and photography.
ALSO ON VIEW
Also on February 23, Los Angeles-based artist and Artist Lab Resident Clarissa Tossin will present a new body of work in the Main Gallery titled 21st Century Wisdom: Healing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Textile Block Houses centered on her ongoing research into US collections of pre-Columbian artifacts, and their relationship to appropriated pre-Columbian artifacts and motifs. More information about her project here.
Resident artists will also be opening their studios at this event, including visiting Danish artists Jeannette Ehlers, Nikolaj Recke, and Marie Markman. Local artist residents including Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Debra Disman, Jeff Beall, Luciana Abait, Arzu Arda Kosar, Post Mango Studio, David McDonald, and Yvette Gellis will also be showing new work in their studios.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Maj Hasager is a Danish artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work deals with power structures, identity, memory, architecture, and the construction of history, looking at how these interlinked phenomena are interpreted and represented culturally and spatially. Her artistic approach is research based and she works predominantly with text, sound, video, and photography. Hasager uses oral history interview techniques as a method for accumulating and creating narratives that address personal stories in a sociopolitical context. Maj Hasager’s residency is generously funded by the Danish Arts Council.
Clarissa Tossin is a visual artist who uses installation, video, performance, sculpture, and photography to negotiate hybridization of cultures and the persistence of difference. By embracing semantic displacements in given material cultural ecosystems, Tossin’s work reflects on circulation from the level of the body to the global industry. Tossin’s work has been featured at the 2014 Made in L.A. at the Hammer Museum, in Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; the Queens Museum, in New York; the Museum of Latin American Art, in Long Beach; SITE Santa Fe Biennial; the Wattis Institute, in San Francisco; Wesleyan University’s Zilkha Gallery, in Connecticut; Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France; Skulpturenmuseum, Glaskasten Marl, Germany; Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, Brazil; Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil; among others. Tossin is the recipient of a Fellows of Contemporary Art Awards (2019); Los Angeles Artadia Awards (2018); Fellowship for Visual Artists from the California Community Foundation (2014); and an Artistic Innovation Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation (2012). She received a M.F.A. from the California Institute of Arts.
Jeannette Ehlers is a video, photo and performance artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Experimental imagery characterizes her multidisciplinary work, and for years she has created artworks that engage with resistance towards coloniality. On these changeable terms, meaning and identity are explored, in both a sophisticated and immediate way. Ehlers’s performative and cinematic universes delve into ethnicity and identity inspired by her own Danish and Caribbean background. Her pieces revolve around big questions and difficult issues, such as Denmark’s role as a slave nation—a part of the Danish cultural heritage–which often gets overlooked in the general historiography. Ehlers’ residency is generously supported by the Danish Arts Council.
Nikolaj Recke is an artist based in Denmark whose practice has been called “emotional conceptualism,” and his re-enactments of land art and art history have characterized his work from the beginning. Recke invests his subjectivity (as an artist and a person) in the encounters with the works–not to return to narcissistic self-reflection–but to open these works to the levels of emotional experience that they have traditionally been dissociated from, and expand their intellectual and formal horizons even further with aesthetics involving self-irony, wit, politics, consciousness, and a romantic sense of beauty. Lately, Recke tries to expand the concepts of land art to engage with the artistic migration of material, places, and stories. Recke’s residency is generously supported by the Danish Arts Council.
Marie Markman is a Danish artist that works with art projects combining dynamics of art and urban planning. Markman’s artistic interest primarily merges perspectives like native approaches towards landscape, and industrial farming and activist methods. Since 2011, Markman has artistically challenged questions about beauty/aesthetics in new types of landscapes and in new contexts. In 2017, she founded The Exploratory Research Laboratory / TERL, a place for subtle yet radical landscape experiments, and functions primarily as a meeting point between artists, researchers, farmers, laymen, and different kinds of professionals. TERL builds on curiosity and the vision of future collaborations all across the Atlantic. All of Markman’s recent work flows backwards from really basic impulses revolving around questions like, “How do I want to live?” and “What kind of future do I want to pass on to the next generations?” Her work merges research, landscape, and art, revealing theoretical, practical, and professional challenges within urban development. Markman’s residency is generously supported by the Danish Arts Council.
Header image: Maj Hasager, Splitting Fields, 2018. Photographic print. Courtesy of the artist.