“chatter,” an exhibition by George Raggett and Pilar Conde, opens October 6th, 2017 with an artists’ reception from 5:00 – 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.
For this exhibition, Raggett and Conde’s work examines – literally – the structural devices of discourse. The works illuminate, privilege, and fetishize formal elements of our current communication systems. Unlike email, texting, and twitter feeds, the artworks lack actual words, phrases, sentences, or questions, instead remaining open to interpretation. Under the influence of minimalism, they slow down today’s hectic pace of chatter. Different materials, textures and colors, create different moods; expanding the emotional range of the exhibition. From rendering texting as “solids,” to the punctuation of a Spanish language question framing a “gateway,” the often harsh politics of today’s twitter rants and anti-immigrant rhetoric hover provocatively in the background of each piece.
The exhibition will run through November 3rd, 2017.
About the Artists:
Married in 2001, Raggett and Conde currently reside in Brooklyn, New York. This is their second joint exhibition, the first for Welsh/Beck Gallery (former Richard Neutra offices) in the Silver Lake region of Los Angeles.
George Raggett received his BA from UC Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies, and MFA from Bard College. He has exhibited widely, including the Hammer Museum, Happy Lion Gallery, Cirrus Gallery and ACME in Los Angeles; and La Mama, Triple Candie, White Columns in New York CIty.
Pilar Conde received her BA from Virginia Commonwealth University, MFA from Columbia University, and attended the Skowhegan Residency program. She has exhibited widely, including Claremont University, Cirrus Gallery, and Kristi Engle Gallery in Los Angeles; and PS1 MOMA, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Soloway in New York City.
Pictured: “Awkward Conversation 2” – George Raggett