Artificial Geologies: Recent works by Malena López-Maggi, Mark Johnsen, and We Live in Paradise, curated by Teresa Goodman and Á.R. Vázquez-Concepción, on view at 2291 3rd Street Gallery from October 15 — November 12, 2015


by Á.R. Vázquez-Concepción

2291 3rd St. presents Artificial Geologies, a selection of artworks by Malena López-Maggi, Mark Johnsen, and We Live in Paradise. The exhibition is on view October 15 — November 12, 2015.

2291 3rd St. is part of the Minnesota Street Project.

The exhibition compares and contrasts the work of Malena López-Maggi, Mark Johnsen, and We Live in Paradise, California-based artists who produce work which dialogues with concepts and forms inspired by geology. Each body of work presented in Artificial Geologies possesses a synthetic formal relationship to geological and weathering forces —they set to artificially capture their aesthetic complexity.

Ever shifting, geological forces represent a never ending creative and destructive cycle, one which is written in stone —etched, and spread across the whole of Earth’s surface. The processes of each of these artists craft an indexical relationship with geological forms and textures —Artificial Geologies is a showcase of their practices and translation processes.

López-Maggi, Johnsen, and We Live in Paradise pursue different paths of analysis of natural rock processes like erosion and aggregation —making earnest commentary on art and ecology.

Malena López-Maggi (b. 1981, California) is a multimedia artist based in Richmond and received her MFA from Mills College in 2015. For Artificial Geologies López-Maggi will present sculptures and a series of photographic prints produced through a hybrid and layered process —the result of her research on crystalline geometric constructions and color translation.

Mark Johnsen (b. 1986, California) is a printmaker and photographer based in Northern California and received his BFA from California College of the Arts in 2011. Johnsen will exhibit a series of monotypes and collages that capture the detailed surfaces of river rocks and mountainsides —through discreet yet highly detailed prints that draw you into them.

We Live in Paradise a.k.a. Daniel Medina (b. 1990, California) is a musician, poet, and botanist, based in San Francisco. He is an alumni of Fullerton College. Medina will present a synthetic soundscape for Artificial Geologies that addresses environmental forces that exist in interplay with geologic processes, namely weather and biological agents, which as the artist states “quite literally hold the earth together.”

Artificial Geologies is curated by Teresa Goodman and Ralph Vázquez-Concepción.

 

Below is The Six Sides of Carbon (2015) by We Live in Paradise, a soundscape 16 minutes 18 seconds long. Let it play and scroll through the image gallery to see the works included in Artificial Geologies.

CMY Pyramid, 2013, Malena López-Maggi, Wood, acrylic, steel, 8’x4’x4′
Chain, 2015, Malena López-Maggi, Dichroic mylar, glass, bells, string, flashlights, Variable dimensions
Space Corn I, 2015, Malena López-Maggi, Polymer clay, aluminum foil, acrylic, 6″x6″x6″
Space Corn II, 2015, Malena López-Maggi, Polymer clay, aluminum foil, acrylic, 5″x5″x5″
The earth and its rocks, 2015, Mark Johnsen, Monotypes, intaglio, lithographs, and marbled paper on birch, 47”x47”
Still I dream of the black hills that I ain’t never seen, 2015, Mark Johnsen, Monotype, 14.5”x17.5”
Triangulated Polygons Bisected by Non-Parallel Lines I, 2013, Malena López-Maggi, Gouache on paper, digital photographic inversions, 16.5″x12.5″
Triangulated Polygons Bisected by Non-Parallel Lines II, 2013, Malena López-Maggi, Gouache on paper, digital photographic inversions, 16.5″x12.5″
Triangulated Polygons Bisected by Non-Parallel Lines III, 2013, Malena López-Maggi, Gouache on paper, digital photographic inversions, 16.5″x12.5″
I think of the big sky, and nothing matters much to me, 2015, Mark Johnsen, Monotype on wood. 10.5”x12”
At the edge of the black rocky mountain. 2015, Mark Johnsen, Monotype collage, 14.5”x17.5”
But I can visualize what I’ve never seen, so I sit and dream. 2015, Mark Johnsen, Monotype collage,14.5”x17.5”
Though my hills are not green, I have seen them in my dreams, 2015, Mark Johnsen, Monotype collage, 14.5”x17.5”
I love sitting down by the riverside, watching the water go flowing by, Oh, golly gee it is heaven to be like a willow tree, 2015, Mark Johnsen, Monotype, 14.5”x17.5”
Out in the country, far from all the soot and noise of the city, 2014, Mark Johnsen, Monotype on wood,10.5”x12”
Tower, 2015, Malena López-Maggi, Wood, steel, plexiglass, polymer clay, aluminum foil, foam, pigment, dichroic mylar, mirror. 4.5’x1.5’x1.5′
Tower (Detail), 2015, Malena López-Maggi, Wood, steel, plexiglass, polymer clay, aluminum foil, foam, pigment, dichroic mylar, mirror. 4.5’x1.5’x1.5′
Tower (Detail), 2015, Malena López-Maggi, Wood, steel, plexiglass, polymer clay, aluminum foil, foam, pigment, dichroic mylar, mirror. 4.5’x1.5’x1.5′

All photos by Cranium Corporation for Minnesota Street Project, 2015

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