M.L. Dodge & Jay Lizo

Permanent Score

M.L. Dodge & Jay Lizo

Permanent Score

Illustration of a stern-faced man holding a flip phone with a lit cigarette in his mouth, with a "fragile" label visible in the background.

The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA is proud to present Permanent Score, an exhibition featuring new works by M.L. Dodge and Jay Lizo. The exhibition showcases the intersection of the two artists with distinctly contrasting approaches and concentrations in their processes. Focusing on the image/idea of the crate, Dodge and Lizo venture into different trajectories in what the standard shipping crate can transform into, what it can contain, where it might go, or what it might imply.

Jay Lizo has created two new animations for the exhibition. The inspiration for the two animations come from two books, “Hot Art” and “ How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art.” The animations explore his fantasy between the Abstract Expressionist relationship to the Cold War and the circulation of modern art within the black market to the museum world. The animation balances between the absurd and the possibility of truth.

Through modifying pre-existing characteristics of a shipping container and architectural elements of the gallery itself, M.L. Dodge’s work suggests alternative ways of thinking about how space is divided, used, and how we interact with it. By plugging custom built lasers into all 52 electrical outlets in the gallery, he creates just-above-floor-level gridded plane, tracing the viewers movements as they traverse the exhibition. An art shipping crate turned bleachers is paired with one of Lizo’s video projections, suggests the inside of the crate is to guard the viewers rather than housing a crafted object. Dodge cuts an opening into a wall to pull back the veil of facade, allowing the viewer to enter and climb upwards to gain a new perspective on how the exhibition itself can be experienced.

See exhibition images here.

Exhibition Dates: October 22 – December 17, 2016

Opening reception: October 22, 2016 from 6 – 8p.m.

Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday & Saturday, 12-5 pm.

Admission to the Luckman Gallery is free of charge.

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