“Support Structures is a manual for what bears, sustains, props, and holds up. It is a manual for those things that encourage, give comfort, approval, and solace; that care for and provide consolation and the necessities of life. It is a manual for that which assists, corroborates, advocates, articulates, substantiates, champions, and endorses; for what stands behind, underpins, frames, presents, maintains, and strengthens. Support Structures is a manual for those things that give, in short, support. While the work of supporting might traditionally appear as subsequent, unessential, and lacking value in itself, this manual is an attempt to restore attention to one of the neglected, yet crucial modes through which we apprehend and shape the world.”
Support Structures is an exhibition focusing on a less frequented, yet indispensable notion – that of support. While ‘support structures’ are fundamental to our everyday, these conversations are often displaced or disregarded. While they help foster the creative process, they are rarely seen as a means to an end.
Taking as their starting point the text from Céline Condorelli & Gavin Wade’s 2009 publication Support Structures, the six Los Angeles-based artists have assembled an exhibition of new and developing works that demonstrate their individual and collective responses to the subject and necessity of support structures. Working across drawing, painting, sculpture and video, the artists explore societal frameworks such as commerce and migration; the underlying myths that feed into our urban environments; and the immersion of technology into contemporary life, and the effects of this on human interactions and physicality.
In conjunction with Maiden LA – a county-wide network of art happenings throughout the month of August – Support Structures is part of a larger conversation about the network that can be found within the art world, one that is often unseen, but which offers encouragement, corroboration, and helps substantiate the ideas of individual practitioners.
Artists: Salomeh Grace, Sarana Myers, Molly Schulman, Anna Tanner, Emmett Walsh, Patricia Valencia