June 3 - July 15, 2017
Photo cred: Austin Radcliffe
‘The molecular union of hydrogen and oxygen inhaled into concrete pores. Forming a deep instability of the structures of order. A collapse. Plummeting metal loosens the shackles of the primordial sea serpent. She embraces them. Fills them. Soothes their corruption and forms them with sway. They ooze and twirl, every inch filled with calcite ornament. Tiamat rises.’
‘Hydrogenesis’ is the first Los Angeles exhibition by Ohlsson/Dit-Cilinn. Commissioned by H I L D E, a contemporary art space in Mid-city, LA, the exhibition will span throughout the multi-leveled 3,000 square foot gallery. Exceptional in scale and scope, the exhibition tells the story of oceanic heavy metal as spiritual practice. Formidable and complex, ‘Hydrogenesis’ is as old as dinosaur blood, in the making since the Los Angeles water wars. It presents artifacts of a baptism of the human imagination into an ocean of chaos, and the attempt to dredge ideas from the watery, black abyss.
Ohlsson/Dit-Cilinn consists of David Ohlsson (b.1985, SWE) and Dit-Cilinn (b.1983, SWE/TH). Their installations, videos and photography nurture a deep engagement with the relationship between urban life and a desire for something transcendent. As individuals they received Bonniers foundation award, SOMArts award and the Barclay Simpson award. The duo has exhibited at Cinnnamon, Rotterdam; Regina Rex, New York; Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro; Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm; CMU Gallery, Chiang Mai, among others.
David Ohlsson and Dit-Cilinn have worked collaboratively since 2007.