‘Drone of Perseus’
September 9 - November 4, 2017
How long into the future will our language exist? Across the universe, in a place where no matter or radiation can escape, sings the cluster of Perseus. At 57 octaves below middle C, this lonely hero drones at a frequency of 10 million years, imperceptible to the human ear. Each great society has a history of being born, flourishing, crumbling, and dying. Certainly, we must attempt to touch our distant future as we follow our fate. Can artists create a new language which can withstand societal breakdowns and natural or anthropogenic disasters? What should they say?
Abandoning the alpha-numeric and emoji-ridden language of our time, these artists rely on tone, color, material, geometry, and sound (or lack thereof) to communicate to the thick darkness of an unknown future.
June 3 - July 15, 2017
**Each work in HYDROGENESIS has been constructed from organic materials harvested in and around Los Angeles or upcycled industrial materials.
Photo credit: Ohlsson / Dit-Cilinn
‘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.
H I L D E L.A.
'The Edge of Doom'
April 22 – May 27, 2017
April 22 – May 27, 2017
“You know the way animals are, you just accept them. You can’t make any kind of judgment. They are run by instincts. You can’t expect them to behave morally, I don’t think. It likes to eat, it likes to have sex, and it likes food. Don’t expect too much from a thing like that.”
Scarlet Droppings, George Kuchar, 1990
Obsessive love is like a film, there are psychological breakdowns, marital showdowns, and messy obsessions. Who can we trust to portray the journey toward wilted roses, fermented grapes, and wrinkled cheeks? Can it be spoken from the lips of poets or chronicled through fairy tales and daytime soap operas? Is it obscured by the painter’s brush? This exhibition isn’t going to stop at the apex of budding love, nor will it follow love to its conclusion.
These nine artists will jump into the story of love at different stages, telling it through the language of painting and video. Hold tight as we speed down love’s autobahn, go off-roading, and drive over the edge of doom.
H I L D E is pleased to announce the opening of their first Los Angeles space on March 4, 2017. The exhibition 'Apollo on Earth' will display the work of 11 contemporary artists, organized by Hilde Lynn Helphenstein, to inaugurate the Los Angeles gallery. The artists include Eve Ackroyd, Carl D'Alvia, Grant Falardeau, Rebekah Goldstein, Gabriella Loeb, Megan Reed, Esther Ruiz, Tamra Seal, Sarah Thibault, Paul Waddell, and Jake Ziemann.
Apollo on Earth explores the human form during the beginning of the "great upload." As our relationship to the physical body begins disintegrating and technology becomes our prostheses, we must ask: where is the light "still suffused with brilliance from inside, like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low, gleams in all its power?" (Archaic Torso of Apollo, Rilke). To that end, each participating artist will present a "statue" in the atrium of the gallery, accompanied by an assortment of busts in the library, and body studies in the front parlor and upstairs salon.
This exhibition at 4727 W. Washington Blvd, will be on view through April 15, 2017. For further information contact Hilde Lynn Helphenstein at the gallery or go to www.hilde.co. All images are subject to copyright. Gallery approval must be granted prior to reproduction.