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Glass Beets and Blind Potatoes

> At SPACE Gallery
>
> Glass Beets & Blind Potatoes
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> Paintings and sculpture by Doug Harvey
>
> On display from September 7, 2003 to October 4, 2003.
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> OPENING RECEPTION: Friday September 12, 2003 from 7 to 9pm. Come meet
the
> Artist and stay for beet salad!
>
> Hours: Mon-Fri 5:30am - 11:00pm, Sat 8:00am - 6:00pm, Sun 11:00am -
6:00pm.
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> SPACE GALLERY is proud to present Glass Beets & Blind Potatoes, the first
> solo exhibit by artist and LA WEEKLY critic Doug Harvey since his
acclaimed
> Skipping Formalities show in 1999. Trained as a painter, Harvey's
attention
> became concentrated on his writing and audio art in the intervening
years -
> at the expense of his painting. Seeking a way back in to a regular
painting
> practice, he began working from observation of actual objects, a departure
> from his previous appropriation-based investigations and multimedia
> installations. After a few experiments he fixated on a bunch of beets, and
> eventually began painting them on sheets of glass - inspired in part by
the
> Senegalese devotional Sufi glass paintings of Mor Gueye.
>
> In keeping with the edible root theme, Harvey has modified several of his
> trademark kinetic potato sculptures, previously seen in 7 exhibits in Los
> Angeles and Las Vegas. The Pommes des Terre Froids were oversized
> representations of the archetypal tuber: constructed from overlaid
> chicken-wire and spray-foam grids, with wobbling plastic novelty eyeballs
at
> each intersection animated by a vibrating bumble ball - equally inspired
by
> 18th-century Vincennes porcelain and the writings of Deleuze & Guattari.
In
> their latest incarnation, the potatoes are glazed, inert Oedipal versions
of
> their formerly agitated paranoiac selves, eyes plucked and engines junked,
> but persisting nevertheless.
>
> The works in this exhibition are not for sale.
>
> SPACE at the YMCA is a micro-gallery located in downtown Los Angeles at
the
> Ketchum-Downtown YMCA in an alcove between the Men's and Women's locker
> rooms. Dedicated to the twin concepts of accessibility of art and
diversity
> of expression, SPACE will feature rotating monthly exhibits by emerging
Los
> Angeles artists. SPACE is provided as a service to YMCA members, but the
> general public may visit by simply signing in at the front desk.
>
> The Ketchum-Downtown YMCA is located at 410 South Hope Street at the
corner
> of 4th and Hope streets in downtown Los Angeles. Validated parking ($1.50
> for 3 hours) available in the Arco Plaza Garage at 400 S. Flower Street.
>
> The YMCA is located on top level of the parking structure. The YMCA's
phone
> number is 213-624-2348.
>
> For more information contact: spacegallery@hotmail.com
>
> Curators: Caroline Clerc and Erik Knutzen, YMCA members since 1998.