Contemporary Art in the Americas Arte Contemporáneo en las Américas
An Index and Its Histories

An Index and Its Histories

Gala Porras-Kim

Commonwealth and Council Los Angeles, CA 11/04/2017 – 01/06/2018

What happens when artifacts from a culture with an oral tradition are collected into a predominantly visual archive? How can such an archive serve to restore such artifacts, if not to their native context, then to at least some functional mode of communication? These fundamental problems of knowledge acquisition, visual representation (both ethnographic and aesthetic),

Gala Porras-Kim. Exhibition view at An Index and Its Histories, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, 2017. Courtesy of Commonwealth and Council Gala Porras-Kim. Exhibition view at An Index and Its Histories, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, 2017. Courtesy of Commonwealth and Council Gala Porras-Kim. Exhibition view at An Index and Its Histories, Commonwealth and Council,

El hambre como maestra/Hunger As Teacher

El hambre como maestra/Hunger As Teacher

Carolina Caycedo

Commonwealth & Council Los Angeles, California, USA 09/09/2017 – 10/21/2017

El hambre como maestra/Hunger as Teacher is part of Carolina Caycedo’s ongoing project Be Dammed in which she collaborates with riverside populations in various bio-regions to address the socio-environmental impacts of dams. While engaged in fieldwork and research, Caycedo gathers objects, film footage, and testimonies. She also produces drawings, collages, sculptures, and films that document

Undammed/Desbloqueada, 2017, Hand-dyed fishing net, lead weights, metal gold pan, Navajo sand- stone, copper T IUD, thread, rope, 64 x 19 x 19 in. Courtesy the artist and Commonwealth Council. Photo: Ruben Diaz. Installation view: El Hambre Como Maestra/Hunger As Teacher, Courtesy the artist and Commonwealth and Council. Photo: Ruben Diaz. Installation view: El Hambre Como Maestra/Hunger

Liberty Matter

Liberty Matter

Neha Choksi

Commonwealth & Council Los Angeles, California, USA 03/18/2017 – 04/29/2017

This exhibition begins with a mountain. Or perhaps it is more accurate to say it begins with the feet that stood on a rock, with the hand that marked it. The mountain is the surface, pigment, and subject of sculptures, paintings, and video installations in Neha Choksi’s exhibition, Liberty Matter, which gestures between “affirmative acts

Insurrection, 2017. 4K video transferred to Two-channel HD, color, sound, 52 sec loop. Installation view of Neha Choksi: Liberty Matter, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Commonwealth and Council. Photo: Ruben Diaz. Installation view of Neha Choksi: Liberty Matter, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Commonwealth and Council. Photo: Ruben Diaz. This exhibition begins with a mountain.

AVM: After Venus (Mal)formation AVM: After Venus (Mal)formation

AVM: After Venus (Mal)formation

Yong Soon Min

Commonwealth and Council Los Angeles, California, USA 11/19/2016 – 01/07/2017

Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) refers to an abnormal network of blood vessels in which arteries connect directly to veins instead of going through a bed of capillaries. In 2010, Yong Soon Min experienced a massive headache —triggered by the stress of a Korean language proficiency exam— that turned out to be a cerebral hemorrhage. The malformed

Yong Soon Min, AVM: After Venus (Mal)formation, 2016. Custom printed vinyl flooring, MDF, steel, paint, acrylic, glass spheres, wall vinyl, site-specific installation. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council. Photo: Ruben Diaz. Yong Soon Min, AVM: After Venus (Mal)formation, 2016. Custom printed vinyl flooring, MDF, steel, paint, acrylic, glass spheres, wall vinyl,

The Mountain

The Mountain

Candice Lin

Commonwealth and Council Los Angeles, California, USA 11/19/2016 – 01/07/2017

There was a painting of a mountain that hung in the hallway of my childhood. Every evening it would berate me as I lay in my bed, like a cockroach, unable to rise. It called me a silly girl, a cupcake, a deformed puppy, a toenail, and a rock. It told me I was sick

Candice Lin, The mountain, 2016, installation view. Courtesy of the artist, Ghebaly Gallery, and Commonwealth and Council. Photo Ruben Diaz. Candice Lin, Petrification, detail. Courtesy of the artist, Ghebaly Gallery, and Commonwealth and Council. Photo Ruben Diaz. Candice Lin, Putrefaction, 2016, acrylicepoxy resin, dried plant material, 49 ¼ x 59 x 29 ½ inches. Courtesy