a place for zinesters - writers and readers
Time: June 8, 2010 at 12pm to June 11, 2010 at 10pm
Location: UC San Diego, Visual Arts Facility, Main Gallery
Street: Russell Drive, between Williams Ave and Lyman Ave
City/Town: La Jolla
Website or Map: http://visarts.ucsd.edu/node/…
Event Type: art, exhibition, zine, release, reception
Organized By: Louis M Schmidt
Latest Activity: May 22, 2010
There's No Place Like No Place
by Louis M Schmidt
Closing Reception: June 11, 2010 (6-10pm)
-drinks, snacks and zines will be served!
UC San Diego's Visual Arts Facility, Main Gallery
Russell Drive, between Williams Ave and Lyman Ave
La Jolla, CA 92093
June 8-11, 2010
12-5pm (or by appt.)
Louis M Schmidt is proud to present There's No Place Like No Place a new, large-scale, site-specific installation which marks the conclusion of his MFA studies at UC San Diego.
This body of work, a bit of a departure from Schmidt's usual drawing-centric practice, will feature a large site-specific wall work, sculpture and an immersive gallery experience unlike many viewers will have ever had. There's No Place Like No Place is an exploration of the -scape: it implodes "landscape" and "cityscape" into a new kind of -scape, into a void terrain, a "voidscape".
The title of the show is a pun on the word "utopia", which translates to "no place" or "not-place" but is also a way of defining an "ideal place". The word "utopia" has long been defined by its ironic double meaning- a utopia is called such because it was (and is) considered impossible to realize. Ideal places are impossible to realize, just as “not-places” are impossible to realize. There's No Place Like No Place capitalizes (quasi-utopian/socialist pun-intended) on the positive/negative duality of "utopia" and uses it to chisel into the corrupt foundations of our bankrupt modus operandi. With this exhibition, Schmidt reveals the utterly tragic results of political and spiritual ideals whose primordial architecture barely conceals writhing, diseased paradigms of hierarchy, exclusivity and ego-worship. It’s a dark-transcendent experience not to be missed!
All in attendance will receive a free copy of Schmidt's latest zine, entitled Hold This, It's Nothing.
About Louis M Schmidt
Louis M Schmidt grew up in rural, central Illinois in a town of 350. Until the age of 16, when he moved to an even more rural area, he could call anywhere in town simply by dialing five digits. A traveler of the world when possible, Schmidt has made temporary homes in London, Madrid, Krakow, Charleston, San Francisco and Boulder, CO. When not laboring over his socially incisive and exquisitely crude drawings and zines, he divides his time fairly equally between hanging out with his favorite lady, reading, growing beards, riding skateboards and motorcycles and other cool shit, critiquing the finer points of Hollywood "cinema" and talking all serious-like with his friends. http://bridgethevoid.blogspot.com