Borders and Screens
Sandy de Lissovoy
Exhibition: March 8 - April 15, 2016
Reception: Saturday, April 9, 4 - 6 p.m.
Artist Talk: Wednesday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Borders and Screens brings together two bodies of works by Sandy de Lissovoy. Questioning the divisions of painting, sculpture and architecture, the hinged wooden frames of Screens hold inserted panels of metal, plexiglass, textured and hand printed surfaces. “The screens of interlocking frames can be folded, extended and repositioned to create varying configurations of space and perception. Depending on where the viewer stands, the metal sheets reflect the color panels; the solid panels in the foreground obscure those in the background; and the plexiglass offers a transparent view through to those panels behind it. The mobile screens envelop neither interior nor exterior spaces, holding only the surfaces of the frames and inserts,” (independent curator Chương-Đài Võ.) Screens also functions as a repositionable lens or window whose changing status is partially made open to see through and partially made flat like a painting by shifting its positions on the floor and occasionally altering the content of its inserted panels. The ongoing work takes on different insertions over time. In the present iteration, it contains inserted panels that belong to the other body of work in this exhibit, Borders.
In Borders, de Lissovoy juxtaposes partial images of the international borderlines of Syria and Hungary through a series of large color Monoprints, made from sculpted aluminum plates. Through multiple printing processes of traditional intaglio printing, relief printing, overprinting, ghost printing, and partial printing, the images of these plates float in different relationships of opposition, various geographical positions, and literal merging and overlapping. These plates describe Syria’s northern, Western and Mediterranean borders, and Hungary’s southern border, as well as non-specific forms that question the specificity of borders. The edges of these conflicted territories hold between them some of the most fraught and critical international migratory and xenophobic relationships of our time. The logic of color for this work begins with ink separations of the colors of the two countries’ flags– black, white, red, green– as well as mixtures of those same inks.
Sandy de Lissovoy was born in Berkeley, California. He received his M.F.A. from U.C. Irvine, a B.F.A. from the California College of the Arts and a B.M. from Oberlin College. His interdisciplinary work aims at discovering a medium in the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture, creating both solid and ephemeral results. He has had solo shows in Los Angeles at Commonwealth and Council, Monte Vista Projects and Las Cienegas Projects. He is a recipient of an ARC Grant from the Center For Cultural Innovation and was in residency at the Banff Centre with Silke Otto-Knapp and Jan Verwoert. He is Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Whittier College, and maintains a studio practice in Los Angeles where he lives with his wife and young daughter.