los angeles: play chandelier

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6817 is a new art gallery that has popped up in the expansive west hollywood grid, set up by young gallerist theo niarchos. a graduate from chapman university, he followed his gut feeling to establish himself in this part of town. niarchos is similarly intuitive regarding his artistic focus, aiming to push a quirky mix of both younger and older interesting artists into the limelight and a variety of media. and judging by the very first exhibition, it's certainly a place to keep an eye on. 6817's inauguration show, entitled play chandelier, is by los angeles-based australian artist benjamin barretto [1985], and opens on fri - apr 24 [6pm-9pm].

it presents an intricately constructed sound sculpture. the artwork is made up of a collection of seemingly random materials and objects, but upon closer inspection each element contributes to its audio purpose as a whole. a mirror-ball motor rotates a 16-foot screw-lift, raising a billiard ball to begin its course along a series of slanting planes. it travels at varying speeds along precarious assemblages of found objects and sculptural elements, making contact with musical instruments in the process. pedestal fans become composers, their constant oscillation is experienced audibly in gentle cyclical patterns.

a projection of two iphones videoing each other in ‘selfie mode’ illuminates the corner of the room with a pulsing, rhythmic glow. additionally, a series of new paintings are on display, and in similar experimental fashion, these utilize the paint, finish and hardware of a classic electric guitar. jack plates, pick guards, buttons and guitar cables are idiosyncratically composed to create ‘marks’ on the slick, glossy base of guitar paint. the absence of electricity running through the works and their subsequent impossibility of creating music suggests an attention toward ocular composition out of materials usually used to articulate an audible composition. location: 6817 melrose avenue [west hollywood].

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