May 12 to June 16, 2012
Saturday May 12
4 to 6 PM, artist present
Jed Lind, N, 2012, gelatin silver print
Known for video installation, photography and sculpture, Los Angeles-based Canadian artist Jed Lind investigates technologies that highlight the way the natural and the manmade intersect, with particular reference to 1960s and 70s ideology. For his third exhibition at Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Lind takes the dystopian novel Concrete Island (1974) by J.G. Ballard as the starting point for a new body of work. A modern Robinson Crusoe, Ballard's protagonist crashes his Jaguar between the embankments of London's converging freeways, finding himself stranded on a traffic island. Slowly, he is forced to dissemble his luxury car, fashioning the parts into means of survival, and tools for escape.
Lind also uses the automobile as a site of material possibility, reclaiming and transforming various car parts into a series of sculptures. A set of eight silver gelatin photographs spells out the Latin word "COMMUNIS," which translates to "common" or "public domain," inspired by the ornamental African plant Ricinus communis that has taken root in the desolate spaces around the Los Angeles freeway system.
Gold, Silver & Lead, Jed Lind's monumental stack of Honda Civics, is on view at the Toronto Sculpture Garden through fall 2012. His work was featured in the international exhibition Universal Code at The Power Plant, Toronto in 2009, and was included in recent group exhibitions at Pepin Moore, Los Angeles; Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles; Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA; and the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA.
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