Mainframe is pleased to present We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust a multimedia exhibition by Finishing School, an artist collective based in Los Angeles.
The exhibition will include documentation, ephemera, and related artwork highlighting their recent participatory sculpture project We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust (spring 2014), a full size replica of a MQ-1B Predator drone aircraft at Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA), President Obama's alma mater.
The drone substrate was cnc'd and brought to the campus for assembly. Over two hundred people helped hand-finish the drone with an age-old Middle Eastern architectural mud method. This process is still used today to build homes in rural areas of the world, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Northern Africa, where President Obama's drone program is most active. In the dichotomy between the drone's form and its surface, the sculpture initiated a powerful discussion of technology and contemporary foreign policy while inviting multiple propositions about cultural legacies and possible resistances in the era of pervasive global surveillance and warfare.
The project was curated by Aandrea Stang and generously funded made by the Wanlass Artist in Residence Program, which is supported by the Kathryn Caine Wanlass Foundation. Support for this project also provided by the Remsen Bird Fund and Occidental College
Established in 2001, Finishing School is a socially engaged artist collective that playfully explores an expansive range of subject and media territories at the intersection of art, power, politics, participation, and the everyday. The collective has five members who represent a broad range of skills and research interests. Finishing School produces interdisciplinary actions, installations, workshops, design, studio art, performance and new media.
They have presented work throughout the United States and internationally in The Netherlands, Switzerland, Israel, Thailand, England, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, and Italy. US institutions include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, New York University, Creative Time, Dedalus Foundation, Queens Museum, Baltimore Contemporary Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
FS has participated in many residencies and festivals, including The Wanlass Artist in Residence Program at Occidental College in Los Angeles; Side Street Projects in Pasadena, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Nimoy Foundation Artist in Residence for the 2010 California Biennial at OCMA; Engagement Party: a three-month residency program at MOCA; DFLUX in Detroit, MI; De Zone Stichting Nutuur in Arnhem, The Netherlands; Angeles Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro, CA; and Nimoy Foundation Artist in Residence at Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute.
Their work has also been noted in the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, Artforum, Art Papers, Art News, Art in America, Coagula, Metropolis, Living as Form (MIT Press), KCET, and Boom (Journal, University of California Press).
Currently, Finishing School maintains a studio in Glassell Park-area of Los Angeles.
Exhibit opens Saturday July 11th with a reception for the artists from 6pm to 9pm. The show continues through Saturday August 1st.