Luckman Weber

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 July 21, 2005

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Cal State L.A.'s Luckman Gallery Features Works of Marnie Weber
The five-year survey, titled From the Dust Room, runs
Sept. 6-Oct. 29, with special opera premiere Oct. 22

“Marnie Weber’s unique cut’n’paste world is one where demure rabbit-headed women are the norm and fairytales are tinged with dark, sinister undertones.” – Rowan Kerek, BBC Collective

Los Angeles, CA – The Luckman Fine Arts Complex at California State University, Los Angeles announces FROM THE DUST ROOM, the first U.S. survey exhibition of works by Marnie Weber, featuring a selection of her hauntingly beautiful works of fantasy and fiction from the past five years. The exhibition of photo collages, sculptures and videos will be presented at the Luckman Gallery from September 6 - October 29, 2005, and is accompanied by Weber’s first comprehensive catalogue. In conjunction with the installation, the artist premieres her new performance work, The Spirit Girls: Songs that Never Die, as a special one-night event on Saturday, October 22 in the Luckman Intimate Theatre.

About the exhibition
The exhibition at the Luckman Gallery features several bodies of work made during the past five years, including works from The Dollhouse series and the Graveyard series, and from the installation, Who's the Most Forgotten of Them All? Based on various views of Los Angeles, these works have not been exhibited since their debuts in commercial galleries in London, Paris, and New York, and have never been exhibited elsewhere in the U.S.

The Graveyard series (2000), initially presented at Galerie Praz-DeLavallade in Paris, are pastoral collages based on photographs Weber took at a prominent, historical Hollywood cemetery. The idyllic grounds are apt backdrops for the artist's strange kingdom of animals and fairies, spirits that might exist in a parallel universe coinciding at the same location. Who's the Most Forgotten of Them All? (2001), an installation presented at Fredericks Freiser Gallery in New York, relates through video installation, large-scale collages, and costumes treated as sculpture the post-existentialist fairy tale of a princess forever in waiting with a cast of melancholy animal friends. The elaborately appointed backgrounds of the collages in this installation are photographs of The Getty Museum period rooms (comprising the artist’s Getty series). Here, Louis XIV loveseats and ornate, chandeliered parlors become romper rooms for paranormal beasts, goblins, and girl-pixies.

The Dollhouse (2002), also exhibited at Fredericks Freiser the following year, centers around a large (6' x 10') 11-room dollhouse of Weber’s creation. Inspired as much by the world of miniatures and child's play as the cultist Story Book architecture found throughout Los Angeles, this sculpture also serves as the setting for the accompanying collages from this series, where each room is a proscenium for ghost-like females in party dresses mingling with a variety of creatures. Also included are a series of videos dating from 1993-2001, including The Red Nurse and the Snowman (2000), The Forgotten (2001), and The Ghost Trees (2002-03), among others, featuring the artist commingling with a cast of figures in animal costumes enacting various dramas in natural surroundings where all seems a strange, prolonged dream.

About the artist
Marnie Weber was born in 1959, attended the University of Southern California in the late 1970s and received her BA at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981. Weber's first public persona was as a member of the art-rock band the Party Boys, and eventually as a solo performer in clubs and art venues locally and internationally. In the early 1980s she began making collages by cutting pictures of women from magazines and placing them in serene and bucolic settings, in a sense "rescuing" these vulnerable figures while subverting the traditional feminist discourse regarding female representation and objectification. In the 1990s Weber’s performance and video work segued into multi-media installations that included sculpture, video, and even more elaborate collages. Simultaneously, her source material moved from mass media imagery to photographs from intensive preparatory sculpture, or "stage sets.” Appearing either a cast of characters or by herself in highly idiosyncratic and imaginative installations and performances, Weber delivers atmospheres and events that more often seem like magic residues from her own elaborate dreamscape.

Integral to this project is the artist's first color-illustrated exhibition catalogue, consisting of approximately 56 pages with 40 images, a biography, checklist, and three essays: one by poet Amy Gerstler, another by novelist Darcey Steinke, and another by Julie Joyce, Gallery Director of the Luckman Fine Arts Complex.

Related Events
Saturday, October 22, 2005 Artist’s Reception (6-8:00 p.m.) and Performance (8:00 p.m.)*

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, The Spirit Girls: Songs that Never Die is a modern opera depicting the saga of a group of ghost girls who journey through turbulent seas and over golden fields in search of a place to deliver their stories in song. Featuring Weber and five others performing original songs in costume, and accompanied by a cast of figures in animal costumes, visual effects and backdrops are produced through a series of video projections created by Weber. Presented in the Luckman's new Intimate Theatre immediately following an artist’s reception on Saturday, October 22, this is Weber’s first performance in Los Angeles since 1996.

*The Spirit Girls: Songs that Never Die is presented in association with SASSAS (The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound)

September 10 – October 8, 2005
Marnie Weber: Ghost Love, The Spirit Girls
at Rosamund Felsen Gallery

Coinciding with the Luckman exhibition is a solo exhibition featuring new and never before seen collages and a video installation by Marnie Weber at Rosamund Felsen Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA. Tel. (310) 828-8488

Marnie Weber: From the Dust Room is made possible in part by a grant from the Pasadena Art Alliance.

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