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Dispatches from the era of blue pants • works on paper by Scott Horsley and a video by Owen Mundy in our storespace • Sept-Nov 2008

Curatorial essay by Glenna Jennings here

Press Release by Eun Jung Park Smith:

compactspace, Los Angeles is proud to present Dispatches From the Era of Blue Pants by Scott Horsley. Dispatches From the Era of Blue Pants is a collection of renderings of rococo inspired frames and compositions, delicately crafted line drawings, and other works on paper that address the horrors of a late capitalist global dreamscape that is haunting yet irresistibly beautiful. Horsley’s interplay of diachronic themes evokes a tension between our basic need to understand our biological environment and the hopelessness that is often the result of our efforts. Although the period of art and style known as rococo initially appears to laud decadence and superfluousness, the intellectual gravitas of a seemingly innocuous presentation of ornamental abundance is relevant today. As we enjoy the contemporary state of indulgences that is afforded by the global economy, Horsley reminds us that our reactions to the beautiful invade and evade the apocalyptic consequences, like the umbrage of thick pollution that is pregnant with doom so sublime that it is outside the bounds of our rationality.

In conjunction with Dispatches from the Era of Blue Pants, compactspace is delighted to feature Owen Mundy’s video, “Through A Glass Darkly” (12:30), 2008 in our window front gallery storespace. This piece is part of a larger series that attempts to create forms at the intersection between images that represent war and the labor of those depicted.

Scott Horsley (b. 1977, Babylon, NY) is an artist whose works on paper continue to engage a wider speculation about the cultural reception of ecology, biology, and geopolitical economy. He holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (1999) and his MFA at the University of California, San Diego (2008). Horsley currently lives and works in San Diego, CA.

Owen Mundy (b.1975, Bedford, IN) is an artist who uses a variety of media to examine issues of class and culture for all potential audiences. After working as a photographer in the U.S. Navy he earned a BFA in Photography from Indiana University in 2002 and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego, in 2008.

compactspace is an international artist collective affiliated with its sister space, compactlab, in Geneva, Switzerland. This innovative organization, previously located in LA’s Pico-Union district, has recently re-located to historic downtown LA, where they promote a multi-media arts program that features emerging and mid-career artists. compactspace LA is made possible by the contributions of the University of California San Diego’s Visual Arts Department.