Cirrus | Exhibition/Sonja Gerdes

Sonja Gerdes
Pie of Trouble. Let’s Hang. Air for Free. Uncertainty. Absurdity. You look at it but it doesn’t exist. Anahata. Vishuda rising. Unpredictability.


March 25 – May 27, 2017
Opening reception: March 25, 6-8pm



Pie of Trouble. Let’s Hang. Air for Free. Hyperamorph. 2013
Steel, paint, ceramic, woven wool outfits, 68 x 70 x 42 inches


Cirrus Gallery is pleased to present Sonja Gerdes’ Pie of Trouble. Let’s Hang. Air for Free. Uncertainty. Absurdity. You look at it but it doesn’t exist. Anahata. Vishuda rising. Unpredictability. This is the artist’s first exhibition with Cirrus Gallery.

For her solo exhibition, Sonja Gerdes presents sculpture, video, photography and writings that not only probe our disdainful relationship to the environment, but consider the convergence of technology and organic life, and the malleable, amorphous mind as a means to create and embark upon a utopian future.

The exhibition takes as its starting point, Gerdes’ preoccupation with the accessibility of air – an invisible substance that is in every crevice of our surroundings, and despite the various contaminants modernity has introduced, continues to bestow us with life. In considering our rapport with oxygen, Gerdes suggests the use of a science-fiction concept, Oxygenenergizer (OE), which creates energy through air. The notion of an engine that runs purely on air, presents an alternative approach to the environment, and in its absurdity, suggests the fluidity and liberation of thought as a possibility in addressing change.

Oxygenenergizer takes various forms and personas within the exhibition. In the main gallery, we see Pie of Trouble. Let’s Hang. You look at it but it doesn’t exist., an installation of unique bronze, ceramic and metal sculptures entwined with wool and fragments of industrial objects. Through shifting configurations of the works within the space, Gerdes considers moments of infinite impossibilities, while activating a sense of what it means to be amorphous -- abstract, ambiguous, absurd and uncertain. Gerdes continues to envelop us in her utopian world, with her Talisman for Oxygenenergizer. These entrancingly blue, bronze sculptures serve as power tools to send endless energy to the unknown and create a belief system for something that may not exist. While they are unidentifiable in shape, they contain subtle impressions of the industrial world, alluding to the amalgamation of forms, both inanimate and organic.

As part of Pie of Trouble. Let’s Hang. Air for Free. Uncertainty. Absurdity. You look at it but it doesn’t exist. Anahata. Vishuda rising. Unpredictability, Sonja Gerdes will be conducting office hours for questions on the amorphous and environmental activation. The office will be open during the opening reception and during specific gallery hours for the duration of the exhibition. Gerdes will inhabit the show as one of OEs alter egos to raise questions about how one can reconstitute human desire and psychology by looking at amorphous shapes. What if we live in an area of amorphousness through global warming?

Within this frame, Gerdes will collaborate with various groups on questions pertaining to the Anthropocene and environmental activation. By organizing meetings with environmental groups, the artist will be addressing how the individual and collective can be active in this field. As part of the program, a number of creative thinkers and organizations have been asked to participate, including Judith Sönnicken, Carol Cheh, Alika Cooper, Martin Velez, and LA-based social practice project, Big City Forum, which will contribute with cross disciplinary programming and activations related to the themes explored in the exhibit.

A full version of programming will follow in the coming weeks.

Sonja Gerdes was born in 1979 in Germany. She studied at the University of the Arts in Berlin, and from 2007-2013, co-ran the Berlin-based artist run space, Infernoesque. Recent exhibitions include Grey Goo Gardens, Marfa, Texas; Pie of Trouble. Let’s Hang. You look at it but it doesn’t exist. Air for free, The Pit, Los Angeles, CA; molybdomancy, LACA, Los Angeles, CA; The Elegant Universe, The Pit, Los Angeles, CA; Pie of Trouble. Let’s Hang. Featuring Ripped Vixen, PG4S and Gomez Bros Inc., Los Angeles, CA; Pie of Trouble. Let’s Hang. Berries and Balls, Light and Wire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Pie of Trouble. Let's Hang. The Energy Plan, Elephant, Los Angeles, CA; vague horde disrepair in blue clay accretion, Note On, Berlin, Germany; Imitation Game, Dubai/Sharjah; In an Absolut World True Taste Comes Naturally, Camberwell Space, London, UK; Pulsar Nebula Supernova, District, Berlin, Germany; Sole Searching, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Unblinking Eye, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Berlin, Germany; and informell natur, Sabine Knust, Berlin, Germany. Her work can be found in a number of private collections.

Previous Exhibitions
2017
UNIQUE AND SINGULAR
TYLER MATTHEW OYER: RELEASE
2016
GHOSTING THE SCREEN / ENGRAVINGS WITH SOUND
BRICE BISCHOFF: LIAR CHANNEL
THIS IS NOT A CONNECTION 2005
2015
FINE LINE
GILLIAN THEOBALD "ELEMENTS"
UNTETHERED
THE PICTURE I CARRY IN MY HEAD
CURATED BY
TERRI PHILLIPS
2014
UNTETHERED DIMITRI KOZYREV
JJ VILLARD
IAN HOKIN: MIRAGE
SUSAN LOGORECI
MARGARET NIELSEN:
LOVE STORIES / SHORT STORIES
2004
IDEAL TERRITORY
NEW WORK BY 
RECENT UC IRVINE  MFA GRADUATES
CURATED BY ELAN GREENWALD
ELAINE BRADFORD
JUSTIN MOORE - "GENESIS"
MOTION TRACKING
CALARTS POST GRADUATE EXHIBITION
CURATED BY WILLIAM KAMINSKI
PLAY-GALLERY FOR STILL AND MOTION PICTURES AT CIRRUS
CHARLES CHRISTOPHER HILL
GIVE 'EM A LITTLE BONJOUR
ARBORETUM
2013-2014 MARGO VICTOR "MVG TESTS"
BUILDING ON RUINS JACOB DYRENFORTH "ROMANTIC COMEDY" AND "EVERY GUITAR MOVE"
2013
MARK BRADFORD MONOPRINTS
TYLER MATTHEW OYER
SHIMMY SHAKE EARTHQUAKE
"CRAZY THOUGHTS HAVE QUICK WINGS"
CURATED BY
EVE WOOD
A COSMIC ENCOUNTER
BRICE BISCHOFF
"THE GLASSEL PARK SERIES"
2003
ROLE-PLAY
IMAGES IN PERIL DIMITRI KOZYREV "JOURNEY'S II
PAINTING BY LETTERS
2012
ROSS BLECKNER "PATHWAYS"
NARCISSISM, THE REAL, THE FAKE AND THE ANTI-DIGITAL IMPULSE
DANIEL BRANDELY "ALAMEDA DANCE"
ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: OPEN NETWORK "RECESS"
CURATED BY DAN BAYLES
ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: THE VISITATION
"IN THE SHADOW OF SUMMMER BLISS"
CURATED BY JUSTIN MOORE AND JEAN MILANT
2011
"SERIES"
ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: LIVIN' L.A.
"SELECTED GRAPHICS" LOPEZ COLLECTION
ONCE EMERGING, NOW EMERGING: NOW AND THEN
"DRAWINGS" DIMITRI KOZYREV
INSIDE/OUTSIDE: STATES OF BEING
2002
SUSAN LOGORECI, JAMES GRIFFIOEN AND DENNIS OPPENHEIM

MAGGIE LOWE TENNESEN
SALOMON HUERTA
2010
ED RUSCHA "COUNTRY CITISCAPES"
JONAS WOOD: PRINTS
JUSTIN MOORE
FLATLINE
CRAIG KAUFFMAN:
WORKS ON PAPER RETROSPECTIVE
DIMITRI KOZYREV
REMIX JULY 2010
2001
GILLIAN THEOBALD:
NEW PAINTINGS

RICHARD BAKER
"GILLIAN THEOBALD"
2009
"l*AND*sc*APE"
CURATED BY GEORGE RAGGETT
NATHANIEL DE LARGE
at large
"AUXILIARY SETTINGS"
CURATED BY STEVEN CRIQUI AND JEAN MILANT

THE AWFUL PARENTHESIS
CURATED BY
ARAM MOSHAYEDI
2000
VENICE/VENICE
JOHN BALDESSARI AND
 BRUCE NAUMAN

"VIJA CELMINS"
NEW PRINTS BY
JOAN NELSON AND 
CERAMICS BY ROGER HERMAN
JAY BOLOTIN: THE JACKLEG TESTAMENT: PART ONE: JACK & EVE
"PAST AND NEW PRINTS"
CHARLOTTE F. SMITH
1999
2008
"GILLIAN THEOBALD"
JEDD GARRET:
WONDEROUS ORBS OF LIFE

"STEVEN CRIQUI"
"JERRY BRANE"
COSMOS FACTORY
CURATED BY BRAD EBERHARD
"GUY DE COINTET"
SUMMER COOL
SUSAN LOGORECI
THERE IS ALWAYS
MORE FOR PEOPLE
LIKE YOU

MARK GOLAMCO
CLOAK AND CANDLE
 
VIJA CELMINS
2007
ALL HUMAN ACTIONS
CURATED BY

DAWN KASPER
NIGHT BLOOMS
CURATED BY
MARK GOLAMCO

JUSTIN MOORE: TIME MACHINES & PARANOID LANDSCAPES
STRODE & WILDER
WORKS ON PAPER
2006
NAIVE SET THEORY
CURATED BY CATHERINE TAFT
SUSAN LOGORECI: AREAS OF INTEREST
QUIVER
SUPERSIZE PRINTS
HEATHER BROWN-
JACOB HALEVY-JONAS WOOD
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