UN-ZIPPED: Bobbi Woods Mark Verabioff
November 7 - 28, 2015
Opening Saturday, November 7, 6-9pm
Bobbi Woods and Mark Verabioff anchor their practice with similarly protruding vibes within the mechanics of production. Both artists have exchanged conceptual thought judgments and cultural concerns with and for each other’s individual outward models, which resulted in a unique organic collaborative display of both their private and public friendship that sprouted in Los Angeles in the early 00’s.
UN-ZIPPED exposes for the first time their hilarious impromptu and ultimately collaborative videos originally posted on Facebook and Instagram while pre-gaming for numerous social LA art world jaunts. Keeping in sync visual pleasure, conceptual rigor and humorist cultural disgust, UN-ZIPPED un-locks un-performer vibes in the temporal pre-game of Artists’ Artist relations.
Adjacent to the videos will be an installation of two dimensional works individually produced. Unfurling along the walls in a representational dialog are Wood’s seminal poster works in mutated forms joined by new imagery dribbled on top and Verabioff’s signature page tears. Both acting as vip guests, the poster child for drunk wallflowers, and horned-up gay party crashers. In addition to this mixology, improvisational moments will occur on site during the installation or “pre-game” of their Ditch Projects jaunt, with both artists making new collaborative conversational gestures that just so happen to be peppered with a dance track.
Bobbi Woods was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a BFA and an MFA from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, in 2004 and 2008, and studied at Staedelschule, Frankfurt/Main, Germany. In 2015, Woods participated in The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project presented by LAND (Tucson, AZ), as well as in a two-person exhibition with Brian Kennon at Fourteen30 Contemporary (Portland, OR.) Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at Pepin Moore, Los Angeles; Loudhailer Gallery, Los Angeles; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland; Infernoesque, Berlin; Derek Eller, New York; Nathalie Karg Gallery, New York; White Columns, New York; Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice, France. She is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary. Bobbi Woods lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and in Portland OR.
Mark Verabioff was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in 1963. The artist studied Intermedia at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) from 1981 to 1985. Recent One-Artist exhibitions, performances, and screenings include: Mark Verabioff: Seminal Videotapes 1984-1992, 356 S. Mission Rd., Los Angeles, CA. (2014); BREAKDOWN, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2013); CRACK ATTACK, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2012); Mark Verabioff: Page Tears, Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, CA (2012); mark verabioff abled woman train wreck hard fuck hairy la, DAN GRAHAM, Los Angeles, CA (2010); Secret Spill: 2010, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division), Los Angeles, CA, (2010.) The artist’s work has been featured in Artforum, C Magazine, Flash Art, Frieze, Parachute, and The New York Times. Mark Verabioff lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.