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What a first year…from early musings to many artists

By December 25, 2015

Another year comes to a close, another year begins. With the arrival of 2016, we venture still further into the angsty teens of the 21st Century. Our current time, at worst, registers daily as a constant deluge of transient sensations and empty rhetoric hypermediated through countless devices, websites, channels, and feeds. At best, the historical moment seems to legitimately hold the possibility of significant societal transformation. The once rigid notions of individual and community identity reinforcing systemic inequality appear to be cracking (if not without turmoil) under the pressures of widespread protest, disruptive technologies, and shifting power dynamics.

In the throes of such instability and seismic change, Pair Shaped launched just over a year ago to bring artists together interested in developing share-and-response series of works for public ...

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Behind Glass Doors: Scenes from 4-Way, 2-Pack In Progress

By August 20, 2015

Alternating shifts over the course of several days, the artists continue to recreate a previously vacant retail property in downtown LA’s Broadway Mall, one piece following the next. The works drift through a range of different subjects, undergoing a process of creative development, photo shoot session, placement in the freestanding exhibition, and possible inclusion as selected images in Series 11. Exchanges between physical and digital, material and image continue in preparation for the 8/22 exhibition opening

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Exhibition Begins to Take Shape: A Conversation with 4-Way, 2-Pack Artists Adler & Edmark and Earl Gravy

By August 16, 2015

On August 22nd, Pair Shaped will hold its first live exhibition featuring the collaborative work of Adler & Edmark (Christopher Adler & Alison Edmark) and Earl Gravy (Emma Kemp and Daniel Wroe). Following a succession of pieces showcased in Series 10 and 11, the two artist teams will be transferring their investigations of mediated representation to a vacant retail space in Downtown Los Angeles.

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4-Way, 2-Pack: Pair Shaped Live Exhibition Opens in LA on 8/22

By August 10, 2015

4-WAY, 2-PACK Presented by Pair Shaped Check out the Facebook Event Page

OPENING: Saturday, August 22, 2015_7-11pm

Unit M3, Second Floor
440 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Artist duos Chris Adler & Alison Edmark and Emma Kemp and Daniel Wroe (a.k.a. Earl Gravy) transfer their call-and-response collaboration from web-based series (see Series 10) to floor space, operating from a vacant commercial property located in downtown Los Angeles.

Similar to the development of the online series, the exhibition will build through alternating shifts, with each team taking turns to assemble areas of the space according to a floor plan consisting of several partitioned ...

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Oh, Yeezus: Kanye and the Cultural Omnivore

By May 10, 2015

For as long as culture has been an industry and considered an actual definable concept, it has been divided into high and low, elite and popular, etc., etc. There are many examples of this divide (think about how we engage something like Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro versus Ice Road Truckers). However, in this hyperconnected world, and with more media and ways of representation readily available at the flick of a finger tap, it is becoming increasingly clear that what we choose to consume makes up who we are—and what we choose to consume, patronize and celebrate makes up our cultural capital. In what used to be a divided world of high and low ...

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Into the Fray: Our Contributors Begin Showing Work

By February 25, 2015

After months of planning, plotting, kicking, screaming, guffawing, trialing, erring, celebrating, and staving off madness, Pair Shaped officially cuts the ribbon as a full-fledged arts platform. Following an initial soft launch period that began last December and featured our first series of pieces by Weston Lyon and Tony Cleasby, we have since whittled behind the scenes to finalize an inaugural publication schedule for exhibiting series created by artists from a variety of different backgrounds and disciplines.

And so, without additional ado, we announce the start of Series 2 showcasing the work of Heather Sten (photographer) and April Wolfe (writer):

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Recap So Far: The Launch Continues…

By January 11, 2015

Now three weeks into our initial launch period, we just wanted to thank everyone again for following and supporting us! If you haven’t already, check out the following from Pair Shaped:

Series 1

All the characters and scenes captured in this series engage in the loss and weight of expectation. Treading in liminal spaces between the familiar and alien, real and unreal, the featured subjects draw on fragments of fear and possibility to negotiate encounters with the veiled unknown and experience of living in the moments after.

P.S. Genesis 

Inaugural blog entry documenting our origins and objectives. Starting with long distance phone calls surveying the various aspects of the artistic ...

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Cues From Outside

By January 09, 2015

Now having helped launch Pair Shaped, and looking to focus on the various ways our contributors respond to one another through their work, I find myself investigating the methodologies and practices of other established artists. Specifically, how can preexisting methods apply to the task of sustaining a multidisciplinary output between two or more collaborators over the span of several series entries? Do previously applied techniques remain relevant in the face of newer explorations of medium? These questions will undoubtedly yield interesting results as time goes on, and the art and writing populating our site runs the gamut in terms of type, form and character. With that said, to help begin thinking about some of these questions, it is useful to consider how artists operating in last few decades have cultivated ...

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P.S. Genesis

By December 17, 2014

We had both just moved to new cities. Rovers in need of new environs. One of us, a writer, tramped off to Chicago. The other, a visual artist, landed in Los Angeles. Phone calls ensued. We wanted to collaborate on. . . something. Long conversations surveyed a range of ideas, including inquiries into the areas of medium and practice. They also involved theories on why an artist will take the steps they will from one project into the next. For both of us, these talks were a natural extension of work completed individually and together in the past, and always leading toward a shared interest in the variety of ways art develops and takes form. More than anything, the subject of process came up continually in our ...

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