Mitra Fabian and Airbender One’s works explore intersections of imagined things and spaces. For their upcoming show, Arrival Window, the artists will exhibit individual works but also collaborate using sound. Cline will create an original soundscape resulting in a multi-sensory immersion where samples of sonic elements of Fabian’s sculptures intertwine. Viewers are welcomed to experience this collaborative microcosm from May 14th to June 19th.
Cline uses soundscapes to bring form into physical dimension. Starting with sonic meditation, her process begins with a similar curatorial process her physical works adopt. Focused on the use of primitive elements juxtaposed with nostalgic technology, she curates sounds primarily from the natural world and modular synthesis to create visions of worlds from which her work is created.
Natural materials showcasing the diversity and flexibility of nature’s resources include gasses such as xenon, krypton, argon, helium and neon, as well as steel, aluminum, wood, horse tails, oil paint, natural pigments, blood, and various metal blends and alloys. These elements bring a grounded and organic juxtaposition to a nostalgic earth bound future.
Cline’s work resides at the intersection of bio art, post modernism, and pop culture where it oscillates between explorations of the transformative power of the physical and emotional body through storytelling and post-internet cultural commentary.
Cline’s work has been exhibited in Berlin and Los Angeles. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
My artwork is a reflection of local human industry. I am a sculptor and installation artist working almost exclusively with manufactured materials- the leftovers, by-products, and remnants of human activity. As I build with these materials, I deconstruct them or alter them in such a way that they are not immediately recognizable. The reconstruction is in some way determined by what the material is capable of doing, but not meant to do. The new physical form is always more organic, often mimicking the appearance of natural patterns, landscape, or organisms. My material use serves as a commentary on the increasingly modified condition of humans, which pits nature against culture and blurs the line between organic and manufactured.
Mitra Fabian was born in Iran and raised in Boston. She has a BA in Art with an Anthropology minor from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and an MFA from California State University, Northridge. Fabian has been showing her work nationally since 1997, and had a solo show at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in 2007. Her work has also been featured in shows the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Laguna Art Museum, and the Armory Center for the Arts. She has also shown with galleries in Los Angeles and San Francisco and has had residencies at Bemis in Omaha, NE and CAMAC in France. Her work has been reviewed by several media organizations including Spark, KQED Television, Ruby Mag, Angeleno Magazine, and Artweek. She is a professor at West Valley College teaching sculpture and ceramics.