Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to present Over and Over, an exhibition of new and recent video works by Los Angeles-based artist Pascual Sisto, organized by Director of Gallery Programs Irene Tsatsos. The exhibition will be located in the Armory’s second floor Pasadena Art Alliance Gallery and on display from June 26 – September 11, 2011. A free public reception will take place on Saturday, June 25th, from 7-9pm.
Pascual Sisto, a multi-media artist, uses video, photography, neon, and text to reassess and re-present images of the commonplace and in so doing reveals surreal qualities hidden within what is familiar. In the video works seen in Over and Over, Sisto captures familiar urban occurrences – an airplane flying overhead, a ball bouncing on asphalt, vehicles driving on an overpass – that are so routine as to be taken for granted. He then subtly manipulates these images and sounds through repetition, interruption, and synchronization, bringing them to a point that hovers at the very edge of plausibility. The result is a set of distortions and subtle abstractions of the everyday.
The exhibition features three recent videos: Over the Rainbow, a single-channel loop of vehicles endlessly crossing multiple highway overpasses, an engineering impossibility; Flight Patterns, a two-channel image, one of a flock of seagulls and the other of a set of commercial planes, clones that mimic the other; and 28 years in the implicate order, a single channel work in which dozens of balls bounce, each to its own rhythm which at one moment, converges in a single bounce. A new video work, Nonsense, consists of a circle of black-and-white silhouettes of the profiles of people’s heads as they murmur the words “walla walla,” generating the effect used by the film industry to imitate the sound of a crowd in the background. As with his other video work, Nonsense also uses accumulation and repetition as a strategy to bring a familiar image to a point of abstraction.
Pascual Sisto was born in 1975 in Barcelona, Spain, and holds a MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. His work has been widely exhibited in the U.S. and internationally, and his practice has been recognized by Special Youth Council, which awarded him the Spain Prize in 2008; the12th International Media Art Biennale WRO 07, Wroclaw, Poland, at which he received Second Prize; and by the New Wave-Internet Pavilion 53 at the Venice Biennale. His work is held by The Capital Group, Jon Kvistad Collection, D. E. Shaw & Co. Collection, and the Swedish Council for Cultural Affairs Collection. Recent solo and group shows include Please Remember Everything, Actual Size, Los Angeles; Looped, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City; Get Wet, UGM / Maribor Art Gallery, Maribor; Instant LA Summer, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles; and Absolutely Not, Fifty Thirty Three, Los Angeles. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
The Armory Center for the Arts, in Pasadena, California, builds on the power of art to transform lives and communities through presenting, creating, teaching, and discussing contemporary visual art. The organization’s department of exhibitions mounts over 25 visual arts exhibitions each year at its main facility and in locations throughout the City of Pasadena. In addition, the Armory offers studio art classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to more than fifty schools and community sites. The Armory believes that an understanding and appreciation of the arts is essential for a wellrounded human experience and a civil community.
Over and Over by Pascual Sisto is on view in the Pasadena Art Alliance Gallery on the second floor at the Armory Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday, noon-5 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Armory members, students, and seniors are free. The Armory is easily accessible from the Gold Line Memorial Park Station in Pasadena. For information about Armory exhibitions and events, the public may call 626.792.5101 x122 or visit the Armory website at www.armoryarts.org.