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    NICHE.LA http://niche.la/ Spring Arts Tower 453 S. Spring St. #441 Los Angeles, CA 90013 http://www.niche.la Niche.LA Presents:
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      NICHE.LA http://niche.la/

      Spring Arts Tower
      453 S. Spring St. #441
      Los Angeles, CA 90013
      http://www.niche.la

      Niche.LA Presents:

      "Wireless"
      New Work by Rex Bruce

      March 9-April 1, 2006
      Opening Reception: March 9, 8-10pm


      In his new series "Wireless" Los Angeles artist Rex Bruce presents images and videos taken
      with a cell phone camera where the subject is the "air" in which mobile communications
      are transmitted. Within the abject looking sky-scapes the very tops of golden arches,
      street lamps, vernacular decoration and architecture jut upwards into the frame. Often
      included are telephone poles and slack wires strung between them, an ironic choice
      considering the instrument with which they were photographed.

      Many of the minute VGA images are printed into enormous proportions, where the
      artifacts of low-resolution, a tiny lens, and uncontrolled hues come to constitute the style
      of the artwork. The content of the work, the moody quality of their saturated colors and
      their mottled textures impart a sense of the ever "grungy" aspect of life in Los Angeles
      that is infused with the commerce driven pop-surreality pervasive to the look of the city. A
      cogent "connection" is made here, as the contemporary current of millions of wireless calls
      have become the primary agency of creation in Los Angeles. The result are humorous and
      lyrical works of compelling beauty.

      Other works in the exhibit are composites of multiple images simulating physics based
      analysis of mobile transmissions that "show" wave propagation and are used to assist in
      tower/repeater placement in the streets of urban environments. These painterly looking
      abstractions allude to an invisible "spirit world" created by the totality of immeasurable
      activity around us in the "air" of the wireless ether.
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