PRESS RELEASE: Were Not Now, Gallery KM, Los Angeles, California

Were Not Now: a group show of work by Los Angeles-based artists Rebecca Farr, Bettina Hubby, and Christopher Russell. The exhibition explores the traces of physical presence and absence in out relationship to place, space, and identity. Each artist's work approaches found and past imagery with layering, erasures or additions that invoke experiences of the body in relation to land, perception, and physicality.

Subjectively of course, in photography, film, literature, porn, and art criticim, etc, it has always been more stimulating NOT to have things over-explained, over exposed, over-illustrated. To underscore this idea, Hubby sampled from erotica from different cultures and eras, drawing the environment of the sex act, omitting that visual information altogether from the finished drawing. The garments, shoes, hair and bedding around the act eludes to what is happening, while the viewer fills in the blanks. These drawings have been transposed onto a series of fleece blankets to bring them back into the context of the bedroom.

Bettina Hubby received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her practice is wide-ranging, encompasing curatorial and project-based work as well as more traditional media such as collage, drawing, printmaking, and photography. Hubby's projects engage diverse communitied and often exist in settings that challenge the conventions of exhibition spaces. In Los Angeles, Hubby's projects have been featured at the Outpost for Contemporary Art, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Center for the ARts, Daniel Hug Gallery, The Company, and Diane Pruess Gallery, as well as The California Arts Foundation in Santa Barbara. Her work has also appeared at LACE, Track 16 Gallery, and WPA in Los Angeles, The Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara.

Bettina Hubby
Sex without the people (two girls going down), 2011, 10 by 8 inches, ink on rice paper

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