The Elegant Universe, The Pit, Los Angeles (April 12–May 24, 2015)

The Elegant Universe

Olivia Booth, Rod Fahmian, Sonja Gerdes, and Nora Shields

April 12–May 24, 2015 at The Pit, Los Angeles.

The Pit, 918 Ruberta Avenue, Glendale, California, 91201

If a shadow is a two-dimensional projection of a three dimensional world, then the three dimensional world as we know it is the projection of the four-dimensional universe. –Marcel Duchamp

The Pit presents The Elegant Universe a show of new sculptures by Olivia Booth, Rod Fahmian, Sonja Gerdes, and Nora Shields. Inspired by the scientific concept of string theory, The Elegant Universe fragments the linear, narrative methods of seeing in an exploration of dimensionality as form. Through visual fragmentation and the physical navigation of space, The Elegant Universe creates a framework for the disruption and contemplation of perception, potentializing dimension as a concept beyond our immediate recognition.

Inspired by the book of the same name, The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene explores the history and future of scientific string theory as connecting the universe through microscopic loops of energy lying deep within the heart of matter. Greene devised a theory that postulates the existence of extra dimensions of space. Instead of the usual four dimensions, he determined that there must be ten spatial dimensions and one dimension of time to allow for a consistently defined string theory. The theory explains that we do not perceive these extra dimensions because they are “curled up” or “compactified,” and hence not noticeable.

The construction of three dimensional space is composed of the materiality of the world. This frame of space is physically experienced and considered through the a specific, predetermined vocabulary of terms. Primarily through the use of sculpture, the artists use materials and methods that explore ideas of transparency, architecture, energy, and theatricality. The Elegant Universe proposes that a disruption of space may challenge conventions of interaction and understanding to allow for the subtle interrogation of the intangible.

The Elegant Universe is curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando. A publication accompanies the exhibition and includes texts by Adam D. Miller and the Curator.

Olivia Booth lives in Los Angeles; Rod Fahmian lives in Los Angeles, California; Sonja Gerdes lives in Berlin, Germany; and Nora Sheilds lives in Los Angeles.



The White Album, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles (July 19–August 16, 2014)

The White Album, organized by Gladys-Katherina Hernando

Richard Telles, Los Angeles

July 19–August 16, 2014

Richard Telles Fine Art is pleased to announce The White Album, a group show curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando featuring nineteen Los-Angeles-based artists. The exhibition will present contemporary painting, video, sculpture, and performance that engages with the search for the transcendental in California. Influenced by quintessential aspects and industries of Los Angeles – the landscape, fashion, porn, mysticism, Hollywood, and remnants of the burnt out 60s –The White Album focuses on works that explore ideas of alchemy, animism, vitalism, magic, corporeal transformation, and wonder. These concepts are positioned together to generate a connection that exists outside of ourselves, in alternative modes of consciousness. 

Inspired by the book and essay of the same name by writer Joan Didion, The White Album creates a series of subtexts that relate and play with one another in the attempt to recreate the formation of narratives and the sensation of the intangible magic that inspires these artist’s works. In her essay, Didion writes about the end of the 60s and explores various topics about California, from the opening of the lavish Getty Villa, the emergence of the Women’s Movement, and the importance of water in the desert, and invisible politics. Today there is another ending: the lack of grand narratives, the proliferation of images in culture, and the loss of the imagination of the future. Yet artists have returned to the exploration of the sublime and the metaphysical aspects of lived experience. Like the book, the exhibition focuses on Los Angeles artists dealing with a variety of subjects linked to the intangible qualities of the mystical and transcendental. 

The exhibition includes Christopher Badger, Kristin Beinner James, Eduardo Consuegra, Alika Cooper, Dan Finsel, Mark Hagen, Daniel Ingroff, Barry Johnston, James Krone, Max Maslansky, Dianna Molzan, Laurie Nye, Fay Ray,  Amanda Ross-Ho, Katherine Ryan, Semi-Tropic Spiritualists, Owen Schmit, Mary Weatherford, and Jonas Wood.

A publication will be produced on the occasion of the exhibition with texts by Gladys-Katherina Hernando, Lia Trinka-Browner, and Itza Vilaboy, and available for the duration of the show. On the evening of the opening there will be a performance by Semi-Tropic Spiritualists at 6:30 pm sharp.


Richard Telles Fine Art

7380 Beverly Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am – 5pm

For an idea of the desert, Joshua Tree, CA (August 2013)

For an idea of the desert:  Nora Jean Petersen & Fay Ray 

curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando

August 31, 2013

It is a vast nature. Sands of former lakes and rivers. A mysterious eternity, the definitions of this arid place are almost unfathomable. Layers build to form new shapes. Entropy and erosion. They reveal time in their imprint, perhaps it was only a moment.

From this distance to the city, surrounded by the warm summer air, let the landscape shore up a temporary dislocation in favor of discovery. Be here now.

A forced perspective finds you, a mirror image recording a landscape, to create an ideal position of vision from a single vantage point. Like a hallucinogenic scene from a 1970s science fiction film, these facets simulate movement, light and shadow in flux, to capture the warped symmetry and sun-scorched surface of the desert earth.

What are the codes and signs of the medium? Do the historical echos reach these public lands that hands have barely touched? Can these objects reach for the sky like Joshua or the trees just outside?

The Cahuilla Native Americans used the leaves of the Yucca brevifolia to weave baskets and sandals. Now there are only shapes and trails made by other hands, shadows of bodies lay beside the reversed imprints of natural objects. Monochromatic blackness of form and texture, the art of ritualized behavior.

For an idea of the desert these works collide. They reach from their origin in the city, activated by the howling wind, the concentrated particles of dust, a wandering eye, a beating heart, or a racing mind.

Neptune at opposition.

The waning moon will laugh tonight.

August 31, 2013, Shangrila, Joshua Tree

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Nora Jean Petersen received her MFA from Art Center College of Art and Design and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College. She has exhibited at China Art Objects, Los Angeles; Karen Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles; Galerie Nomadenoase, Hamburg; and at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, among others.

Fay Ray received her MFA from Columbia University and her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design. She has exhibited at various institutions and galleries including Aran Cravey Gallery, Venice; Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles; LAXART, Los Angeles; Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY; and El Museo del Barrio, New York, among others.

All photos © Joel Woodman

INFO about SHANGRILA 2013: Burrito Deluxe, Joshua Tree, California

Organized by Steven Bankhead and Jesse Benson

August 30 – September 1

List of Participants:

Rhiannon Aarons
Amy Radio
Animal Charm
Merwin Belin
Big Girls
MC Sky Burchard
Michelle Chong
Ted Byrnes and Nick Deyoe
Justin Cole
Greg Lenczycki
Alan Nakagawa
AJ Collins
Molly Corey
Mark Desiderio
DJ Debbie Downer
Earth Like Planets
Alex Becerra
Diana-Sofia Estrada
John Hogan
Sarah Peterson
Guan Rong
Women vs. Children
Thor Evensen
DJ Mark X Farina
Quinn Gomez-Heitzeberg & Astri Swendsrud
Hannah Greely
Daniel Handal
David Hendren
Gladys-Katherina Hernando
Nora Jean Petersen
Fay Ray
Chas Higginbottom
Cannon Hudson
Malisa Humphrey
Ricardo Ibarra
Natalie Jones
Bridget Kane
Farrah Karapetian
Becky Koblick
Jamie Isenstein
Sonia Leimer
Faris McReynolds
Jessica Minckley
Joshua Nathanson
Davida Nemeroff
Net Shaker
Bret Nicely
D’Ette Nogle
Tom Norris
One Finger Riot
Shalini Patel
Josh Peters
Renee Petropoulos
Ben Pruskin
Chadwick Rantanen
Mark Roeder
Svetlana Romanova
Asha Schechter
Elana Scherr
Nicolas Shake
Summercamp’s ProjectProject presents:
Inside Job – with Fatima Hoang
The Softest Handshake
DJ Jan Tumlir
Torbjorn Vejvi
Chris Wilder
Taylor Zepeda
Rodd Zinberg
1030 Shangri La Lane Joshua Tree, California 92252
site hosted by Drew Dunlap

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Letters from the Field, Berlin (August 22–26, 2012)

Letters from the Field
22–26 August 2012

Letters from the Field is a group exhibition and publication curated by the nine residents of the Node Center for Curatorial Studies 2012 summer program. Letters from the Field features work by twenty artists currently working in Berlin. The resident curators have invited artists to respond to six contemporary topics that address histories, futures, and fictions. The form of the artists’ responses range from written content to video, painting, sculpture and performance.

Functioning as a conceptual framework to the exhibition, the publication contains artists’ contributions and essays by curators in a series of eight chapters. The book is presented in a malleable format that can be edited by the viewer, with a chapter left partially blank for additional responses.These assembled elements attempt to reveal the process of the production of ideas and critical methodologies. Through collaboration and correspondence, Letters from the Field is an experiment in exposing what our present is.

The participating artists are Heba Amin, Stephan Backes, Megan Cotts, Regina De Miguel, Kate Hers, Sharon Houkema, Klaas Hübner, Michiel Huijben, Stine Marie Jacobsen, Lindsay Lawson, Ruth Le Gear, François Martig, Alex Martinis Roe, Lynda Amer Meziane, Nicolas Puyjalon, Annika Rixen, Rebecca Smith, Aiko Tezuka, Ciarán Walsh, and Ylva Westerlund.

Letters from the Field is curated by Lee Foley, Catherine Gomersall, Gladys-Katherina Hernando, Sinejan Kılıç, Maeve Mulrennan, Iohanna Nicenboim, Marília Pasculli, Dunja Rmandić, and Tanya Toft.

The exhibition was produced by the Node Center for Curatorial Studies, Berlin.

Link to PDF of catalogue essay “What Our Present Is: Presence of Mind in Cultural Production” © Gladys-Katherina Hernando

Vernissage: Wednesday 22 August 2012, 7–10pm
Visiting Hours: Thursday–Sunday, 2–8pm
Atelierhof Kreuzberg
Schleiermacherstraße 31–37
10961 Berlin, Germany

All images © Laura Gianetti

Link to entire PhotoSet on Flickr

Radio Break, various locations, Los Angeles (April 14–22, 2012)

Radio Break—Two Weekends of Artists’ Low-Power Radio Transmissions & Live Performances

April 14–22, 2012

Curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando, Zachary Kaplan, Sarah Loyer, Ilana Milch, Evelena Ruether, Megan Sallabedra, Jackie von Treskow, Adrienne White, and Emily Wilkerson. USC Roski School of Fine Art’s MA Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere Program, class of 2012.

Featuring work by: 2 Headed Dog, Elana Mann with ARLA, and the People’s Microphony Camerata, Brandon LaBelle, Vanessa Place, Alyce Santoro, David Schafer, Brendan Threadgill, Lincoln Tobier, Lucy Raven, Pedro Reyes, Arnoldo Vargas, and Richard T. Walker.

Radio Break is an exhibition on the air, presenting a series of twelve artworks conveyed through low-power radio transmissions and live performances. Taking place during two consecutive weekends in locations throughout Los Angeles, Radio Break connects participants with the ambient sounds of the city, inviting them to tune in to its history, noise, narratives, and music. The works presented are at once personal and anonymous and invite investigations into the psychic spaces of the city.

Radio Break takes place via suggested itineraries, each of which activates a different mode of transportation—the Metro, cycling (during CicLaVia), walking, or driving. A way-finding map and interactive website accompany the exhibition and provide details about the projects and their locations.

More information is available on the project website:

Curatorial essay written for Radio Break here: Slow Listening © Gladys-Katherina Hernando

To see images and documentation of the events visit

Signs of Life, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles (June 26–July 31, 2010)

Signs of Life

Emilie Halpern, Lorna MacIntyre, Kris Martin, Lisa Tan, Greg Wilken

Organized by Gladys-Katherina Hernando

June 26–July 31, 2010

Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles


Opening Reception, Saturday, June 26 from 5 to 7pm.

Richard Telles Fine Art presents an exhibition organized by Gladys- Katherina Hernando titled Signs of Life. The show is centered on five artists who explore photography, sculpture and ephemeral materials as representations of our cultural landscape and human experience.

We are collectors of things; artifacts, books, ideas– they are the remnants of human existence. In our society, we experience life not by reading the encyclopedia but through these intermediaries. The increasing speed of information and technology impacts how humans interact with each other and with our recent past. The gathering of objects allows us to retrace our steps, whether in search of something lost, once understood, or the unknown.

The artist selected for this exhibition use discrete methods of art making to generate a pause to this momentum. The work does not seek to hide its sources; instead they retransmit our collective intellectual output in order to subdue the increased amnesia of our history. Inspired by everyday events, meaningful texts, and natural objects, the works are distilled from a mass of information into a focused meditation of formal structures and cultural fragments.

An online component will accompany the exhibition along with a reader that explores the many influences on the artist’s thinking and practice. The website will be accessible the on June 26th, throughout the course of the exhibition, and as a permanent archive at

Information on the Artists:

Emilie Halpern- Los Angeles-based Halpern’s evocative work examines seemingly simple treasures and objects with a keen eye for inquiry rooted in human experience. Halpern will exhibit works from a new series of discrete photographs where male and female figures are united by their interactions with natural objects and symbols found in nature.

Lorna MacIntyre- Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Macintyre references the classical arts, fragments of the natural world, alchemy and literature in her elemental approach to sculpture and photography. Her most recent solo exhibition focused on symbolism and the representation of transcendence and transitional states, while experimenting with materials that left physical traces of change.

Kris Martin- Lives in Ghent, Belgium. Martin explores faith and time through the use of drawing, photography, collage, and ready-made objects. His practice invokes a sentiment of melancholy and humor, while transforming the meaning of elements from their original function. The works presented will examine the significance of literature, dwindled down to its finest point and its inevitable ties to society and death.

Lisa Tan- Lives in Brooklyn, NY and Stockholm, Sweden. Tan interprets an expansion and contraction between minor personal histories and wider public histories or contexts.  Much of her work has involved active displacement as a way of studying the relationship between lived experience and representation.

Greg Wilken- A Los Angeles artist working predominantly in photography and film, Wilken uses forgotten historical subject matter of the “things that go missing” as his springboard. The works exist in the format of a portable book and case, as evidence of the collection of each project, shifting the creative act to the looking-for-something as opposed to the making-of-something.

For additional information, please contact or 323.965.5578.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 5pm.

Richard Telles Fine Art 
7380 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Light & Wire Gallery (2008–2014)

Light & Wire Gallery was founded by Gladys-Katherina Hernando and Jessica Minckley (2008–2009) as an experimental art space on the web that encouraged artists to create unique temporal and temporary projects made exclusively to function on the internet. Founded in July 2008, Light & Wire Gallery collaborated with over 80 artists and curators to realize 56 exhibition projects before its closing in December 2014.  The gallery did not have a physical location but was based in Los Angeles, California. Please visit Light & Wire Gallery to see its full archive of exhibitions.