Entropic Relations, Part 1 & 2: Rod Fahmian & Zaid Yousef, Riverside, CA (November 2014)

Entropic Relations Part 1 & 2, Curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando

Part 1: Rod Fahmian, Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7 – 10 pm

Part 2: Zaid Yousef, Saturday, November 29, 2014, 7 – 10 pm

Entropic Relations is a two-part exhibition featuring solo projects by Rod Fahmian and Zaid Yousef. Presented in the artists’ studio, each will create an installation and limited edition artwork in the space for one night. The individual projects are connected by the dynamics of the studio as well as in the shared discourses that comprise the artists’ work. Fahmian and Yousef explore ideas of order and disorder, construction and destruction, with a focus on entropy as the uniting factor. Entropic Relations seeks to connect these symbolic opposites through the contrasting material and conceptual elements that comprise the work. Entropic Relations will explore the natural and the constructed in relation to human interaction and experience.

The term entropy is a term typically used to describe the amount of order, disorder, or chaos (energy dispersion) in a thermodynamic system. In other words, how close a system is to equilibrium or verging on disorder. This term has also been used to describe the rejection of convention ideas in art making in favor of form over content. The idea of entropy is a reaction to technology and its inevitable collapse. It is an exploration of the common and visible objects and materials that surround us, in order to be filled by what according to artist Robert Smithson is the experience of “both past and future..placed into an objective present.”

Inspired by the composition of the urban landscape and the influence of contemporary subcultures, Rod Fahmian explores line, spatiality, and form in his sculptures. His works are formally structured by minimalist aesthetics and combine with aggressive undertones to subvert the act of looking. In part one of the exhibition, Fahmian will present an installation of three structures built to the dimensions of a doorway or passageway that use basic building materials such as concrete, metal, and glass. Through the familiarity of scale, slightly larger than the human body, the sculptures are inverted to actualize the presence of negative space. Rather than an opening, the sculptures are a barrier. They explore the antagonistic qualities of fabricated obstacles to disrupt and restrict the ideologically liberated experience of physical space.

Taken from various excursions into the desert, Zaid Yousef excavates natural black obsidian from giant rocks mere steps away from civilization. Obsidian is a naturally formed volcanic glass that is hard and brittle allowing it to fracture into sharp edges, which were used by many early cultures as cutting and piercing tools. In the act or performance of excavating these materials, Yousef utilizes aspects of geology and archeology to dislocate this natural element into the realm of the man-made. For the second part of the exhibition, Yousef will present three categories of collected specimens as an installation. Raw obsidian, welded extrusions, and modified specimens are displaced from their original locations and organized into a field of objects on the floor. Relocated into the realm of displayed objects, the specimens are deprived of their primary function as minerals. In this second site, the stones are transformed into basic forms that propose the idea of truth as a subjective experience. Entropic Relations is curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando.

Both events took place at 2023 Chicago Avenue, Suite B22, Riverside, California 92507.

Installation views of Part 1 and Part 2 follow below:


Part 1: Rod Fahmian

Part 2: Zaid Yousef

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