|| Else (Twin) Gabriel: Universal Deserters / La Gótika: Stoned Skulls || December 19 - January 17 | OPENING RECEPTION: December 18th, 6:30 - 9:00 pm |

Selecto – Planta Baja has the pleasure to announce its first two shows by artists Else (Twin) Gabriel and La Gótika. An opening reception will be held this Thursday, December 18th, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.

Join us, invite your friends, and spread the word.

(e.) Twin Gabriel. Excerpt from 21st Century Überfrau #1 / Version 2, 2000

(e.) Twin Gabriel. Excerpt from 21st Century Überfrau #1 / Version 2, 2000

Universal Deserters

Else (Twin) Gabriel

Certainly, a deserter has a different status than a refugee. A refugee is forced to leave because of an other’s decision, while a deserter chooses to withdraw from an unbearable system. He/she acts in accordance to their decision, against a force that wants to keep them on duty. Else Gabriel´s performance, video-pieces and photography follow within that spirit: whether she jumps through glass, assuming potential harm by her own action, or when her children, her spouse and herself perform as early humanoid Homo Erectus –the first human life form who left Africa to spread all over the world– there is a refusal to act as refugees but rather as deserters, breaking the cycle of obedience imposed by social rules.

This is the nature of the exhibition. Universal Deserters is a scavenger hunt, so visitors are strongly encouraged to peruse our neighbor stalls throughout the mall.

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La Gótika. Stoned Skulls, 2014

La Gótika. Stoned Skulls, 2014

Stoned Skulls

La Gótika

La Gótika is too sophisticated for the antiseptic environment of any art scene. Since early in her life, La Gótika began protesting against the normative of sexual conduct and gender identity in her middle school, during the convulsed late 80’s in East LA. Just a bit later, she became obsessed with the local LA Goth scene, and her exploration of bands like Cocteau Twins, Siouxie and the Banshees, or Bauhaus, gave her a general field of interests and a conceptual framework in wondering who she was, where she came from and when the aliens will come. The narrative of her experiences took the form of make-up designs she wore as part of her character production, of rich and complex emanations of poems and invented words, of glittery objects as well of performative pieces where she expanded her trascendental concerns.

The show, structured upon the fragility of a set of glittery skulls painted on eggshells is just one of the coordinates of a constellation, unfolding ad infinitum somewhere else. Or, as La Gótika states,

"stoned skulls weeds and sun talk to us on our hikes telapathecally."

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About the Artists 

Else Gabriel aka Else (Twin) Gabriel aka (e.) Twin Gabriel is a Berlin based artist working both as an individual and in several co-operations for more than 30 years. Born and raised in East Germany, she studied stage and costume design at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, where she co-founded Auto-Perforation-Artists, a confrontational art collective, active from 1987 to 1991. Else’s works include performance, photography, installation and text-pieces. She escaped from the GDR shortly before the collapse of the wall. During 1992/93 she was the recipient of a German grant to visit Los Angeles, where she taught at Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena. 

La Gótika is a powerful and multiform trascendental entity that includes a physical living form currently established in Los Angeles.

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Thursday, Dec. 18th, 6:30–9:00pm

1816 W 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Exhibition open Thursdays–Sundays, 3pm–8pm