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April 15 – June 28, 2013 / 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
Gallery hours:
Monday – Friday from 11am – 6pm

Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest is a multi-faceted project by Los Angeles-based artist Alexandra Grant encompassing a series of public drawing sessions, reading groups, artist collaborations and an installation at 18th Street Arts Center. Co-curated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas and Isabelle Le Normand, this work premieres in Santa Monica and is presented at Mains d’Oeuvres in Saint-Ouen, France this fall.

Based on an ongoing exchange with the iconic French author, poet, playwright and philosopher Hélène Cixous, Grant focuses on Cixous’ book Philippines as a source for imagery, centering on the repeating thematic of the forest as a profound shared space. Drifting between a real and an imagined place, the forest becomes a site for communion with what Cixous terms “the perfect Other.”

As an exhibition, Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest features the work of artists Frances Garreston, Channing Hansen, Bari Ziperstein, Annelie McKenzie and Tina Linville who produced sculptural, “Visiting Trees” (Arbres d’Ailleurs).  The participatory drawing, “The Perfect Other,” was created by 238 collaborators, all listed here:

Luca Acheson, Basim Al Ansar, Lita Albuquerque, Marya Alford, Shiva Aliabadi, Lauren Andino, Janine Arbelaez, Carmen Argote, Shagha Ariannia, Myke Armstrong, Joshua Aster, Chad Attoe, Daniyar Aynit, Adriana Baltazar, Raul Baltazar, Diana Barash, Alizée Bariatti, Michael W. Barnard, Tyler Barnett, Jonny Barrios, Andrew Beath, Christine Beebe, Nancy Berman, Amy Bourne, Clémence Bourquin, Leonardo Bravo, Hallie Breene, Tyler Bremer, Gianpaolo Bucci, Kristin Calabrese, Mark Carrie, Nereida Castro, Nina Castro, York Chang, Penny Chen, Allison Cheung, JoAnne Colonna, Steven Conklin, Julia Countryman, Kyle Cowser, Zoe Crosher, Colomba Cruz, Caryl Davis, Tom Dean, Wanda Decca, Jake Dotson, Dana Duff, Emma Gray, Danny Escalante, Lauren Evanow, Joy Feasley, Kyla Fenning, Rachel Finkelstein, Charity Gaye Finnestad, Merle Fishman, Jessica Fleischmann, Luis Flores, Jen Frank, Debra Frascarelli, Eugenie Fremiot, Jonathan Furmanski, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Elizabeth Gallardo, Kit Galloway, Angel Garcia, Frances Garriston, Alyse Gellis, Yvette Gellis, Christiane Georgi, Nimrod Gershoni, Chiara Giovando, Jane Glassman, Amanda Goch, Meghan Gordon, Adeline Gourdoux, Karen Graff, Alexandra Grant, Audra Graziano, Mark Steven Greenfield, Shona Gupta, Sarah Hagmann, Leila Hamidi, Simon Hanna, J. Scott Hardman, Nicole Heetland, Mary Beth Heffernan, Art Helterbran, Katie Herzog, Annette Heully, Asuka Hisa, Vincent Ho, Rosemary Hochschild, Anna Maria Hoffman, Catherine Holliss, Violet Hopkins, Jeanette Horn, Cathy Hsiao, Salomon Huerta, Aska Irie, Ichiro Irie, Gillian Jacobs, Hillary Jacobs, Mason Jar, Alexandre Jousse, River Jukes-Hudson, Tricia Jurovic, Ann Kaneko, Ceiba Kaneko, Fitzhugh Karol, Robert Kondrk, Talbot Kondrk, Clara Kornelis, Arzu Arda Kosar, Simone Kussatz, Sam Laughlin, Janet Le, Heather Lee, Adee Levy, Doris Levy, Jonathaan Levy, Kris Lewis, Mark Licari, Galia Linn, Tina Linville, Dan Lloyd, Joanne Lloyd, Joe Lloyd, Lisa Lo Russo, Anthony Lopez, Richard Louderback, Benjamin Love, Monica Magdaleno, Elana Mann, Gavin Marshall, Jeremy Mascia, Anna Mayer, Yassi Mazandi, David McDonald, Annelie McKenzie, Elise McMillen, Kathleen Melian, Fred Mezzo, John Mills, Jessica Minckley, Hayley Miner, Melissa Mooney, Anthony Morales, Toyin Moses, Kathrine Narducci, Robert Nashak, Jess Newman, Karyl Newman, Larissa Nickel, Cody Norris, Madeleine Nyhagen, Heather O’Brien, John David O’Brien, Mary Eileen O’Donnell, Geoffrey Olson, Stas Orlaski, Ruby Osorio, Hayley Owen, Marcus Owens, Kiran Paesel, Fabia Panjarian, Laura Pardini (FR), Laura Pardini (USA), Marcus Perez, Ben Peyser, Hannah Phillips, Bruce Polichar, Mary Anna Pomonis, Lauralee Pope, Nancy Popp, Gala Porras-Kim, Ashley Pottenger, Cortney Prudente, Rebeca Puga, Ho Yan Pun, Jessica Queller, Sophie Queller, Joy Rath, Judith Ravenswood, Juliet Ravenswood, Linda Ravenswood, Ingrid Reeve, Cindy Rehm, Friederike Reveman, Joakin Reveman, Steve Roden, Jeanne Roderick, Rachelle Rojany, Tatiana Rose, Shelley Rugg Thorp, Trinidad Ruiz, Olivia Sanchez Brown, Whitney Sander, Wyeth Sander, Kim Schoenstadt, Leander Schwazer, Roberto Sheinberg, Becca Shewmake, Fran Siegel, Susan Silton, San Sit, Samantha Snowden, Justin Stadel, Mark Storhaug, Keng Sumsiripong, Valerie Sun, Franz Szymanski, Andrea Tennis, Elaine Teso, Martin Teso, Jolyn Tyahyadi Tjhia, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Scotty Tran, Stephen Truax, Shirley Tse, Chih Chen Tseng, Beatriz Valls, Florian Viel, Cheryl Walker, Lolly Ward, Robyn Weinstein, Maria Welch, Leora Wien, Jan Williamson, Robin Wolf, Mel Woods, Janet Worcester, Peter Wu, Samantha Wu, Suzy Yaako, Meital Yaniv, Carolyn Yuen, Goldie Zaldivar, Jody Zellen, and Alexis Zoto.

For more information please join the community on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ForetInterieureInteriorForest

Come to Paris!  The Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest continues at Mains d’Oeuvres in Saint-Ouen, France, with public participation beginning on August 19 until September 12, opening on September 13, and the exhibition running from September 14 to October 27, 2013.

Photo credit: Brian Forrest.

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HOST COMMITTEE Janine Arbelaez, Adelaide Barbier, Nancy Berman, Leonardo Bravo, Juan Devis, Charlotte Eyerman, Jessica Fleischmann, Eugénie Frémiot, Miguel Hernandez, Marla Koosed, Bettina Korek, Isabelle Le Normand, Robert Nashak, Yann Perreau, Alma Ruiz, Roberto Sheinberg, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, and Jan Williamson

Cordially invite you to a FUNDRAISER in support of the

InteriorForest

a multi-faceted project encompassing an exhibition, a program series and a publication at
18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica, CA) and Mains d’Oeuvres (Saint Ouen, France),
organized by artist Alexandra Grant in collaboration with Hélène Cixous with more than 500 participants

PREVIEW EXHIBITION: June 20 – 22, 11am – 6pm
LIVE AUCTION + PARTY: June 22, 6 – 8pm

At ForYourArt
6020 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Enjoy delights such as tree-flavored ice cream by Peddler’s Creamery, chocolate leaves by Frances Garretson, Linden Wit and Piny IPA by Dry River Brewing and cocktails

AUCTION
Live auction led by Daniel French of Las Cafeteras
*Sculptures by Lita Albuquerque, Channing Hansen, Tina Linville & Annelie McKenzie, and Bari Ziperstein
*A signed copy of Philippines by Hélène Cixous

WALL OF TREES
*Tree drawings by more than 100 artists priced at $250, for sale starting June 20
Contributing artists include Luciana Abait, Scoli Acosta, Carmen Argote, Shagha Ariannia, Deborah Aschheim, Joshua Aster, Karen Atkinson, Katie Bachler, Elena Bajo, Raul Paulino Baltazar, Juliette Bellocq, Leon Benn, Mattia Biagi, Andrea Bowers, Anita Bunn, Kristin Calabrese, Carolyn Castaño, Audrey Chan, York Chang, Angel Chen, Ross Chisholm, Helen Chung, Dorit Cypis, Wanda Decca, Sam Durant, Julia Dzwonkoski & Kye Potter, David Earle, Jonmarc Edwards, Patricia Fernandez, Cayetano Ferrer, Samantha Fields, Frances Garretson, Christiane Georgi, Chiara Giovando, Alexandra Grant, Audra Graziano, Mark Steven Greenfield, Sherin Guirguis, Nathalie Harvey, Deborah Hede, David Hendren, Roger Herman, Katie Herzog, Violet Hopkins, Jeanette Horn, Bettina Hubby, Salomón Huerta, Aska Irie, Ichiro Irie, Charles Irvin, Vishal Jugdeo, Siri Kaur, Francisco Larios, Jim Lee, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Mark Licari, Galia Linn, Kristi Lippire, Mara Lonner, Richard Louderback, Ben Love, Elana Mann, Anna Mayer, Yassi Mazandi, Rebeca Mendez, Maggie Miller, John Mills, Dave Muller, Warren Neidich, Karyl Newman, Larissa Nickel, Christine Nguyen, John David O’Brien, Alison O’Daniel, Mary Eileen O’Donnell, Christina Ondrus, Cathy Opie, Stas Orlavski, Nate Page, Laura Pardini, Renee Petropoulos, Mary Anna Pomonis, Lauralee Pope, Gala Porras Kim, Max Presneill, Cindy Rehm, Steve Roden, Jeanne Roderick, Yvette Roman, Dan Rothenberg, Trinidad Ruiz, Robert Russell, Aaron Sandnes, Amy Sarkisian, Kim Schoen, Kim Schoenstadt, Pauline Shaw, Becca Shewmake, Catherine Shores, Marie Thibeault, David Tomb, Elizabeth Tremante, Shirley Tse, Patssi Valdez, Florian Viel, Leora Wien, Sarah Williams, Peter Wu, Florian Viel, Pae White, Meital Yaniv, Jody Zellen, Alexis Zoto and many more.

POP-UP SHOP
*Pop-up Shop of jewelry and accessories by grantLOVE and BZIPPY

BID ONLINE from Tuesday, June 18 – Saturday, June 22, 2013
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SHOP IN PERSON from Thursday, June 20 – Saturday, June 22, 2013
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More info: 18thstreet.org/events/alexandra_grant
foretinterieureinteriorforest.wordpress.com

Facebook invitation: http://www.facebook.com/events/170016779835150/

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Actors' Gang reading Philippines at 18th Street June 9

On Sunday, June 9, from 4-7pm, Christiane Georgi, Jeanette Horn, and Mary Eileen O’Donnell from The Actors’ Gang will do a live reading of Hélène Cixous’s book Philippines in the Interior Forest at 18th Street Arts Center.

In Philippines, Cixous explores the philosophical and sociological constructs of the “Other,” linking texts from Sigmund Freud on the shared dream, Jacques Derrida on telepathy, and the story of Peter Ibbetson, a novel by Georges du Maurier, where two childhood friends separated by class and country are reunited as adults in their joined dream-life.  Alexandra Grant’s project the Interior Forest explores the “twinned” ideas of Philippines, such as dreaming and reality, telepathy and empathy, and relationships between man and woman, adult and child, and colony and colonizer, through illustration of the text, an installation of the forest as image and stage-set, and through collaborations with other artists and the public.

In the last 31 years, The Actors’ Gang has produced over 100 plays in Los Angeles, in forty US states, and on five continents. The company was founded in 1981 by a group of young artists looking to build a theatre that would present relevant and vibrantly entertaining plays. Guided by Founding Artistic Director, Tim Robbins, the company provides a supportive environment for a diverse ensemble of artists and the development of their groundbreaking work.  The Actors’ Gang presented Cixous’s play “Oy!” last year and will restage it this fall.

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To RSVP, please email: interiorforest@alexandragrant.com

Facebook invitation: http://www.facebook.com/events/107845356073022/

Exterior Forest

On Saturday, June 8th, artist Katie Bachler and Edward Belden from the National Forest Foundation have planned a day to consider both the “Interior” and “Exterior” Forest.  At 11am, the public is invited to join them and Alexandra Grant for a walk-through of the Interior Forest exhibition.  The group will then carpool to Switzer Falls for a picnic lunch and an experiential tour of the “Exterior Forest.”

To RSVP, please email: interiorforest@alexandragrant.com

Facebook invitation: http://www.facebook.com/events/529713753754268/