HOME ALONE at 1356

Work by Michaela Bathrick, Katie Kline and Sophie T. Lvoff investigating the psychic lives of objects, places and situations under a presumed utopian domestic condition.

February 4 - April 1, 2018

Home Alone at 1356 features three artists whose work reflects on the failed optimism, melancholia, and trauma resulting from a supposed utopian domestic or suburban condition. Michaela Bathrick’s drawings based on modernist bunk bed designs are studies in domestic containment, while her plaster “laundry” sculptures literally contain the mark of monotonous trauma of home labor. Who is being contained and who holds the power of suppression and exploitation are central questions to her practice. Made by performing the folding of laundry, these bodies of the artist’s labor are like weighted vessels, the contents of their history compacted and contained by the ghost of their outer industrial shell.

Sophie Lvoff’s photographs of the Sud Aviation Caravelle display at The Musée de l'air et de l'espace, outside Paris, is part of an ongoing study in utopian technological advancements that are now obsolete. Lvoff’s documentation functions as an indexical record of the failure of modernist idealism, while also implicating the viewer as active participant in celebrating this nostalgia for the defunct modernist project. Similarly, Lvoff’s sound piece Body Double Door (Diana), reflects on the Chemosphere, a modernist home in Los Angeles famous for its Atomic-age domestic architecture. Conceived as a response to Brian De Palma's 1984 film Body Double, the narrative meanders through descriptions of architecture and landscapes, while ruminating on violence and unromantic encounters.

Influenced by her upbringing in suburban Los Angeles and frequent childhood visits to Disneyland, Katie Kline’s photographs document the delicate collision of natural and synthetic materials in the process of utopian development and decay. Exploring the tension between subtle intersections of reality and fantasy, her eye finds moments of natural order under unnatural circumstances. Kline locates cultural situations between the cracks of space and time, creating mysterious and melancholic documents with recurring formal characters. If objects and sites have emotional lives, bearing the marks of love, trauma, neglect and repair, Kline’s lens offers a glimpse into their psyches.

Michaela Bathrick is a visual artist and writer living in Los Angeles. Her work mainly focuses on the representation of labor. Through sculpture and drawing she seeks to answer why and by what means physical labor and low paying jobs are fetishized as part of the concept of proletariat. Her writing has been published in CARLA and Terremoto and She received a BA in fine arts from UCLA in 2015.

Katie Kline is a photographer and educator living in Los Angeles, CA. She seeks ambiguous markers, manicured landscapes, and man made representations of nature that when combined, create illusion and mystery. She received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA from Columbia University. She has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and internationally. Since the fall of 2014 she has served as the high school Photography Instructor at Campbell Hall.

Sophie T. Lvoff is an artist using photography, video, text and sound to transmit ideas describing the Sublime, feminism, institutional critique and truth in literature. In addition to a studio approach, Lvoff is an arts worker, curator and educator, focused on artist-run initiatives and publications, arts organizing and alternative pedagogies. Group exhibitions include Prospect.3: Notes for Now, Vendez-Vous 11, ReGeneration2: Tomorrow's Photographer's Today and others. Lvoff holds a BFA from New York University, an MFA from Tulane University and completed the École du MAGASIN curatorial studies program. She is currently in residence at the post-diplôme of ENSBA Lyon (FR).