The Downtown Art Center (DAC) Gallery is pleased to present Translations for Co-conspirators, an exhibition investigating alternative narratives by way of collaboration and process. Using repurposed material donated by IRS Demo, the exhibition underscores the transformative potential of commonplace materials, and the unique language that develops between artists through collaborative practice. An opening reception will be held Saturday, November 14th from 7-9 PM. The works will be on view through December 23, 2015.

For this exhibition, six Los Angeles-based artists (Anna Ayeroff, Mabel Moore, Alexander Collins, Michele Jaquis, Corinna Loo, and Matthew Manos) were invited to collaborate with uniquely-abled artists from Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) Art Centers’ Downtown Los Angeles studio. The exhibition will also be featuring a film by New York-based artist Adam Frelin. The film was made in collaboration with a uniquely-abled man who is obsessed with meteorology and narrated the piece, commenting on storms as they were happening in the region during the making of the film. Works on display will feature the resulting collaborations, which range from sound-based and experimental videos, to photographic and design- based works.

Translations for Co-conspirators seeks to position the readymade object as both a point of origin for a conversation regarding materiality, and as grounds for considering how culturally-laden objects also function as portals to an artist’s vision. Engaging both the manifest function and transformative potential of everyday materiality, the works in this exhibition are bridged by reinvention.

Exhibiting artists: Jesus Alejandro, Debra Alexander, Anna Ayeroff, Wilbert Brent, Laksmi Camp, Alexander Collins, Adam Frelin, Michele Jaquis, Maria Kim, Corinna Loo, Matthew Manos, Mabel Moore, Jarred Phillips, Mi Sung Yoon, Jose Zamora.

The Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) provides the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning, and emotional disabilities – empowering them to reach their greatest potential. Each year, ECF serves more than 3,500 clients and their families at 15 program sites, in clients’ homes, and in community settings throughout Los Angeles County. Established in 1946, ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The ECF Art Center Program provides adults with developmental disabilities fine arts training, life skills training, and case management. Art instruction is offered in a variety of mediums including watercolor, oil, pen and ink, printmaking, and ceramics.

DAC Gallery is a contemporary art space in the heart of Downtown LA’s Gallery Row. Our exhibitions focus on mid-career local and international artists, while bringing attention to a community of individuals whose works are rarely presented to mainstream audiences. The DAC Gallery is adjacent to the ECF Art Center, an adult program of the Exceptional Children’s Foundation.

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