Slab: Old Los Angeles Zoo

A One–Day Exhibition at the Old Los Angeles Zoo

October 18, 2008, 4–7pm
Rain Date: October 25, 2008

Curated by Slab

Featuring works by Michael Decker, Liz Glynn, Deva Graf, Hilary Graves, George Kontos, Louisa Van Leer, Karen Lofgren, Marco Rios, Ry Rocklen, and Rosha Yaghmai

Griffith Park
Old Los Angeles Zoo picnic area
4730 Crystal Springs Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Located just beyond the Park Rangers Headquarters and Shane’s Inspiration (view map)


Courtesy Wendy Mason, 2008

In 2008, ART2102 continues to collaborate with new generations of alternative spaces and projects in Los Angeles by providing a non-institutional structure and framework to support their initiatives. ART2102 has been extending its status as a non-profit and beneficiary of grants to several of these smaller experimental spaces, while generating and increasing their exposure through ART2102's communication networks and support systems. It is an effort which aims to expand ART2102's activities beyond the more traditional forms of exhibition and other curatorial projects. More about the 2008 Program.



Sept 19, 2008

Contact: Wendy Mason


LOS ANGELES, Sept 19, 2008 -- On October 18, Slab presents a one-day exhibition at the old Los Angeles zoo involving artists Michael Decker, Liz Glynn, Deva Graf, Hilary Graves, George Kontos, Louisa Van Leer, Karen Lofgren, Marco Rios, Ry Rocklen, Rosha Yaghmai.

Slab considers the zoo to be a challenging location for an exhibition by resisting and playing on traditional expectations of how we typically view art. For the event, Slab has designated areas that were originally used as animal habitats - designed, constructed, and intended to replicate natural living habitats – as art exhibition spaces. The empty caves and surrounding areas lend themselves to ideas of ancient civilization societies, theatrical ruins, or more simply, a stage begging to be once again inhabited.



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About the Artists
Michael Decker lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in 2005. His work has been exhibited in two previous High Energy Constructs projects, Chain Letter and A Warning Shouldn’t Be Pleasant, and has presented with Christian Cummings their Ouija Board “Ghost Drawings” at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City, CA, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and Creative Time, New York, NY.

Liz Glynn lives and works in Los Angeles. She explores the ambition of empire and the pleasure of ruin. Her practice seeks to embody dynamic cycles of growth and decay, and to propose direct action through sculptural material. Recent works include the 24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project at Machine Project, and the In the Beginning is the End, a Processional for Los Angeles in Chinatown. Her work has also been presented at venues including Acuna-Hansen Gallery (LA), John Connolly Presents (NYC), and Beta Level (Los Angeles), and will be included in an upcoming project at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has attended residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and soon will travel to O’artoteca in Milan. Her work has been reviewed in Art Lies and the Los Angeles Times. She received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and her BA from Harvard College.

Deva Graf works and lives in Mt. Baldy, CA. Since completing her M.F.A at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002 she has been exhibited widely, included in numerous group exhibitions and was invited to participate in the 2006 Whitney Biennial: Day for Night. Most recently she had a solo exhibition at Project Gentili in Italy.

Hilary Graves works and lives in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from Ringling School of Art and Design in 2004 and her MFA from California Institute of Art in 2006. She was born in Dallas Texas in 1981. Her work will be included in a group show in Italy in Fall 2008.

George Kontos lives in Los Angeles. He works with video, animation and sculpture. The work explores the tension between actual locations and their constructed utopias. Often times in the films, architecture plays its role as a disturbing presence. The sculptures are made in a multi-step process of representations and act as either clues or counterparts to the vertebrae structure of the time based work. He received his MFA from Cal Arts in 2005 and his degree in Architecture from the Aristotle University of Thesaloniki in Greece in 2002.

Louisa Van Leer works and lives in Los Angeles. Her multi-discipline practice spans sculpture, photography, installation, public art and architecture. Her art addresses the city and mapping and, in particular, the ways in which cities act as physical and spatial depictions of our social situation. She received her MFA from Cal Arts in 2006 and her BFA and BArch from Rhode Island School of Design in 1991 and was awarded her California architecture license in 2001. She is a 2006 recipient of a Skowhegan Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture.
Karen Lofgren, born in Toronto in 1976, works and lives in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from Cal Arts in 2000. Exhibitions include group shows at Black Dragon Society, Anna Helwing Gallery, High Desert Test Sites, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Daniel Hug Gallery, Glendale College Art Gallery, and a solo project at Machine.

Marco Rios works and lives in Los Angeles. He works in sculpture, photography, video, and performance. He received his M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine and his undergraduate degree from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. His work has recently been exhibited at Artists Space, NY; Phantom Sightings, a traveling group exhibition at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Estacion, Tijuana, Mexico; and a two-person exhibit at Simon Preston Gallery, NY. Upcoming exhibitions include the 2008 California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art and LA25 at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). In 2007, He was a recipient of the California Community Foundation Fellowship and was only recently selected as one of the James Irvine Foundation Visions from the New California awardees.

Ry Rocklen works and lives in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and his BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He transforms ordinary objects into playful sculptures using simple, found materials. Minimally altering the original, Rocklen creates surprising transformations by combining the objects in a subtly poetic fashion. Rhythmic, memorable titles add a further layer of meaning to the work's whimsical nature. Solo exhibitions include, St. Barthelemy; Black Dragon Society; Los Angeles; Zach Feuer Gallery, New York; and Dangerous Curve, Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (Whitney Biennial 2008); Red Eye: the Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Angles Gallery, Los Angeles; Rental Gallery, New York; Baronian Francey, Brussels; Apex Art, New York; and Michael Janssen, Cologne.

Rosha Yaghmai studied at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and received both her BFA (2001) and her MFA (2007) degrees from Cal Arts, Los Angeles. During this time she also ran the exhibition space 507Rose in Venice, California. She has exhibited widely in Southern California, including at the Riverside Art Museum, Eveningside Dr., Kontainer, and Steve Turner Contemporary. Abroad, Yaghmai has been included in exhibitions at Transmission in the United Kingdom and GBK in Sydney, Australia. Her work will be shown with SLAB projects as well as at Estacion Tijuana later this year.


About Slab
Slab is an exhibition method enacted by Los Angeles-based artist Wendy Mason and Houston-based curator Nancy Zastudil. We operate on a project-by-project basis and function as a literal and metaphorical platform for artists' works, including solo, group, and collaborative projects. Our exhibition concept finds potential in experimental locations such as backyards, commercial, industrial, and unexpected locations between Los Angeles and Houston. Such varied locations propose unusual interplay when spatial and relational challenges arise for the artists, viewers, and us. Not only can Slab function as an independent exhibition space, we also seek to engage in a symbiotic relationship with our surroundings. We consider the transitory roles of artists and curators, and our aim is to collaboratively facilitate artist's projects and events, exploring the fun and experimental nature of creative activity.For more information on Slab projects, visit

This exhibition is made possible in part by the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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