Lisa Anne Auerbach
"Along the Dixie Highway"
Art Positions Booth P18
December 6 - 9, 2007
For Art Positions Gavlak, West Palm Beach presents a solo presentation of works by Los Angeles based artist Lisa Anne Auerbach.
Lisa Anne Auerbach works in a variety of media: photography, knitting, and small publications. Living in Los Angeles since completing her master's degree at Art Center College of Design in 1994, she has exhibited most recently at White Columns, New York (curated by Matthew Higgs), Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City. Auerbach has also been involved with High Desert Test Sites since its inception in 2003 with artist Andrea Zittel and produced the daily publication for Zittel's costumed hiking club project at the Frieze Art Fair in 2005.
Auerbach's cycling adventures through L.A. are a starting point for her multifaceted work. Her recent photographs "Small Businesses" have focused on tiny freestanding enterprises, an increasingly rare and human-scaled aspect of the cosmopolitan, urban landscape. Inspired by Ed Ruscha's 1967 photographic series "Twentysix Gasoline Stations", Auerbach has similarly documented a nearly extinct form of commercial architecture. While Ruscha traveled along the famed Route 66 connecting Oklahoma to Los Angeles, Auerbach has taken images of small, idiosyncratic structures in nearby Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Joshua Tree, Pacoima, and Twenty-nine Palms, and from as far away as Columbia, South Carolina; London, England; Moscow Idaho; Treasure Beach, Jamaica; and Palermo, Italy. For Art Positions, Auerbach will present a new series (2007) of 16 Small Businesses color photographs taken along the Dixie Highway, which runs from Chicago to Miami.
Accompanying the new Dixie Highway small business photographs for Art Positions will be the other very important aspect to Auerbach's work, a new knitted work.
In 2004, Lisa Anne Auerbach embarked on a knitting odyssey influenced by a sweater-wearing rock star named Rick Nielsen, who sang for the Illinois pop band Cheap Trick. According to Auerbach, "His sweaters were weird, custom, and frequently adorned with random snippets of conversational text, like 'Don't Steal My Girlfriend.' What struck me about his sweaters was the friction between the permanence of the material and the liveliness of the language and content. Unlike T-shirts, sweaters are worn for decades, and handed down through families." Auerbach's knitted works include not only sweaters but small banners that also double as shawls, large banners such as a giant red American flag replete with a manifesto about the color red. These knitted works are both handmade and created on a knitting machine, and the sweaters combine traditional sweater designs with contemporary slogans, jokes, and political opinions
"I feel strongly that these three aspects of my work—photography, writing, and knitting—function together in supporting and communicating ideas such as issues of environmental sustainability, urban transformation, the importance of community and home, and the role of individuals in a political landscape. Though the ideas are the same, the various media speak in different ways. The obvious politics of the sweaters provide a subtext to the photographs. The workmanship inherent in the photographs assure the viewer that the publications are comfortable in their shabbiness, and the text sprinkled throughout all 3 – written, chosen, documented—weaves a running commentary throughout. The cumulative effect is declaratory and celebratory and gentle, well crafted and humorous and angry. "