December 6 - December 10, 2017
Charlie James Gallery is delighted to announce its participation in the Audemars Piguet 3rd Art Commission at Art Basel Miami Beach, realized by Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist Lars Jan. Jan will have his first solo exhibition with Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles in March 2018.
The large-scale immersive installation entitled Slow-Moving Luminaries will be shown this year at Art Basel in Miami Beach. Slow-Moving Luminaries will take the form of an immersive and kinetic large-scale pavilion that will host a labyrinth within. Presented on a site spanning 100 by 50 feet, the work will invite viewers to partake in a journey across its upper and lower decks. Standing in stark contrast from one another, the lower deck will boast an extravagant maze of scrim and flora, and the upper deck a shallow, reflective pool of water, through which building models that mimic the surrounding skyline will emerge and recede in concert, but at varying speeds throughout the day.
Within the work, Jan will manipulate scale and temporality, presenting viewers with a reality that can be experienced beyond the day-to-day and allowing them to become participants, choreographing the experience freely. Jan comments: “the 3rd Audemars Piguet Art Commission will see its viewers act as performers, becoming a part of the piece as they interact with it. The performance will be spontaneous and remain unscripted, allowing the viewers to set their own pace. This is the first time I will not have control over my performers’ movements. The piece will be totally experiential for the viewer and go beyond the simple act of contemplation.”
Jan is a visual artist, director, writer, and founder of Early Morning Opera, a genre-bending performance + art lab whose works explore emerging technologies, live audiences, and unclassifiable experience. Jan’s original works – including Holoscenes, The Institute of Memory (TIMe), and Abacus – have been presented by the Whitney Museum, Sundance Film Festival, BAM Next Wave Festival, Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theatre, REDCAT, Hammer Museum, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art TBA Festival, ICA Boston, Toronto Nuit Blanche Festival, London’s Burning, and NYU Abu Dhabi. His climate change themed project Holoscenes created a sensation in Times Square in the summer of 2017. His visual works have most recently been exhibited at the Pasadena Museum of California Art and Istanbul Modern, and are represented by Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, where he will have a solo show in February 2018. Jan is a past MacDowell and Princeton Atelier Fellow, artist-in-residence at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and recipient of the Sherwood and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts100 Awards. He is the son of émigrés from Afghanistan and Poland, on faculty at CalArts, and a TED Senior Fellow. He will have his first solo exhibition with Charlie James Gallery in March 2018.