Cascade by Edward Porter
Under Spring Gallery
Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, April 20 @ 7:30pm
Friday, April 20 @ 7-11pm
Friday April 20 – Wednesday May 23, 2007
Under Spring Gallery, 1745 N. Spring Street #4, LA CA 90012
Edward Porter’s Cascade is a working fountain with a self-contained water circulation system: a colorful construction of iconic ceramic, metal, plaster, and plastic objects including statues, money banks, and washboards from Tijuana and Los Angeles' Chinatown.
Suggesting the contrasts in water usage that are so striking when one crosses the US border from the outskirts of Tijuana to the landscaping of San Diego, Cascade places toys and souvenirs beside utilitarian washtubs.
Further, featuring imagery that appears to be 'quintessentially' North American, 'characteristically' Mexican, or 'typically' Chinese, the project speaks [to/of?] both the flow of influences across borders and the fluid nature of 'essence.' For the objects and images that cascade here –- a surfing monkey, a hamburger-shaped coin bank, a patterned vase -- have been crafted by their passage through a variety of cultural, social, and economic filters, including national borders.
About Ed Porter
Edward Porter has participated in numerous art exhibitions, including shows at Bank, Los Angeles; 4F Gallery, Los Angeles; Estación Tijuana, Tijuana, MX; Lui Velazquez, Tijuana, MX; Sundown Salon, Los Angeles; Queens Nails Annex, San Francisco; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles. Most recently, Edward exhibited a piece at ArtLA in Santa Monica, CA and will have a solo show with Raid FC gallery in Los Angeles in July 2007.