From ‘The Keys to Observation: To Make a Picture and to Take a Landscape’ review by Ryan S. Jeffery, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, Vol. 21 No. 4


‘The Keys to Observation: To Make a Picture and to Take a Landscape’ review by Ryan S. Jeffery, in print and online in X-TRA’s summer 2019 issue. 
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Sat June 8th, 5 - 8pm @ Castelli Art Space
5428 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016
“The Davyd Whaley Foundation's group exhibition features the artists we have supported over the past three years including, Susanna Battin, Andrea Bersaglieri, Margaret Griffith, Phung Huynh, Ryan Jeffery, Laura Krifka and Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia. Please join us to celebrate our artists, learn more about their work and the Davyd Whaley Foundation.” @davydwfdn


How to View a Landfill, artist edition of 60, printed by Super Hit Press 2019, copies available at LACA

June 30 - July 28 @ Plant Material
Opening reception: Sun June 30, 6-8pm
Curated by Susanna Battin

There are three types of exhibitions seen again and again in the art world: the solo show, the group show, and the two-person show. The Two-Person Show Series presented by Plant Material and curated by Susanna Battin, departs from this convention while radically extending notions of personhood to nonhuman beings. As its name suggests, the series presents two persons—this time, one artist and a plant.

The first installment of the series features Alex Wand’s Camino de las Monarcas and Ascelpias fascicularis (Narrow-leaved Milkweed). Wand’s 50-minute video piece documents his bicycle migration along the path of southbound monarchs to Michoacán, Mexico. Heeding the call for kinship made by ecofeminist theorist Donna Haraway, Wand performs a real life ‘Camille Story’ by broadcasting milkweed seeds and other pollinator seed mixes along the monarchs’ path. Ascelpias fascicularis’s role in the show is clear. The milkweed acts as a caterpillar nursery, hosting the Monarchs’ eggs, providing food, shelter, and safety to their growing forms. The show is presented simultaneous to the Monarch’s northbound migration, and amongst dire immigration conditions along the Southern border.

The opening events include a plant and video installation, screening of Camino de las Monarcas, and performance followed by a short Q & A.

Susanna Battin CV/Contact