Paul Pescador and the Dark Side of Intimacy by Nikki Darling on KCET Artbound, December 9, 2013

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Paul Pescador’s art wants to get familiar with you. It wants pathos, romance, failure and triumph. That much of it involves his relationship with his two life partners, also known artists, seems to be an open invitation to get intimate right back. Yet, Pescador’s work; performance art, photography, a web series, currently up right now at Light and Wire Gallery, and especially his film, “1-9,” the piece de triumphant, and three years in the making, keep viewers at an emotional and physical distance, creating a constant yearning for consistency. Even sound, parceled out in “1-9″ with such frugality, leaves the audience thirsting for anything resembling order, which is ironic, since the film takes place in nine orderly vignettes.

 

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Paul Pescador – The Year After: Season 1

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November 14 – December 11, 2013

Press Release

Light & Wire Gallery presents Paul Pescador, The Year After: Season 1. The exhibition consists of a collection of nine short films, each under five minutes in length, that focus on the office environment as a place of daily interaction, conflict, and drama. Each scene portrays a series of characters made from cardboard boxes and everyday materials. In each scene these idiosyncratic characters encounter minor occurrences that are exasperated by the banality of the everyday activity that surrounds them. Pescador performs as well an animates each of the puppets, shifting back forth between voices and characters. The Year After: Season 1 is presented in chronological order, mimicking the repetitive structure of sitcom television. Within this format, conflicts occur and are resolved by the end of each episode, providing a sense of humor and comfort in its familiarity.

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Paul Pescador (b. 1983) received his MFA from the University of California at Irvine in 2012. Recent solo projects and exhibitions include: Anthony Greaney Gallery, Boston, MA (2013); the Vista Theater, Los Angeles, CA (2012); ForYourArt, Los Angeles, CA (2012), and Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA (2011). His work has been included in exhibitions at Chapman University, Orange, CA (2012); LAXART, Los Angeles, CA (2012), and Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2011). His work has been written about in Art in America, The Boston Globe, and LA Weekly.

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