SUPERFRONT LA is proud to present Anthony Gross: Crime Scenes (Film. Sculpture. Design.)
November 18th 2010 – January 6th 2011
SUPERFRONT is proud to present the first United States solo exhibition of the work of architecture-trained artist and curator Anthony Gross. A London-based artist, Gross’ work operates across realms of digital and physical production, ranging from animations to furniture objects. Moving across disciplines and media, the work produces a cognitive dissonance with the materials, forms, and narratives of urban culture. In Gross’ reading of globalization, design, and popular culture, the uncanny supplants the cosmopolitan.
At SUPERFRONT LA, Anthony Gross presents his 30-minute film “Kane’s Revolutions,” the 2nd in the artist’s Colombo film series. This recent iteration of the project deploys the ready-made television character – the detective Columbo – into a crime narrative that features the built environment of London as both scenic film set and victim. A turf war between politicians, planners, gangsters and replicants has erupted in a South London of the near future – who does the shaping of the metropolis belong to? The film constructs a visual narrative from the London skyline interlaced with found Chinese comics, web browsing, London gang imagery and shared filmic conventions, freely associating between each to create a fast-paced new episode of ‘Columbo.’ Gross describes his Columbo films as ‘an experimental collage of live action, 3D computer animation and personal film fantasy that takes the viewer on a twisted ride through our collective cultural history’.
Anthony Gross: Crime Scenes (Film. Sculpture. Design.) presents this recent film work within the context of Gross’ ongoing work in sculpture and furniture. Sculptural Units, a collection of objects that the artist mass-manufactured in China, develops a language of repetition, control, and variation, which reveals a material logic of Gross’ ongoing play between form and system.
Anthony Gross studied Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, gaining both a BSc and an MA in Architecture, before completing an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College. He lives and works in London and has shown widely in group and solo exhibitions in London as well as other national and international venues. He directs The Old Police Station, an 60-studio artist space and gallery in South East London, and was co-founder and curator of artist-run space temporarycontemporary.
This exhibit is achieved in part with the generous support of the Pacific Design Center’s Design Loves Art program, as well as support from Sarah Millsaps Towles, suckerPUNCH, Farrah Karapetian, Javier Roman, Nili Gilbert, Ariane Laurie Harrison, Stephen J. Payne, DJ Industrial Average, Jack Schonewolf, Lillian McEwen, and Laurie Stone.
“Sculpture Unit,” detail, courtesy Anthony Gross
Production stills from Columbo in KANE’s Revolutions, 2010, HDV, 30mins. © Anthony Gross