VSF is pleased to present Over Easy by Bjorn Copeland, a presentation of new sound, sculpture, and collage works for the gallery’s Sound Corridor and Viewing Room.
Amplified through VSF’s Sound Corridor, Scrambled Eggs, Mexican Radio Edit (2015) is a live audio signal from a sound-producing sculpture, made in collaboration with the artist’s Black Dice bandmates Eric Copeland and Aaron Warren, that combines signals from multiple car radios in an unpredictable and erratic disharmony. The resulting composition is synthesized in real-time and constantly changing.
Copeland’s experiments at the limits of structure and form continue in the sculptures and collages presented in VSF’s Viewing Room. In Precarious Recline (2015), Copeland assembles discarded furniture found on the streets of East Los Angeles into a precarious yet resolved structure. Broken, twisted lawn chairs are conjoined by a retention strap and delicately balanced on a partially crushed empty water bottle. Precarious Recline is accompanied by two framed works from Copeland’s Over Easy series of radically altered New York City supermarket posters. These ubiquitous urban advertisements are abstracted through décollage to reflect encounters that, as with Precarious Recline, are paradoxically both familiar and foreign.
Bjorn Copeland (b. 1975) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. His work experiments with visual, physical, and auditory noise. His two- and three-dimensional work, much like his music with Black Dice, mixes bits of made content with found elements. In his bright and loud collages, Copeland appropriates pieces of advertising, film clips, television imagery, mass-produced goods, clothing, and other cultural derelict. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 and was a 2001 fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been shown nationally and internationally at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, D’amelio Terras, Daniel Reich and the Gagosian Gallery in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Galerie Frank Elbaz in Paris, France, and at Jack Hanley Gallery’s San Francisco space. Copeland’s experimental band Black Dice was founded in the late 1990s and the group has performed at MFA Boston, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Cartier Foundation in Paris and the Taki Ishii Gallery in Tokyo.