Reception: October 22 at Walled City
Can't Get No Satisfaction
An installation examining capitalism's inability to scratch the itch comprised of re-constructed post-consumer cast-offs found on the streets of Los Angeles
by Edith Abeyta
with contributions by: Robert Abeyta Jr., Eric Anthony, Marshall Astor, Javier Barboza, John M. Bennett, Jeremy Carnahan, Leonel Cruz, Carina DiMarcellis, Mia Farrell, Bean Gilsdorf, Dan Gilsdorf, Michele Hubacek, Andy Jenkins, Nicholas Klemek, Tony Larson, Betsy Lohrer Hall, Alexis Mackenzie, Issac McKay-Randozzi, Nan, Regina O'Brien, Ert O'Hara, Merry-Beth Noble, Claire Reay, Lisa Romero, Michael Row, Valerie Scott, Allyson Shaw, Sighn, Robert Tower, Rebecca Trawick, Porous Walker, and Hague Williams
October 22 - November 20, 2005
Reception - Saturday, October 22, 7-10 PM
309 West 7th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
Walled City is proud to present Can’t Get No Satisfaction, a project by Los Angeles artist Edith Abeyta. Abeyta works with materials that have been abandoned, thrown away, shunned and otherwise have become trash. Considered meaningless, these materials linger on the streets where she finds them and brings purpose to their post-use existence.
Can’t Get No Satisfaction contains two complementary ideas. First, is a critique of the street art phenomenon that espouses rebellion, but whose intentions contain the raw mimicry of the advertising campaigns that multinational corporations engage in to promote their “brands.” The pressure to have a successful street art “campaign” distinctly apes the competitive and corporate atmosphere found in any marketing department. Secondly, it serves as a reminder of the inability and failure of capitalism to satisfy, despite the environment of excess and abundance that it creates.
Abeyta has termed this her “sellout show.” A horde of friends and artists have been invited to make art from handgun shaped pieces of wood that she has cut from discarded furniture, mocking the way street artists are brought together to paint donated Nike shoes, record covers and other paraphernalia of big business. Rather than sell Pabst Blue Ribbon to trucker hat hipsters, Abeyta will be hawking commemorative shot glasses, custom printed with the exhibition’s title, and soaking the crowd with whiskey. T-shirts bearing her vulture logo will be sold prominently and aggressively, aping the business model of Street Art, which itself apes the business model of big business.
Special thanks to Bob, Rob, Nan, Marshall, Michele, Javier, Karen, Pamela, and Brendan for offerring their assistance at various stages of the project and to all the artists who contributed their work to the show.