Journey to the End of the Cul-de-sac


Erin Eleniak MFA Thesis Exhibition
On view Mar 4 - 11
Opening Reception: Mar 4, 7pm

USC Roski Graduate Gallery
1262 Palmetto Street, LA
Los Angeles Arts District

Gallery hours: Wed - Sun, 12noon - 5pm
Or by appointment; request here.

Opening reception reservations here.


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About the Exhibition:

Drawing on her experiences growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Eleniak deconstructs the mythologies that make up the character of the Western landscape. Invoking the feminist revolutionaries who have guided her since youth, her interdisciplinary practice is driven by a refusal to accept the fallacy of the American Dream–opting instead to widen the cracks in its foundation.

Journey to the End of the Cul-de-sac is an excavation of the lush weirdness that lurks just beneath suburbia’s vanilla surface. Mining those idealized environs for cast-off matter, Journey recombines cultural leftovers, through ceramic sculpture and video works, to comprise an installation that troubles issues of land use, contamination, mythology, and power. At the end of the cul-de-sac, we are asked to imagine a landscape where the mutants, weirdos, and rejects thrive, rising from suburban ruins to celebrate a new age of necessary collapse.



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For anyone not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they must attest that they have a medical contraindication or religious objection to vaccination and as an alternative present a negative COVID-19 test collected within 72 hours of the start of this event.