PRETEEN GALLERY 'GOD GAVE ME THIS DICK SO I COULD CUT IT OFF' CARLOS LASZLO APRIL 21 - MAY 17 2012 PRETEEN

GALLERY PRESENTS 'GOD GAVE ME THIS DICK SO I COULD CUT IT OFF', A NEW SOLO EXHIBITION BY LOS ANGELES BASED-ARTIST CARLOS LASZLO. CARLOS LASZLO'S WORK DERIVES FROM HEROIN BLACKOUT AESTHETIC RESOLUITIONS, WHISKEY AND COCAINE ROCK AND ROLL MANTRAS AND MARIJUANA DAYDREAM HEDONISTIC OBSERVATIONS ON REALITY, A REALITY HE SUCCEEDS TO CAPTURE AND REGISTER IN A UNIQUE WAY. A LARGE PART OF LASZLO'S OUVRE COMES FROM DAILY RECORDINGS OF HIS LIFE. HE FILMS HIMSELF AND HIS SORROUNDINGS UNDER THE SUBLIME UNCOUNCSIOUSNESS OF OPIATES. THEN, ONCE THE STUPOR HAS PASSED, HE EDITS ALL THIS FOOTAGE AS AN EXCERSISE IN TIME COMPRESSION OF VISUAL NARRATIVES TROUGH THE DEAD LANGUAGE OF THE MAGNETIC TAPE. IN THE PROCESS OF EDITING OF HIS FOOTAGE, HE SUBVERTS THE STRUCTURE OF ENCODING, STORING AND RETRIEVAL OF EVENTS AS IN THE INFORMATION PROCCESSING PERSPECTIVE OF MEMORY. WHEN HE WORKS WITH FOUND VIDEO, OFTEN MAKING COLLAGES, HE TRANSFORMS EACH SEGMENT AND LAYER OF THE PIECE PASSING IT THROUGH A FILTER OF SIMULTANIOUS ALTERED MINDS STATES. LASZLO'S WORK CONVEYS THE PSYCHOTIC HEIGHTS OF PSYCHEDELICS AS MUCH AS IT EXPRESSES THE JOYFUL LOWS AND ECSTATIC NUMBNESS OF OPIATES. IN RECENT, MORE SCRIPTED WORK, HE DISSECTS CURRENT EXPRESSIONS OF THE DENIAL OF DEATH AS IT IS EXPOSED IN THE ECCENTRIC AND THEATRICAL SEXUAL AROUSAL CHARACTRISTIC OF MODERN FETISHES. 'GOD GAVE ME A DICK SO I COULD CUT IT OFF' COMPRISES A NEW SERIES OF XEROX PIECES THAT ARE PART OF AN ONGOING STUDY OF BOTH THE LANGUAGE OF MODERN ABSTRACT PAINTING AND 20TH CENTURY POETRY. CARLOS LASZLO WAS BORN IN LOS ANGELES. HE RECEIVED HIS BFA FROM BARD COLLEGE, NEW YORK AND FROM GOLDSMITH'S UNIVERSITY IN LONDON. HE HAS EXHIBITIED HIS WORK IN LOS ANGELES, MEXICO, LONDON, NEW YORK, EINDHOVEN AND MEDELLÍN.

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