Shelf Perception

Elizabeth Tinglof, Rigor, 2014

Jenny Donaire | Ashley Hagen | Emily Sudd | Elizabeth Tinglof

February 27 - April 27, 2014
Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery
415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Gallery Hours: Daily 9am—4pm

Opening Reception
Terrace Lounge March 6, 2014—6:00pm - 8:00pm

Shelf Perception highlights the work of four Los Angeles-based female artists who reconsider the traditional art object by negotiating the spaces between painting, sculpture, photography, and domestic and architectural objects. The exhibition features work that undermines the structural integrity of physical and mental space, drawing correlations between the intangible and the concrete through the subversion of pictorial space and explorations of materiality and entropy.

Ashley Hagen’s GE Kitchen in Stone (2012), is made up of 78 concrete castings taken from miniature replicas of GE cabinets from the 1940s. The models were distributed at the time to help adults plan their new kitchen design. Hagen's castings are mounted on the wall in a linear orientation spanning up to approximately 13 feet in length. Hagen, who recently had a solo exhibition at The Prospectus Gallery at the Pacific Design Center, engages play in works that delve into the limitless mystery of childhood, conjuring metaphors of home, self, fantasy, and reality. Architect and artist, Jenny Donaire, will occupy the gallery cabinets with Succumb to your Obsessions (2012), an installation comprising of a large-scale photographic print, the image of an interior of a home under construction, paired with real-life construction debris. Poetic and quiet contemplations, Donaire’s installations featuring doors and passageways in domestic interiors, blur the boundaries between architectural and photographic space, functioning like portals to memory and imagination. Elizabeth Tinglof’s paintings and wall-hanging sculptures are rich and deeply layered abstract surfaces and forms that call to mind the excavation of primordial psychic matter and entropy of emotional environments. Made from synthetic and natural materials that are allowed to undergo unpredictable performative processes, her work explores materiality in a deconstructive conversation between binary oppositions. Emily Sudd’s wall-hanging and floor-standing ceramic sculptures combine discarded ceramic objects such as collectible figurines and functional ware with hand-built clay structures that question the nature of domestic objects, engaging in conversations with still-life, narrative, and abstract painting; postminimalist sculpture; and the life of the kitsch object. After collecting and arranging the various elements of the pieces, Sudd subjects all of the objects to the same firing conditions, resulting in unpredictable and surprising results. The process produces the literal and metaphorical melting down of the materiality of domestic and artistic space.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the artists will do a public artist talk addressing themes related to the issues addressed in Shelf Perception. 

Please visit: for gallery hours, parking rates and other information about the Beach House. For exhibit information, contact: Malina Moore, Cultural Affairs Supervisor, at or 310.458.8350.