Affective Turns? | organized by Phil Chang

3 March – 7 April 2012

Pepin Moore | 933 Chung King Road | Los Angeles | California | 90012

Opening reception: Saturday, 3 March 2012, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm


Pepin Moore is proud to present Affective Turns?, a group exhibition organized by Phil Chang, featuring works by Walead Beshty, Justin Cole, Shannon Ebner, Owen Kydd, Sharon Lockhart, Erlea Maneros Zabala, Arthur Ou, Alexis Smith, Yanai Toister, Erika Vogt, and Jeff Wall.

“Despite, or potentially because of, its several meanings, affect occupies a unique position in contemporary life. In addition to its role in the oscillation between pluralism and populism, its place in liberal guilt, its function for networked sociality, and its indispensable contribution to late, experiential capitalism, affect also occupies a crucial point in the inextricable relationship between art and politics. As a noun, affect inhabits the site of the psychological subject (emotions); as a verb, affect refers to effect (actions). Most importantly, as the critic Stephen Shaviro argues, affect is useful in how it functions as a matter of “manner” rather than essence, concerning itself not with what something is but how it is, or, more exactly, how a thing affects and is affected by other things, and hence raising the question of the relation between what it is and what it does. In this way, affect becomes an ostensible articulation of excess due to its ineffability, but also due to its performativity, as a perplexing condition that trades in cliché and convention. In media including photography, sculpture, video, and works on paper, the works in this exhibition ask in excess of what?”

                                                                                                                                     -Phil Chang, December 2011

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image:   Shannon Ebner, Ash Wednesday, 2001, wallpaper pasted color Xerox print, 11 x 14 inches