Gabie Strong’s vitrine installation “Given” references Duchamp’s “Étant donnés,” a Surrealist work created under fascism and completed upon his death. In “Given,” Strong presents relics, ritual objects, and sexual fetishes to create an oscillating feminist existentialism touching on the psyche of living in decay.
Gabie Strong is a California artist and musician exploring spatial constructions of degeneration, drone, and decay as a means to improvise new arrangements of self-reflexive meaning. Her work has been presented at The UCLA Hammer Museum, Sierra Nevada College, Current LA: KPARK, MOCA, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Pasadena Armory Center for the Arts, Knowledges at Mount Wilson Observatory, Pitzer Art Galleries, University Art Gallery UC Irvine, LAXArt, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Human Resources, SASSAS, LACE, High Desert Test Sites, LACMA, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, and Jabberjaw.
Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA), an experimental exhibition space founded by Alice Könitz in 2012, is a “platform for an organic institution that lives through participation.” LAMOA was featured in the Hammer Museum's “Made in L.A. 2014” and won the Mohn Award for artistic excellence. Gabie Strong’s “Given” is the fourth exhibition in LAMOA DS#3 at Commonwealth and Council.