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Dennis Koch


Feb 21 - Mar 28, 2015

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press release



February 21 - March 28, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 21, 6-8 PM

The glacier knocks in the cupboard
The desert sighs in bed
And the crack in the teacup opens
A lane to the land of the dead

- W. H. Auden

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce DENNIS KOCH: CATCH-22 X TWO, an exhibition of new large scale drawings on view in Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 from February 21 through March 28, 2015. An artist's reception will be held on Saturday, February 21st, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Working primarily in the medium of drawing, Dennis Koch makes meticulously structured abstract works inspired by the scientific fields of physics, cosmology, dimensional mathematics, parapsychology, and altered states of consciousness. CATCH-22 X TWO, marks the tensegritic enfoldment of two concurrent bodies of work by Koch: his large amorphous Scrambled Channel drawings, which are abstract impressions generated from exercises in remote viewing, and the more Euclidean Versor Parallel drawings, which are circular geometric structures analogous to a Buckminster Fuller tensegrity sphere. The Scrambled Channel and Versor Parallel drawings present two divergent perceptual frameworks woven together, entangled, focalized, and perhaps nullified—a double fantasy times a double paradox.

Inspired by Versor algebra—a means of modeling a rotation three-dimensional sphere in two-dimensional Euclidean space—the series of Versor Parallel drawings depicts the implosion of a circular toroid. Shifting from gray to full-spectrum color, the circle turns itself inside out. Koch's Scrambled Channel drawings are the rightbrain corollary to his more logically structured, left-brain oriented, Versor Parallel works. Sometimes anthropomorphic images emerge, or a topography seemingly devoid of scale, while other times they have the appearance of wave-like distortions reminiscent of coalescing plasmatic birkleland currents.

Included in the exhibition is a diptych made in collaboration with Koch's twin sister Talitha Wall, titled Catch-22, a collection of 22 channeled thoughts recorded by Koch and Wall referencing everything from Philip K. Dick, to Velikovskian Catastrophism, to helpful tips for time travel, and GMO research on the moon.

Also accompanying the exhibition will be a new publication on the artist's work with an essay by Dr. Aziz Aziw, titled "Valis Schmalis". The essay is a consideration of science-fiction author Philip K. Dick's "VALIS time loop" theory. Dr. Aziw is a frequent guest and contributor on the web podcasts "Moon Room Cinema" and "Always Record" of Sync Book Press, which have a cult following among fans of Stanley Kubrick and Philip K. Dick.

Dennis Koch was born 1978, Cedar Falls, Iowa. He received a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Political Science from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. He splits his time between Iowa and Los Angeles. Koch has previously exhibited in Los Angeles with Marine Projects, Happy Lion, Kantor Gallery, High Energy Constructs, Royale Projects, and the Torrance Art Museum, as well as Galerie Zurcher, New York; Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich; and Miyake Fine Art, Tokyo. In November 2013, Koch was featured as one of 7 emerging male artists to watch in in Los Angeles Confidential Magazine.