Limited edition water bottle emblazoned with an intentionally misleading logo stating its contents as “Gasoline” by artists Susanna Battin and Kate Kendall. Produced in conjunction with the exhibition Anatomy of Oil.
The edition is as part of their larger piece Gas-for-Water (2018) that addresses oil’s value through trade through storytelling, performance, and drawing. The project began on a road trip from Lake Mead in Nevada to Los Angeles during California’s extreme drought. It imagines the plight of “meadmaids,” or mermaids whose livelihood is dependent on the lake, formed in 1936 when the Hoover Dam was completed. Set in a dystopian future where gas is plentiful but fresh water is scarce, the meadmaids exchange one for the other as they journey back to the lake and replenish its holdings.
Susanna Battin uses video, installation, writing, painting, and social action to produce her research-driven projects, which focus on landscape optics and Romantic-period ethics. She began working with site interventions in 2011 with Window, a project that optically repaired a mountain horizon with a digital billboard. She has since orchestrated spatial interventions in the cities of Pasadena (2013) and Cassano d’Adda, Italy (2013). She has exhibited moving-image and performance work at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles; Pieter Space, Los Angeles; Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, California; Human Resources, Los Angeles; PhotoLA, Los Angeles; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Cal State Long Beach. Her object-based work has recently been shown at Other Places Art Fair, San Pedro, California, and at Colorado College. In 2018 she was the visiting artist in residence at Turning Point School, Culver City, and Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, where she led exercises in landscape visualization and storytelling. She is active in the self-organizing groups Mother Ditch, NAVEL, and OOLA. Her solo exhibition Key Observation Point will be on view August 31–September 28 at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive. Battin lives and works in Los Angeles. http://www.susbatt.com/
Looking to the natural world as a less determined space than the human world, Kate Kendall explores time and desire in relation to landscape, history, and politics using sculpture, video, sound, drawings, and installations to challenge the viewer’s perspective on reality. Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, CA; Houston, TX; Santa Fe, NM and Cape Town, South Africa. Her most recent project uses sand peels, a geologic tool to record and understand sediment deposits, from Buffalo Bayou in Houston Texas to consider the story of Hurricane Harvey. Kendall holds an MFA from California Institute for the Arts (2015) and a BA from the University of Southern California (2007); she also completed a year at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, in 2006. She lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. https://www.katekendall.info