July 31 to August 24, 2014

Opening reception: Thursday, July 31, 8 to 10 pm

South of Sunset is pleased to announce Poltergeist, a collaborative exhibition by James Cordas and Zac Tomaszewski.This interdisciplinary show will feature site-specific video installation, ultraviolet liquid painting, sculpture, and experimental wall works situated at the intersection of the perceptual and the extra-sensory.  The darkened gallery space will be transformed into a diverse array of apprehensions that reflect both artists’ interest in the paraphysical dimensions of their work.


James Cordas (b. 1986) was born in Seattle, WA, and lives and works in Oakland, CA. He received his BFA from California College of the Arts in 2014 as well as being awarded a fellowship from Yale in 2013. His work argues that there is a discourse to decay in terms of the inherent parallels between dysfunctional media and human cultures. This realization is managed with a resolve to aestheticize what can only be identified as the acknowledgement of mortality. The tools of illustration employed through this methodology range from tonally perceptible information to the common light bulb. In 2014, he was included in a five-month evolving exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum, awarded the Acre Residency in Struebing, WI, and has exhibited widely across the US, including in two solo exhibitions.

Zac Tomaszewski (b. 1987) is an artist and writer who is a Los Angeles native. He received his BFA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from the National Academy of Art in Oslo, Norway, in 2011. Though he works primarily as a painter, and within the logic of painting, he also produces installations that incorporate ethereal materials and technological interventions — digital projections, lighting, water — to create hybrid forms and ambient effects that unsettle the environment. In 2014, he has shown at Rosamund Felson Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, and several spaces in Norway. His art writing has appeared in VIA Publication and the Whole Beast Rag.

(top) Zac Tomaszewski Mirror Box, 2014, acrylic aquarium, water, UV paint, ultraviolet light, and site-specific video projection, 13 1/2 x 24 x 2 inches.

(bottom) James Cordas New Water (Sound Synthesis (C on D (Poem Painting (Macro Haiku)))), 2014, perforated vinyl inkjet prints, galvanized steel, waxed steel frame, 30 x 24 inches.