22 October - 8 November 2020

LIFE in a

Co-curated with Adam D. Miller
Artist, Co-Founder/Director of The Pit, Los Angeles


Young Space is pleased to present LIFE IN A PRESSURE COOKER, co-curated by Adam D. Miller (Artist and Co-Founder/Director of The Pit, Los Angeles) and Kate Mothes (Founder of Young Space). LIFE IN A PRESSURE COOKER presents the work of 26 artists from around the world, representing a range of early-career, emerging, and mid-career practices. The work presented here reflects the artists’ daily investigations of identity, relationships and expression within a new reality. They reconcile the anxieties, uncertainties, and imbalances of the present by considering the past and peering into the future. Many of the works possess an undercurrent of agitation or aggression, is a sense of uncertainty, and, ultimately, a search for balance amidst the chaos.

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Curatorial Statement: Kate Mothes

At first, it was chaotic. For months, every email correspondence began with, “In these trying times…” as if we didn’t already acutely feel a swell of anxiety about what unfolded around us, despite poring through the news on our screens every hour, only to be reminded that no one really knew what was going on. This year has presented myriad challenges to our health and safety, our relationships, how we comprehend current events, not to mention our everyday conveniences and comfort. The work presented in Life in a Pressure Cooker reflects the artists’ daily investigations of identity, relationships and expression within a new reality. Continue reading ⤳

It seems natural that artists would respond vigorously, creatively, and pragmatically in a crisis. 

― Kate Mothes

I had moved from New York to California only two weeks before the Covid-19 quarantine period began in the United States. The only thing that I have done during the pandemic period out of my home is to take a walk around the neighborhood for the last 6 months.

― Guimi You

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I would search for discarded ‘scratch-offs’ or scratch tickets in various neighborhoods throughout Miami and paint them from observation. Not only are they charming as paintings, I find the subject matter painfully funny in regards to art and economy.

― Pawel Salcedo

About the curators

Adam D. Miller was born in Bellevue, WA, in 1982, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Art Center College of Design in 2008 and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Sacramento in 2005. Miller’s work has been the subject of one and two-person exhibitions at Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles (2020), the Newsstand Project, Los Angeles (2020), Odd Ark, Los Angeles (2019), and Southfield w/ Nora Shields, Detroit, MI (2018), among others. Miller is a co-founder and the current director of The Pit, a contemporary fine art gallery in Los Angeles. Miller has also curated independent projects at galleries and institutions such as Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento, Guerrero Gallery San Francisco, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles, the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, 533 Gallery, Los Angeles, Actual Size, Los Angeles, East Side International, Los Angeles and others.

Kate Mothes is Founder of Young Space and Co-Founder/Editor of Dovetail Magazine. She received a Masters in Art History, Theory and Display from Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, and her Bachelors in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to Young Space online exhibitions, selected recent exhibitions include Yulia Iosilzon: Paradeisos at Carvalho Park, Brooklyn, NY; MIRROR EYE in collaboration with Far x Wide at Ortega y Gassett Projects, Brooklyn, NY; and Run Straight Through at Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA. Upcoming projects include group exhibitions at BEERS London and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, and the release of Dovetail Magazine’s winter issue in December 2020. Read more here⤳ 

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