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Mark Pauline & John Law in conversation

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Pro Arts Gallery & COMMONS

150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza

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John Law, Chris Hackett (Madagascar Institute, NYC) & SRL Director Mark Pauline, Petaluma, 2016
Photo by Amy Chritchett

SIGNMAN : John Law Exhibition, in conversation series: Mark Pauline and John Law in conversation

Preeminent machine artist, longtime art “prankster” Mark Pauline and his troupe Survival Research Labs influenced generations of transgressive artist. His massive scale robotic “ballets of destruction” using repurposed military and industrial hardware and a great range of huge destructible props are unlike anything else seen in an art context, though perhaps not unfamiliar to mechanized warfare aficionados. Pauline and John William Vincent Law became acquainted in early 1980 while exploring the abandoned factories of San Francisco, Pauline for mechanical detritus to repurpose as art, Law scouting for locations to mount large-scale site-specific events for the Suicide Club & later Cacophony Society. In the early 90’s

Law joined the SRL crew and built some of the largest destructible props for shows in Japan, Texas, LA, and San Francisco. Many of these props incorporated neon as a design element.

Law and Pauline will be talking about what has happened in 1970s, and how they started to create and work together.

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