Nancy Buchanan, “Time Standing Still” (2014), collage on paper, 29 x 32 inches (image courtesy the artist and Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Michael Underwood)

Early on in her career, Nancy Buchanan established herself as an influential participant in the feminist art movement of the 1970s in Los Angeles, as well as being a founding member of several important artist groups including F Space Gallery, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), and the Women’s Building. Her early work was heavily performance-based, but her oeuvre has come to encompass video, installation, sculpture, drawing, and photography. 

Buchanan’s first solo show with Charlie James Gallery, Consumption, explores that word’s contemporary relevance, meaning both “to use up” and “to acquire,” through four bodies of work. It’s About Time (2014–17) features collages of high-end watch advertisements, highlighting current obsessions with time, status, and luxury. The photographs of bakery confections in 50 Shades of Cake (2013–14) are rendered in sickening shades of gray, layering gustatory appeal and revulsion. These two new series are augmented with earlier works: After California (1999–2017) examines the state’s historic natural landscapes and their recent suburbanization, and two collaborations (1998–2002) with Carolyn Potter, miniature installations incorporating video, depict typical American interiors littered with objects — the end result of unfettered consumption.

When: Opens Saturday, April 8, 6–9pm
Where: Charlie James Gallery (969 Chung King Road, Chinatown, Los Angeles)

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