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Meliksetian / Briggs opens first solo exhibition at the gallery with Berlin-based artist Lisa Seebach
Lisa Seebach, Fear Storage, 2017. Steel, glazed ceramics, fired clay, lacquer, 35 1Ž2 x 107 x 90 in / 90.2 x 271.8 x 228.6 cm.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Meliksetian | Briggs is presenting Soft Architecture, the first solo exhibition at the gallery with Berlin-based artist Lisa Seebach.

The title of the exhibition, Soft Architecture, relates to the artist’s conception of a “psychological structure” governing the installation – her memories of architectural settings and architectonic forms in the built environment of the city and living spaces combined with heightened psychic tension and mental consciousness, emotions and sensations. This title is indicative of the ambiguities and oppositions that Seebach balances and engages with in her work - rigorous formal structural elements combined with the handmade, the space between the literal and the poetic, or seeming flatness of various elements contrasted with the three dimensional, for instance.

For this exhibition, Seebach has made a site-specific installation consisting of five individual sculptures – three wall-works and two floor pieces - comprised of steel and ceramic components. Seebach’s sculptures are made in relation to the human form and its dynamics – how the body interacts with the sculptural form. Negative space occupies a large part of each sculpture, and, like marks or drawings, the steel elements delineate, outline and contain an invisible space, suspended in an ephemeral, “in-between” state. Each sculpture conjures an amplified moment - elegant and fragile - evoking a space containing something of a thought.

Lisa Seebach (b. 1981, Cologne, Germany) got both her master’s and undergraduate degrees at the Braunschweig University of Art, Braunschweig, Germany. Seebach is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. In 2017, Seebach received the Kunstfonds Bonn Scholarship and she recently completed a residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York. She received the Friedrich-Vordemberge Prize of Cologne, the Gustav Weidanz Award in Halle and the Artist’s Prize of Brandenburg, all in 2016.

In 2018 / 19 Seebach’s work will be featured in three solo museum shows at the Kunsthalle Lingen, the Kunstmuseum Moritzburg (Halle/Saale), and the Kunstverein Braunschweig, German, respectively. There will be a publication made for each exhibition. Past shows include a solo exhibition Sometimes night comes too quickly at artotek Kln in 2016, and another solo exhibition Dear Fear at the Kunstlerhaus Meinersen (cat.) in 2015. Group exhibitions include Back to the Shack at Meliksetian | Briggs curated by Andr Butzer in 2017, Kunstverein Hannover, 2015, Villa Arson Nice, France, 2015 and the Biennial Mulhouse, Mulhouse, France, 2014. Seebach lives and works in Berlin.

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