When Depression Strikes / Hyperallergic

Installation view of “Depression” at Francois Ghebaly Gallery. All images by the author for Hyperallergic.

Installation view of “Depression” at Francois Ghebaly Gallery. All images by the author for Hyperallergic.

LOS ANGELES — It was 4:20pm when I walked into Depression and encountered Andrea Ursuta’s piece “Stoner” (2013). A batting-cage ball-throwing machine creaked on, spun once, and died before it could eject anything from its quarantined-off belly. It is located inside a larger batting cage. There is no entrance. There is no bat to play with. Stones are scattered across the floor. A tiled wall is positioned across from the machine, ready to receive pummels. It did at one point get hit hard with something — either the stones on the ground, or the artist’s hammer. Either way, it got stoned. It’s in a Depression, but it may not be depressed. There’s a difference, you know.

Depression is the name of a group exhibition on view at François Ghebaly Gallery, which recently relocated from Culver City to a warehouse-heavy section just southwest of the Fashion District, Arts District, and Skid Row. Cars zoomed up the 101, edging into a freeway crisscross where they would have to make a decision to take the 5, 10, or 60, or attempt to stay on the 101 only to realize that it has turned into the 60. I scuttled past the highway entrance, and noticed a fried, dead cockroach — one of many that I keep seeing scattered along sidewalks in Los Angeles — and walked in the shadow of one-story buildings. This is not the gallery-lined Culver City district I originally thought I would be visiting.

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