Susan Silton

Susan Silton, Bursting in air

LAND is pleased to present in partnership with Susan Silton  ‘Bursting in air,’ a looping video installation available on view from January 6–January 27 in Downtown Los Angeles at 1035 S. Broadway.

Bursting in air is a video/audio installation occupying a vacant ground floor space in Downtown Los Angeles. Set against the backdrop of chi-chi-fying Broadway Ave, just south of Olympic, this work is a mournful and metaphoric response not just to an attempted coup in the United States one year ago and the events that led up to it, but to the state of play in 21st century America: the accumulation of hundreds of years of disenfranchisement, disempowerment, and disrepair, spurred by racism and greed, inextricably bound. The soundtrack includes the haunting voice of contralto Gwendolyn Brown.

Bursting in air will run nightly 6-9pm, January 6–January 27 and is located at 1035 S. Broadway. 

Masks and proof of vaccination will be required upon entry.

Many thanks to Irina Gusin and Sarah Back who made this space possible. A text by Irina Gusin is forthcoming. Huge thanks, as well, to Peter Kirby, Ale Cohen, Jeff Kleeman, Studio Sereno, Andrew McClymont, and Jinseok Choi.

Susan Silton
Bursting in air, 2022
Site specific video installation
Video projection, 5.1 audio, wood tables, printed matter

Contralto: Gwendolyn Brown
Audio mix: Ben Huff
Video mastering: Peter Kirby, Media Arts Services
Technical Production: Jeff Kleeman, Studio Sereno
Audio installation: Andrew McClymont, Lux Aeterna, LLC
Table fabrication: Jinseok Choi

Curatorial Essay ‘Bursting in air’ by Irina Gusin

Transcripts from Susan Silton’s ‘Bursting in air’

LAND’s 2022 exhibitions are made possible with lead support from the Offield Family Foundation and the Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation. 

Additional support is provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the LA Arts Recovery Fund, Abby Pucker, the Fran and Ray Stark Foundation, Jay and Deanie Stein Foundation Trust, the Poncher Family Foundation, Brenda Potter, and LAND’s Nomadic Council.