Battery I (BCN-127, White Point, CA, 1942), 2008
Battery I (BCN-127, White Point, CA, 1942), 2008

Battery I (BCN-127, White Point, CA, 1942), 2008. Light jet, 40 x 60".

 

MY WAR is a research project investigating the influence of the Cold War on the built environment and social culture of Southern California, with outcomes rendered in photography, drawing and sound. Presented as a site-based installation to form a spatial dialectic of Pure War in the Southland, MY WAR diagrams the contemporary So Cal uncanny vis-à-vis a systematic portrayal of imperialist affect on the increasingly abject condition of the everyday. 

MY WAR gives supporting evidence to Paul Virilio's theory of Pure War, or the continuous and systematic act of war that is at both an engagement in actual combat as well as the organized effort to control economies, architecture, cities, and technology. The American military-industrial complex in Southern California has a phantom-like presence: It is the thing that is there that is not there. The latency of Cold War culture continues to influence the collective psyche of Southern California, such that the feeling of impending doom is continuously reinforced through physical occupation of public space in the post-9/11 landscape. Outmoded defense structures and sites like large gun batteries, abandoned air force bases and rocket engine testing facilities are folded into the public sphere through seemingly benign nature preserves and state parks, while the remains of the "Rings of Supersonic Steel" missile defense system and General Patton's WWII Desert Training Center provide local youths with illicit spaces ripe for debauchery. 

The title of this project is an appropriation of the 1983 record album by the Los Angeles post-punk hardcore band Black Flag. The copping of Black Flag's woeful lyricism works as an operational metaphor meant to signify the cognition of American imperialism implied by artist Martha Rosler's work Bringing the War Home (1967-1972). The act of appropriating paranoid Manson-like conjecture further implies evidence of "end times" psychogeography as evident in the underground music scene of 80s suburban youth culture. Entropy takes many forms in Southern California. 

Untitled (BCN-127, White Point, CA, 1942), 2007.
Untitled (BCN-127, White Point, CA, 1942), 2007.

Light jet, 16x20"

Untitled (LA-43) (White Point/1956-(1961)-1974/2B/HIPAR), 2008.
Untitled (LA-43) (White Point/1956-(1961)-1974/2B/HIPAR), 2008.

C-print, 24x30".

Untitled (BCN-127, White Point, CA, 1942), 2007.
Untitled (BCN-127, White Point, CA, 1942), 2007.

20 x 30", Ink Jet.

After Watergate, Vietnam and the abandonment of other principles (Christopher John Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee, Palos Verdes, CA 1974-1977), 2008
After Watergate, Vietnam and the abandonment of other principles (Christopher John Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee, Palos Verdes, CA 1974-1977), 2008

6 C-prints, framed, 18” H x 23” W

My War (Black Flag, Hermosa Beach, 1983), 2008
My War (Black Flag, Hermosa Beach, 1983), 2008

Light jet print, mounted to Dibond, framed. Edition of three, each 30" x 30".

Politics of Time (Minutemen, San Pedro, CA 1984), 2008
Politics of Time (Minutemen, San Pedro, CA 1984), 2008

Light jet print, mounted to Dibond, framed. Edition of three, each 30" x 30".

The Punchline (Minutemen, San Pedro, CA 1981)  2008
The Punchline (Minutemen, San Pedro, CA 1981) 2008

Light jet print, mounted to Dibond, framed. Edition of three, each 30" x 30".

What Makes a Man Start Fires?  (Minutemen, San Pedro, CA 1982), 2008
What Makes a Man Start Fires? (Minutemen, San Pedro, CA 1982), 2008

Light jet print, mounted to Dibond, framed. Edition of three, each 30" x 30".

Pagan Icons (Saccharine Trust, Hermosa, 1981), 2010/2012
Pagan Icons (Saccharine Trust, Hermosa, 1981), 2010/2012

Archival ink-jet print, mounted to Dibond, framed
30 x 30".

Proposal for "Politics of Time," White Point, San Pedro
Proposal for "Politics of Time," White Point, San Pedro
El Segundo, 1985
El Segundo, 1985

Pigment print on archival paper, 12” H x 9" W. Framed. 2009.

Los Angeles, 1985
Los Angeles, 1985

Pigment print on archival paper, 12” H x 9" W. Framed. 2009.

La Jolla, 1985
La Jolla, 1985

Pigment print on archival paper, 12” H x 9" W. Framed. 2009.

Installation views, Gabie Strong - My War, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro
Installation views, Gabie Strong - My War, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro

Installation views, Gabie Strong - My War, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro. March 18 - April 20, 2012. Photos by Elon Schoenholz.

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/15/entertainment/et-pickmywar15-20120315

 

Pagan Icons, Blood Moon, History Lesson
Pagan Icons, Blood Moon, History Lesson

My War installation views. Angels Gate Cultural Center, 2012.

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After Watergate, My War, Mother
After Watergate, My War, Mother

Installation views

My War and Mother
My War and Mother

Installation views

Los Angeles, El Segundo, La Jolla
Los Angeles, El Segundo, La Jolla

Installation views

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Untitled I (BCN-127, White Point, California, 1942), 2008
Untitled I (BCN-127, White Point, California, 1942), 2008

C-Print, 20 H  x 24” W, framed.

Untitled II (BCN-127, White Point, California, 1942), 2008
Untitled II (BCN-127, White Point, California, 1942), 2008

C-Print, 20 H  x 24” W. Framed.

Batteries, installation view
Batteries, installation view

Untitled I and II (BCN-127, White Point, California, 1942), 2008

After Watergate, Vietnam and the abandonment of other principles (Christopher John Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee, Palos Verdes, CA 1974-1977), 2008
After Watergate, Vietnam and the abandonment of other principles (Christopher John Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee, Palos Verdes, CA 1974-1977), 2008

6 C-prints, framed, 18” H x 23” W. Installation view.

Mother (PV), 2012
Mother (PV), 2012

Book cover and letter mounted to board, 13" x 13”, framed.

History Lesson, 2012
History Lesson, 2012

Acrylic paint on paper, mounted to board, framed.

Palos Verdes Nike/Ajax diagram SITE 55, 2012
Palos Verdes Nike/Ajax diagram SITE 55, 2012

Pigment print on newsprint, tape, pen, mounted to board

Installation view, Nike/Ajax diagrams
Installation view, Nike/Ajax diagrams

San Pedro Nike/Ajax diagram – Angels Gate/Fort Mac  SITE 43, 2012 (left) and Palos Verdes Nike/Ajax diagram  SITE 55, 2012 (right). Pigment print on newsprint, tape, pen, mounted to board.

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