NoL later on Saturday…
We visited Mieke’s show on 4th Street twice. Once when artist Josh Nathanson was gallery sitting and again with Mieke.
On our first visit, although I tried to keep in mind the entire space and how the various works related I realize what I mostly did was look at and try to experience each piece. Moving from one of Mieke’s room set ups to the next, looking in and seeing objects. (I imagine this to be part of her Ikea inspired installation.)
Circling the gallery space each art filled room vignette opens up – one may move inside to look closely and interact with the work and then one moves on, passing walls that close off the previous experience to then reveal a new vignette. On the second visit Mieke took us to a corner I missed previously and showed that what I took to be a simple four room grid or cruciform floor plan has this amazing view that I’ve posted above. Suddenly the space opened up in my mind – I could picture a plan view of the gallery space in my head and this transverse passage somehow humanized the grid I had been imagining. It was truly a delightful discovery! A simple gesture on the curator’s part that feels like a key to her thinking.
In the photo above from the left: walls and grid by Fiona Connor; shiny door sculpture by Joshua Nathanson; styrofoam punctuation marks in various fonts by Fiona Banner; floor covering by Meg Cranston; leaf blower sculpture with squirrel by Jason Rhoades; glazed suspended frame with photos by Asha Schechter; monolith of newspaper bricks by Patrick Jackson; half circle with incised grid by Karthik Pandian; painting by Yuh-Shioh Wong; wall mounted inspirational (???) posters by Nathan Azhderian. Curated by Mieke Marple. Film “The Knife” (still below) by Jack Goldstein in separate viewing room.
Additional works in the show include a film by Jacob Stewart-Halevy and Daniel Horn, link Musee site page for film trailer here; text and video by Lesley Moon, link to Musee page for Moon’s video here; and a cool library-esque wooden newspaper hanger with monoprint reconfigurations of the Park La Brea/Park Merced newspaper by Asha Schechter and Jacob Stewart-Halevy.
Do visit the Musee website and also the closing party on Sunday, August 30 from 1 to 6 pm. There’s still time for both!!