Saturday 11:30 AM finds us moderately frustrated in our search for parking on Beverly near Martel. Anywhere would be fine, but even the neighborhood to the south is packed. (Local Permit Parking only after 6 so don’t try this area during openings.) Surrendering to my worst scofflaw nature I parked in a convenient loading zone. All this in 100+ degree heat in a black convertible with no AC. Sweaty badgers we were.
First stop: Richard Telles to see Michael Krebber’s first solo at the gallery since 2004 and first showing at all in LA (save a recent MOCA collection show) since Telles’s group show “Degree Zero” in 2007. Rare then is our opportunity to see Krebber’s work. Two things have me interested in Krebber: 1. Several people I respect and admire respect and admire Krebber’s work. 2. Having now spent a couple of hours online reading and looking I’m no closer to understanding than I was in the gallery on Saturday or at any of the shows I listed above.
No, I don’t have a weird inferiority complex that makes me like stuff I don’t understand – I’d say rather from what I’ve picked up in my reading that Krebber’s project is to almost get there, to almost close the gap between an artist (Krebber in this case) presenting an idea and the understanding of that idea by others. I can’t help but think that gap is a pretty interesting place to be.
As a helpful reference I recommend Man Without Qualities. an Artforum International reprint on The Free Online Library. Daniel Birnbaum, John Kelsey and Jessica Morgan writing. (A question for the ages: must one read Musil’s The Man Without Qualities in order to make reference to it?)
There’s a pertinent sounding quote from Daniel Birnbaum in the above-mentioned article (“When asked about his sources, he [Krebber] refers me to texts he has written about other artists…”) with this in mind I offer you Krebber’s thoughts on Courbet, also from Artforum International (May 2008) reprinted in the Free Online Library “What is Courbet?”
On the left wall of Telles’s gallery are 5 wooden wall sculptures that resemble sweaters, with the arms crossed over the chest. Sort of like Medieval knights laid to rest or merchandise at an outlet mall. Nine small collages range across two more walls. I think that’s all I really know about the current Michael Krebber show.
Have you seen it? Any thoughts?
Richard Telles Fine Art, 7380 Beverly Blvd., LA, 90036
April 4, 2011 update:
I’ve got the pdf mentioned in Comments below, that a friend emailed to me. I find that the September, 2010 issue of Texte Zur Kunst is out of print. Follow Texte Zur Kunst link here to subscribe and read further. I also find that this Krebber post continues to be one of Notes posts that is often revisited by readers, and in fact that in recent weeks the number of new visitors and re-visitors has increased substantially. I worry that Michael Sanchez’ thoughful writing on Michael Krebber might not be otherwise available, so I am uploading that pdf here.