School of Art
Ettore Sottsass, Hotel California (Superbox, 2003). | Photo courtesy Centro Studi Poltronova, Florence, Italy.
REDCAT: From September 27 to November 23, 2014, the Gallery at REDCAT will present Small Museum for the American Metaphor, an exhibition curated by Belgian architect Kersten Geers in collaboration with the Gallery at REDCAT Director Ruth Estevez.
Small Museum for the American Metaphor is an exhibition which brings together European perspectives on the American West, and more specifically, the particularities embedded in the idealized fictions surrounding it. The visual argument here is that there is a certain architectonic "idea" that dwells on the celebration of Endlessness as mythicized in the American West. The metaphor is the base for an architecture that blurs the distinction between building and object, collapsing the different scales. It is an architecture that celebrates the fiction of the "wide open" and seeks to re-evaluate/reinterpret the world as a gigantic interior. In that context, a successful intervention is able to define hierarchies, carve out places, and make shared points of reference. The exhibition, much in the tradition of showcasing objects in a defined space, such as a cabinet, "collects" artworks, architectural models, drawings and other elements that consciously fade the distinction between object and representation.
Ultimately it is a show on urban strategies, but starting from the conviction that these very strategies can only be conveyed if presented in an oblique way. The show proposes a method that understands beauty and hedonism not so much as the enemy of hierarchy and organization, but despite all senses of responsibility, its driving force.
The exhibition includes works from artists and designers such as John Baldessari, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Stefano Graziani, Rita McBride, Valérie Mannaerts, Jonathan Muecke, Jonathan Olivares, Manfred Pernice, Bas Princen, Ed Ruscha, Ettore Sottsass, Michaël Van den Abeele, Richard Venlet, Pieter Vermeersch, Peter Wächtler and Christopher Williams, as well as models of past and present architectures of the "big box."
Kersten Geers (b. 1975, Ghent) studied at the University of Ghent and at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, Spain. He worked in Rotterdam for Maxwan/Max.1 Architects until 2001 and from 2001 to 2005 for Neutelings Riedijk Architects. He was a tutor at the TU Delft, the University of Ghent and the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, and a guest lecturer and guest critic for the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, and Columbia University in New York, among other institutions. He is founding member and editor of San Rocco magazine, and frequently publishes essays on architecture in a variety of magazines and books. In 2002 he founded Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen together with David Van Severen. In 2008 they were awarded with the Belgian Prize for Architecture and in 2010 with the Silver Lion at the 12th Venice Biennial of Architecture.
CalArts, John Baldessari Studios
ART: Van der Werve was born in Papendrecht, the Netherlands and currently lives and works in Finland and Berlin . Van der Werve initially started out doing performances but because he disliked the live aspect, he started to film them with simple video cameras. Having a background in music Van der Werve tries to create visual art, which communicates as direct as music. Van der Werve is an avid runner and triathlete.
ART: Allan deSouza is a photographer and multi-media artist. He currently lives and works in San Francisco, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. deSouza engages with issues of migration, relocation, and international travel in much of his work. The inheritor of the ideas and issues of colonialism and postcolonialism, his photoworks, texts, and installations re-examine historically-fraught meanings of geography, culture, and personal and communal identity.
ART: A.L. Steiner was born in 1967 in Miami Florida and currently works and lives in Los Angeles. Her work includes photographic installation and collage, video, and performance. She is also a lecturer and author, a collective member of Chicks on Speed, co-curator of Ridykeulous, and co-founder/organizer of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.). Her work encompasses “queer and eco-feminist androgyny”.
ART: David Frantz is a curator based in Los Angeles. He is the curator of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives,the independent, community-partner of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. The ONE Archives Foundation collects, preserves, and protects LGBTQ history, art, and culture in collaboration with ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.
ART: Zackary Drucker lives and works in Los Angeles. She earned an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005. Zackary Drucker is an artist who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality and seeing. Her participatory art works complicate established binaries of viewer and subject, insider and outsider, and male and female in order to create a complex image of the self.
ART: The Program in Graphic Design welcomes Emily Luce and Rodney Sayers.
ART: Nancy Lupo is part of an emerging vanguard recalibrating the production of the art object. Like Gerhard Richter’s 1963 Life with Pop installation, Lupo creates a domestic architecture of furniture: however, rather than address the commercial consumption of art, her work often focuses on latent ideologies and the emotional fallout within commercial consumption itself.
ART: Jeffrey Vallance is a Los Angeles based artist whose multi-disciplinary practice engages in anthropological and art-historical myth, faith, ritual, and political pop culture. His work stems from his own personal life experiences and maintains a critical but humorous eye.