The artists and architects for Group XLV (October 2017 – March 2018) are Guillermo Acosta, Alejandra Avalos and Alan Rios, Flora Hauser, and Baptist Penetticobra.
Guillermo Acosta, Alejandra Avalos and Alan Rios
Guillermo Acosta, Alejandra Avalos and Alan Rios form the Mexico City-based architectural collective WASA. In L.A. they are exploring new ways of understanding and creating private space. How can the house adapt to the uncertainty of the day-to-day, keeping the essence of the ordinary by making something extraordinary?
Vienna-based artist Flora Hauser is working with the German notion of Heimat. Best translated into English as homeland or home, it is detached from geography and jurisdiction and built, rather, on a deeply personal sense of place. By looking inward during her “displacement” in Los Angeles, a culturally familiar and yet foreign environment to the artist, she is deconstructing her own sense of Heimat and reflecting on the transferability of this notion to the discourse of contemporary art practice.
Paris-based artist Baptist Penetticobra is doing a spatial exploration of strip malls, an American commercial phenomenon of a conglomerate of independent businesses. Each separate retail unit is harbored within the same one- or two-storied building, shares an open-air parking lot, and often has a 24/7 component. The artist is creating multi-media cartography of these spaces while in Los Angeles.