Final Projects: Group XXX

  • Residency Show

835 N Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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An exhibition by the MAK Center Artists and Architects-in-Residence.

Architect and historian Zameer Basrai conceived a project deeply rooted in the social elements of urban planning. He criticized the fragmentation of American cities, be it through the built environment or forces such as marginalization, racism, or gentrification. His project Urbanism Alone presented a series of photographic works seeking to explain and locate the “abstract forces” defining urban life in Los Angeles at three sites: 5th St. & Main St., the Los Angeles River near downtown, and the Westwood neighborhood.

Architect and publisher Felix Burrichter and artist Sarah Ortmeyer produced a publication entitled XXX BURRICHTER ORTMEYER, presenting and expanding upon their research about politics, love, Los Angeles, and Vienna. The book accompanied by the installation KANT ELEGANT KALIFORNIA, based on a text on Immanuel Kant’s dress code. It featured native Southern California flora covered with high fashion garments, a response to Kant’s stylistic sense: he matched colors based on flowers because, “Nature doesn’t produce what doesn’t cater to the eyes.”

Throughout his residency, artist Mandla Reuter prospected for real estate throughout Los Angeles. To invoke conversation on authenticity and ownership, Reuter purchased land in L.A. and planned to transport a layer of its topsoil around the world, to be exhibited at various sites in a layout that matches the shape of the plot. At the Schindler House, Reuter showed pieces and documents circumscribing the work in progress: 330 Waldon Pl.

Pairing domestic goods with batteries and other power sources, artist Markus Zeber gave new personalities to the overlooked pieces of cheap plastic and out-dated electronics that fill Los Angeles’s garages and flea markets. His final project manifested as a body of kinetic sculptures that explored the relations between the movement and mechanics of the human body with that of the engineered world that surrounds us.