Final Projects: Group VI

  • Residency Show

1137 S Cochran Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

An exhibition by the MAK Center Artists and Architects-in-Residence.

Gerry Ammann presented L.A. ∞ Little Austria, an installation featuring a live cow grazing on a grassy landscape of sod, which the artist planted on the roof of the Mackey Apartments garage, symbolizing the foundation of a ‘Little Austria.’ From the artist: “Los Angeles is an abstract, constructed unit; powerful on the outside and on the inside, a global village. Austrians lost their identity and strength when they lost their multi-colored monarchy!” This leads to the question: “Is it possible to create an abstract identity — a ‘Little Austria’ — based on American history?”

Constanze Ruhm presented There might be a place where one goes to feel better, a video projection viewed through the window of the Mackey penthouse apartment, and photographs of digital reconstructions and re-interpretations of movie sets and vacant architecture. In Il Deserto Rosso by Michelangelo Antonioni, Monica Vitti was asked: “What are you afraid of?” She answered: “The streets, factories, colors, skies, people, everything…. Is there a place where one goes to feel better?”

Marko Lulic presented recent paintings, drawings, and documentary material on two projects: GARAGE 98 (an exhibition he curated in the Mackey Garages) and Disco Wilhelm Reich (an architectural/sculptural installation satirizing the famous orgone box). Lulic constructed conceptual frameworks in a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, invitation cards, posters, catalogues, and curatorial work.

Rochus Kahr presented two proposals: Skypool and Residential House Sailor (Salzburg). With Skypool, a helicopter hovered over the Mackey Apartments and illuminated an abstraction of a pool—a field of small reflectors. Residential House Sailor was based on the idea of globalization, the dissolution of relationships between physical and cultural geographies, exploring issues of architectural versus informational structures.