Final Projects: Group XVII - It's Time to Stay Home and Get Some Audience

  • Residency Show

1137 S Cochran Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

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

Beginning with 3 Fireplaces and 2 Bathtubs, an exhibition at the Schindler House, and ending with It’s Time to Stay Home and Get Some Audience, an exhibition at the Mackey apartment building, the residents presented works that teased out the implicit contradictions of viewing art in domestic spaces (private collections) and public spaces (museum and gallery exhibitions).

Oliver Croy’s interest in alternative architectures inspired his installation based on a study of Grandma Prisbrey’s Bottle Village in Simi Valley. He constructed a large collage/painting of real estate ads for “hot properties” and fabricated similarly-themed wall paper for the Mackey garages.

Deborah Ligorio showed a video focusing on her pilgrimage to Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty in Utah, as well as another about domesticity, pollution, and consumerism. 

Materializing the spirit of cross-cultural exchange that is the inspiration for the residency program, the collaborative team of Catrin Bolt and Marlene Haring immersed themselves in the Los Angeles art scene and integrated the works of local artists into their own practice and presentation. Using performance, photography, and installation, they addressed possible physical connections between the Mackey Apartment building and its neighbors. Haring presented a performance, Secret Service, that explored the origins of fear.

Robert Gfader scanned a transparency of a Persian carpet owned by the MAK in Vienna and had it printed onto a blank carpet at 130% of its original size. He also created another carpet made from discarded street banners and an installation using an umbrella-style clothesline. In a separate project in collaboration with Catrin Bolt, Gfader received free ad space in a local paper and advertised a variety of fake products. The phone number led to an answering machine that was part of the exhibition.