SMMOA [The Santa Monica Museum of Art] has a whopping amount of awesome artwork on display from now until December 2012. Their space is nestled inside the Bergamot Station community, which is like a radical suburb of art galleries contained in an oasis just off Olympic Blvd and definitely worth checking out if you’ve never been.
This particular showing of work is segmented into three exhibits. So, the first photos you’ll see in this post are works by Agnes Denes, an established artist whose career began in the 1960s. However, her pieces in “body prints, philosophical drawings, and map projections” were all executed from 1969-1978 and feature imagery reflecting upon the title. For example the first thing that caught my attention was the imprint of a breast on mathematical grid paper, followed by various stamps of dicks with the title of Napoleon Complex above them.
The second section of photos features the excellant installation by Kianja Strobert, which was curated by Jeffrey Uslip. Kianja is a young artist from New York who is the first person I’ve seen use the super radical colored sand we all filled glass bottles with when we were children in a fine art environment in addition to thin strings of flashing LED lights. It was really cool.
Then lastly is “Rudy’s Ramp of Remainders” by Michael Queenland, who is also an assistant professor of sculpture at Yale University’s Graduate School of Art. The installation features a set-up that reminds one of a storage facility of the future, complete with hundreds of cereal boxes and dark balloons that serve as containers. It’s half messy and half perfectly organized, with subtle triggers placed everywhere around you, like newspaper articles that are just barely revealed and giant ziplock bags filled with innuendos.
Agnes Denes (above)
Kianja Strobert (below)
Michael Queenland (below)