Ginny Cook and Kim Schoen, MATERIAL 3
Softcover, 96 pp. + insert, offset 2/1, 160 x 270 mm
Edition of 500
Published by MATERIAL Press
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Concatenation (c.1600, from L.L. concatenatus, pp. of concatenare “to link together,” from com- “together”+ catenare, from catena “a chain”) seemed an appropriate word for our editorial method. An unlikely assemblage of texts becomes connected through this process; uncanny linkages emerge. Wyeth appears twice. Performances interact. In this issue: voices that duel, voices that parrot, voices that hypothesize, translate, and meditate, voices that speak simultaneously. As Roland Barthes writes, we have assembled these textual events, as “pleasure in pieces; language in pieces; culture in pieces,” to build upon one another into something new.*
*Roland Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text, trans. Richard Miller (New York: Hill and Wang, 1975), p. 51
Farrah Karapetian, Paul Zelevansky, Renee Petropoulous, Nate Harrison, James Welling, Natalie Häusler, Harold Abramowitz, Shana Lutker Stephanie Taylor, Alice Könitz, Frank Chang, and Emily Mast.
Ou’s contribution is a gazebo-like structure, made of six large wooden rings joined in a rounded cube. On two sides of the cube the rings are open, allowing visitors to enter. The other two sides and the roof are crisscrossed with black canvas strips that form an octagonal pattern reminiscent of rattan furniture. The pattern originated in China and the structure itself recalls Chinese garden pavilions that carefully frame specific, often symbolically loaded views.
It’s an unexpected vision of L.A. as a sylvan retreat inhabited by a tribe with an incongruous, Modernist aesthetic. (Anyone familiar with Könitz’s sculptures will recognize her trademark cardboard constructions mimicking High Modernist designs.) Combined with Ou’s more austere take on the garden pavilion, the installation offers a vista point from which to reorient one’s view of L.A.
2640 S La Cienega Blvd
through 16 January 2010