Magazine article Sculpture

LOS ANGELES: "Made in L.A."

Magazine article Sculpture

LOS ANGELES: "Made in L.A."

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Hammer Museum

"Made in L.A.," the first biennial survey of Los Angeles-based artists, featured three artists making interesting sculpture-Liz Glynn, Caroline Thomas, and David Snyder. A sufficient amount of their work was on view to reveal their conceptual trajectories.

Glynn's collection of objects was dominated by two large wooden structures made primarily from recycled pallets. In the two-part Anon - ymous Needs and Desires (Gaza/Giza) (2012), a high wall doubles as a wide cabinet with colorful plywood drawers containing cast lead objects that can be removed and handled, while a plywood closet contains a dress and a tree branch. Passage (Giza/Gaza) (2012), a tall, tapering, hollow rhomboid, intersects a windowed, Sheet - rock partition. Minus titles and wall text, this abstract, poetic aggregation offers no clue that it is "about" the 2011 Egyptian revolution. The lead objects are meant to represent items smuggled into Gaza; the rhomboidal form refers to a tunnel in Khufu's pyramid.

Me TV (2012), Snyder's installation, consists of a rickety enclosure of five or six connected house fronts. The interior is dominated by loud radio and video programs, all produced and performed by Snyder. This beautifully crafted space exposes what props up the façades-a claustrophobic disorder of monitors, dribbled glue, shelves, two-by-fours, and sheets of plywood. There's a clear connection between the façades and the sets used for TV programs. The wall text states the obvious: Me TV (2012) represents the deadening marriage of media and domestic space.

Thomas uses plaster, clay, and mixed media to cast, hand-build, and alter functional objects. …

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