Category: C-Monster

Calendar. 04.17.14.

Wangechi Mutu, Riding Death in My Sleep, 2002 (Courtesy of the artist and MOCA North Miami)
Riding Death in My Sleep, 2002, by Wangechi Mutu. Part of the exhibit Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. (Images courtesy of the artist and MOCA.)

Calendar. 04.10.14.

Swoon (American, born 1978), The Swimming Cities of Serenissima, Adriatic Sea, 2009. © Tod Seelie
The Swimming Cities of Serenissima on the Adriatic Sea. On view in Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Opens Friday. (Photo by Tod Seelie.)

If you’re hitting the Mike Kelley show at MoCA…

Mike Kelley's Chinatown Wishing Well at MoCA

The Mike Kelley show at MOCA Geffen has a whole lot of everything going on: child nightmare videos, weird banners, scary stuffed animal sculptures, night-light installations of the fictional Kandor, and architectural models of every school Kelly ever went to. There’s also his “Chinatown Wishing Well,” above, his tribute, to a similarly garish fountain located in L.A.’s Chinatown.

It’s a lot to absorb. But while you’re at it, don’t forget to take a peek under and inside many of his pieces, since they often seem to contain little surprises. Under the architectural models, you’ll find a mattress; a pink dresser hides books about sex and a packet of birth control pills; and inside the “Wishing Well” is a mattress, a box of Kleenex, some candles and tub of Vaseline. (This latter space he once described as a “crawl space/fuck room.”)

All of it certainly gets at aspects of the forbidden he often explored in his work. But they also serve as a reminder that if you’re just looking at the literal surface of his pieces, you’re missing a good chunk of the story.

Calendar. 04.02.14.

Rose Quartz Eroded Tire, 2014 by Daniel Arsham
Rose Quartz Eroded Tire, 2014, by Daniel Arsham. Part of the artist’s solo show, Kick the Tire and Light the Fires, at OHWOW Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Beverly Hills. (Image courtesy of the artist and OHWOW.)

Find me over at ARCHITECT.

Hannover Expo, 2000, in Hannover, Germany. Shigeru Ban with Frei Otto
Shigeru Ban’s design for the Japan Pavilion at Hannover Expo in 2000. Executed in collaboration with Frei Otto. (Image courtesy of Shigeru Ban. Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai.)

It seems like I’ve been on a bit of a Shigeru Ban tear in ARCHITECT. Last week I wrote up his design for the new Aspen Art Museum. This week, I was on to his Pritzker win. And the following day I participated in a round table with architecture critics Christopher Hawthorne, Mark Lamster and Alexandra Lange to talk about what it all means — for Ban and the Pritzker.

Check ‘em out. I am so ready to start building stuff with toilet paper tubes now…

Calendar. 03.26.14.

Untitled, 2012-13, by Helen Pashgian
Untitled, 2012-2013, by Helen Pashgian. Part of the artist’s solo show, Light Invisible, at the L.A. County Museum of Art, in Los Angeles. Opens Sunday, in Mid-Wilshire. (Courtesy of Helen Pashgian. Photograph by Josh Morton.)