LAMOA is a platform for an organic institution that lives through participation. LAMOA is currently located on the Campus of Occidental College in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles. 1600 Campus Road Los Angeles, California 90041 Open hours: Monday through Saturday 9am-5pm
growth and consumption-driven economy produces an enormous amount of
stuff that becomes obsolete in a very short amount of time and then
is thrown out, making room for ever new stuff to come in. Often these
obsolete things can be found discarded on the sidewalks near peoples'
homes in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Gabrielle Jennings
photographed abandoned pieces of furniture and has silhouetted them
with various shades of green, referencing the video practice of
chroma-keying. This is the process of isolating a single color in an
electronic image and using software to make that area transparent,
allowing another image to show through the affected areas.
Accentuating the idea of absence and presence, Jennings uses the
sliding doors of LAMOA to display before and after images of each
discarded object. Additionally, triangular shade sails painted with
green screen paint and attached to the building structure will
intersect the space and re-present the silhouetted shapes as places
of psychic projection.
posters will be available to the public.
Please Join us for Start
an installation by Gabrielle Jennings on display at LAMOA October 15
- November 6th.
is free and open to the public Monday - Saturday, 10AM to 5PM.
Jennings is a multi-media artist and Associate Professor teaching in
the graduate Art program at the Art Center College of Design in
Pasadena. Jennings has shown nationally and internationally with her
most recent exhibition being at MiM Gallery in Los Angeles. Jennings
has been artist in residence at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and
200 Gertrude Street Artist Spaces, Melbourne and has been honored
with support from such organizations as the Art Matters Fellowship,
Philip Morris Kunstforderung, and the Samsung Faculty Enrichment
Grant. Among others, writers Harold Fricke, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Cay
Sophie Rabinowitz, and Jan Tumlir have written about her work.
In qualunque lingua, un del parolas le plus belle certo es Gurgulear. Fontane Gargarisar, Fontane
Stuffa-Boca, Fontane Guttear, et Fontane Rost-Grasse es proxima, ma Fontane Gurgulear es le plus
physicamente e opulente.
Del abundantia del corde le bucca parla.
E in le cavo de nostre corpore, sonos nascer.
Nostre buci gutta, le valvula gutta.
E le estate es le tempore quando aqua sonos
le plus belle.
Si il vos place, reveni.
Retorna a Fontane Gurgulear! *
You are cordially invited to Fontane Gurgulear, an installation by Kim Schoen, opening at LAMOA August 14th
from 3—6 p.m. Schoen works with the rhetorics of display across various mediums. Her interest in fountains dates back to a residency at Fabrikken in Copenhagen, where she experienced Tivoli Gardens in the dead of winter. The video she made there, The Second Oldest Amusement, was shown alongside another video, Have You Never Let Someone Else Be Strong (shot un-permitted at the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas) at her 2015-2016 solo show at MMoCA. Wet Technologyy, a suite of performative photographs made in 2015, features ornamental fountain nozzles put to new use. Fontane Gurgulear (The Drooling Fountain) now continues her line of inquiry into the pathetic aspects of the often spectacular or propagandistic uses of fountains as emblems of power, prestige and accretions of wealth. Schoen’s work re-inserts the idea of the human body back into the mechanics of display that we are routinely confronted with.
The brochure’s text that advertises Fontane Gurgulear (featured above) is written in Occidental Language. Occidental is an invented language, devised in the 1920s by Edgar de Wahl based on various Western (Occidental) languages. In addition to the brochure, a series of posters advertising the fountain are located around the Occidental College Campus, featuring empty fountains and their exposed piping, reflected in the installation at LAMOA.
Kim Schoen holds an MFA from CalArts (2005) and a Masters in Philosophy from the Royal College of Art in London (2008). Recent exhibitions of her work include Komma, (Kunstverein Springhornhof, Germany) Have You Never Let Someone Else Be Strong, (MMoCA), duh? Art & Stupidity (Focal Point Gallery, UK), Imitation Game (Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE), Remembering Forward: (LAXART, L.A.), Objective Considerations of Contemporary Phenomena (MOTInternational Projects, London), and Stupidious (South London Gallery, London). Schoen’s work has been written about in the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, and her essays on repetition and photography (“The Serial Attitude Redux”, “The Expansion of the Instant”) have been published in X-TRA Quarterly for Contemporary Art. Kim is also the co-founder and editor of MATERIAL Press.
* (Translation from Occidental Language to English Language)
The Drooling Fountain—you’ve got to come to see this!
One of the most beautiful words in any language would be drooling.
The Gargling Fountain, The Gagging Fountain, The Dribbling Fountain, and The Dripping Fountain come close, but The Drooling Fountain is the most physical and opulent. Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. In the recesses of our body, sounds spring forth.
Our mouths are running; the taps are running.
Summer is the season when water sounds most beautiful.
So please, return. Return to The Drooling Fountain!
Scott Marvel Cassidy's project at LAMOA deals with gentrification, both as a phenomenon in local areas of Los Angeles such as as the Eagle Rock/Highland Park area and as a development that includes and affects the art world on multiple levels. His observations are displayed in a structure of thin plywood housing three dioramas. Cassidy's paintings, drawings and sculptures represent reality in a dreamlike state. His work focuses on the intersecting themes of memory, the immediate physical environment and the quandaries of referring to paintings as purely representational.
From Campus Road at Occidental College walk up to the fountain, turn right at the chapel, and walk downstairs by the library.
Photos by Rachel Bank, John Pearson and Jack Baker