November 20, 2020 - MAK Center for Art and Architecture - Nazgol Ansarinia, Margarethe Drexel, Lexis-Olivier Ray, and Yan Tomaszewski: DEMO
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November 20, 2020
November 20, 2020

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Image courtsey of Lexis-Olivier Ray

Nazgol Ansarinia, Margarethe Drexel, Lexis-Olivier Ray, and Yan Tomaszewski
DEMO
October 17, 2020–January 10, 2021

Online Artist Talk: November 22, 10am

MAK Center for Art and Architecture
at the Schindler House
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
United States
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11am–6pm

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A midcentury modern house is purchased for the sole purpose of destruction. An Alpine family vacation home is dismantled brick-by-brick by the daughter of the builder. City blocks crumble and spaces become debris. In one generation, fully-formed built environments are supplanted by others. 

Exploring the lines between demolition, transformation, and extinction, this group exhibition—DEMO—engages four artists’ approaches to reckoning psychologically with the erasure of history that comes with the destruction of both iconic and vernacular architecture. In Southern California, where buildings are regularly thrown away and “touchstones of identity” can no longer be touched (in the words of critic Robert Bevan), how can artists move past well-tread memorializing tendencies to suggest new critical engagement with and resistance to this definitive contemporary force?

Four different records and results of four different spatial ruinations are situated in the landmark R.M. Schindler Kings Road House: one in each studio, each suggesting that wrecking balls are not final acts. Tehran-based artist Nazgol Ansarinia works with the three-dimensional documents of bulldozer-induced change, as interior is forced to exterior. Innsbruck-based artist Margarethe Drexel prepares to disassemble a house in Austria and “inter” it within its own basement, repurposing the house underground as a mausoleum/terrace. Los Angeles-based artist and journalist Lexis-Olivier Ray captures the decisive moment when place is obliterated by real estate. Paris-based artist Yan Tomaszewski psychoanalyzes, through film and sculpture, the demolition of Richard Neutra’s 1962 Maslon House in Rancho Mirage, CA.

DEMO is co-curated by MAK Center director Priscilla Fraser and Anthony Carfello. 

Online Artist Talk 
Join us on Sunday, November 22, at 10am PST for an online conversation among the participating artists: Nazgol Ansarinia, Margarethe Drexel, Lexis-Olivier Ray and Yan Tomaszewski, moderated by co-curator Anthony Carfello. Please register in advance for this webinar using this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Thank You 
This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the MaddocksBrown Foundation, FORT:LA, Pasadena Art Alliance, Land Tirol, Green Art Gallery, and the City of West Hollywood. 

About MAK Center for Art and Architecture
The MAK Center is a contemporary, experimental, multi-disciplinary center for art and architecture headquartered in architect Rudolph M. Schindler’s House and Studio (1922) in West Hollywood.

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