Last night DnA DJ Danielle Rago attended the opening reception at LACMA for American artist Stephen Prina’s “As He Remembered It” exhibit, part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in Los Angeles initiative. She reports here.
The installation recontextualizes pieces of furniture from two R. M. Schindler homes in Los Angeles built during the early 1940s that have since been demolished. Individual pieces were constructed using surviving plans and photographs which were then translated into digital drawings by the LA-based architectural practice of Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena and then modeled into 28 three-dimensional objects, on display at LACMA.
Inspired by the artist’s encounter in the 1980s with a bright pink built-in desk designed by Schindler that he saw for sale in a store on La Brea Avenue, the exhibit highlights the removal of these 28 objects from their original context yet reconstructs various iterations of these pieces of furniture through the artist’s interpretation of the space of the gallery as well as the objects themselves.
I thought the exhibition was wonderful. Beautiful and nicely crafted, the pieces of furniture became objects in which you had to navigate through or around transforming the space of the gallery. It was also interesting to see the small conversational spaces that formed in between and among the pieces as well.
“As He Remembered It” is on view through August 4.