Venue: Parker, Los Angeles
Exhibition Title: Busy Box
Date: September 8 – October 19, 2019
Full gallery of images, press release, and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Parker, Los Angeles
Parker Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of new work by Hannah Greely, the artist’s second at the gallery since her debut presentation in 2017. Known for her imaginative sculptures of commonplace objects that teeter on the edge of the absurd, the artist’s works are simultaneously imbued with a sense of ambiguity and humor, fantasy and reality. At turns uncanny and surreal, Greely’s subjects are both of and outside of this world.
For this exhibition, the artist has created a colorful environment in which distinct works can be read in a loose narrative. Among the works on view are a standalone door, whose knobs, hinges, nails, and accessories are inlaid into the surface, denying the structure its traditional functionality. Elsewhere, suggestions of the home and built environment are echoed in a tabletop vase with flowers and wilted tools. Here, the vase becomes a domestic toolbox in which all elements playfully conform to the logic of plant life.
A second tabletop sculpture personifies the phrase “alphabet soup.” Derived from the form of a typewriter, the keys melt down into a pool of letters, approaching language but ultimately denying semantic content.
The sole figure in the exhibition is represented by a life-size bust outfitted in a baseball cap. The artist has positioned binoculars in the place of eyes, allowing the viewer to assume the figure’s point of view, while simultaneously looking through him. This duality confuses the distinction between self and other, while also lending the piece an active presence: what we see through his “eyes” is subject to the activities taking place outside.
Greely creates an alternate world below ground in The Colony. Delicately rendered ants meander through curvilinear passageways of their own making, stopping to have a drink here, a bath there, or simply to socialize on their way to or from the world above, which is represented by two standalone buildings, one a DMV, and the other a hair salon. Their diverse activities and the structures they engage with suggest the dynamic social systems inherent to ant colonies, while also providing a window into an alien culture whose networks are not easily decoded. Through material experimentation and the use of vivid tableaus, Greely points to the objects and events that characterize our everyday experiences, ren- dering them somewhere between fiction and reality.
Link: Hannah Greely at Parker