Untitled, Monuments, 2017, will include works by established and next generation artists including Ann Iren Buan, Parker Ito, Goshka Macuga, Jared Madere, Amba Sayal-Bennett and Leo Villareal.
Ann Iren Buan’s (born 1984, Stjørdal, Norway) Drifters (2015) is an ongoing series of large-scale paper sculptures that will hang from the ceiling on leather straps. The sculptures consist of layered sheets of paper, treated with pastel, chalk and pigment, that are drawn over, sanded down and torn, creating a leathery, rough surface that achieves a balance between fragility and monumentality. Drifters is presented by Prosjektrom Normanns, a non-profit exhibition space located in Stavanger, Norway.
Los Angeles-based gallery Château Shatto will present The Western Exterminator, a series of bronze sculptures by Parker Ito (born 1986, Ventura, California) based on the Western Exterminator character – a ubiquitous mascot employed by an extermination company in California. Also referred to as 'Little Man', the figure first appeared in the 1930s and has had a persistent presence on Californian highways ever since. Each of Ito’s sculptures renders the mascot’s form uniquely, manipulating its form by melting, chopping, puncturing and recomposing the figure and applying a different finish to each, including chrome and gold plating, iridescent automotive paints, rubberized paints, classical bronze patinas and hydro dipping.
Andrew Kreps Gallery (New York) will present International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation, Configuration 28, Technology's Awakening by Goshka Macuga (born 1967, Warsaw, Poland). Part of an ongoing, large-scale sculptural series, the work imagines an encounter between a wide-ranging group of thinkers. Taking the original Institute of the same name, which was founded in the 1920s as an intellectual advisory body to the United Nations, as a starting point, the series spans histories and numerous disciplines, including artists, philosophers, mathematicians, and spiritualists – all of whom have influenced our understanding of the complexities of human nature. Each configuration, in turn, proposes a trans-historical conversation between those who have contributed to similar topics of thought across various moments in time.