The Mini Show
Conceived by Clare Crespo
Curated by Clare Crespo and Alice Lodge
3rd–24th October 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday 3rd October at 6:00–9:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday–Saturday 12:00–6:00 pm and by appointment
1024 N. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
+1 (323) 610-2022
The LODGE is very pleased to announce The Mini Show opening on the 3rd October with a reception for the artists and on view until 24th October 2015.
Conjured up by fantasist and artist Clare Crespo (MFA Experimental Animation, California Institute of the Arts), who has created numerous other miniature and magical worlds, Crespo’s concept has come to life in this meticulous 10:1 scale model of The LODGE. Crespo and gallery director Alice Lodge invited artists to create art pieces to fit the miniaturized gallery space. In addition to scaling down the works of art, they are examining the theme of memory. On display will be new work by Louise Bonnet, Clare Crespo, Tierney Gearon, Shane Guffogg, Miranda July, Konstanin Kakanias, Janet Levy, Geoff McFetridge, Jon Pestoni, Joe Prime Reza, Rob Reynolds, Ed Ruscha and Mary Wigmore.
There is long history of miniatures and dioramas and our endless fascination can be seen in Ancient Greek and Roman cameos that were often worn on the body as jewelry, Persian miniature paintings dating back to the 13th century and the popularity of miniature books with the advent of printing press in the 15th century. In the book On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection, author Susan Stewart analyzes the miniature: “…it is a signification which is increased rather than diminished by its minuteness.” Usually a private object, miniatures invoke memories and longing as they symbolize a person, place or event, bringing something or someone to life. They are associated with magic, reverence, intimacy and looking inwards.
While contemporary art has literally grown in size with larger canvases and objects being produced, some artists have played with the idea of the miniature from Marcel Duchamp’s La Boîte-en-valise (Box in a Suitcase) (1935-1941), Laurie Simmons’ work using dollhouses since the 1970s to a recent resurgence of artists working with miniatures such as Slinkachu and Thomas Doyle.
We invite guests to peer inside the exhibition space of this miniaturized The LODGE and engage with the works on a more intimate level than the typical museum or gallery. We hope the physicality of seeing through the magnifying glass will invite curiosity and provide a unique perspective on the act of observing art.
Please join us at The LODGE for the opening reception on Saturday, the 3rd of October from 6–9pm.
For all press inquiries, please contact Linlee Allen at +1 (310) 666-1739.
For all other inquiries, please contact Alice Lodge at +1 (323) 610-2022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.