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Commonwealth and Council

Exhibition Detail
pulpa flesh
Curated by: Young Chung
3006 W 7th St
Los Angeles, California 90005

October 9th, 2010 - October 23rd, 2010
October 9th, 2010 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
213 703 9077
Wed-Sat 12-6 and by appointment

pulpa flesh


Erich Bollmann

Koh Byoung Ok

Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza


October 9 – 23, 2010

Reception: Saturday, October 9, 12 – 5PM


Commonwealth & Council selects artworks by Erich Bollmann, Koh Byoung Ok and Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza that deftly handle pulp as a material and reinvigorate its surface with pathos and energy.

Bollmann substitutes familiar objects, things and people with paper doppelgangers—pulp extracted, leaving only skeletal remains. Their exhumed, petrified fossils become uncanny, haunting the living and looking awry. These emptied vessels guide our exploration and search for knowledge and meaning in this world of the dying and the undead.

Koh contemplates our relationship to readymade objects through processes of removal (naked truth) and intimacy (close scrutiny). Whether he is removing the waxy coating (epidermis) of a milk carton with his nails to offer a “breathing space” or molding a napkin to the shape of a “sweating” soda can, Koh reveals the world of wonder that encompasses our daily lives and private rituals.

Mendoza painstakingly reconstructs the mundane and honors even the humblest subject with respect. Here she turns her attention to the back of a canvas—using pulp to create its texture, the wood grain on the stretcher bars and the staples. The piece reminds us of the unseen but essential parts that make art.


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