Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is pleased to show solo presentations of new work by Kristin Calabrese, Monique van Genderen and Mindy Shapero in three gallery spaces. The exhibitions juxtapose three unique and very different approaches to art making that are each steeped in a distinct dialogue with art from the west coast.
In the fourth gallery, Mindy Shapero presents a group of objects and two-dimensional works, including one of her largest sculptures to date. Covered in a mosaic of glass tiles, this monumental mask-like form is the result of a labor-intensive studio practice that generates visual mythologies specific to each artwork. In Shapero's practice, formal decisions are described in the studio according to often elaborate and sometimes fantastical narratives; these narratives, in turn, influence further formal decisions. This allows her to incorporate not only a wide range of historical influences, but also to construct physical representations of the way those influences weather the passage of time. In the works on view in this exhibition, forms reminiscent of African, Oceanic, and Greek antiquity speak to a supernatural imaginary landscape of visual culture. They include a tall, leaning wooden sculpture covered in totem-like paintings of masks and two-dimensional works that depict heads using a variety of media, including spray paint and found objects. Each work reveals its strata of narrative and labor over time, allowing viewers to experience a kind of mystical cross-pollination of language and tangible material.
Mindy Shapero received her MFA from the University of Southern California. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; The Breeder, Athens; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; and Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles.