Lay of My Land
Andrea Zittel is most closely associated with the remarkable utopian structures she calls ‘Wagon Stations’ which explore what humans need for survival in different ways. Zittel’s projects are deeply rooted in her own daily life and delve into architecture, painting, photography, design, textiles, needlework and cooking. For over two decades her experiments have included dressing in the same home-sewn uniform for months on end, exploring restrictions in living spaces by living on an artificial island and living without measured time.
At the beginning of the last decade Zittel founded A-Z West in the remote Californian desert and began creating the ‘living system’ units in which everyday activities such as sleeping, eating, cooking and socialising could become artistic actions. This exhibition, organised by Magasin 3, Stockholm, focuses on ideas related to A-Z West. It presents work made since 2003 including seven ‘Wagon Stations’ and the specially commissioned Lay of My Land, a sculptural installation in the form of a dramatic topographical figuration of the landscape that surrounds the desert A-Z West site.
Andrea Zittel: Lay of My Land is organised and was originated by Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall where it was presented from September - December 2011. It is curated by Richard Julin, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Magasin 3, with Andrea Zittel. The exhibition includes the production of a new, large-scale work entitled Lay of My Land and a new publication of the same name.