MISERICORDIA at PRISM LA
September 22nd, 2010 by Chloe Gallagher
Located on Sunset Boulevard, PRISM is housed in a three story architectural space on the western end of the Sunset Strip. The mission of the project space is to become a cornerstone of artistic experimentation, carving a new niche for the arts here in Southern California. The long-term exhibition program, featuring national and international artists, promises to be vibrant and thought-provoking as it works with creative minds to cultivate a challenging and diverse aesthetic experience for the public. The space will also look to integrate lectures and film viewings to create a well-rounded multidisciplinary venue. Alongside the exhibition space, the project space will also house a bookshop with a curated selection of texts and products.
This Saturday, September 24th, PRISM will open its newest exhibit, “Misericordia.” Their press release explains the show as an exhibition that “brings together Masters from the Renaissance and work by contemporary artists. It juxtaposes 15th to 17th Century Old Masters with performance video from the 1970s and contemporary artworks. The works examine the treatment of Mercy as represented from devotional paintings to the use of the artist’s body as a metaphor for the suffering of humankind in contemporary works. It emphasizes how these artists explore pain, fear and penance, in the sense that today we either fail to rejoice in God’s Mercy or that we are too occupied with personal matters to be merciful towards others. In the contemporary works we might not be immediately aware of Mercy’s presence. But Mercy can be found, especially in its absence, as a call to action for our society to change. Ultimately, these works demand that society be more merciful, stop suffering, and help those left outside. These artists beg the individual to come forward out of the mass, be responsible, and move to action. Mercy is an individually realized choice.”
For “Misericordia” PRISM has put together a list of artists that gracefully draws connections between artists who not only bridge the gap between disparate media, but span the centuries by exploring themes of humanity that remain relevant after hundreds of years of change. I’ve included images from a few of the artists who will be included in the show, though these are merely representational of the scope of the works, not necessarily images from the show. “Works by the artists Marina Abramovi?, Joseph Beuys, Monica Bonvicini, Louise Bourgeois, Chris Burden, James Lee Byars, Lucio Fontana, Terence Koh, Anders Krisár, Giovanni di Marco, Jonathan Meese, Giovanni Battista Naldini, Olaf Nicolai, Jen DeNike, Angel Otero, Antonio di Pietro, Sterling Ruby, Katharina Sieverding, Bill Viola, and xhafabdessemed (Sislej Xhafa and Adel Abdessemed) will assess how the artistic expression of Mercy is demonstrated, has transitioned, vanished, and in some cases persevered and reappeared through centuries and multiple artistic mediums.”
PRISM, in its nascent season, has already hosted four impressive exhibits beginning with a two man show from Barry McGee and Philip Frost and continuing through to their most recent exhibit “Come As You Are,” a group show featuring iconic pieces by a formidable line up of artists including the Clayton Brothers, Richard Coleman, Dennis Hopper, Clare Rojas and Dash Snow. Between these contemporary bookends PRISM also hosted a retrospective for Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki and an exhibit of late black and white Andy Warhol paintings, illustrating a range and intellectual depth to their curatorial program that is refreshing and exciting. True to their desire to be a multidisciplinary space, PRISM has also hosted sculptural and installation based works including Gustavo Godoy’s Fast-Formal Object: Big Blue and a recent pop-up mural by Retna. I can hardly wait to see what they do next.
Misericordia opens to the public on Friday, September 24th from 8-10 pm and will be on view at PRISM through December 4th.
8746 W. Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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