Faculty member Oona Gardner in "the mañana show" at Chime and Co.


the mañana show

April 2–29, 2011
Opening reception: Saturday, April 2, 2011, 7–10 pm
with piñata and book party

Chime and Co.
512 N. Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089

An inaugural exhibition of work by contributors to Mañana por la Mañana: Laura Bouza, Riah Buchanan, Oona Gardner, Sascha Goldhor, Eileen Levinson, Tanya Rubbak

Mañana por la Mañana is a Los Angeles-based salon of women artists, writers, filmmakers, and designers, who meet regularly in living rooms or backyards and sometimes museums to read and interpret critical theory. Most readings relate to aesthetic practice, language, and gender.

For this project at Chime and Co., Mañana por la Mañana extended their conversation among verbal exchange and dialogue to activate their individual practices. The generative energy of the group provided material for each artist to make work from. Participants developed a prompt based on a text read over the past year, then solicited responses from the rest of the group. The prompt functions as an entry point or directive.

Participants had the freedom to use the responses as they would any raw material or medium, in whatever way they saw fit. What happens in the process of translating text into work, assimilating ideas through actions? What becomes evident in this exercise is the activity of the artist as a translator and interpreter; between text and medium, group and individual, text and individual, medium and self. By making work out of the work of others, the Mañanas are becoming a kind of rhizome, interdependent, revealing the traces of their past, and of their associations, while at the same time evolving and transgressing. The activity of giving and receiving becomes a comment on the role of authorship and originality. It is this spirit of gifting and reciprocity that makes the work you see not just work by an individual, but by and of a group.

Finally, this exhibition experiments with possibilities for contemporary feminist art practice, through ways of engagement with each other and the public. "Publics exist only by virtue of their imagining... their imaginary character is never merely a matter of private fantasy... They fail if they have no reception in the world." What does it mean to move from living room to gallery space; private to public? How can these spheres overlap?

Oona Gardner, Occasional Memorial, 84 x 48 x 52 inches, glazed stoneware, live and cut plants, acrylics, plasticine, found objects.