Artwork > Installation

Primary, Alice Clements
Installed at Occidental College
Sept 16, 2015-January 17, 2016

Los Angeles, CA – Occidental College is pleased to announce that Alice Könitz’s award-winning work, Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA), has been installed on the campus. The piece is currently on view with programming scheduled through the 2015-2016 academic year. The inaugural exhibition will feature work by Los Angeles based artist, Alice Clements. A public reception will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

Primary is a sculptural installation that was designed and built for LAMOA’s first show at Occidental College. The piece is made up of two painted partitions that are designed to reflect and expand on the design of Konitz’s structure, while politely intervening in the space.

The front partition is made to be stepped over by the viewer. The height of this step matches the height of the initial step up into the museum space. The artist has used her own body proportions to design the partition such that the viewer has to step up and duck under the front partition at the same time, to arrive at the space between the two partitions which is painted yellow on both sides, making it a space of its own.

The dimensions of the back partition are taken from the shoulders-to-head frame of the standard elementary school photo, so that the visitor between the partitions appears framed by a backdrop echoing elementary school picture conventions, though using design elements inspired by mid-century French designer Jean Prouvé.

From outside the structure the visitor inside is visually truncated into body parts by the partitions, and subtle humor lies in the way the circles perforating the partition align with each other and can be used as framing port holes or otherwise break up the view from the inside and body from the outside.

The title Primary refers to the fact that this is the first show in LAMOA during its stay at Occidental College, as well as reflecting the artist’s interest in structuring the space in simple ways. Primary colors and gray reinforce the way the piece addresses the foundations of design.

Alice Clements lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BA from Wesleyan University prior to completing her MFA from the Art Center College of Design. Her work has been shown at Elephant, Jancar Gallery, and PØST in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Museum of Art
Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA