excess | liquidity opens january 30th with reception 4pm – 7pm.
SUPERFRONT LA is proud to present excess | liquidity, an exhibit on the 5th floor of the pacific design center, during the inaugural art los angeles contemporary fair.
sited on the 5th floor of the pacific design center, excess | liquidity presents a survey of recent work by experimental architectural practice x|a, exploring liquid form as architectural vocabulary. x|a deploys film-maker’s special effects software to generate architectural form through animated movement and fluid behaviors. works are exhibited as physical prototypes, drawings, and animations.
excess | liquidity also presents a single work entitled “fair.” los angeles artist farrah karapetian responds to the context of art los angeles contemporary with a text-based piece that presents the word “fair” as a tin casing lit by embedded fluorescents, but without the customary translucent facade of active signage. the piece evokes at once the urban streetscape and late 20th century conceptual art practices.
the title of the disjointed exhibit evokes the contemporary economic context, which affects both art practices and architectural production. can liquid architecture be understood as a metaphor for the liquidity of global capital? can conceptual art practices offer a lens to interrogate the formal movements of architectural production? what is fair between art and architecture, between art dealers and art collectors, between excess and its aftermath? these are some of the questions evoked.
excess | liquidity is partly enabled by a generous donation from walter mcewen, jr