Raimund Pleschberger / Group XXVI, Apr 08 - Sep 08
8/21/08 to 8/24/08
MAK Center for Art and Architecture L.A. at the Schindler House, 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069
During his residency, Austrian artist Raimund Pleschberger worked on a series of objects, still lives, and phrases under the rubric, "The Extended Ornament." While these works did not look like conventional ornaments, they shared some basic properties of “non-autonomous” artworks. They were either dependent on another object to carry them, were symmetrically ordered, had a strong rhetorical component, or served an obviously decorative purpose. For the Final Projects exhibition, Pleschberger showed a photo documentation of “stucco-prototypes” that he had attached to different spatial settings in Los Angeles. These works explored the effects a small sculptural intervention can have within an anonymous urban space. Another body of work Pleschberger exhibited documented ornamental arrangements he had composed using objects of daily life found at the Mackey Apartments. The third component of the Final Projects presentation was a collection of “ornamental” phrases projected onto Schindler’s architecture. These explored the idea of rhetoric as the linguistic counterpart to ornament and attempted to merge the two disciplines into a single form.