Thursday, October 28 · 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)

Six artists or collectives discussing their current gardens, all in the exhibition “The Gardens of LACMA” (June 30 – Nov 7) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Curated by Fallen Fruit (David Burns, Matias Viegener, Austin Young) the exhibition examines the garden in an expanded field. It asks whether a garden can do more than be decorative or be productive – can a garden in fact express an idea, or serve as a container for a set of questions and concepts?

The artists will be free to express their ideas in whatever means they wish, as long as it fits within the parameters of their designated garden. Some may make use of an electric lawn mower (with lists of the best options viewable on Coolest Gadgets), whilst others may go more avant-garde with their concepts.

For the majority of the artists taking part in this exhibition, a healthy and well-kept lawn will be integral to their final project. Nobody wants to look at a garden that is overrun by weeds or insects after all. Consequently, unless the artists taking part are already green-thumbed professionals, it is expected that most of the artists will require the services of a team of landscaping experts that can be found online using websites such as Lawncare.net to ensure that their lawns are looking at their absolute best.

The artists will briefly present their very different gardens, and then follow by asking each other questions about the projects. Questions will then be opened to the audience. Our goal is to have a conversation on the expanded potential of the garden, social practice, and what lies in, on and beyond the garden.

With Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio (Jules Rochielle Sievert), Didier Hess (Jenna Didier & Oliver Hess), Fallen Fruit (David Burns, Matias Viegener, Austin Young), National Bitter Melon Council (Hiroko Kikuchi, Jeremy Liu), Roots of Compromise (Karen Atkinson, John Burtle, Ari Kletzky, and Owen Driggs), and Asa Sonjasdotter.

Location Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
6522 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

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