Barbara Hammer
Bend a Bow, Sonia Leimer & Stephanie Taylor with Barbara Hammer
Jun 9–Sep 22, 2012


About Garage Exchange Vienna - Los Angeles

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture's programming is guided by the imperative to promote dialogue and question boundaries, be they geographic or disciplinary. Key to this mission is the Artists and Architects-in-Residence program, which embodies these ideas by bringing international, early career practitioners to Los Angeles. In order to expand the cultural exchange at the core of the residency program, the MAK Center has initiated a new, biannual exhibition series, Garage Exchange Vienna - Los Angeles, which invites Austrian and Vienna-based alumni residents to collaborate with L.A. artists and architects of their choosing at the Garage Top at the Mackey Apartments.
The first exhibition, Bend a Bow, was created by former resident Sonia Leimer in collaboration with artist Stephanie Taylor with the goal of investigating the layered dynamics of narrative and its construction. Because they felt her work resonated with theirs, the artists invited acclaimed avant-garde filmmaker Barbara Hammerto include her film Bent Time as part of the installation.
More about Bend a Bow
Sonia Leimer presents a sculpture made of breakaway glass, the fragile material used in movies to portray a shattering window. She appreciates it not only for its curious texture and reflectivity, but also for the temporal quality implicit in its use. The sculpture divides the Garage Top space but also visually connects different parts of the room. The exhibition space is altered physically and via our expectations for its material, narrative time is encompassed as well.
Bend a Bow also features a series of photographs, entitled British Portraits, documenting Stephanie Taylor's 2011 installation Rosángela, a piece that incorporated crates, objects and sound. Created for the LACMA On-Site A is for Zebra exhibition, the piece constitutes an alphabet made of objects that sound like letters. The photos are arranged to create "portraits" of a phrase or name in a sort of still life. Transforming sound and rhyme into the visual, Taylor recontextualizes her work and reminds the viewer that meaning is often determined by the lens one looks through.
In Bent Time (1983), Barbara Hammer pursues a theory introduced in physics positing that as light rays curve, time does too. Beginning inside an atom accelerator, the film travels to various "high energy" locales in the U.S., including Chaco Canyon, the Ohio Valley Mounds, the Golden Gate and Brooklyn Bridges, and beyond. Attracted to this theory by her personal belief in time as continual and circular, Hammer brings yet another twist on space and narrative to the exhibition.
Bend a Bow is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue published by the MAK Center. It includes an introduction by MAK Center Director Kimberli Meyer, a discussion among the three artists, and sections on each artist's work. It will be available on-site, and at the MAK Center bookstore.