Alex Israel – Le Consortium
Alex Israel’s comprehensive solo exhibition at Le Consortium—organized with the support of the FABA, Almine Rech Gallery, and Peres Projects—presents several of the artist’s series along with new projects created for the space, from the ongoing “Property,” which consists of cinema props performing as sculptures, to the mural Valet Parking, which recreates the local flora and parking spots one can encounter driving around Los Angeles.
Also on view are the series “Flats” and “As It Lays,” and the sculpture of two giant sunglasses lenses, both a monument to the city and its coolness and a homage to the artists who shaped the city’s art scene like Larry Bell, John McCracken, De Wain Valentine, and more.
“My sunglasses are not my art, it’s just a sunglasses brand, and it’s important for me to be clear about that, that not everything that I do has to be art. I like working in different platforms, I’m interested in various media, sometimes it’s art and sometimes it’s not. But when it came down to making my sunglasses it was really important to me that they drove the same vocabulary of references that was inspiring my work. A lot of those things relate to the aesthetics that are very regional in southern California.” (Alex Israel)
Le Consortium - Dijon
July 4 – September 29, 2013