DNC (Death & Contemplation
JULY 20, 2017.
Part of July Kamikaze shows
at PØST, 1206 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA
The Meshki Collective exhibition DNC is the work of artists Shirin Bolourchi and Alex Kay, presented through multiple frames and frameworks: The exhibition venue is PØST, under the aegis of the July Kamikaze exhibitions; the Proxy Gallery is also presented inside PØST, framed as an image inside an iphone screen on one wall. In the iphone video we also see each of the two artists listening intently to a song that is played by speakers in the gallery outside the iphone, while the Proxy box appears empty, on a chair inside another empty room, ready to receive and also package the content of the exhibition. In fact, it would be fair to say that to a large degree the framework is the work.
On the other two walls are grids of small framed delicate and abstract drawings and collages, and photographs of collages on pink paper in a square format reminiscent of Instagram. True to the spirit of a collective, it is not entirely clear where there might be collaborative or individual work; however, language plays a big role here: there is Farsi and Russian, and references to the Indian poet Ruskin Bond and the Persian poet Omar Khayyám. Such elements, and what appears to be a cut-up boarding pass in one piece, hint at an “elsewhere” and an “otherwise.”