Friday, June 26, 2015

Trinket by William Pope.L

I finally got a chance to go to the William Pope.L "Trinket" exhibit at The Geffen the other day, and it was definitely worth it! The main focus of the exhibit is a giant flag (approximately 54 x 16 feet) that is being blown by industrial fans, and is lit from both sides, as well as from underneath. It is a powerful piece to stand next to. There is a lot for the senses to take in... the large scale of the flag, the constant movement, the loud noise from the fans, and the change and flow of the lighting....

In addition to the flag, there are other rooms that display different works that tie into the central theme. Like thousands of onions painted in red, white, & blue (see below), painted canvases, and videos.

There was one piece, besides the flag, that really moved me titled "Blind." It is a large, open room and at the far end there is a black hole in the wall that has a black border painted around it, like a frame. I walked up to the hole, stared in, and all I saw was darkness. It felt both scary and full of possibility. Then on my way out of the room I saw the plaque explaining the piece (see below). I loved the concept so much that I had to go back and experience it for a second time.

To see the flag in motion click here...  And if you are in L.A. you still have a couple more days to see this amazing exhibit! Visit the MOCA website here for details.

Bad Joan