Carsten Höller at Gagosian Gallery Los Angeles
I love this artist Carsten Holler. His show is up thru Feb 24th if you can check it, it’s breathtaking. His first solo show. This exhibition presents several new works intended to trigger the organic responses that underpin the structure of learned behavior, to unbalance the rational mind. A Black Double Sphere (2008) and a Red Double Sphere Hanging (2008) flash on and off at intervals; a series of collaged photographs Soma Series 1-5 (2008), some in focus, others out of register, show a reindeer and a naked woman, reminiscent of Botticelli’s Venus, holding the hallucinogenic amanita mushroom; Mushroom Suitcases (2008) contain the same mushrooms, revolving on mechanical stands; and a bright green cast of a baby Reindeer (2008) fixes viewers with its uncannily realistic glass eyes. By resisting any single cohesive meaning, Höller’s ensemble functions as a strategy that reveals his ultimate subject matter to be the viewer’s experience.
Carsten Höller was born in Brussels in 1961. His works have been shown internationally over the last two decades, including solo exhibitions at Fondazione Prada, Milan (2000), the ICA Boston (2003), Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille (2004), MASS MoCA, (2006), and Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2008). In 2006, he conceived “Test Site” for The Unilever Series at Tate Modern, London, and represented Sweden (with Miriam Bäckström) at the 51st Biennale di Venezia. His work Upside Down Mushroom Room (2000) was shown in 2005 at MOCA in Los Angeles. Recently he opened a bi-cultural restaurant/nightclub The Double Club in London in collaboration with Fondazione Prada for a six-month period. Höller lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.
bio courtesy of Gagosian gallery/ photos of artists work courtesy of Joshua White