09 Oct 2005 - 20 Feb 2006
IN AND ABOUT ALTERED STATES
10.09.05 - 02.20.06
at the Geffen Contemporary
An international survey of work by approximately 30 artists exploring altered states and alternative modes of perception, Ecstasy features painting, sculpture, video, film, installation, photography, and new media by some of today's leading artists as well as the most promising work by the up-and-coming generation. Ecstasy presents recent and specially commissioned works that challenge notions of interactivity while generating a heightened aural and visual experience for the individual. Featured artists include Franz Ackermann, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Francis Alÿs, Chiho Aoshima, assume vivid astro focus, Massimo Bartolini, Tatsurou Bashi, Glenn Brown, Janet Cardiff and Georges Bures Miller, Olafur Eliasson, Lara Favaretto, Sylvie Fleury, Tom Friedman, Rodney Graham, Jeppe Hein, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Ann Veronica Janssens, Ann Lislegaard, Matt Mullican, Takashi Murakami, Paul Noble, Roxy Paine, Charles Ray, Erwin Redl, Pipilotti Rist, Paul Sietsema, Fred Tomaselli, and Klaus Weber. The exhibition is organized by Chief Curator Paul Schimmel with Gloria Sutton and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
Ecstasy: In and About Altered States is made possible by the generous support of Lillian and Jon Lovelace; Gallery C; Audrey M. Irmas; Jennifer and Manfred Simchowitz; Catharine and Jeffrey Soros; Altria Group, Inc.; Gilbert B. Friesen; Peter Morton; Brenda R. Potter and Michael C. Sandler; Beth Swofford; David Teiger; The MOCA Contemporaries; The Danish Arts Agency, The Visual Arts Centre; Mandy and Clifford J. Einstein; The Japan Foundation; and Cultural Services of the French Consulate, Los Angeles.
© Carsten Höller
Upside Down Mushroom Room , 2000
Mushrooms: polystyrol, polyester, wood, paint, metal construction, electrical motors; ca. 4 revolutions per minute; length: 2-10 ft, cap diameter: 2-9 1/2 ft;
Room: plasterboard, wood, neon light, glass, acrylic paint, iron structure:
40 1/4 x 24 x 15 3/4 ft
14 3/4 x 19 3/4 x 41 ft
Collection of Fondazione Prada
Photo © Attilio Maranzano