Jean-Pascal Flavien and Mika Tajima
Two person exhibition at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles
September 10 - October 29, 2016
Kayne Griffin Corcoran is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition with Jean-Pascal Flavien and Mika Tajima. While making very different work, both artists investigate social relationships to built environments and attempt to expose the constructed nature of these designed systems. The artists postulate in various forms such as architectural interventions or deconstructions of design objects, all in relation to the human subject. This will be Tajima’s first exhibition in Los Angeles; Flavien has previously exhibited at (LACE) Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in 2013.
This exhibition is centered around spaces of possibility that exceed ideological and functional determination – beyond structures that constrain social behavior and ways of living. This is realized in hypothetical, metaphorical, and physical manifestations by both artists. Public and private structures are tested by each artist in a search for potential and failure.
Jean-Pascal Flavien’s practice is focused around the design and construction of houses, which in turn are inhabited and become platforms for other modes of inquiry. His projects embrace a plurality of mediums, including drawing, video, performance, writing, and book publishing. Designed as functional habitations, each house sets up, by way of a predetermined relationship between the space and its occupants, a singular living situation; and always accompanied by a conceptual element of language. To this date, six houses have been completed: the viewer, Rio de Janeiro (2007); the no drama house, Berlin (2009); the two persons house, Sao Paulo (2010); the breathing house, Parc Saint Leger, France (2012); the statement house (temporary title), Royal College of Arts, London (2015); and the folding house (to be continued), Nouveau Musee National de Monaco (2016). An eighth house titled, dancers sleeping inside a building will open this September in France.
Although they are posed as characters, the houses are not to be understood as psychological beings but rather as conceptual entities, representing ideas, locations, and events in which the architectural conditions can determine the behavior of its inhabitants (and vice versa). Jean-Pascal Flavien's work explores how architecture shapes our experience of physical and linguistic space but also how it can fundamentally determine our experience of ourselves and of others.
For this exhibition, Flavien will present his seventh constructed house and second version of statement house (temporary title) in the adjacent courtyard of the gallery, as well as hanging ‘plans’ (cutout floorplans of the house). The work began as an exhibition in 2014 where the aforementioned hanging ‘plans’, moved into another stage of development in the form of statement house (temporary title). This house includes in its design elements that indicate its flexibility, such as a circular indentation in the floor marking where the bathroom could have been. The hanging ‘plans’ – each slight variations of the structure’s present configuration – as well as cutouts and truncated corners (geometrical remnants of these failed plans) are also present in the space. These document the process of the house’s making: what it is, what it might have been, and what it can still become.
The statement house (temporary title) is tied to the ideas of language. These variables of potential are the framework for the written component to the project. In addition to its physical presence, the statement house also occupies a digital arena on social media. Twitter accounts are managed by writers interacting with and creating the life of the house. The London version was activated through the collaboration of media writer and poet, Tan Lin. In Los Angeles, the artist has invited two screenwriters, David L. Brundige and Max Kopelowicz, to script the daily activities of the house, each on separate twitter accounts. Brundige and Kopelowicz take the position of writers and inhabitant and in the scripts, the house will shift between protagonist and sight of action. The house conceptually assumes the writing platform’s – twitter, poetry, script – architectural plan.