Knut Ivar Aaser, Ethan Cook, Mika Horibuchi, Erica Mahinay

"Miranda"

June 11 – July 16, 2016

Knut Ivar Aaser
Ethan Cook
Mika Horibuchi
Erica Mahinay

Curated by Miranda

If you pull back the curtain, you’ll find some scene — scattered fruits, glasses, a deck of cards, some animal tearing into the skin of a rotten fig. Each object is carefully placed, backed by a burgeoning ballet of dizzy flies and dusty butterflies. This dinner theater is about a passage; the mundane miracles of growth and rot. Vanity of vanities, all is vanity but it’s about a transition, not some memento mori. I arranged it for you, but it seems you let the candle burn out.

I can’t think of a better place for the smoke and mirrors, seated precariously next to someone’s peach. You can’t help but want the flesh when things look better than they taste. A spiraling curl of a citrus peel is sensuous, but it’s bitter to the tip of the tongue. Fruit is a fickle friend. Bitter. Then sweet. Then putrid. Either way it ends up on someone’s plate, yours or theirs.

Carrion, musk and sickly sweets are to be savored. An herbaceous preparation, a perfume of putrescense hangs heavy like a dead swan. There’s still some graceful gesture in a long neck, she nods to dinner and winks to the wheel. Fortune favors none save some and I’m certain our friends have all found theirs.

But if it’s about the extravagance, opulence is a virtue. I say go and gild the lily. Abundance is a luxury and with all the world’s possessions, there are plentitudes to procure. It isn’t excess if it’s just enough.

“‘Miranda’ at Anat Ebgi,” Contemporary Art Daily, July 14, 2016.

“Miranda at Anat Ebgi,” Art Viewer, July 14, 2016.

“‘Miranda’ at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles,” ARTNews, July 6, 2016.

“A Selection of Openings,” SFAQ, June 6, 2016.

Knut Ivar Aaser, Ethan Cook, Mika Horibuchi, Erica Mahinay

Miranda

June 11 – July 16, 2016

Knut Ivar Aaser
Ethan Cook
Mika Horibuchi
Erica Mahinay

Curated by Miranda

If you pull back the curtain, you’ll find some scene — scattered fruits, glasses, a deck of cards, some animal tearing into the skin of a rotten fig. Each object is carefully placed, backed by a burgeoning ballet of dizzy flies and dusty butterflies. This dinner theater is about a passage; the mundane miracles of growth and rot. Vanity of vanities, all is vanity but it’s about a transition, not some memento mori. I arranged it for you, but it seems you let the candle burn out.

I can’t think of a better place for the smoke and mirrors, seated precariously next to someone’s peach. You can’t help but want the flesh when things look better than they taste. A spiraling curl of a citrus peel is sensuous, but it’s bitter to the tip of the tongue. Fruit is a fickle friend. Bitter. Then sweet. Then putrid. Either way it ends up on someone’s plate, yours or theirs.

Carrion, musk and sickly sweets are to be savored. An herbaceous preparation, a perfume of putrescense hangs heavy like a dead swan. There’s still some graceful gesture in a long neck, she nods to dinner and winks to the wheel. Fortune favors none save some and I’m certain our friends have all found theirs.

But if it’s about the extravagance, opulence is a virtue. I say go and gild the lily. Abundance is a luxury and with all the world’s possessions, there are plentitudes to procure. It isn’t excess if it’s just enough.

Installation view, Miranda, 2016
Installation view, Miranda, 2016
Installation view, Miranda, 2016
Installation view, Miranda, 2016
Installation view, Miranda, 2016
Installation view, Miranda, 2016
Installation view, Miranda, 2016
Installation view, Miranda, 2016
Installation view, Miranda, 2016
Installation view, Miranda, 2016
Installation view, Miranda, 2016
Installation view, Miranda, 2016
Installation view, Miranda, 2016
Mika Horibuchi
7 of Hearts, 2015
OIl on linen
24 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches
Erica Mahinay
Still Life (early morning), 2016
Oil on canvas
10.75 x 9.75 inches
Mika Horibuchi
Curtain Drawn, 2014
Oil on canvas
60 x 38 inches
Erica Mahinay
Still Life (afternoon), 2016
Oil on canvas
10.75 x 9.75 inches
Ethan Cook
Two monkeys and fruit, 2016
Oil on canvas
49 ½ x 38 inches
Erica Mahinay
Gilded (reservoir), 2016
Gold leaf on treated fabrics
70 x 52 inches
Erica Mahinay
Gilded (reservoir), 2016 (detail)
Ethan Cook
Swan, 2016
Oil on canvas
62 x 50 inches
Ethan Cook
Swan, 2016 (detail)
Knut Ivar Aaser
Untitled, 2016
Red cabbage, beet, carrots, radicchio, chiffon, polyester, upholster fabric, velour
18 x 21 x 22 inches
Knut Ivar Aaser
Untitled, 2016
Red cabbage, beet, carrots, radicchio, chiffon, polyester, upholster fabric, velour
18 x 21 x 22 inches
Knut Ivar Aaser
Untitled, 2016
Red onion, scallion, flowering oregano, turnips, green beans, kale, mop, polyester
30 x 18 x 16 inches
Knut Ivar Aaser
Untitled, 2016
Red onion, scallion, flowering oregano, turnips, green beans, kale, mop, polyester
30 x 18 x 16 inches
Knut Ivar Aaser
Untitled, 2016
Grapes, leek, lemon, mint, fig branches, silk organza, chiffon, polyester
20 x 18 x 24 inches
Knut Ivar Aaser
Untitled, 2016
Grapes, leek, lemon, mint, fig branches, silk organza, chiffon, polyester
20 x 18 x 24 inches