TWO SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Yoko Inoue _Mandala Flea Market Mutants: Pop Protocol and the Seven Transformations of Good-luck National Defense Cats_
Jeanne Quinn LaceMath
Exhibition Dates: March 17- April 22, 2012 Artists’ Reception: Saturday, March 17, 5-8pm
Smack Mellon is pleased to present two solo exhibitions of new projects by New York-based artist Yoko Inoue and Colorado-based artist Jeanne Quinn.
Yoko Inoue’s latest multimedia installation Mandala Flea Market Mutants: Pop Protocol and the Seven Transformations of Good-luck National Defense Cats transforms the front gallery into a maze of vending booths derived from traditional Japanese temple fairs. Inoue’s subversive marketplace installation links aspects of Japanese sub, pop and political culture through a fantastic assortment of hybridized objects, many hand cast from mass produced items found in multicultural urban markets. Inoue will be on site for the duration of the exhibition, transforming the marketplace even further into a “thinking place” not limited to commerce.
Jeanne Quinn’s site-specific wall installation, LaceMath, is based on a piece of seventeenth-century Italian lace. The complex lace pattern, reconstructed in a CAD program as a wireframe drawing, is set in virtual space at a curved angle and then produced in vinyl. By pressing pins and stitching wire into the wall, Quinn builds out 3D sphere shapes based on the altered lace pattern. The intricate monochromatic installation hovers between a 2D and 3D space engaging both reality and imagination.