Alice Könitz

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  • On View | Why You Should Visit a 13-Foot-Long Art Museum in Southern California New York Times T-Magazine

    By KAVERI NAIR JULY 17, 2013, 1:00 PM 4 Comments

    Like the courtyard houses of Marrakesh, Los Angeles’s residential architecture turns inward, away from the busy boulevards. The result is a lot of inhospitable public space, but it can also produce a special kind of pleasure. There’s a thrill, specific to L.A., in finding an amazing restaurant in a strip mall, or venturing down an alleyway past a chain-link fence to encounter the Los Angeles Museum of Art.

    Not to be confused with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the gleaming institution on Wilshire Boulevard, 10 miles to the west, this museum, known as LAMOA, is a hand-built, 13-foot-long wooden structure. It sits in a paved yard near a small cluster of art studios in Eagle Rock, a neighborhood where many artists live and work. When visitors arrive, the museum’s founder and sole staff member, the sculptor Alice Könitz, greets them with a friendly wave.

    “There’s a scale difference” between LAMOA and other L.A. museums, Könitz explained, with considerable understatement. “It’s, like, me running it, instead of hundreds of professionals.” As a result, Konitz adds, though LAMOA is public, “it’s also really private.”

    Könitz came to L.A. from Düsseldorf 15 years ago to attend Cal Arts, and her work reveals a sensitivity to her surroundings that perhaps only a transplant could have. LAMOA is not her first crack at redefining public space: since 2001, she has been intermittently working on a scheme to build an elevator to an abandoned section of the Glendale freeway overpass, so that visitors can experience its vast, concrete emptiness. (The project is still in need of financing.)

    While it may be an art piece in itself, LAMOA is primarily an exhibition space for Könitz’s artistic community, a way of “stepping away from art making and just seeing what other people are doing; seeing if I offer this to the community, what ideas would generate.”

    One member of that community is Katie Grinnan, whose sculpture “FYI” is on view at LAMOA until early August and will travel to the Print Center in Philadelphia in September. The work consists of a lime-green steel structure that holds a collection of hanging files filled with all kinds of printed matter. Grinnan asked her personal contacts for “information” that they would like to share and created a filing system around their contributions. Visitors are invited to add their own information or simply browse what’s there already.

    As a constellation of niche interests and a display of free association (one sequence of files includes “Crafts,” “Trucker’s Hitch Knot,” “Jacknifing & Iron Lungs,” “Building & Machines” and “Noise & Capitalism”), “FYI” evokes social media or Web surfing. The floor, in fact, is tiled with pictures pulled from YouTube. But in an aggressively bricks-and-mortar gesture, the screen grabs are printed on concrete. “I wanted you to stand on those images,” Grinnan explained. “I didn’t want to mirror the space of the computer.”

    To Könitz, “FYI” is “a little bit like Facebook but completely different. It’s like an archaic version of it.” So archaic that in order to share, you have to show up: “You have to walk down this alley,” she said. “You can find it on the Internet, everyone can come, but you don’t really come as an anonymous guest. You sort of have to deal with me, and you will deal with the art.”

    The museum is open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment; “FYI” is on view through August 11. 4328 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles;

    Posted by alice on 7/30/13 in Press | Permalink
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    January 30–April 16, 2013

    Practitioners and the public share exchanges across disciplines and national boundaries in salons, exhibition and publication

    (West Hollywood, January 15, 2013) The MAK Center for Art and Architecture and ForYourArt host DIALOGUES: Art/Architecture, Paris/Los Angeles, an event in several modes that brings together artists and architects from Paris and L.A. to share their experiences and ideas. Leading off will be a series of three discussions at the Schindler House, followed by an exhibition of drawings and models at ForYourArt, as well as a final panel discussion for the launch of the publication that will gather works by the participants, documentation of their exchanges, and essays.

    DIALOGUES is organized by Francois Perrin, a French architect practicing in Los Angeles. He previously curated the exhibition Yves Klein: Air Architecture at the MAK Center in 2004. Participating artists and architects have been invited based on their continuing cross-disciplinary work. Several of the artists often work in the architectural field, and many of the architects collaborate with artists. DIALOGUES contributors include: Doug Aitken, Berdaguer/Pejus, Barbara Bestor, Claude Collins-Stracensky, Dahlqvist/Hommert, Escher/Gunewardena, Didier Faustino, Yona Friedman, Cyprien Gaillard, Fritz Haeg, Piero Golia, Ibai Hernandorena, Marie Jager, Alice Konitz, Vincent Lamouroux, Won Ju Lim, Tom Marble, Jorge Pardo, Claude Parent, Francois Perrin, Ivette Soler, Linda Taalman, Oscar Tuazon, Xavier Veilhan, Eric Wesley, Pae White and Peter Zellner.

    DIALOGUES revives the vibrant salon spirit of the Schindler House in the 1920s by gathering artists and architects from Los Angeles and Europe to share and discuss their work with the public. Four informal panels will be presented in a salon-style format that invites the public to participate. These discussions will engage the intersections and differences between art and architecture and mirror the complex relationships between artists and architects, the city of Paris and L.A.

    The public may familiarize itself with the works of the participants through the website, which will present current projects, links to websites, and a map highlighting participants’ work in the Los Angeles region. At ForYourArt, the exhibition will provide the opportunity to see drawings and models by the many DIALOGUES contributors, including those who are participating in the project long-distance. The publication will compile works by each of the participants, along with texts and interviews documenting the DIALOGUES process. It will also include essays by critics and journalists Andrew Berardini, Julie Boukobza, Marissa Gluck, Sam Lubell, Francois Perrin, Danielle Rago, Jan Tumlir, and Mimi Zeiger.

    The public opening reception will be held at the Schindler House on Wednesday, January 30 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. with a preview of the drawing’s exhibition followed by the first panel discussion. Two additional panels will be held at the Schindler House, February 27 and March 27, with the final panel at ForYourArt. On Tuesday, April 2 from 6:00–8:00 p.m., there will be an opening reception for the exhibition at ForYourArt. It will remain on view until Tuesday, April 16. A closing reception that evening will include the presentation of the DIALOGUES publication, as well as the final panel. Events at both venues are offered free of charge.

    PROGRAM SCHEDULE (please consult for updates)

    WEDNESDAY JANUARY 30, 2013, 6-8 PM, SCHINDLER HOUSE Program launch reception and panel discussion with Fritz Haeg, Marie Jager, Alice Konitz, Ivette Soler and Oscar Tuazon, moderated by Jan Tumlir

    WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2013, 6-8 PM, SCHINDLER HOUSE Panel discussion with Joakim Dahlqvist, Didier Faustino, Jens Hommert, Piero Golia, Jorge Pardo, Linda Taalman and Peter Zellner, moderated by Sam Lubell

    WEDNESDAY MARCH 27, 2013, 6-8 PM, SCHINDLER HOUSE Panel discussion with Frank Escher, Won Ju Lim, Tom Marble, Xavier Veilhan and Pae White, moderated by Danielle Rago

    TUESDAY APRIL 2, 2013, 6-8 PM, FORYOURART Opening reception of drawings and models by the participants

    TUESDAY APRIL 16, 2013, 6-8 PM, FORYOURART Closing reception and presentation of the publication and panel discussion with Barbara Bestor, Claude Collins-Stracensky, Cyprien Gaillard, Vincent Lamouroux and Marie Pejus moderated by Andrew Berardini


    The program is part of “Ceci n’est pas…Art between France and Los Angeles” a five months art and cultural exchange. It is supported by Etant Donnes, The French American Fund for Contemporary Art and The Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles.

    The MAK Center for Art & Architecture at the Schindler House is located at 835 N. Kings Road in West Hollywood. Public hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regular admission is $7/$17 with the guidebook, Schindler By MAK; students and seniors, $6/$16 with book; free for Friends of the MAK Center and on Fridays, 4 to 6 p.m. Parking is available at the public structure at the northeast corner of Kings Road and Santa Monica Boulevard. For further information, the public may contact or call (323) 651-1510.

    ForYourArt produces and hosts activities at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. to promote engagement with art, Los Angeles, and the Miracle Mile as part of its broad mission to create content to frame and support the activities of artists, curators, and institutions. Generally open Mon-Thurs. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; please call ahead to confirm (323) 951-9790 ext. 3.

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  • all we ever wanted was everything

    November 5- December 4, 2010
    ============================ Opening Reception, Friday, November 5, 6-9 pm

    Fia Backstrom
    Shannon Ebner
    Patricia Esquivias
    Spencer Finch
    Joachim Koester
    Alice Könitz
    Gonzalo Lebrija
    Mathias Poledna
    Danh Vo

    Literary contribution by Michael Ned Holte
    Curated by galería perdida

    EFA Project Space is located on the 2nd floor of 323 West 39 Street, between 8th and 9th aves.
    Gallery hours are Wed - Sat, 12-6 pm or by appointment

    Go to the EFA Website >

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