Program Thomas Hirschhorn Stand Alone
Thomas Hirschhorn: Stand-alone
October 7 - December 17, 2016
The Mistake Room is pleased to present Thomas Hirschhorn: Stand-alone, the internationally renowned Swiss artist’s first solo project in Los Angeles. Produced in collaboration with the Coppel Collection in Mexico, the exhibition will feature one of Hirschhorn’s large-scale spatial collages that will transform The Mistake Room’s gallery space into an immersive environment. Stand-alone was created in 2007 and presented in Berlin that same year. It was subsequently acquired by the Coppel Collection and exhibited at the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City in 2008. This will be the first time the work is presented in the United States.
Stand-alone encompasses four distinct rooms that are given form with Hirschhorn’s signature materials—bashed-in doors, armchairs and sofas covered in tape, electronic devices, cardboard, bookshelves, carefully selected books, neon lights, and other objects made from easily accessible materials. The work is a spatialization of one of Hirschhorn’s plans—“Where do I stand? What do I want?” In this plan, according to Hirschhorn, he asks himself “How can I assume a position? How can I give a form to that position? And how can I, through this form—beyond political, aesthetic, and cultural habits—create truth?”
A work in chaos as described by the artist, each room of Stand-alone is conceived around a particular topic—love, politics, aesthetics, and philosophy. The walls covered in “news poetry”—text fragments from news magazines that at first glance seemingly appear to be ordinary graffiti—confront viewers, viscerally, with the erratic reality we experience in our present moment. Ideas are placed in dialogue with each other and associations are forged, materially, across space. While the relationship between art and philosophy is at the heart of this work, Hirschhorn thinks of Stand-alone as a piece for a non-exclusive public; a work that does not just address a pre-informed audience. The embodied experience of viewers becomes as important and aims to instigate the same questions in audiences that the artist asks of himself—Where do you stand? What do you want?
Thomas Hirschhorn: Stand-alone is organized by The Mistake Room in collaboration with the Coppel Collection and curated by Cesar Garcia, TMR Director and Chief Curator, with Hanna Girma, Curatorial Assistant.
The Mistake Room’s programs are made possible thanks to the generous support of its Board of Directors; Big Mistake Patron Group; Director’s Council; and Contemporary Council.
Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Coppel Collection.
Additional support is provided by Alfonso Medina and T38 Studio, Tijuana/New York.