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Olga Koumoundouros

Posessed by Glint and Dreams

March 1April 10, 2013

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Olga Koumoundouros, Sun, 2013, Satellite dish, florescent lights, 67" H x 7.5" W x 36" D (170.18 cm H x 19.05 cm W x 91.44 cm D) Gallery Inventory #K

Olga Koumoundouros
Sun, 2013

Olga Koumoundouros, Tail End, 2013, Garden hose, garden hose holder, 13" H x 19" W x 17" D (33.02 cm H x 48.26 cm W x 43.18 cm D)

Olga Koumoundouros
Tail End, 2013

Olga Koumoundouros, Olga Koumoundouros "Moon", 2013 Paper pulp, mirror, chrome paint and spandex 28" H x 28" W x 15" D (71.12 cm H x 71.12 cm W x 38.1 cm D) Gallery Inventory #KOU190 Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer

Olga Koumoundouros
Moon, 2013

Olga Koumoundouros, Possessed by Glint and Dreams, Installation shot including "Gold Roof", 2013 Wood, painters tarps, gold paint and bed sheets; From “A Notorious Possession”, site specific installation in Los Angeles, CA

Olga Koumoundouros: Possessed by Glint and Dreams
Installation view

Olga Koumoundouros, Leprechaun Trap, 2013, Couch, aqua-resin, marble counter top, acrylic spray paint, 100" H x 58" W x 42" D (254 cm H x 147.32 cm W x 106.68 cm D)

Olga Koumoundouros
Leprechaun Trap, 2013

Olga Koumoundouros, All Together, 2013, Table and found objects, glitter and colored resin, 37.5" H x 54.5" W x 17" D (95.25 cm H x 138.43 cm W x 43.18 cm D)

Olga Koumoundouros
All Together, 2013

Olga Koumoundouros, Flat Screen, 2013, TV, plastic cast, Scrabble board, game pieces, bottle caps, glitter and colored resin, 37.5" H x 54.5" W x 17" D (95.25 cm H x 138.43 cm W x 43.18 cm D)

Olga Koumoundouros
Flat Screen, 2013

Olga Koumoundouros, Olga Koumoundouros "Ice Box", 2013 Refrigerator door handles, collage of artist, friends and neighbors ephemera photos, drywall, joint compound 96" x 48" x 6" Gallery Inventory #KOU192 Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; Photo credit: Rob

Olga Koumoundouros
Ice Box, 2013

Olga Koumoundouros, House as Dictator, 2013, Found recliner, wood, stucco, electric motor, 38" H x 58" W x 30" D (96.52 cm H x 147.32 cm W x 76.2 cm D)

Olga Koumoundouros
House as Dictator, 2013

Olga Koumoundouros, Delivered Meals , 2013, Plasticine, modeling wire, resin, and found objects, 29" H x 25" W x 20" D (73.66 cm H x 63.5 cm W x 50.8 cm D)

Olga Koumoundouros
Delivered Meals , 2013

Press Release

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is pleased to present a solo exhibition of sculpture and installation by Olga Koumoundouros. Koumoundouros work addresses a fundamental tenet of the American Dream, home ownership, inviting viewers to consider the ties emotional, financial, and psychological that bind us to the place we call home. Recently she re-contextualized the focus of her work by taking possession of an abandoned house in her neighborhood, thus becoming both storyteller and protagonist in a narrative that equally chronicles the political and personal fallout of the recent housing market collapse. Entitled A Notorious Possession, she treated the home as a monumental readymade, covering it entirely in gold paint and, by moving in, weaving her own personal narrative and desires into the real and imagined story of the previous owners.

In this exhibition, Koumoundouros presents the gold canvases that covered the rooftop of the occupied home. Here, it has been re-assembled as a full-scale roof which hangs upside down from the ceiling and spans the first two galleries. Koumoundouros invites viewers into a world of displacement and desire in which abandoned couches grow appendages, a refrigerator door holds a cipher of conflated lives, a crematory urn acts as a kind of celestial mailbox, and a Lazy-Boy recliner like Sisyphus is allowed no rest. A sprayed rainbow encircles the space, while dyed thrift-store sheets knotted into escape ropes co-mingle with objects both new and retrieved from an amalgam of histories. Extrapolating from the objects left behind, from interviews with neighbors and by drawing from her own imagination, Koumoundouros insinuates her own life into the abandoned home to create a haunting narrative that is emotional, confusing, and generous defying both easy categorization and a simple solution.

Olga Koumoundouros received her MFA from the California Institute for the Arts in 2001. She has had recent solo exhibitions at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA; REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA; and Rogue Wave Projects, LA Louver Skyroom, Venice, CA. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions including Greater LA New York, NY; Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah; Project Row Houses, Houston, TX; 18th Street Projects, Santa Monica, CA; the Banff Centre Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, AB, Canada; the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; LAXART, Los Angeles, CA; the Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX; Thing, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; and the Schindler House, Los Angeles, CA. This summer, her work will be presented in a public engagement project at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA. A site-specific project in collaboration with Andrea Bowers will be featured this year at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY and LAND will include her work in an upcoming project in Los Angeles as well. This is Olga Koumoundouros third solo exhibition at the gallery.

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is located at 6006 Washington Blvd in Culver City, 1 block west of La Cienega at Sentney Avenue. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am – 6 pm and by appointment.