Miranda at Anat Ebgi

Knut Ivar Aaser - Untitled, 2016 (4)

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

Exhibition title: Miranda

Venue: Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, US

Date: June 4 – July 9, 2016

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles

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.

Love,
Miranda

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Mika Horibuchi, 7 of hearts, 2015
Oil on canvas, 24 ½ x 17 ½ inches

Erica Mahinay - Still Life (afternoon)

Erica Mahinay, Still Life (early morning), 2016
Oil on canvas, 10.75 x 9.75 inches

Mika Horibuchi - Curtain Drawn, 2016

Mika Horibuchi, Curtain Drawn, 2014
Oil on canvas, 60 x 38 inches

Erica Mahinay - Still Life (early morning)

Erica Mahinay, Still Life (afternoon), 2016
Oil on canvas, 10.75 x 9.75 inches

Ethan Cook - Two monkeys and fruit

Ethan Cook, Two monkeys and fruit, 2016
Oil on canvas, 49 ½ x 38 inches

Erica Mahinay - Gilded (reservoir)

Erica Mahinay, Gilded (reservoir), 2016
Gold leaf on treated fabrics, 70 x 52 inches

Erica Mahinay - Gilded (reservoir) (Detail)

Erica Mahinay, Gilded (reservoir), 2016 (detail)
Gold leaf on treated fabrics, 70 x 52 inches

Ethan Cook - Swan

Ethan Cook, Swan, 2016
Oil on canvas, 62 x 50 inches

Knut Ivar Aaser - Untitled, 2016 (1)

Knut Ivar Aaser, Untitled, 2016
Red cabbage, beet, carrots, radicchio, 18 x 21 x 22 inches

Knut Ivar Aaser - Untitled, 2016 (2)

Knut Ivar Aaser, Untitled, 2016
Red cabbage, beet, carrots, radicchio, 18 x 21 x 22 inches

Knut Ivar Aaser - Untitled, 2016 (4)

Knut Ivar Aaser, Untitled, 2016
Red onion, scallion, flowering oregano, turnips, green beans, kale, 30 x 18 x 16 inches

Knut Ivar Aaser - Untitled, 2016 (3)

Knut Ivar Aaser, Untitled, 2016
Red onion, scallion, flowering oregano, turnips, green beans, kale, 30 x 18 x 16 inches

Knut Ivar Aaser - Untitled, 2016 (5)

Knut Ivar Aaser, Untitled, 2016
Grapes, leek, lemon, mint, fig branches, 20 x 18 x 24 inches

Knut Ivar Aaser - Untitled, 2016 (6)

Knut Ivar Aaser, Untitled, 2016
Grapes, leek, lemon, mint, fig branches, 20 x 18 x 24 inches

Ethan Cook - Monkey, squirrel and fruit

Ethan Cook, Monkey, squirrel and fruit, 2016
Oil on canvas, 49 ½ x 38 inches

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