Elizabeth Orr and Micah Angelus at Kostka Gallery

Artists: Elizabeth Orr and Micah Angelus

Exhibition title: City Crown

Curated by: Lucia Kvočáková

Venue: Kostka Gallery, MeetFactory, Prague, The Czech Republic

Date: April 29 – May 27, 2018

Photography: Tomáš Souček / all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Kostka Gallery

…I ask the person on my left: “Are your keystones always set in a red cement?”…
…the man answers: „Very-long-ago a keystone was always set in with a mortar of ground bones mixed with blood. Human bones, human blood. Without the bloodbond the arch would fall, you see. We use the blood of animals, these days.“ (Ursula Le Guin: The Left Hand of Darkness)

Research of Czech monuments and public sculpture led U.S. based artist collaboration A/O (Micah Angelus and Elizabeth Orr) to propose that violence and time can be embed in monuments. The first large-scale collaboration of A/O, City Crown, uses sculpture as a form to hold ideologies and critique. Walls, objects, and fragments based on historical monuments and public sculptures are placed inside tents made out of printed images. Through this artwork, A/O are testing models of political and formal critique.