Trouble Rainbow II brings its splashy color to the City of Angels and explores notions of community in a gallery space equipped beds, wooden towers, lamps, and a mind map. There’s even a group sleep-over planned that examines thought and meaning through dreams.
Swiss visual artists Mélodie Mousset, Claudia Comte, and Athene Galiciadis have known each other since they were all students at ECAL, the University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland. Since then they have continued to work together despite their dispersed locations in Berlin (Comte), Zurich (Galiciadis), and Los Angeles (Mousset). Their biggest joint project so far is Trouble Rainbow, an installation that looks at intimacy and community and welcomes interdisciplinary contributions into its fold, for example from science.
The work was first shown in September 2011 in Rome, in parallel with Claudia Comte’s residency at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma. Now, Trouble Rainbow II heads to Los Angeles, closer to where Mousset is attending CalArts, and to the up-and-coming Chinatown gallery, Favorite Goods.
In contrast to the Rome installation, which was designed as an imaginary space for exile, Trouble Rainbow II is a place to explore community. The exhibition opens December 10, 2011, and includes numerous events from conferences to musical performances by Los Angeles’s Dark Fare collective to group sleep-overs in collaboration with Shahin Shaki of UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, head of the GREX Institute for the Study of Social Systems. A corresponding publication accompanies the exhibition.
Trouble Rainbow III is scheduled to be shown in Zurich in September 2012 at BolteLang Gallery.
December 10, 2011 – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
December 11, 2011 – January 14, 2012
Hours: Thursday 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm and Saturday 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
Claudia Comte (b. 1983, Switzerland) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She recently finished a year residency at the Swiss Institute Rome. Her work has been included in exhibitons at Musée Arlaud, Lausanne, Switzerland ; Galerie Darse, Geneva, Switzerland ; Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland; and The Swiss Cube 3, Swiss Institute of Rome, Italy.
Athene Galiciadis (b. 1978, Switzerland) lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland ; Claudia Groeflin Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland; and in group shows at KIT Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany and Brachfeld Gallery, Paris, France. In 2011, she was awarded the Swiss Art Award and Prix Mobilière Young Art.
Melodie Mousset (b. 1981, Abu Dhabi, UAE) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2011. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA ; Claudia Groeflin Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland ; Galerie Marion Meyer, Paris, France; and Salon 94, New York, NY. She has also exhibited with Claudia Comte at Galerie zwanzigquadratmeter in Berlin, Germany, where they did a residency.
This event is supported by the Swiss Arts Council, Pro Helvetia, and the Consulate General of Switzerland in Los Angeles.
Photo: Myleen Hollero