Critics’ Picks

Rubble Division, 2005–2006.

Los Angeles

Katie Grinnan

2939 Denby Ave
September 9–October 14

Katie Grinnan’s sculpture, Rubble Division, 2005–2006, a multiplanar construction supported by bungee cords, rebar, steel, and chunks of concrete, is the point of convergence for “Cheerleaders and Bandwagons,” the culmination of Grinnan’s summer tour across the American landscape. Last May, Grinnan moved her sculpture from High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, CA, to Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, NY, making stops along the way in Aspen, CO; Crawford, TX; Washington, DC; and New Orleans. Rubble Division’s latest installment links four videos documenting its various incarnations during the cross-country spree—site-specific outdoor sculpture, static backdrop for free-jazz musicians, Fourth of July parade float—while playing off the interiors and surfaces of more disparate pieces like Cheerleaders, 2005–2006, an unsteady formation of fragmented, cast-plastic bodies installed in a corner of the gallery painted red and orange, and Church, 2005, a digital image of an American Gothic building distorted to appear as a spindly constructivist monument. However consciously dissonant in the space, these pieces address divisions between the design of destruction and the “naturalness” of disaster, a dualism that Grinnan considers in relation to American topography. Reflecting a terrain fluctuating between renewal, sprawl, and inexorable ruin, “Cheerleaders and Bandwagons” aptly negotiates layers of existing social disorder.