Los Angeles

Jon Peterson

Newspace

In his new work, a series of small shelters deposited at sites around downtown Los Angeles’ skid row, JON PETERSON has neatly grafted function and relevance onto the sadly barren tree of public sculpture, thereby infecting both the milk-fed G.S.A. branch and the adjustably megalomaniacal site-specific one.

Peterson’s work is small, portable, and playfully painted in bright primary colors. It is made to cover one supine body in relative comfort or more if desired. So much for scale, site-specificty, and color.

Intended as refuges for urban vagrants, Peterson made and put out four of the shelters in advance of the show, then photographed them in use. The first was a flattened tube, one end sealed, which Peterson planted, open end up, in an odd-shaped space between factory parking lots across the street from his studio. The piece was interesting as sculpture, but as shelter it was positioned

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