Los Angeles

Renée Petropoulous

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

Throughout her career, Renée Petropoulos has explored the contours of public space in immediate, human terms. Her installations actively question who the “public” is and subtly alter how its designated spaces are used. Collaging together fragments of shoppers’ conversations at a women’s clothing boutique in a sound work titled Nearly Ten Months, 2003, for example, she ingeniously demonstrates the social function of language, the way words form an imperfect surface that separates individuals. And in Is It Possible, 2005, she turns the floor of the San Leandro County Juvenile Court lobby into an intricate word game by fitting colored terrazzo circles keyed to quotations from Rainer Maria Rilke and the rueful musings of young defendants themselves (WHY DID I HAVE TO END UP HERE?). Entering the lobby, one thus also enters an associative net that at once physicalizes anxiety and suggests an

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