Los Angeles

Katie Grinnan

MAK Center for Art and Architecture

In recent years, Katie Grinnan has shown an almost magnetic attraction to ruins. In the summer of 2006, the Los Angeles–based artist navigated Rubble Division–Interstate, a ruinous parade-float sculpture, from the High Desert Test Sites in California to the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York (as part of the exhibition “Interstate: The American Road Trip”). Tugged behind a large passenger van, Rubble Division was constructed of photographic panels depicting fragmentary images of two buildings—one a demolished building supply store, hence the title—mounted on a twisted rebar skeleton. Along the way, Grinnan and an entourage of artists and musicians stopped at ruins including Nevada ghost town Rhyolite and hurricane-devastated New Orleans—often giving impromptu performances against these scenic “backdrops” while mining their allegorical potential.

As critic Craig Owens once noted, “Allegory

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