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View of “K.r.m. Mooney,” 2014–15. Background: Joan Green, Bimetal I, 2014. Foreground, from left: Bimetal, Plurals, 2014; Joan Green, Bimetal II, 2014.

K.r.m. Mooney

Bad Reputation

View of “K.r.m. Mooney,” 2014–15. Background: Joan Green, Bimetal I, 2014. Foreground, from left: Bimetal, Plurals, 2014; Joan Green, Bimetal II, 2014.

Bad Reputation is a small, artist-run project space located in an anonymous prewar office building in Los Angeles’s Westlake neighborhood. Run by artist Andreas Waris, Bad Reputation takes its name from the title of Penny Arcade’s book on performance art, allegedly written in a seventh-floor office within the same building (where Arcade’s publisher Semiotext[e] also rented its offices and provided studios to writers). This past January, the gallery was supplanted by the Cologne Room, another off-space run by Waris, who conceived of the gallery-within-a-gallery as a tribute to 1980s Cologne—this time, his strategic titling was meant to evoke whiffs of the German city’s cosmopolitan cultural milieu. As a single site, Bad Reputation and the Cologne Room formed a hybrid exhibition space predicated on superimposition: Halfway through the three-month run of K.r.m. Mooney’s solo

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