Los Angeles

Jeffrey Stuker, Mimicry and the Monte Carlo Predator, 2019, 4K video, color, sound, 10 minutes.

Jeffrey Stuker

Garden

Like his show two years earlier at Full Haus in Los Angeles, Jeffrey Stuker’s recent solo exhibition was held in a residential venue. Garden is housed in the converted upstairs bedroom of a stately Victorian pile in Angelino Heights, overlooking the rapidly transforming cityscape below. Since it opened its doors at the end of 2016, this space seems to have consistently focused on work with botanical themes, thereby providing a perfectly heimlich context for Stuker’s decidedly unheimlich meditations on the fate of natural history in our current stage of technological reproduction—or postproduction, as some have termed it.

Stuker here again presented a single work: a brief looping video projected onto a wall, featuring tidy rows of butterfly specimens displayed as if in the study of an entomologist. Each immobile insect hovers just above a small strip of paper identifying its species in

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