Manny Krakowski: A Simple Chemistry Experiment Explained as a Monument

August 20, 2016 – September 11, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 20, 2016, 7-10pm

(Los Angeles) – Monte Vista Projects is excited to announce A Simple Chemistry Experiment Explained as a Monument by Manny Krakowski.  On exhibit will be a sculpture that appears to be a monument, complete with virtual space, and a surveillance system.  

Some things need to be physically diagramed. To describe in a way words cannot.

A diagram is a symbolic representation of information according to some visualization technique. Diagrams have been used since ancient times, but became more prevalent during the Enlightenment.  The Enlightenment was marked by an emphasis on the scientific method and reductionism along with increased questioning of religious hegemony.  This period marked a shift of how knowledge was perceived as truth through the use of scientific methodology and objects (experiments) to describe virtuality. This virtuality is a kind of potentiality that becomes fulfilled in the actual. It is still not material, but it is real (according to Delueze).


This exhibition measures how the monument, surveillance, and virtual space affect our experience of place.


Distance                    Between                Here                    and               There.           

Freezlume                 Between                Freezer               and               Volume.


Virtual Space viewing is available @

Some things need to be physically diagramed. To describe in a way words cannot.

“But if you want to know if a piece of yellow metal in your hand is gold (if it is the referent of the word ‘gold’) you do not consult your dictionary, you pour a certain acid on the chunk of stuff and if it melts it is gold, if not it’s fool’s gold.” Manuel Delanda

Gallery Hours are 12 - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or by appointment.

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Manny Krakowski is obsessed with Minecraft, chemistry, and sports through the lens of desire.  Krakowski received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Art at California State University (2016), Long Beach. Over the past 10 years Krakowski has served as Artist in Residence and staff member at the Pilchuck Glass School, WA. His work has been published in New Glass Review through the Corning Museum of Glass, NY. He has exhibited at Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, University Art Museum, Long Beach, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea. In addition, he has given lectures and demonstrations nationally and internationally at such institutions as Australian National University, California State University, Fullerton, Ohio State University, and Santa Monica College. Krakowski co-organizes WINNING/LOOSING a project space in Los Angeles. Programing focuses on performance and site-specific exhibitions.