Oct. 30, Monte Vista Projects will be presenting:
The Hanging Garden by Steven Putz
Opening reception is on Oct 30th from 6-8 pm.
This exhibition runs from Oct. 30th to Nov 20th.
Steven Putz’s most recent work,(The Hanging Garden) an installation using props, sculpture, and set design techniques, pays homage to the notorious Aokigahara Forest in Japan(also known as The Suicide Forest) . The artist discovered The Suicide Forest during a recent exhibition where he displayed works that addressed the issue of suicide in Japanese culture. The forest was used as part of a practice called Ubasute during the famines in the Edo period (1603-‐1868). In which, family members would abandon their ill and elderly there in an effort to better ration dwindling food supplies. A majority would have certainly perished due to exposure, inadvertently making Aokigahara Forest Japans most haunted location.
More recently (1950-‐present) the forest has become Japans number one suicide location. Presently the authorities no longer post the number of suicides occurring within the forest in an effort to avoid attracting negative publicity and romanticizing the deaths. However, the popularity of this location continues to increase in the media; Vice Documentaries, New York Times, Japan Times and numerous online sources have all reported on The Aokigahara Forest. And by the time Steven’s installation is presented, MTV will have released The Forest, a film using Aokigahara as a backdrop. Furthermore, several well received books have been published regarding the forest.
Steven Putz’s Hanging Garden balances between a sense of mystical horror and historical fact, between knowing what is present and what is the past. His installation invites viewers to step beyond what they might recognize as their own mortality.
Steven Putz received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has exhibited in group shows like I Heart Japan, Duke Gallery, Azusa , CA,. and Ghost Show VI, Borderline Gallery, Milwaukee, WI. He has received international awards for his printmaking. Steven has completed one novel and coauthored a novella, both unpublished. Though rarely exhibiting throughout his career, his works appear in private collections and have been purchased by such institutions as The Haggerty Museum. Steven resides in Los Angeles where his studio practice continues.
Also exhibiting for one night on Oct.30th is:
The No Show Museum – Nothing Is Impossible
This one day event will take place from 6-8 pm along with a curatorial talk at 7pm.
"A breathtaking journey to the most remote regions of thinking“
Following the success of last year‘s European tour with around 30 exhibitions in 20 countries and a closing show at the 56. Biennale di Venezia, the NO SHOW MUSEUM is on tour across America
from August to October 2016, including pop-up exhibitions in art venues and galleries.
In Los Angeles, the No Show Museum is hosted by Monte Vista Projects. At the opening on the October 30 at 7 pm, Andreas Heusser, Curator of No Show Museum, will guide through the exhibition and give an illuminating introduction (lecture performance) to the art of nothing.
The NO SHOW MUSEUM is the world’s first museum devoted to nothing and its various manifestations throughout the history of art. Its collection includes works and documents from over 120 renowned international artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, among them, Marina Abramovic, Joseph Beuys, Daniel Buren, Maurizio Cattelan, Marcel Duchamp, Hans Haacke, Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Gianni Motti, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Robert Ryman, Richard Serra, Santiago
Sierra, Andy Warhol and Rémy Zaugg.
The NO SHOW MUSEUM has a mobile presentation space in a converted postal car. It currently hosts a special exhibition entitled „Nothing is impossible“ with a selection of impossible artworks by 22 international artists. The mobile museum has been shipped from Europe to America and will be installed in front of Monte Vista Projects.
For more information please visit www.noshowmuseum.com
Andreas Heusser is a conceptual artist and curator, born in 1976 in Zurich. He currently lives and works in Zurich and Johannesburg. He is mainly known for large scale projects that bridge the gap between art and activism. He is the director of the OPENAIR LITERATUR FESTIVAL ZÜRICH, an international literary festival which annually takes place for the duration of week in Zurich, since 2011. Between 1999 and 2003 he studied Philosophy, Literature and Psychology at the University of Zurich. From 2011 to 2013 he studied again part time and completed a master's degree in Contemporary Arts Practice (Fine Arts) at the Bern University of the
Also opening on Oct.30 from 6-8 pm is:
Monte Vista Projects is open on Sat and Sun from 12- 5 pm or by appointment.