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“We Are All Guests Here” at Bridge Projects
September 3, 2021 - January 15, 2022
Bridge Projects in Hollywood is a space that focuses on the crosshairs of “contemporary art, spirituality, and religious traditions.” In that vein, its current group exhibition takes the Jewish tradition of Sukkot as its curatorial premise. The show includes seven artists who each have some relationship to the holiday and have responded loosely to its traditions. For Sukkot (a holiday which takes place this week), a sukkah (or temporary dwelling) is built outside of the home. According to wall text in the show, this gesture “acknowledges the contingent nature of shelter by temporarily nudging families slightly out of the boundary of familiar domestic comfort,” and many of artists included accordingly responded to housing’s precarity.
Jenny Yurshanky’s piece, for which the exhibition is named, suspends transparent glass lattice from the ceiling to suggest a porous and ethereal shelter without strict edges. Rael San Fratello’s sukkah built in the center of the gallery is shingled with cardboard signs asking for food and work, purchased by the artist from people who wrote them. Brody Albert’s sculptures are recreations of objects and signage that he comes across in his Lincoln Heights neighborhood, faithfully reproduced in wood and arranged on ad-hoc saw horses and wooden bases. Laser cut wood mimics Little Caesars’ “Hot and Ready” pizzas, elevated here to become totem-like ritual objects that honor the culture of his neighborhood. any of the works extend outside the boundaries of the specific holiday to point to larger systemic issues like housing insecurity.
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Photo: Work by Brody Albert in “We Are All Guests Here” at Bridge Projects. Image courtesy of Bridge Projects. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.