Fiona Connor

Bio

Fiona Connor participates in a method of working that has come to be known as institutional critique, wherein the architecture, display mechanisms, and spatial eccentricities of the museum inspire investigations into the context for viewing and how it informs our understanding of the art being presented. Her installations often respond to existing spaces outside the galleries and function to make us more aware of the sites we inhabit. While sculptural interventions are a central component of Connor’s work, she often activates these objects with opportunities for activities and interactions between herself and the public within the sites that she devises. She engages in a reciprocal and evolving relationship with the architecture of the site itself, ultimately inciting unique experiences in a place while commenting on its previous use by others. For her project here, Lobbies on Wilshire, Connor has built a facsimile of the first five steps of the grand marble staircase in the lobby and situated it adjacent to the windows looking out onto Wilshire Boulevard. This simple gesture creates a distinct spatial experience that simultaneously intervenes in and represents the site, transforming a commonplace passage into a platform for gathering, conversation, and seating. For a two-week period during Made in L.A., Connor, working with a host of collaborators, will activate her installation by organizing a publishing workshop that will create an alternate “catalogue” for the exhibition.

Gallery

Fiona Connor

Fiona Connor. Lobbies on Wilshire, 2012. Made in L.A. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 2-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

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Fiona Connor. Murals and Print, 2012. Foam, paint, wood, fittings. Dimensions variable. Installation view, Various Small Fires, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles. Photo by Michael Underwood.

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Fiona Connor. Reading the map while driving, 2011. Borrowed and fabricated visitor seating: wood, steel, upholstery, paint. Dimensions variable. Installation view, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. Courtesy the artist.

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Fiona Connor. Something Transparent (please go round the back), 2009. Timber, glass, metal and plastic fittings, vinyl transfer, wax, paint. Dimensions variable. Installation view, Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand. Courtesy the artist and Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland.

Fiona Connor

Fiona Connor. Lobbies on Wilshire, 2012. Made in L.A. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 2-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.