Much of Lara Favaretto’s (b. 1973) work alludes to the casualties of modern life, often referring to the body and the natural environment through mechanical and industrial forms that change and degrade. Automated car wash brushes whirl repeatedly, wearing themselves down against metal plates; a platoon of compressed air tanks randomly empties itself, blowing silent party favours in a weak salute; fans constantly recompose a landscape of confetti. These animist machines celebrate their absurdity, taking on lives of their own.
Currently on show at MoMA PS1 is the first survey of Favaretto’s work from the past 15 years alongside new pieces made specifically for the show, including a new site-specific installation that extends through all of the galleries. The exhibition also features the first presentation of the extensive archive of images that the artist has collected as source material and inspiration.
Lara Favaretto: Just Knocked Out, 03-05-2012 until 10-09-2012, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY, USA. www.momaps1.org