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Brand Library & Art Center exhibit explores time with ‘Garden Variety’

An image still from Kristen Cammermeyer’s stop-motion work, “a novel ecosystem constructed with
An image still from Kristin Cammermeyer’s stop-motion work, “a novel ecosystem constructed with pseudo satisfiers,” 2018, on display at the Brand Library & Art Center as part of the group exhibition “Garden Variety.”
(Courtesy of Shannon Currie Holmes)

The next group exhibition at the Brand Library & Art Center will examine the passage and retention of time and each artists’ relationship with it.

“Garden Variety” will feature original and previous works by 13 artists brought together by curator Katie Bode. The artists participating in the exhibit are Kristin Cammermeyer, Cameron Crone, Jenalee Harmon, Karen Kimmel, Bessie Kunath, Megan Mueller, Lydia Maria Pfeffer, Sam Scharf, Theresa Sterner, Arden Surdam, Sarah Ann Weber, Zach Trow and John Zane Zappas.

For the record:
12:15 PM, Jan. 25, 2018 A previous version of this article misspelled the name of artist Jenalee Harmon.

This is the first time that Bode, a Los Angeles-based independent curator, will curate a white-box gallery but said she enjoyed pulling together disparate pieces into one idea. She called the experience part art hopping, part intellectual inquiry.

“This exhibition is about timekeeping and that is something that can be interpreted in a lot of different ways,” she said. “One of the main themes we’re drawing on is a way that gardening is a form of timekeeping and this practice of small applications of time and attention that grow into something bigger.”


Among the exhibited works, Mueller’s 18 printed photos play with how time is “captured.” The images are made from a digital scanner using manipulated photos of L.A. as a base with scanned images of plant matter added later.

“To me, time is a system and also an experience — personal and location-based,” Mueller said. “Within my own work, I think of time travel in the lowest-brow sense of it, in the shifting points in images as the scanner laser moves across the bed.”

Cammermeyer will show an extended version of her previous work, a looping stop-motion video that focuses on waste management and its detrimental relationship to the environment.

Her installation will take over an isolated room at the gallery, where print image stills from the video will cover the walls.


“Our distribution of waste is a problem that has to do with time and people not having enough time for adequate clean-up or use,” Cammermeyer said. “Stop-motion hints at moments in a timeline. For me, every frame matters.”

The exhibit, which will open Saturday and run through March 16, will include workshops and discussions that will be announced later.

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