SZ | Advisory invited recent UCLA MFA graduate Brittany Mojo to inhabit a vacant warehouse in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, where guests entered through an overhanging porcelain curtain. Toward the rear of the industrial space, a sea of ceramics, ranging in scale, were displayed for attendees to peruse and to purchase.
In an intersection between art and craft, Mojo mutes her palette with a lush presentation of vessels. In a nod to Giorgio Morandi and his still lifes, Mojo will showcase an expansive array of bottles, jugs, cups and other wares. It was Morandi who preserved fleeting moments in paired down paintings, capturing the essence of a still life in its most basic form. His moments of minimalism come through in Mojo's simple shapes.
The beaded curtain stems from Japanese tradition. These curtains demarcate the transition of stranger to guest, forcing us to bow upon entry - commanding respect for both the space and the host. Here, however, the artist has cut away at the draped ceramics, eliminating formality. As a physical incarnation of a rite of passage, Mojo alludes to her transition from known to unknown, from student to working artist, and for us from stranger to patron. Mojo encourages visitors to take away physical mementos of the experiential installation.