Based in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, husband-and-wife team Primitivo Suarez and Ginger Wolfe have been working together for the past four years creating architectural objects and installations. For this exhibition the artists have built out two corners of the gallery, creating planes that meet the adjacent walls and extend out into space at an angle from floor to ceiling or vice versa. One of the structures is tiled with a common gray linoleum one might encounter in any storefront shop, while the structure in the opposite corner looks to be standard drywall and plaster and features a working florescent light. Situated at opposite angles, the planes are exactly parallel, so that when viewed in relation to one another they become the floor and ceiling of separate, distinct room intersecting the structure of the gallery and sharing its interior space. The effect dramatically changes the viewer’s relation to the space (or spaces) through orientation and introduces another visual vernacular through the use of materials usually found in another kind of commercial setting. Also on view in the gallery’s project room are models, photographs and documentation of two projects by Suarez and Wolfe for Andrea Zittel’s High Desert Test Site. The artists regard the models as an important part of their practice that allows them to bring such site-specific projects to new audiences. This is particularly true of HDTS, which is inaccessible by its very nature. (MM Robinson)
Primitivo Suarez and Ginger Wolfe show at Garden Fresh, 119 North Peoria, (312)235-2246, through January 26.