Classroom Furniture (24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355), EOB by Fiona Connor originates from silicon molds of various bulletin boards affixed to the hallways and rooms of the currently vacant campus of California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA.
Poster and flyer culture has remained inseparable from the Institute’s topography of art making since the 1970s and into 2020. Exploring how buildings and surfaces maintain a record of what goes on inside, Connor’s casts map traces of analogue exchange between artists, students, and faculty like pre-pandemic ghosts — memorializing material encounters in an increasingly remote world.
This limited edition for East of Borneo is a cast of a bulletin board from the Stevenson Blanche gallery at CalArts, and is intended by the artist to hang at its original height of 49.5 inches from the ground to the bottom of the work.
- Pigmented resin cast
- 16 inches x 21 inches x 1 inch
- Edition of 4
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ABOUT THE ARTIST: Fiona Connor is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. She was born in 1981 in Auckland, New Zealand, and completed her MFA in 2011 at California Institute of the Arts and BFA/BA in 2004 at the University of Auckland Elam School of Fine Arts. Connor has recently made solo exhibitions at institutions including SculptureCenter, New York (2019); Secession, Vienna (2019); the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (2018); Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (2018, 2008, 2004); Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2014); Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2012); and Auckland Art Gallery (2010). Her work has been included in large-scale thematic exhibitions including the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2017), the 1st and 2nd Los Angeles Biennials (2012, 2014); 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); and in curated exhibitions at public institutions including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2019, 2018); Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2019); Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2020, 2016); Auckland Art Gallery (2015); City Gallery Wellington (2015); Christchurch Art Gallery (2011); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2010); Adam Art Gallery, Wellington (2009); Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne (2008); and Artspace, Auckland (2008, 2006).
Read Fiona Connor’s interview with East of Borneo here.