Michael Minelli | Black Boxes
November 11th - December 4th, 2011
Opening Saturday, November 12, 5 – 7pm
WPA presents Black Boxes, an exhibition of recent work by Michael Minelli. This is Minelli's second solo exhibition at WPA. Minelli has long been interested in the quid pro quo between popular media discourse and the individual subject. In keeping with his previous body of work, where paper microphone stands, thought bubbles and free standing banners acted as avatars of public address, Minelli's recent sculptures further investigate public discourse through forms that conflate guitar amps, camera lenses, gun barrels and flat screen TV's.
Unlike the indomitable black boxes that house a doomed aircraft's final communications, Minelli's Black Boxes are fragile props rendered in cardboard and rolled paper. Instead of a tangible record or explanation, these new works present mediation as a porous architecture whose holes and hollow appendages suggest conduits of open exchange; in effect, offering silence as both an invitation and threat.
Michael Minelli has exhibited his work in the U.S. and in Europe. In January 2010, his commission from The Wexner Center for the Arts entitled "not by everybody" (2006) was exhibited at the Design Museum of Holon in Holon Israel as part of the international exhibition Only Now. He has an upcoming solo exhibition at the CUE Art Foundation, in New York City, in January 2012.
Open 12-6pm, Saturday-Sunday or by appointment.