Ross McLain, Los Angeles, Given: 1. Los Angeles 2. Jordan Wines
"Given: 1. Los Angeles 2. Jordan Wines"
framed screenprint with viewing device
24 x 36 inches
Los Angeles, to me, embodies like no other place the dualistic nature of existence - sunshine and noir; a city of millions and yet a potentially very lonely city; and Hollywood's endless fabrication of ever more elaborate fictions vs. an increasingly homogenized reality. Wine is another particularly poignant example of the dualism of life - a potent symbol of luxury and pleasure, yet simultaneously one of decadence and abjection.
My piece is exploring this shared duality. The "surface" of the piece is an altered version of a classic Casablanca movie poster, adapted to the theme of Jordan Winery. In the foreground of the chateau scene is a tourist telescope pointing toward the Hollywood sign in the background, in which there is a small hole in the poster. Through this peephole viewers see an altered version of Duchamp's famous work "Etant Donnes", in which the figure is holding an empty wine bottle in place of the "illuminating gas". In this way I hope to give an enriched and thought-provoking experience for viewers of the piece in person, that will be completely invisible in reproduction.