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Rugs During Wartime And Peacetime:The Rug Art of Mark Mothersbaugh

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Occasionally it doesn’t totally suck to work my weekend job on the Westside. Especially if there are art openings going on. I got to use that: “Well, I’m in the neighborhood anyway.” excuse last Saturday night. After a “hearty” Krishna carbo load at Govinda’s Restaurant, I and fellow art crawler, MXL, hit Mark Mothersbaugh’s Rugs During Wartime and Peacetime exhibition cum warehouse sale at the Scion gallery in Culver City. (Yep, that Mark Mothersbaugh, co-founder of the band, Devo.)

SCION. No matter how cool, it creeps me out when large companies own galleries. I know, I know, corporations own lots of museums, but it seems like just by being there I am somehow being indoctrinated into buying a big shiny car with a debatable name. Scion…hmmnn, do the Templars own the company???

Yet, Scion Installation Los Angeles Gallery, tucked at the end of a quiet residential street, is a pretty cool art space. They are known for their quirky, look to the cyber-future sort of design shows. You know, the anime, hip trip enviro that all the kids who are hooked up to ipod-phonograph-camera-phasers inhabit.

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As the title says, it was a showing of rugs. Actually, according to the press release, it was supposed to be “ exploration of the imagery we choose to bring into our homes and how we interact with it for the purposes of comfort and peace-of-mind rather than an esoteric sense of art for art’s sake.” Wheet! Wheet! Wheet! Trite alert. Sure, gallery statements are horrid as a rule, but did they have to go and mention “art for art’s sake.” Cliché, touché, toupee, oy veh!