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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 “...an 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!