"The Museum changes..."
Activity of the Museum was best summed up in an X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly article (Summer 2012, Volume 14 Number 4) titled "Tracing Chaos: Athestics of The Surf Zone" by Christopher James.
"The Museum of Commerce is a series of ever renovating "Situations," that can neither be described simply as sculpture, installation or even performance... The Museum lives. The Museum is an active experiment and a constantly evolving/devolving (shape-shifting) work of art. Each Situation is a realized manifestation of the Museum in the moment and in a given context. From the moment each Situation opens, the installation begins to change. This change is not predetermined, but rather develops as particular individuals or forces from the local environment act upon it.
With this kind of de-authored, process-driven artwork that uses a kind of managed abandonment to wander into, hopefully, uncharted territory, the end product is never prescribed; it is simply a result. And like the result of a science experiment, it contains information that in turn becomes interpreted into a kind of knowledge in the mind of the observer."
MUSEUM OF COMMERCE (2007- )
Existing as an evolving series of interactive installations, the Museum is happily nomadic. Some creativity is pictured below. Additional content can be viewed at: Bead-Strand Pavilions and Museum of Commerce Productions
The MOC often exists as a "mini museum" WITHIN a larger institution. The Museum travels through various contexts including: Art Institutions, Cultural Institutions, Mini Malls, Outdoor Street Fairs, Public Spaces, and other Artist's Exhibitions/Projects. Recurring larger elements of the Museum include: kiosks, portals, desks, bench configurations, work tables, and tented structures. This page represents a small fraction of the Museum's output.
Installations often include smaller sculptures and/or images of figures. The figures become particular ‘characters’ to help shape, inform, or focus one's experience of each installation. The figures often seem burdened by the stresses of global commerce. Totem 7 and The Shopper 3D are pictured below.
Social Triangles began with the three benches of ‘Kiosk 2’ formed into a triangle for "close proximity" conversation. Progressing, the ‘Social Triangles’ became an: Embellished Bench Environment, Bench and Triangular Table Installation (+ small sculptures), Chaotic Bench and Tri-Table Installation, and finally Bead-Strand Pavilions (in progress). Creating structures that encourage new social intimacy/commonality is the current focus of the physical Museum. Part of an installation at "Bazaar" (Soloway Gallery, Brooklyn) and illustrations of ‘Mobile Bead-Strand Pavilions’ and the ‘Small Circle Pavilion’ are pictured below.
"Pollination" (Curated by Jongil Ma) Gallery Korea, NYC "Museum of Commerce/Sari Carel" (with Eric Legris) La Mama La Galleria, NYC "Bazaar" Soloway, Brooklyn NY "Artisan Fair" Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn NY "Defunct Market Place" Hanson Place Market, Brooklyn NY "Experience Economies" (for Mary Walling Blackburn's Tutorials) The Lab, Boston MA "Incident 46" (with Pilar Conde) Incident Report, Hudson NY "Projections" (curated by John Pearson) Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco CA "Rehearsal Sculpture" (in the Ohad Meromi exhibition) Art in General, NYC "Surf Movie Night" (Curated by Christopher James) Mandrake, Los Angeles CA "Radical Citizenship" (Curated by Mary Walling Blackburn) Hunter College, NYC "Tracing Chaos" (Curated by "the Modeling Agency") Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla CA "MFA Exhibition" (Bard College) Red Hook NY "Front Street Mini Mall" DUMBO Mini Mall, Brooklyn NY "Museum of Commerce/Lukas Geronimas" (Curated by Jess Wilcox) Wassaic Project NY "The Fuzzy Set" (Curated by Pilar Conde) LAXART, Los Angeles CA . "Chatter" with Pilar Conde Carl Cherry Center For The Arts, Carmel CA “Free Public Plastic Invasion" NYC
The Museum is included in "Incident Report No. 1-100" by Maximilian Goldfarb, Allyson Strafella and Nancy Shaver, published by Publication Studio.
SELECTED RELEVANT EXHIBITIONS PRIOR TO THE MUSEUM
"The White Shining City on the Hill" Happy Lion Gallery, Los Angeles CA "Gazebo!" The Hammer Museum (Curated by james Elaine and Claudine Ise), Los Angeles CA "Gravity and Transformation" Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles CA "Neointegrity" Derek Eller Gallery (Curated by Keith Mayerson), NYC "Public Park" Scoops (Curated by John Pearson), Los Angeles CA "Plainer" Torrance Art Museum (Curated by Kristina Newhouse), Torrance CA "Triumvirant #2" Raid Projects (Curated by Max Presneill), Los Angeles CA "Three Attempts at Longevity" Triple Candie, NYC "Sumerian Sunrise... George Raggett/Pilar Conde" Welsh-Beck Gallery, Los Angeles CA "La Tigresa Ultima" (Curated by Hung Tran) Acme Gallery, Los Angeles CA "Auxiliary Settings" Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles CA "Hang Time" White Columns (Curated by Debra Singer), NYC "Park" Brooklyn Academy of Music (Curated by Hung Tran), Brooklyn NY "Summer Show" DNA Gallery, Provincetown MA "Darrin Little/Hung Tran/George Raggett" Crockett Rodeo, Seattle WA "26 Technologies" (with Matt Luem and Darrin Little) 26 Technologies, Santa Barbara CA
George Raggett is included in "Hammer Projects 1999-2009" by Ann Philbin and James Elaine, published by The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and "Gone Wild" by Christopher James and Conny Purtill published by The House of Lazy J, Los Angeles.
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
The Climb is an "instant perspective-altering machine". This Fiberglass sculpture is available in different fades, finishes, and textures.