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Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
HOG TRAP
September 11 – October 31 2021

Installation view, west wall.

Chrysanthe(mums)

Marta is elated to host HOG TRAP, the first Los Angeles exhibition by New York-based artists Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon, opening to the public on September 11 at Marta's Echo Park space, and on view through Halloween, October 31, 2021.

For HOG TRAP, Wentrcek and Zebulon tilt an instinctual focus and curiosity toward nostalgia and pageantry in regional traditions of the American South through seven wall-hanging sculptures resembling Homecoming mums: trophy-like floral wearables popularized in the early 20th century and used to commemorate Homecoming celebrations. Characteristics of these temporal objects are grafted into and onto works that scrutinize the preciousness and ephemerality of these obsessionally-crafted tokens. When lifted from their one-time use, these new forms teeter between macabre roadside memorial and inflated martial regalia . At each sculpture’s center rests an artificial organ-like form, as if what has been won is the corporeal remnant itself, cushioned in excessive pattern and ornament.

These reconceptualized mums are displayed alongside still photographs from remote video cameras or ‘game cams’, used for surveillance by ranchers and hunters as a means of tracking pests, livestock, and predators. The notably sparse photographs and dearth of activity ‘captured’ within diverges from the excessive composition of the mums and their prized organs, lionizing otherwise unexceptional time-stamps.

These elements in concert, HOG TRAP builds upon the artists’ ongoing investment in materials and ephemera kindred to America(na). Wentrcek and Zebulon’s intuitive approach leads to new bodies of work hinging the mundane with the garish, insignificance with celebration, and surveillance with ceremony. They are works that remind one of the frantic attempts to memorialize or suspend moments in time.

Kristen Wentrcek (b. 1984, El Paso, TX) and Andrew Zebulon (b. 1984, San Diego, CA) are multidisciplinary artists based in New York City. Their work is wrought from an embrace of unlikely materials and reimagined craft and manufacturing processes. Recent work has been shown at Friedman Benda, and presented at NADA × Foreland by Larrie, where their inaugural solo exhibition, ‘Crawl Space’, opened in February 2021.

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Detail of Organ 7.

Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
Organ 7, 2021
Acetate Ribbon, Silk Flowers, Thermoplastic, Electrical Parts, Tinting Concentrate, Plywood
48.0 × 14.0 × 4.5 in
121.9 × 35.6 × 11.4 cm

Available

Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
Organ 6, 2021
Acetate Ribbon, Silk Flowers, Thermoplastic, Electrical Parts, Tinting Concentrate, Plywood
48.0 × 14.0 × 4.5 in
121.9 × 35.6 × 11.4 cm

Available

Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
Organ 3, 2021
Mink Stole, Acetate Ribbon, Silk Flowers, Thermoplastic, Electrical Parts, Tinting Concentrate, Plywood
62.0 × 18.0 × 4.5 in
157.5 × 45.7 × 11.4 cm

Available

Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
11/23/09 #2 05:52PM, 2021
Infused Dye Print on Aluminum, Thermoplastic, Manila Rope
24.0 × 19.0 × 3.0 in
60.9 × 48.3 × 7.6 cm

Available

Installation view, facing northwest.

Detail of Organ 2.

Installation view, north wall.

Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
Organ 2, 2021
Nylon Ripstop, Acetate Ribbon, Silk Flowers, Thermoplastic, Electrical Parts, Tinting Concentrate, Plywood
62.0 × 18.0 × 4.5 in
157.5 × 45.7 × 11.4 cm

Available

Installation view, north-facing.

Rally towel on readymade bench.

Installation detail, north wall.

Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
11/09/09 06:49PM, 2021
Infused Dye Print on Aluminum, Thermoplastic, Manila Rope, Nylon Flocking
24.0 × 19.0 × 3.0 in
60.9 × 48.3 × 7.6 cm

Available

Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
11/25/09 07:21AM, 2021
Infused Dye Print on Aluminum, Thermoplastic, Manila Rope, Nylon Flocking
24.0 × 19.0 × 3.0 in
60.9 × 48.3 × 7.6 cm

Available

Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
12/07/09 12:06AM, 2021
Infused Dye Print on Aluminum, Thermoplastic, Manila Rope, Nylon Flocking
24.0 × 19.0 × 3.0 in
60.9 × 48.3 × 7.6 cm

Available

Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
12/07/09 10:23AM, 2021
Infused Dye Print on Aluminum, Thermoplastic, Manila Rope
24.0 × 19.0 × 3.0 in
60.9 × 48.3 × 7.6 cm

Available

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, [detail of] The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, 1601–02. Oil on canvas. 42 × 57 in. / 107 × 146 cm. Sanssouci Picture Gallery Potsdam, Germany.

Gutlessly Slipping Out the Doggy Door
by Willis Plummer
for Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
on the occasion of HOG TRAP

drafts of the hundred dollar bill
little ribbed out dogs
rocks fallen on rental cars
her teeth were lacquered
had you come to see the body?

YOU HAD COME TO SEE THE BODY.
YOU WATCHED IT THROUGH A MIRROR.
LABIATIC YOU WERE HOPING.
THE FISH SMELL IT PERSISTED.
LYING BY OMISSION.
YOU WERE LYING BY OMISSION.
TWO EGGS DID FRY.
THE CHEERLEADERS HAD ARRIVED.
OH LOOKIE LOOKIE.
SHIT UPON OUR METAL CANS.
YOU LET THE EGGS ROLL OUT.
THERE IS BLOOD THERE.
SWEET SWEET FLOWERS.
CHICKEN BONES AND SWEET FLOWERS.
GIDDY LIKE A LADY.
YOU WERE GIDDY LIKE A LADY.
YOU HAD COME TO SEE THE BODY.

they were jelly covered
he put a finger inside it
fat dripping milk curdled
cupholder coins greenly idled

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, 1601–02. Oil on canvas. 42 × 57 in. / 107 × 146 cm. Sanssouci Picture Gallery Potsdam, Germany.

Detail, Organ 2.

Installation view, facing northeast.

Installation view, facing northeast.

Installation view, facing northeast.

Detail of Organ 1.

Installation view, east wall.

Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
Organ 1, 2021
Cheerleading Skirt, Acetate Ribbon, Silk Flowers, Thermoplastic, Electrical Parts, Tinting Concentrate, Plywood
62.0 × 18.0 × 4.5 in
157.5 × 45.7 × 11.4 cm

Available

Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
12/07/09 12:06AM, 2021
Infused Dye Print on Aluminum, Thermoplastic, Manila Rope, Nylon Flocking
24.0 × 19.0 × 3.0 in
60.9 × 48.3 × 7.6 cm

Available

Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
11/23/09 #1 05:52PM, 2021
Infused Dye Print on Aluminum, Thermoplastic, Manila Rope
24.0 × 19.0 × 3.0 in
60.9 × 48.3 × 7.6 cm

Available

Organs 5 and 4.

Organs 4, 1, and 5.

Detail, Organ 5.

Detail, Organ 4.

Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
Organ 5, 2021
Acetate Ribbon, Silk Flowers, Thermoplastic, Electrical Parts,Tinting Concentrate, Plywood
52.0 × 14.0 × 4.5 in
132.1 × 35.6 × 11.4 cm

Available

Kristen Wentrcek and Andrew Zebulon
Organ 4, 2021
Acetate Ribbon, Silk Flowers, Thermoplastic, Electrical Parts, Tinting Concentrate, Plywood
52.0 × 14.0 × 4.5 in
132.1 × 35.6 × 11.4 cm

Available

Andrew and Kristen in their Chinatown, New York studio.

Studio photographs (NY) by Sean Davidson.
Exhibition photographs (LA) by Erik Benjamins.

Marta

Marta is a gallery that hosts works at the meeting points of art and design. Founded in Los Angeles in 2019, the gallery makes space for artists to experiment with the utility of design, and for designers to explore the occasional abandonment of function. Marta’s curatorial and publication programs take interest in both the process of an object’s creation as well the narrative of its creator(s). Marta embraces the intersection of disciplines, advocates for diversity in design, and promotes access to the arts.