'A–Z homestead unit (Commission for the National Gallery of Australia: Customised by Charlie Sofo)' 2012
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7 March – 2 April 2013 | Sculpture Garden
Currently on display in the International Galleries
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Andrea Zittel at A-Z West 2010. Photograph: Giovanni Jance, Image courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.
American artist Andrea Zittel is known for her idiosyncratic approach to space, everyday life and its organisation. She makes sculpture and other objects, clothing, filing systems, caravans and desert islands. The Gallery has specially commissioned Zittel to produce A–Z homestead unit (commission for the National Gallery of Australia) 2012. The work is inspired by Western homestead cabins, notions of frontier and perceptions of freedom and will be on display in the Sculpture Garden in March 2013.
Zittel has sustained a fascinating career over twenty years and is now one of America’s most highly respected artists. Since the early 1990s, she has made art in response to her own surroundings and daily routines: the first Living units were produced as a practical response to constantly moving her studio in the highly urbanised space of New York. Subsequently, she launched her own corporation, A–Z Administrative Services, to provide customised uniforms and work spaces to a broader clientele. Her trailer units, escape vehicles and islands appeal to a fantasy of self-sufficiency and nomadic existence.
In 2000, Zittel moved to A–Z West, a 25-acre site in the Californian desert, and now works between there and New York. At A–Z West she and her collaborators have established an ‘Institute of Investigative Living’, an ongoing enterprise that examines aspects of daily living to better understand human nature and the social construction of need. The physical components of the investigations–home furniture, clothes and textiles, structures for personal hygiene–are designed by the artist; their parameters accord with her approach to simplicity, pragmatism and functionality. All Zittel’s projects combine keen observation with humour.
Lucina Ward, Curator, International Painting and Sculpture
In Artonview, issue 73, autumn 2013
Further information on the artist and her work can be found at http://www.zittel.org/