One could easily walk right by Team Gallery’s new West Coast outpost, located at 306 Windward Ave. The space, a charming little bungalow located on a quiet street in Venice, is not the seemingly ideal spot for showing art, and yet there is something alluring and engaging about the space. Peaceful and modest in size, the bungalow allows for an intimate and unique experience–something far different from the trip to the usual vast, white walled and cold gallery spaces.
The New York-based gallery made its venture to LA in September, debuting with a smart installation by Cory Arcangel. The exhibition occupies every room in the house, including the bedroom, and features several of Arcangel’s historic video game works running on cheap tablets and Smartphones via a Nintendo emulator. The installation explores the artist’s established relationship with appropriation and contextualization, while also acting as a miniaturized retrospective for this aspect of his oeuvre. In the cozy setting the work feels less conspicuous and more relatable than it might in a more traditional gallery. And running concurrently with his show at Team in New York makes the concept for the installation all the more singular.
Though the Arcangel show closed on November 9th, a new show of works by New York artist Margaret Lee opens on November 16th and a trip to this cozy gallery setting is well worth the trip.
See the gallery’s website for more details.
*All images courtesy of Team Gallery