Jennifer Bolande’s Plywood Curtains

 Jennifer Bolande,  Plywood Curtains , 2010, installation view South Lake Avenue, Pasadena

Jennifer Bolande, Plywood Curtains, 2010, installation view South Lake Avenue, Pasadena

Conceptual artist Jennifer Bolande’s Plywood Curtains are currently on view in the windows of empty storefronts around Los Angeles. As part of West of Rome’s Women in the City initiative, Bolande’s site specific installations draw attention to the unused (and likely overlooked) locations, and in turn propose new ways of experiencing familiar spaces. The windows at first appear boarded, but a closer look reveals photographed sheets of plywood that have been printed onto fabric, creating a dueling hard/soft effect. This play with material and duplicity is something Bolande often uses as an expository device. Throughout her long career Bolande has experimented with ideas of representation, examining the distance between image and object through merging photography and sculpture. Windows and curtains have made an appearance in many of her works, and in this piece curtains hold rich meaning with regard to public space – acting as a gateway between the public and private, or the beginning and the end. They can close or open; they can hide or they can reveal. With Plywood Curtains, Bolande invites the viewer to a double-take, and in doing so suggests a larger revelation.

Jennifer Bolande’s Plywood Curtains are currently on view in the following locations:
496/500 South Lake, Pasadena, CA (Two stores adjacent to each other)
1347 East Colorado Pasadena, CA (Between Allen and Holliston)
The ICON, 5450 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
 Jennifer Bolande,  Plywood Curtains , 2010, installation view at THE ICON, Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Jennifer Bolande, Plywood Curtains, 2010, installation view at THE ICON, Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

 Jennifer Bolande,  Plywood Curtains , 2010, installation view East Colorado, Pasadena

Jennifer Bolande, Plywood Curtains, 2010, installation view East Colorado, Pasadena

 Jennifer Bolande,  Plywood Curtains , 2010, installation view South Lake, Pasadena

Jennifer Bolande, Plywood Curtains, 2010, installation view South Lake, Pasadena

Meredith Hudson