Homatorium III Lost Horizons
Installation view, Charlie James Gallery, LA

 

Homatorium III Lost Horizon

 

Charlie James Gallery is delighted to present HOMATORIUM III Lost Horizon, the debut Los Angeles solo show of New York-based artist Rebecca Chamberlain.

Following a recent string of site visits to various public housing projects, garden apartments and private homes in and around LA, Chamberlain took her resulting photographs back to New York and began developing the underlying theme for Homatorium III, Lost Horizon. Homatorium (Home/Sanatorium – artist’s coinage) is Chamberlain’s ongoing investigation into architecture’s promise to meet psychological needs for safety, possibility and belonging.

Chamberlain toured an array of LA Modernist residential housing, from Richard Neutra’s Lovell Health and VDL Research House(s), Gregory Ain’s Dunsmuir Flats, John Lautner’s Rainbow House, Rudolph Schindler’s Fitzpatrick-Leland House, and the William Mead Public Housing project in Chinatown. Inspired by a meeting with Barbara Lamprecht (architectural historian and Richard Neutra specialist), Chamberlain observed design details in each of the sites that Neutra described as “biorealism.” Neutra ensured that his homes, when possible, had clear views of the horizon on the surrounding landscape to satisfy an innate evolutionary need for people to orient themselves, to feel secure and calm, to have perspective.

Chamberlain’s work, produced in the spring and summer of 2017, reflects the tumultuous time of its making. At a time when even the most fortunate are looking for a sense of hope, calm and safety, the works in Homatorium III – Lost Horizon reflect an appeal to the humanism and idealism resident in the original houses. The exhibition consists of multi-panel, window-height interior and landscape paintings alongside door-height works on paper. Hanging from aluminum hospital track are custom, translucent lace curtains patterned after “safety paper”—the obscuring designs printed on the insides of security envelopes. Miniature plinth paintings, encased in plexi boxes punctuate the installation as archeological findings.

 
 

Homatorium III Lost Horizons
Installation view, Charlie James Gallery, LA

 
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Duiker/ Neutra Homatorium2017
Lithography Ink on fabric wrapped boards, Polyptych, 6 panels, 47 x 172 inches

 
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Homatorium, Duiker/ Neutra Entryway, 1925-1964, 2016
Lithography Ink on muslin wrapped board, Diptych, 12 x 24 inches

 
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Left: Dogtown Observed, William Meade, Public Housing,1942, 2017
Lithography Ink on vintage tracing cloth, 84 x 29 inches

Right: Kuhn Observed, Private Home 1936, 2017
Lithography Ink on vintage tracing cloth, 84 x 27 inches

 
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Left: Garcia House, Private Home 1962, 2017
Lithography Ink on vintage tracing cloth, 72 x 26 inches

Right: Lovell Health House, Observed, Private Home 1929, 2017
Lithography Ink on vintage tracing cloth, 72 x 31 inches

 
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Schindler/ Ain Plinth, 2017
  left: Fitzpatrick Leland House, 1936, by R.M. Schindler                                       right: Dunsmuir Flats, 1937 by Gregory Ain (student of Neutra)            Lithography Ink on Vintage tracing cloth, mounted on aluminum with plexicase, 11 x 10 x 6 inches

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Neutra Interior/ Exterior Plinth, 2017
  left: Landfair Apartments Interior from 1937                                                                                                                                    right: Exterior current                 Lithography Ink on Vintage tracing Cloth, mounted on aluminum with plexi case 9 3/4 x 8 x 6 inches

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Homatorium III Lost Horizons
Installation view, Charlie James Gallery, LA

 
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Homatorium III Lost Horizons
Installation view, Charlie James Gallery, LA

 
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VDL Lakeview Then/Now
Lithography Ink on fabric wrapped boards, Diptych, 12 x 25 inches

 
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Neutra Arrangement Screen, 2017
Lithography Ink on muslin wrapped board, Polyptych, 22 x 40 inches

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Duiker/ Neutra Entryway Arrangement, 1925-1964, 2017
Lithography Ink on muslin wrapped board, 18 x 12 inches

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Lautner Entryways, 2017
Plinth Lithography Ink on Vintage tracing Cloth, mounted on aluminum with plexicase 10 1/4 x 8 x 6 inches

 
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Homatorium III Lost Horizons
Installation view, Charlie James Gallery, LA

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Homatorium III Lost Horizons
Installation view, Charlie James Gallery, LA