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Jet Set Saturdays: Margo Victor’s The Rotten Riotous West at The Company


Still from The Rotten Riotous West, a film by Margo Victor.

We are privilged this morning to have a sneak preview of the premier of The Rotten Riotous West, a film by Margo Victor that will enjoy its Los Angeles premier tonight at The Company (946 Yale Street, LA, CA 90012). The occasion will also mark Victor’s first LA solo show.

The Company is a progressive exhibition space and annex co-founded by curator and writer Anat Ebgi and painter Annie Wharton in fall of 2008. A few steps from Chung King Road, it is located in The Moytel, a former motel that has been converted into residences for Chinese émigrés. In addition to a changing exhibition schedule, The Company employs a rhizomatic approach to the various elements of art production, distribution, and curatorial frameworks.

Margo Victor’s film The Rotten Riotous West was shot in California’s Mojave Desert, and completed by special invitation while in residence at the Wexner Center for the Arts’ Art & Tech program.

Gallery says: “Victor’s meticulous editing and sound mixing of the film’s footage creates a breathless, hypnotic vision of a contemporary western. The protagonist, a gender-bending gunslinger played by Jenny Shimizu, is a lone figure in the desert landscape. A duel transpires with an unseen enemy, although her revolver is directed at the viewer. Scanning the surroundings and becoming aware of her vulnerable state, the outlaw’s courage is not enough to guarantee her survival.

In addition to the film there are also three large-scale paintings (2009) inspired by The Rotten Riotous West on exhibition in The Company’s annex. True to the artist’s practice where by works that begin at traditional starting points often conclude as barely recognizable fragmented versions of the original, these paintings began life as landscapes that were then slashed with bold strokes of silver paint. Working in this way – creating a surface that simultaneously eradicates parts of the original and creates an ordered framework for thought and discovery – consolidates Victor’s interest in austere aesthetics and often disturbing tropes of the unexpected.

The film’s Los Angeles Premier takes place tonight from 6-9 so if you’re here we definitely recommend checking it out. Sadly we wont be around to greet you as having enjoyed our taster we’re now off to NYC. See you in a few hours!

Exhibition runs through November 7th.

For more information on this showing and The Company please go here.

This post was contributed by Thomas Hollingworth.



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Jet Set Saturdays: Margo Victor’s The Rotten Riotous West at The Company