Virgil Marti: Grow Room

Project Room 1 Sep 13–Sep 15, 2003

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Virgil Marti: Grow Room
Sep 13–Sep 15, 2003





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Virgil Marti: Grow Room, 2003, Installation view

For the site-specific installation, Grow Room, Virgil Marti, in his first solo West Coast exhibition, covered the walls of the Project Room with ornately flowered and stylized web patterns printed on highly reflective Mylar sheets–a material often associated with growing marijuana in hydroponic gardens. Marti transformed the raw interior of the space into a hypnotic cocoon in the historic tradition of a Rococo hall of mirrors. Within this luxurious, glowing rec room environment, Marti suspended an enormous cast-resin chandelier that was part antler, part flower, subverting virile hunting lodge sensibilities by way of Marie Antoinette.