Piero Golia: The Dog and the Drop at The Little House

451 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Feb 19, 12 PM - 6 PM — ends Mar 18, 2021
Dries Van Noten is honored to announce his invitation to Piero Golia to exhibit his work “The Dog and the Drop”, an installation created in 2013 that will be shown at the Little House from Thursday 11th February to Thursday 18th March, 2021.

Piero Golia’s The Dog and the Drop (2013) is an installation comprised of two components. The work’s physical properties consist of an animatronic dog and a slow trickle of water droplets that fall from the ceiling to form a puddle. Each time a drop of water falls from above, the dog’s head and eyes follow its descent. The pairing of these two elements offers a theatrical setup in which the dog’s curiosity gives way to the ominous presence of water in a space dedicated to the display of art. The pairing of the desirous animal with a faulty, porous architecture creates a sculptural event that is as much indebted to the tenets of institutional critique as it is comedic relief. Repeated as part of a continuous loop, the dog’s gesture is intertwined with the drops of water that it watches fall to the ground. Brought together in this manner, the work’s distinct parts form a reciprocal relationship that mirrors the conditions of viewing works of art in an exhibition. The Dog and the Drop collapses the responsibilities of the art object with the event of viewership. There is a reversal that is crucial to this scenario: the drop of water is the sculpture, and the dog, like each of us, is one among many viewers.

Piero Golia was born in 1974 in Naples, Italy and lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He is represented by the Gagosian Gallery in New York, his work has been shown in major public exhibitions and biennials.

Dries Van Noten celebrated the opening of its first American home in Los Angeles, located on La Cienega Boulevard on Friday 9th October, 2020. The purpose of this flagship store extends beyond the habitual retail experience. With an open layout of 8500 square feet, the shop in Los Angeles comprises two houses separated by a vast parking lot, The Big and Little Houses. The Big House will house Dries Van Noten current collections and a curated selection of garments from his archives for purchase. Each house will exhibit works by artists, designers and craftspeople whose work has impressed Dries Van Noten. The Little House will feature the work of others exclusively.

Piero Golia is the third artists to exhibit in the Little House, before him Dries Van Noten had the opportunity to welcome a first exhibition of ceramics by Ann Demeulemeester / Serax followed by an exhibition of carpets by the Swiss textile designer and artist Christoph Hefti.

Dries and the artist have both collaborated on a limited-edition sweatshirt hoodie available in two size ranges S-M and M-L that will be available only at the Dries Van Noten Los Angeles shop.


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