Kathi Hofer and Preserve Bottle Village Committee
1137 S Cochran Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90019 ‎
Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Ends Jun 16, 2024
The 23rd iteration of Garage Exchange Vienna—Los Angeles: Kathi Hofer and Preserve Bottle Village Committee opens this Thursday, April 18th, 6 – 8 PM at the Mackey Apartments! Join us for a presentation by Vienna and Berlin-based artist Kathi Hofer and Preserve Bottle Village Committee, a non-profit organization formed in 1979, to protect and preserve the legacy of Tressa "Grandma" Prisbrey. Prisbrey began building Bottle Village when she was in her 60s, and continued to work on it, host guests, and live in it until late in her life. An artist, collector, builder, writer, entertainer, caretaker, and retired factory worker, Prisbrey’s many roles are inseparable from her resulting life’s work, a village of bottle-constructed houses that served as her artwork, home, and attraction for visitors in Santa Susana, present day Simi Valley, CA. Severely damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, it has not been rebuilt or restored to this day due to political opposition and the lack of funds. This exhibition brings together original bottles from collapsed Bottle Village structures, Prisbrey’s assemblage artworks, and works by Hofer, placing them in a “magic circle” at the Mackey Apartment Garage Top Gallery where the objects and artifacts relate and resemble one another (ex)changing their value and meaning.