Olga Koumoundouros, A Roof Upended
Curated by Lead Pencil Studio

Los Angeles-based Olga Koumoundouros examines the legacy of mid-20th century utopianism in an architectonic installation created with collaborator Leigh Jerrard during her residency at Open Satellite. Inspired by Bellevue's breakneck growth, Koumoundouros describes the abandonment and demolition of once promising single-family structures to make way for high-rise, mixed-use and amenity rich apartment communities.

Constructed in part of salvaged materials from Bellevue building sites, and serving as a series of questions about the financial and social success of the evolving housing model—What are the promises of the new model and who benefits? Did the old model fail or expire?—the installation is the most recent conversation in Koumoundouros's ongoing dialogue with the American Dream.

Koumoundouros received a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Vermont and an MFA from the California Institute for the Arts. She has exhibited widely in the U.S. and Europe, appearing in 2005 in Thing, the Armand Hammer Museum's critically acclaimed sculpture survey. In April of this year, Koumoundouros, in collaboration with four other artists, completed The Philosophy of Time Travel, a monumental re-imagination of Brancusi's Endless Column, at the Studio Museum of Harlem. She is represented by Adamski Gallery, Aachen, Germany.


Exhibition Dates
August 29-October 13, 2007

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Opening Event
Wednesday, August 29, 5-8 PM
Artist Talk 7 PM

Artist Lecture
Saturday, September 8, 3 PM
Henry Art Gallery Auditorium, Free

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Photography credits: Eduardo Calderón