Capriccio, (parentheses), with Hannah Kim Varamini, ArtCenter DTLA, 2021

Capriccio, is partially-visible in the two-person exhibition, (parentheses), as you peek above the walls and walk past the facade of ArtCenter DTLA. Capriccio is a simultaneously empty and overflowing field; using the the interior surfaces of columns and walls as painting surface in combination with a series of tiny frames atop those columns to nest images that are barely legible. A rotating trompe l’oeil color scheme adorns the central columns, while their (and other) column capitals are painted black, red, and green in a layout linked to American-style roulette. The images are similarly arranged according to this game of chance, and their numbers are linked to The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations, a descriptive list written by Georges Polti in 1895, and subsequently used by a variety of writers and storytellers in order to structure narrative. The images themselves, however, are not aligned with the titles except by random selection.

Image content is comprised of personal iconography and archival material spanning text, photograph, drawing and painting. Elements include an enigmatic constellation of animals fighting, children’s drawings, floorplans and schematics, riddles, recursive references to other Love’s Remedies artists and projects, playful nods to artists both contemporary and historical, and, finally, the choice of BRD’s artistic work operating as ground in the figure-ground relationship both between her and Varamini within the physical site, as well as within the project of Love’s Remedies itself.

Eight painted columns: interior latex paint, matte
Five columns with inset painted frames: interior latex paint, matte
38 painted column capitals: interior latex paint, gloss
38 images nested in the column capitals: 27 7x7 in. UV ink prints on aluminum, six 7x7 in. chalk pastel drawings on tracing paper, three 10x10 in. oil paintings on wood panel, two 7x7 in. mixed-media assemblages

  1. Supplication
  2. Deliverance
  3. Crime pursued by vengeance
  4. Vengeance taken for kin upon kin
  5. Pursuit
  6. Disaster
  7. Falling prey to cruelty / misfortune
  8. Revolt
  9. Daring enterprise
  10. Abduction
  11. The enigma
  12. Obtaining
  13. Enmity of kin
  14. Rivalry of kin
  15. Murderous adultery
  16. Madness
  17. Fatal imprudence
  18. Involuntary crimes of love
  19. Slaying of kin unrecognized
  20. Self-Sacrifice for an ideal
  21. Self-sacrifice for kin
  22. All sacrificed for passion
  23. Necessity of sacrificing loved ones
  24. Rivalry of superior vs. inferior
  25. Adultery
  26. Crimes of love
  27. Discovery of the dishonour of a loved one
  28. Obstacles to love
  29. An enemy loved
  30. Ambition
  31. Conflict with a god
  32. Mistaken jealousy
  33. Erroneous judgement
  34. Remorse
  35. Recovery of a lost one
  36. Loss of loved ones
        0.   Black Sun
      00.   L.H.

Installation view