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Navigating Home, the Way Children Might See It

LOS ANGELES -- If there’s any show that can coax you back into seeing art in-person, cause it be this one: Busy Work at Home at Nonaka-Hill. The hall is staged like a dwelling, but not the one we’ve come to know( and detest) through quarantine; instead, this is home the route children might see it -- a menagerie of endlessly interesting objectives, each one alive with the capacity for romp and a knockout merit contemplating.

Busy Work at Home at Nonaka-Hill, installation view

The star of the show is the gallery’s lengthy accumulation of tatebanko prints. Produced in Japan during the Edo Period( 1603-1868) through the Meiji Restoration( 1868-1912 ), these publishes part a bit like newspaper doll folders -- published on each page are elements of a terminated scene, to be cut out and assembled into a miniature diorama. Uncut, though, the images are sublimely mysterious, evading to be turned around in every direction, each one a masterpiece of structure and emblazon blocking.

Busy Work at Home at Nonaka-Hill, installation view

Happily toeing the line between a beautifully erected play and a work of art, these rare etches serve as the revelation for the rest of the show. All of the works take playing very seriously, straddling from literal competitions like Italian decorator Enzo Mari’s iconic" 16 Animali" wood block dilemma, to the whimsical apparel of Isse Miyake and Adelle Lutz, to design objects and even exercise gear from the interdisciplinary studio BLESS. Together, they create a kind of tableaux for a “home” and make it strange, with unfamiliar details in a familiar setting.

Busy Work at Home at Nonaka-Hill, installation view

Stuck at home as we have been, Busy Work at Home invites us to rediscover our appreciation of wonder and notice the overlooked objects around us. Here, dwelling can represent a sit that “shelters day-dreaming”( as Gaston Bachelard might frame it) and an opportunity for limitless invention and plays, with the time to play them all.

Enzo Mari," 16 Animali"( 1957, 1972 ), antique, 1972 volume

Busy Work at Home has continued to be Nonaka-Hill( 720 North Highland Ave, Hollywood, Los Angeles) through May 29.

Read more: hyperallergic.com

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