Susan Mogul’s exhibition at As Is, “Less is Never More” 2019, consists of posters, shopping bag prototypes, a grid of seventy images curated from the artist’s life, along with a selection of mid-century furniture and apparel. It is conceived as a memoir disguised as a showroom; a showroom of anecdotes and free associations that bounce back and forth between art and life, the private and the public, the past and the present, and mother and daughter.
In 1976 Mogul mounted her first one-woman exhibition, “Mogul’s August Clearance” at Canis Gallery at the Los Angeles Woman’s Building. Instead of framing her photographs, she hung work prints from wire hangars and placed “seconds” in bins, transforming the gallery into a “clothing outlet”. Thirty-five years later, the documentation from “Mogul’s August Clearance”, curated by Paul Schimmel, was exhibited in “Under the Big Black Sun” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2011- 2012. Documentation from “Mogul’s August Clearance” will be a part of this exhibition at As Is, presented, likewise, in August.
Involved with video since the early 1970’s, Mogul’s companion work to “Less is Never More” is “Mom’s Move” (2018).“Mom’s Move” is a meditation on memory, loss, and her enduring connection to Mom through the photographic image. The Los Angeles premiere will take place at the Echo Park Film Center www.echoparkfilmcenter.org on August 9th at 8 PM.