Susan Silton: Inside Out

Conceived in two parts, Inside Out is an exploration of the dual nature of stripes as both a signifier and as a highly consumed decorative pattern. Silton’s installation “inside” will function as a store filled with various striped objects for sale, reflecting the innocuous function of stripes to aestheticize everyday consumer objects, including art objects. Her installation “outside,” which will envelop the entire museum, is modeled after fumigation tents commonly seen in the Los Angeles landscape. As exterior indicators of an infestation spreading beneath and the presumed remedy for containing it, striped fumigation tents allude to one of the stripe’s alleged historical functions as a marker for otherness, and by wrapping the museum, the artist signals her intent to infiltrate—structurally as well as metaphorically—the edifice contained within.