With Beachside Lonelyhearts, Jimenez Lai of Bureau Spectacular, transforms Jai & Jai into a black-and-white architecture exhibition that pieces together a fragmented memory. Lai’s tale, a half-remembered day spent on the beach, is told through a series of architectural musings — clouds, beach blankets, pillows — all over the gallery’s walls, ceiling, and floor. We asked Lai to reflect on Beachside Lonelyhearts, which is on view through July 10.
This is your first solo show since you moved to LA. How has living in Los Angeles impacted your work? Is this a lonelyhearted city?
Strangely, Los Angeles is teaching me about pragmatism. I need to get back to reality. I now live in the city of excess — and joy. Yet my newfound sense of catharsis dozes me into the sense of the total self — a total self that can only be understood by being entirely alone.
Otherwise I have to divulge the world of “how” I “measure” “which” “technique” to the “means” of “what” I do “or” say to “who” about “that”.
What is the story behind Beachside Lonelyhearts?
Deep down there was a memory I cannot quite recall. It was on the beach, maybe there was a car. Did I go swimming? I don’t remember. Was I by myself? Why do I remember this, did I remember a really good time that I can no longer share with anyone else? Can I document such sense of amnesia, or do I actually remember it all?
Telling a story through 2D and 3D forms that are deliberately fragmented is rather poetic. Is there space is the architecture practice for more of these moments of poetry outside the gallery walls?
The deliberate misuse of grammar and syntax is poetry. So, I think I accidentally became poetic — not for the lack of trying. I hate poetry.