The Geffen MOCA in downtown Los Angeles has turned itself over to Villar Rojas for a site-specific installation of his Theater of Disappearance. The space is pitch black until your eyes adjust as rocks and what looks like excavation cores are exposed. And then you pick out a number illuminated refrigerators each containing a still life, as challenging as they are beautiful, simulating what may wash up on the shore of an inaccessible beach. The space is painted a deep blue initially suggesting ocean but ultimately representing emptiness. These are some photographs made at the exhibition.
"What is doomed to disappearance, what cannot be preserved. Villar Rojas unveils this spatial and material fragility to remind us of the fleeting and minuscule presence of our own existence in the universe."