Happy Thursday, collectors! Between the hustle and bustle of an intense July and this wicked NYC heat wave, we are finding some sweet relief in the cool, calm, collected (and subtly obsessive-compulsive) stylings of Ms. Jenny Odell. Today’s release—206 Circular Farms—is our tenth (!!) edition with Jenny and has been deemed an "absolute favorite" by more than one person here at 20x200 HQ.
The earth-from-above POV of Odell's satellite series evokes the distinctive jumble of feelings associated with being on an airplane. The thrill of take-off, a few fantasies of the first thing you'll do after touchdown, and then the miracle and monotony of the nameless places speeding by beneath you. In today's new edition she zeroes in on (see what we did there?) circular farms, those new-ish artifacts of modern irrigation which dot America's heartland, rounds up hundreds of them (206, to be exact) into a circle and places them neatly within a square. The result is a sphere reminiscent of a chunk of green malachite, or perhaps the rings of a tree trunk—mesmerizing and meditative.A Bay Area native, Odell’s practice is quite literally the product of her environment, deeply influenced by the very nature of modern day San Francisco. She unearths images from the vast library of Google Satellite View, compiling nearly countless components to create original works of art from the minutiae of the built infrastructural environment around us. From empty parking lots, to inviting swimming pools, to every single basketball court in Manhattan, she’s scoured the internet to reunite parts of a geographically distanced whole. She’s scrolled endlessly in and out all over the globe to find just the right shipping container, or in this case, each of these perfect 206 Circular Farms.
While Jenny Odell usually spends her time In The Studio, she is currently in residency at Recology - cataloguing and digitizing physical things - which will culminate in a show opening on September 18th. If you can’t make it out to San Francisco, celebrate her work (every one else is!) and the serenity of global organization with these re-envisioned and realigned 206 Circular Farms.
With art for everyone,