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On Destruction and Demolition
Mary Ellen Carroll in convers...
Jun 29, 2017



On the occasion of her latest work, No.9, internationally renowned conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll will join Catherine Taft to discuss the final performance in her series My death is pending…  because for which she will participate in a demolition derby.  This discussion will take place in conjunction with the exhibition of Raphael Montanez Ortiz’s recent piano destruction concert at LAXART. 


Mary Ellen Carroll/MEC, studios is a New York City based conceptual artist and design studio. Carroll’s work occupies the disciplines of architecture/design and public policy, writing, performance and film. Her ongoing projects, The Circle Game in Dubai, prototype 180.org and PUBLIC UTILITY 2.0 for example, stand at the intersection of performance, architecture, public policy, and social justice. Carroll frequently works with unsuspecting materials that range from public policy and land use or the lack thereof in Houston, as in the case with prototype 180. Or, the national and non-visible real estate of radio frequency for Public Utility 2.0  as a form of 21st century work of land art. Teaching, lecturing and public presentations in architecture and land use policy are an important part of Carroll’s work and educational institutions have included architecture and public policy programs at Rice University in Houston, Columbia University in New York, University of California at Irvine, Yale University, Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea and the DIA Art Foundation amongst others. Carroll has received numerous awards and honors, and her work is in public and private collections internationally. She is represented by Galerie Hubert Winter in Vienna, Austria. Carroll has been awarded the IASPIS fellowship by the Swedish Government for 2017.