Mateo Tannatt + Public Fiction – The Institute for Art and Olfaction

August 26 2014 – September 14, 2014
Public Fiction residency with Mateo Tannatt
Hammer Museum

IAO_squonqueThe IAO collaborated with artist Mateo Tannatt and curator Lauren Mackler to create a scent to complement his installation work in Public Fiction’s multi-valent residency at the Hammer.

Tannatt worked with the IAO to create a skunk scent – animalic, intense and earthy – which was exhibited in the residency room.

For Made in L.A., Public Fiction presents a set of rotating exhibitions at the Hammer Museum during the biennial’s three-month run.

Over the course of the three months, the exhibitions and texts will change six times, each episode in the room, each chapter in a pamphlet, and each set on the stage will be on view for two weeks.

You can follow the installation of each iteration as they accumulate, below and at this link:




TannattMateo Tannatt lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.

Recent solo shows include ‘A Faun On The Lawn and Other Translations for Laying Bricks’ at Marc Foxx, LA (2013),  ‘All of This and Nothing’ at the Hammer Museum, LA (2011), ‘Rendezvous Vous’ at Marc Foxx, LA, and ‘A Day Late’ at Y3k Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (both 2010), and in the in Present/Futures at the Artissima Art Fair, where he was awarded the Illy Present Future Prize (2008).






PublicFictionFounded in 2010 by Lauren Mackler, Public Fiction occupies an unmarked storefront in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Neither a commercial gallery nor a not-for-profit organization, it is a space for artistic experimentation in the form of exhibitions, performances, artist talks, screenings, and a quarterly publication. A nexus for local artists, critics, curators, and academics, Public Fiction provides a much-needed counterpoint to the commercial ventures that dominate the L.A. art scene.

Artist, curator, and graphic designer Lauren Mackler established Public Fiction in 2010, shortly after she relocated to L.A. from the East Coast. The project began as an exploration of the ways design and editorial principles might influence how we make exhibitions. In curating Public Fiction, Mackler is equally influenced by writing, reading, researching, thinking, collaborating, and making. Over the course of a three-month period, exhibitions and events develop in relation to a set theme or topic. To date, Public Fiction has played host to six themes, each of which has evolved out of the previous program and in direct relation to artistic practice and the specific qualities of life in Los Angeles.