The Masticator – The Institute for Art and Olfaction

The Masticator
An installation by Eric Vrymoed
The Institute for Art and Olfaction Project Space
On view: January 9 to February 5, 2016

masticator_smThe Institute for Art and Olfaction is pleased to present The Masticator – an on-site installation by artist Eric Vrymoed.

For this current project, Vrymoed focuses on ideas around mastication: the frenzy, the consumption, the obsessive. Utilizing sound, scent, and everyday objects, he provokes a disorientation of the senses. Through his use of materials, Vrymoed highlights the connection between it’s destruction and corporeal repurposing.

He invites the viewer to contemplate the absurdity of the labor composed before them; the pounds of gum chewed; the termites corralled – ultimately exploring the alchemical translation of substance though physical consumption and transformation. But, always, with a wink a nod.

Sound collaboration with Sam Widaman
Scent collaboration with Saskia Wilson-Brown

Opening Reception:
Saturday, Jan 9, 7-9pm
at The Institute for Art and Olfaction
Directions and parking

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Eric Vrymoed (b. 1986 Sacramento, CA) is a Los Angeles based artist who primarily works in sculpture. Graduating from UCLA in 2011 in fine art, Vrymoed has exhibited at Jaus Gallery, TJ in China, Mexicali Rose, and worked in collaboration with the Public Engagement Program at the Hammer Museum. Working in a broad range of materials, his work is often influenced by personal narratives that parallel larger technologic systems involving regression and destruction.

He lives and works in Los Angeles.






The IAO’s upstairs project space is devoted to short-term exhibitions, installations and residencies (through our IN_LAB program). We welcome artists of all stripes to make use of the space in an ongoing open call for proposals. Although exhibitions often relate to olfactory or other sensorial themes, the requirements, expectations and results are wide open.