Jesper Rasmussen new show.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
We are very pleased to announce Seonna Hong's show, "Viscery Loves Company" at Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo. The show features 15 new paintings and a site specific installation.
The exhibition runs from May 8th, through June 1st 2008 at Kaikai Kiki's new exhibition space at Motoazabu Crest Bldg., B1F, 2-3-30 Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0046, Japan.
Seonna and I have been working with Takashi for over two years to bring this show to Japan, and it represents an enormous collaboration between Seonna, myself and the Kaikai Kiki staff both here and in Tokyo. I first saw Seonna's work in 2002. Having worked with Takashi previously, I was informed of his ideas of "Superflat" and saw in her work the ideas he was putting forth and became tremendously excited about it. Seonna and I did our first show together in 2004. The show was titled "Animus" and became a book of the same name. About two years later I ran into Takashi and invited him to come into the gallery to see the work. His initial excitement about Seonna's work has never wavered, and I am overjoyed that it has translated into the show that opens in May. This is Kaikai Kiki's first solo show of a US based artist.
This is also Seonna's first solo show in Japan. She was previously seen in "Kaikai Kiki Artists" at the Kaikai Kiki gallery in Tokyo. In 2006 she received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and had her solo museum debut at The Knoxville Museum of Art.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Dan ATTOE, Simple Thoughts and Complicated Animals
Also on Friday, we celebrate the launch of the sixth issue of our quarterly publication: OCCULT DADDY. Bratwurst will be served.
During GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN, the gallery will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 - 6PM
Javier Peres is very pleased to present the second Berlin solo exhibition of Dan ATTOE, "Simple Thoughts and Complicated Animals," featuring new works in painting and mixed media sculpture.
It is no small feat to make a series of landscape paintings that reflect a coherent and specific vision almost 100 years after Ernst Ludwig Kirchner interpreted the aura of his beloved Swiss mountains, but Attoe accomplishes this part of the program with characteristic humility. In "Simple Thoughts and Complicated Animals," Dan Attoe reveals his ritualistic landscapes by taking us along on that most American of past-times: the road trip.
From inside the coals of a ghastly fireside biker ritual to the now-not-so-remote arctic by way of the monolith, New Year's (rocking eve variety), sexualized angels and ubiquitous roadside motel death scenes, reassuring, paradoxical and sometimes-yes-simple thoughts in good ol' plain English are there to guide, or to obscure. "Everything is grist for the mill," the artist admits of his prodigious exterior monologue. There is a sub-lingual quality to Attoe's work that Burroughs would appreciate.
Dan Attoe's truck once broke down just as he was pulling into the parking lot at Devil's Tower. The artist lives and works in Washington and will be present for the opening. His first solo exhibition in a European institution, "American Dreams," opens at MUSAC in Leon, Spain, will be on view from May 17 ˆ July 6, 2008.
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Monday, April 28, 2008
„Time is not suspended but infinitely slowed down.” E. During
Johann König, Berlin is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of french artist Tatiana Trouvé , coinciding with the Gallery Weekend opening. Trouvé will be showing, besides various new drawings and bronze sculptures, a space encompassing installation. With this work, she was awarded the Prix Marcel Duchamp, the most important recognition for emerging french artists.
The exhibition „ Density of Time“ adopts the construction principles from the honored work and transfers as well as expands them within the entire exhibition space. Two walls enclose an in-between world, in which objects seem to obey unusual physical characteristics and laws. A pool table and a chair are suspended as they fall; perspectives open up and elongate into infinity as if the time and space coordinates had been shifted. Time marks the attempt at a fourth dimension, produced by the two-dimensionality of the drawings and the three-dimensionality of the objects installed. Interventions on the gallery walls dilate the space as the building's foundation penetrates one wall while burnt out air vents blur the limits between inside and outside, alluding to the hidden presence of a peculiar world.
Trouvé also plays with these intensities in her sculptures, in which the transformation of matter and form attempt to freeze time. Instead of gas, copper pipes come out of pressure tanks, a cord's swinging movement is immortalized in bronze. In the series of drawings „Remanence“, forms disappear into the black paper background as if swallowed by a black hole. Once again, the passing of time in space has been disrupted. The place disappears, leaving only its shadow.
Tatiana Trouvé's site-specific constructions of mundane objects, plexiglass, metal, wood, drawings and sculptures recalls the cold halls of bureaucracy, the fitness studios, hairdresser salons, cloak rooms or torture chambers. These spaces consist of architectural modules, which the artist calls 'polders'. In the Netherlands, a polder denominates an area near the sea protected by dikes from flooding. Permanently threatened by flood, the protective function of the dike proves quite deceptive. Trouvé's polder makes reference to the psychoanalytic connotation of this phenomenon: „ Each polder wins ground within a space, a piece of tangible territory, which obliges it to show itself as an imaginary figure, a mental space, an atmosphere or formation of memory“. ( Jens Emil Sennewald)
Tatiana Trouvé (*1968) lives and works in Paris. A retrospective of the artist will open on the 24th of June, 2008, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The works of the french artist, until now not sufficiently acknowledged in Germany, were to be seen in the 52nd Biennial in Venice (Arsenale) as well as in the show „Airs de Paris“ curated by Daniel Birnbaum and Christine Marcel in the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Tatiana Trouvé's work was also shown at solo exhibitions in The Villa Arson in Nice, the museum Mac/Val in Vitry-sur-Seine and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris last year. Until now, five monographs on her work have been published.
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DUNK! / ITEMS OF HIGH STYLE AND PRESTIGE
A solo exhibition by Daniel Milan
DUNK! is ready with a fabulous new solo show.
DUNK! is proud to present ITEMS OF HIGH STYLE AND PRESTIGE.
ITEMS OF... are drawings, paintings, sculpture, photos, collage and objects.
ITEMS OF... is a total installation full of sharp and visual reflections.
ITEMS OF… is a critical assault on the brutal and narcissistic aspects of present culture.
ITEMS OF… is Daniel Milan’s first solo exhibition in Denmark.
DANIEL MILAN unfolds his work in different mediums with a solid focal point in his elaborations into the fields of drawing which is led by a sensitive and sublime controlled black line on white paper by which he merge different, and often opposed, aspects of reality into poetical disturbing works with a critical and political magnitude laden with a magical narrative strength. With take-of from the themes he develops and elaborates in his works of drawing Daniel Milan take on exiting ventures into other medias of the visual arts such as painting, sculpture, collage and objects and he joins these different means of expression together with his drawings in dynamic and visual thought-provoking installations.
At the opening there will also be a reception for the release of Daniel Milan’s new graphic book HUMAN DINOSAUR SPAM. It is printed on election posters for the Danish Conservative Party and it comes in an exclusive edition of 25 - signed and numbered.
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Saturday, April 26, 2008
”Unsafe Territories” is the title of the this solo exhibition by Iben Toft Nørgård, which consist of a number of large-scale collages. Within the media of collage the artist explores the field of identity, body and gender in an expression which is at the same time dangerous and seductive.
Iben Toft Nørgård has since her education from DJK – Jutland Academy of Fine Arts in 2005 been working with collage as technique and expression. The materials are a combination of various images from the past that blends with the present, from old books to glittering magazines, along with 3D-medias as broken records and tape, jigsaw puzzles, embroidery and maculated paper, aiming for an expression beyond time.
The motives of the collages are figurative and narrative with a subduction of surrealism and abstraction. In the earlier works, the woman had a central position in the narratives, but the new works are involving the man too to vary the dynamic of the unsafe territories.
WITCH´S TITZ- Drawings 2005-2008
In the”black box” of the gallery, ”WITCH´S TITZ- Drawings 2005-2008”, Zven Balslev has his first soloexhibition in the gallery of 24 selected black and white drawings from 2005-2008.
Zven Balslev is educated from The Royal Danish Art Academi in 2006 and has by his original and controversial expression marked the new positions of drawing in contemporary med art. The style is raw and unpolished and combine the aesthetic of the undergroundcomic with a vital expressionism. A characteristic is also the black humour that is abstract beyond meaning, and whitch is confronting the audience with a visuel noise.
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Friday, April 25, 2008
Curated by Sabine Schaschl
With his unpretentious, comic-like, political, humoristic, and ironic drawings on walls and windows, Dan Perjovschi (born in 1961 in Sibiu/Romania, lives in Bucharest) has definitely made a name for himself in the past few years. Perjovschi, who takes a keen interest in world affairs, is known in Romania also for his politically inspired performances as well as for his journalistic work for Magazine 22, a publication that came into being following the fall of the Ceausescu regime in 1987. With his artistically unique and direct language that is reminiscent of children"s drawings and Art Brut, he comments on international and local events, or on that world in which his works manifest themselves-the art scene. Equipped with a permanent marker or chalk, without having done any preliminary drawings, just with a rough idea about the content of his commentary, the artist arrives at the scene of his creative act. Dan Perjovschi takes an approach that is very specific to the venue and space in question. For the exhibition "Fair enough" staged at Kunsthaus Baselland, he has devoted his attention to the rows of windows that are a salient feature of the building. Working with daily newspapers, magazines, and an Internet connection to news agencies, the artist produced new drawings on location, and reuse his existing repertoire of drawings with a view to further developing, reinterpreting, or logically complementing adjacent drawings. Perjovschi"s drawings express vitriolic comments and provide lucid and mordant analyses. They put controversial things in a nutshell, they are polemic and critical at the same time. Most strikingly, they are straightforward, in-your-face, and direct, and they brook no indifference.
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Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Bob and Roberta Smith, Hales Gallery, Commissions East and Black Dog Publishing and would like to invite you to the launch of Bob and Roberta Smith’s new book Art U Need; My Part in the Public Art Revolution.
At 7.30pm there will be a reading by Bob and Roberta Smith from his new book and he will reveal the truth behind his incredible proposal for Trafalgar Square currently on show at the National Portrait Gallery.
This event will coincide with Jane Wilbraham’s solo show Ignoble Rot and the First Thursdays timeout event at Hales Gallery.
The book features: Lucy Harrison, Andrea Mason, Milika Muritu, Hayley Newman, Jane Wilbraham.
Tuesday 5 September 2006
"I am live on-air with a journalist. He says, “Art U Need? How much is it costing?” I tell him it’s going to cost at least the price of two kidney machines. He says “Wouldn’t the money be better spent on a kidney machine?” I tell him in the past kidney machines used to be really interesting looking, with all sorts of pipes and taps, but these days they are just a big white box that bleeps. Anyway, they would still get ruined if you left them out on a roundabout..."
Bob and Roberta Smith, 2006
Art U Need; My Part in the Public Art Revolution is a refreshing addition to the public art debate, telling the story of how Bob and Roberta Smith set about changing the world-or at least a bit of it.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
By showing the group exhibition EVERYDAY LIFE Galleri Tom Christoffersen welcomes you to a humane small talk with an edge. The stories, in the simple figurative paintings by Harry Pye (UK), Krista Rosenkilde and Andreas Schulenburg (D/DK) are told at eye level and through elements known from caricature drawings, fairy tales and comic strips.
"You looks good you must be doing fine" - "Yes I have had a haircut I am feeling just fine actually". The grammatically incorrect quote is from a conversation full of commonplaces between a fox and a hen, which in the series "Reven og hønen" (The fux and the hen) by Andreas Schulenburg ends up in a fatal result. Harry Pye uses text in his works as well. The paintings are often collaborative pieces done with his friends. Among friends happen to be a comedian who have stopped being funny, young British Muslims who've been shot at by the police, a former chess champion who has lost his concentration and a magician who has lost his confidence. With a sense of humour and a caring approach Harry Pye presents characters in the middle of existential contemplations. Krista Rosenkilde is like Andreas Schulenburg and Harry Pye not afraid of using the banal. But she puts certain cultural identities into play by working from a distance instead of up close. She paints bittersweet symbols on tradition and everyday life as she works with classical oppositions such as culture vs. nature and dangerous vs. harmless etc. It is exactly between these categorical oppositions and in the middle of the many clichés on everyday life that Rosenkilde points at the grey zone of contemporary living. A condition of "both-and" as incarnated by he idyllic safety of "The Shire" and it's at the same time closed and excluding character.
EVERYDAY LIFE touches upon a certain kind of national identity and petite bourgeois self-conception and ways of acting. Or minor life-crises, joys and reflections, which prevents outlook and displaces an interest in problems affecting humanity on a larger scale. Despite the edgy issues the paintings are light and clear rather than condemning. Exactly this humoristic "go-happy"-strategy seems in all its absurdity to lower the parades and dissolve the facades from within.
Harry Pye (1973/UK) is represented by Sartorial Contemporary Art, London. The artist graduated from Winchester School of Art in1995.
Krista Rosenkilde (1981/DK) is represented by Galleri Tom Christoffersen. She will graduate from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen in 2009.
Andreas Schulenburg (1973/D+DK) is represented by Mogadishni. The artist graduated from the Royal Academy of fine Arts, Copenhagen in 2005.
Heinz Schmöller (1975/D) exhibits in Cube. He is repesented by Komet Berlin. The artist graduated from HfBK Dresden in 2006.
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Monday, April 21, 2008
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Saturday, April 19, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
16 Apr - 25 May 2008
We are pleased to announce the second solo exhibition of Daniel Lergon (born 1978, living in Berlin) in our gallery. The exhibition is titled "nimbi", which the Latin plural of nimbus. The exhibition continues the artists pictorial examination of the interaction between light and surface.
In a part of the exhibition the artist uses the special qualities of a technical texture as painting matter to produce pictorial light appearances, who under appropriate conditions beside others also create the impression of nimbus-like light coronas. The emanations of this matter are of profane nature, they merge with the irrational visual worlds of painting.
In contrast to those there are works on dark textile matter. Painting on different image carriers here is understood as a dialogue between single elements of shape, in both cases supported by the possible light appearances. Thereby imaginative associations are opposed to physical and technical categories.
The exhibition is divided in two rooms with three pictures in each, which differ in size, but always are of quadratic shape. They are ordered in a strict rhythm of a big (250x250 cm), a medium (200x200 cm) and a small (100x100 cm) dimension.
The pictures in the first room are painted on retroreflective material. It has the quality to reflect light always back to where it came from, other than mirroring surfaces. The viewer, who has got a light source in his back, can see his own shadow on the texture. Around his heads shadow a more or less shining light corona, similar to a nimbus, gets visible. This phenomenon also can be found in nature, for example on grassland covered by dew, when the sun is shining on it at the same time. This phenomenon is also called "the heiligenschein" in English language. The texture is painted with clear coat and produces prismatic colour effects at certain areas and fortifies or reduces the process of retroreflection and so also of the nimbus.
Because to the light appearances also belong those of shadow and darkness, there are presented contrasting works on umbra brown textile in the back room. This texture is painted with clear coat, just like the retroreflective pictures. While in the front room, depending on point of view, the viewer either is surrounded by brightness or by greyness, here he thematically is confronted with impressions of gradual, coloured darkness and subtle shadows. Here are also produced reflecting surfaces, but in contrast to the retroreflecting paintings they are mirroring. Here the effect of a heiligenschein is not existent.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 6-8pm
The actus reus — sometimes called the external elements of a crime — is the Latin term for the "guilty act" which, when
BLACK & WHITE GALLERY // Chelsea is proud to present Actus Reus - solo debut exhibition by Tamara Kostianovsky. In Actus Reus, Tamara Kostianovsky extends the cold human gaze to killing. Methodically dissected beef carcasses made out of discarded human clothes are both ethically and aesthetically disturbing. The intense reality of the opened body cannot stop the humans from looking at the killed animal. The looker is not the killer, and some of the power in the relationship therefore lies with the looked-at thing, dead though it is.
Actus Reus is the second part of a three-part, spring’08 season-long multidisciplinary program The Proper Animal, comprised of three successive solo exhibitions. All three participating artists utilize highly original and sometimes disturbing animal iconography which inevitably brings ethical considerations into play. The program title addresses complex issues of animal propriety in the context of human-animal power relations. Whether each artist operates in an intuitive, sub-ethical way focusing on form rather than meaning remains an open question.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Dear friends of the Gallery
We are delighted to invite you to the preview of the exhibition by Beijing based artist Shi Xinning on
Thursday, April 17, 2008, from 6 ˆ 8pm.
The 1969 born painter Shi Xinning is known for his utopian art, acted out on a purely aesthetic level in nonexistent moments of history. He has showcased his works throughout the world, and is now presenting his first solo show in Zurich.
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Friday, April 11, 2008
Opening Party: April 15th, 2008 8pm - midnight
On view April 16 - 20, 12 - 8PM daily
Won Ju Lim
"My Generation" will take place during Art Cologne at the Spichernhofe (Spichernstrasse 8, D-50672 Koln), from 16 April to 20 April, 2008, with a vernissage on 15 April from 8:00 pm – 12:00 am.
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