The practice of Danish artist collective SUPERFLEX (Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen) deals with the complex relationship between art and society. In its works, the group critically confronts the contemporary global economic system in order to push its public to develop new forms of behavior. In particular, the collective produces different “tools” for its audiences to use, including some that encourage viewers to freely copy and exchange goods, thereby challenging the limits imposed by the intellectual property regime. This exhibition’s ambiguous title reflects SUPERFLEX’sattempt to destabilize institutions and to inspire reflection on the possibilities of sociopolitical transformation. SUPERFLEX suggests that the action of corrupting can paradoxically have a beneficial social function.
Writing is central to Zin Taylor’s practice. Parallel to a number of artist books Taylor has made are a series of sculptural works the artist proposes as a form of storytelling. How else to understand his project The Story of Stripes and Dots but to “read” the eponymous objects he makes to propel it forward? Taylor conceives his sculptural components—stripes and dots in many variations—as words in a sentence, the articulation of which can be ongoing.
Judith Hopf “Testing Time”
Studio Voltaire presents a new film commission by Judith Hopf together with a series of sculptural works, made specifically for the exhibition. This exhibition is the artist’s first solo show in a UK public gallery.
Hopf’s work focuses on how our social environments shape us, influence us, and by extension thereby exclude us from ourselves. Hopf uses a wide variety of techniques such as sculpture, installation, film and performance, often engaging subjects and materials that can be found in the immediate environment.In her recent installations for Documenta 13 a series of masks were formed from computer packaging and drinking glasses balanced to create a precarious bamboo forest. Such an approach can be thought of in connection to Bricolage, revealing a socio-political order latent in ready-to- hand materials.
For her presentation at Studio Voltaire, Hopf will create a new film work drawing upon references to silent cinema and feminist film material from the suffragette era. An environment will be built in the gallery to house the film accompanied with a series of sculptural works taking the form of a ‘flock’ of concrete sheep.
“Forget your Dreams”
The structure for Aldrich’s current show is that of two distinct parts. The first opened on November 8th, and has been on view for a week and a half, after which a second show has opened on November 19th and will run through the end of the month, and then back to the first show for the remainder of the exhibition, closing December 21st.
VW (VeneKlasen/Werner) is pleased to announce “Eagle Mode”, an exhibition of new works by Harold Ancart.
Harold Ancart works in a range of materials, including pigments, soot, steel and concrete, and relies on the architecture of the exhibition space to guide his process, but it is the temporal, transitional and immediate quality of drawing that lies at the root of his practice.
Team (gallery, inc.) is pleased to announce a solo show by Italian artist Massimo Grimaldi. The exhibition will run from 31 October through 15 December 2013. Team Gallery is located at 47 Wooster Street, between Broome and Grand. Concurrently, our 83 Grand Street space will house a one-person exhibition of new work by New York-based painter Suzanne McClelland.
Derya Akay “anewground”
The Apartment is thrilled to present Derya Akay’s debut solo exhibition and second project with the gallery, anewground. Akay will present new paintings and sculptures developed while on residence this summer in Japan and finished this fall in his Vancouver studio.
The Cooper Gallery is proud to present Before Le Cerveau Affamé, a space for metaphysical transformation, by Georgina Starr, one of the most original and distinctive British artists celebrated internationally since the 1990s for her magically complex and multi-layered works.
This exhibition marks the first solo show of Pol’s work in Italy and the first collaboration between Nicolo Cardi and Vladmir Restoin Roitfeld. After Modern Vermin Control will feature never-before-seen works that explore the artist’s ongoing examination of contemporary culture.
From Morn’ Till Midnight is the title of a painting dated 1946 by Julian Beck (*1926, died 1986), founder of the Living Theatre, abstract expressionist and poet. Alongside Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Yves Kline his lively paintings were exhibited at Peggy Guggenheim’s groundbreaking gallery “Art of this Century”. Although inspired by this prominent group of abstract expressionist painters he turned the act of painting into a live gesture which involved the whole body, making the picture and the painter a single entity. Along with his wife, actress Judith Malina, he was the original engine of the avant-garde performance group “The Living Theatre” established in 1947. This is where he would fuel his artistic fervour until the end of his life, promoting ideas of anarcho-pacifism and liberalism throughout Europe, South America and the US.
kaufmann repetto is happy to announce the first of a series of exhibitions in New York, opening on November 9, with a solo show by Italian painter Pierpaolo Campanini.
The work of Pierpaolo Campanini is at the same time intimate and monumental. The sculptures assembled in his studio in a meticulous process of accumulation of objects and natural elements are, through pictorial mediation, rendered solitary creatures – inhabitants of a fictitious reality, both tangible and indefinite.
Vita Nova departs from a mythical photograph of a cadet, used by Roland Barthes to dismount the imaginary of colonial imperialism, to create a spiral film in which History (Histoire), now chaotic in its temporality, returns in a more certain form as story (histoire). The found Time of history is here the survival to the image. It is the now, the temporality of the living, the untimeliness of the reciter. Watch the entire film on vdrome.org
Galerie Rolando Anselmi is pleased to announce No Flock for Blind Shepherds, the second solo show in the gallery space of Davide Balliano, curated by Timothée Chaillou. For this occasion the artist will present a new group of sculptures made mainly of wood and glass. The use of these basic materials evokes an overpowering nature, being wood a live material and glass an ambiguous one, which gives the impression of being light, armless and delicate, while being potentially dangerous and harmful. Like also nature can be.
Molzan’s new body of work draws from disparate cultural histories and personal influences focusing on a particularly American cultural heritage. With these new paintings, Molzan references touchstones in her formation as an artist. The color palette and physical form of the paintings embody a legacy of materials and movements that assume multiple readings through the lens of American iconography and entertainment.
Lira Hotel, the project created in 2007 and curated by Jonathan Monk and Sonia Rosso, has recently been expanded with the third room by Scott King. The project is now acquiring a wider dimension becoming permanent. In the near future, new rooms by other artists will be opened in different locations and cities.
The Lira Hotel project provides for hotel rooms to be fitted-out: artists are invited to dress a room both with structures aiming to distort the initial space or the room could be also dedicated to objects and furniture production such as wall paper, sofas or coffee tables etc.
The rooms could be also sold to leave the space to a new artist’s room.
Theatrical Fields examines forms of artistic practice that make use of the theatrical in performance, film and video.
Developed as a research project by the curator Ute Meta Bauer, Theatrical Fields explores the analytical and political potential of theatricality through various manifestations ranging from an exhibition to public presentations, film programme to a live performance.
Zach Feuer Gallery is pleased to present Elaine Reichek: A Précis 1972-1995, Reichek’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The show is on view through December 21, 2013.
The exhibition presents an overview of Reichek’s work through more than two decades. Many of these pieces have never been shown in New York. A non-exhaustive survey, the show aims to link Reichek’s minimal, abstract fabric works of the 1970s and the development of her practice through the knit, photographic, and sampler works from the 1980s and ‘90s.