Wednesday, February 29, 2012

YOU KILLED ME FIRST - The Cinema of Transgression - KW - Berlin

through April 9th 2012

Karen Finley, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Richard Kern, Lung Leg, Lydia Lunch, Kembra Pfahler, Casandra Stark, Tommy Turner, David Wojnarowicz, Nick Zedd  

There will be blood, shame, pain and ecstasy, the likes of which no one has yet imagined. 

Nick Zedd  

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ian Kiaer - Melnikov Project - Aspen Art Museum - Aspen

through April 22nd 2012

Ian Kiaer's work takes the form of carefully composed landscapes of found objects and materials, architectural models, and paintings. For Kiaer, these installations are ways of exploring paradigms and testing concepts. What exactly constitutes the category of "painting" today? How do we understand the relationship between sculptural fragment and architectural model? Far from didactic, Kiaer's tableaux create subtly evocative relationships between different elements, allowing us to construct our own narratives from these fragments. The often spare, provisional nature of his objects compels a close viewing and offers simultaneous insight into our own perceptions. Shifts in scale and perspective highlight the relationship between the works and the space of the gallery.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Alice Creischer - Social Fabric - KOW - Berlin

through March 10th 2012

Social Fabric

A group exhibition on the textile industry, past and present, and trade between Britain and India.
Social Fabric examines the social and economic role of textiles, particularly in India. Its starting point are works by artists Alice Creischer about the circulation of global commodities and by Sudhir Patwardhan who records the impact of the textile industry on Mumbai. Showing alongside are new artists' commissions, films, books, fabrics, prints and audio recordings.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Chadwick Rantanen - More Often And In More Places - Standard - Oslo

 through March 23rd 2012

STANDARD (OSLO) is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Chadwick Rantanen. Consisting of 15 sculptures and a suite of framed drawings, Rantanen's premiere is a measuring and mapping out of the gallery space. Continuing his series of anodized telescopic sculptures Rantanen has these works conforming to physical conditions as opposed to being purely adjustable for subjective reasons.  

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Karla Black - Modern Art - London

through March 24th 2012

This exhibition at Modern Art comprises a suite of sculptures that occupy the gallery’s three exhibition spaces. Black’s new works utilise characteristically light and delicate feeling forms that, as always, embody the difficulty and chaos of the creative moment, in challenging scales and positions throughout the overall rhythm of the exhibition. The new sculptures are made predominantly from loosely painted cellophane and dusted polythene. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

RAQS Media Collective - Guesswork - Frith Street Gallery - London

through April 12th 2012  

Raqs Media Collective returns to Frith Street Gallery with an exhibition featuring new and recent work which includes play with words, light and electricity, sign language, chiastic variations, archival traces, counting exercises and insurgent readings of time. They represent the way in which Raqs is thinking at present about counting, gestures, signals and the presence of the ineffable in our lives.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ian Hales - Cole - London

through March 24th 2012

This engagement with painting is evidenced most obviously through the works residing on the wall. Whilst technically sculptures, essentially they are concerned with flatness – approached from the front they operate as abstract compositions, until they are viewed from the side, at which point they expand into three dimensions. This friction within the work is a crucial element of Hales’ practice.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

SV12 Members´ Show - Studio Voltaire - London

through March 31st 2012

Studio Voltaire’s members’ exhibitions aim to showcase the strength and diversity of its membership, which currently comprises over 400 artists.  Now in its eighth edition, the exhibition has developed a reputation for spotting emerging talent and bringing it to a wider audience.  Previous artists have included: Laura Aldridge, Sara Barker, Juliette Blightman, Pablo Bronstein, Keith Farquhar, Anthea Hamilton, William Hunt, Doreen McPherson, Public Works, Stephen Sutcliffe and Markus Vater.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A useful-looking useless object - group show - Metro Sierra - Edinburgh

through February 26th 2012

Johann Arens, Shelly Nadashi, Emily Wardill, Jennifer West

Sierra Metro presents group exhibition A useful-looking useless object, with work by Johann Arens, Shelly Nadashi, Emily Wardill and Jennifer West. Through a particular emphasis upon the use of objects as vehicles, and their agency as apparatus within filmic construction, this exhibition investigates notions of film and materiality.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Twice, Again - group show - Embassy - Edinburgh

through March 4th 2012

Hannah Ellul, Florrie James, Isla Leaver-Yap, Morag Keil and Lena Tutunjian


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Pietro Roccasalva - The Strange Young Neighbours - David Kordansky Gallery - LA

through March 24th 2012

The Strange Young Neighbours borrows its title from a standalone tale in Goethe's 1809 novel Elective Affinities. In the story, a near-catastrophic drowning plays a key role in uniting a young couple destined to be together since childhood. Though the onset of adulthood and its misunderstood passions temporarily drive them apart, when the girl jumps from a moving boat and the boy saves her, they finally realize that they are in fact meant to be married. 


Saturday, February 18, 2012

BREYER P-ORRIDGE - I’m Mortality - Invisible Exports - NYC

through March 25th 2012

Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE is one of the most rigorous and relentless agents of the postwar Anglo-American vanguard, interrogating the meaning and substance of identity in a peerless half-century program of willful reincarnation and shape-shifting. Embracing the body as not simply the vessel but the site of the avant-garde impulse, BREYER P-ORRIDGE has reinvented and reintroduced herself again and again—as Fluxus pioneer, groundbreaking performance artist, inventor of industrial music, “wrecker of civilization,” and, most recently, as pandrogyne, in a romantic project of identity and gender merging with her now-late wife, Lady Jaye. In her new body of work, conceived to be a kind of “inter-dimensional” collaboration between the material and the immaterial world, BREYER P-ORRIDGE probes the limits of each of those enterprises, drawing on the consonant and indigenous traditions of shape-shifting and reincarnation encountered during recent trips to Nepal: a practice born at an intersection of Mortality and Immortality as experienced as biology and as consciousness. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Nina Beier - Shirts vs Skins - Laura Bartlett Gallery - London

through March 31st 2012

Laura Bartlett Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Shirts vs Skins by Nina Beier. Beier’s work is concerned with hierarchies of display and value, content and frame, and the implicit contradictions in process, practice and presentation. Shirts vs Skins is a common form in sport games of denoting team affiliations in the absence of any formal uniform. Beier suggests an antagonism at the core of the relationship between man and creation, and asserts a combative status between surface and subject, image and object. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sarah Lucas - Miss Jumbo Savaloy Situation - Sadie Coles HQ - London

through December 2012

The opening exhibition will include a new sculpture by Lucas incorporating her signature use of everyday materials such as concrete, underwear, and found domestic objects. Through a combination of sturdy and fragile elements, and of grounded and suspended forms, the work overlays an emblematic representation of the body with reference to ancient myth.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Heimo Zobernig - Chantal Crousel - Paris

through March 2nd 2012

Two spaces for an exhibition, one expects for an intervention playing on both spaces simultaneously, even a re-duplication. Heimo Zobernig is usually keen on working on the question of the double: the double of the artist, the double of the space, or the double of the piece whether it is with mirrors, in the video Heimo Zobernig explains to his double how to make a performance, during the re-activation of a symposium, or even by showing his catalogues along with their references…This time at the Chantal Crousel Gallery, the doubling is not so evident. In appearance, one space, La Douane is dedicated to video works and sculptures, some dating from the 1980’s while a recent series of paintings is on display at the rue Charlot space.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dafna Maimon - Can't Complain - Club Midnight - Berlin

through April 14th 2012

As an entry-point, Maimon incorporates the idea of the Big Dumb Object; science fiction's absurd extension of the Hitchcockian MacGuffin. These Big Dumb Objects (or BDOs) are omnipresent in the sci-fi genre in a myriad of forms – man-eating plants, aliens, giant subterranean worms, etc. – and function as a plot tool while simultaneously physicalizing the complex anxieties and feelings of helplessness that compose the modern human condition. The resulting interactions between characters in these films and the BDOs are representative of the emotional undercurrents that we all face as we search for meaning and purpose in our day to day existence.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Warhol, Basquiat, Clemente - Ménage à trois - Bundeskunsthalle - Bonn

through May 20th 2012

The New York art scene of the 1980s is the stuff of legend. Buoyant and creative, it was open to all kinds of new media and offered young talents a spectacular arena of opportunity. Graffiti artists took art to the streets, others brought the everyday into their studios. The quest for innovation meant that all traditions were up for grabs and relentlessly questioned. Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Francesco Clemente – three of the main protagonists of the time – are presented in this major exhibition. At the heart of the show are the collaborative works by the three artists.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Marble Sculpture from 350 B.C. to last week - Sperone Westwater - NYC

through February 25th 2012

Marble is one of the oldest and most fundamental materials of sculpture with wide-ranging use in the fine arts, decorative arts, and architecture. Among the works from Greek and Roman antiquity in Marble Sculpture from 350 B.C. to Last Week is an Ionian Greek grave relief from the second half of the fourth century B.C. that depicts three figures presenting a narrative on a farewell to the deceased. A Vestal statue from the second century A.D. represents the virgin goddess of hearth, home, and family in Roman religion. Notable Roman sculptures from the first and second century A.D. are also presented including a vase and a bust of young man. Significant sculptures from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries include Icarus, the mythological figure of a man with wings, by Tommaso Bonazza (Venice 1696 – Padua 1775), as well as Hercules by Giacomo Cassetti Marinali (Venice 1682 – Vicenza 1757), carved out of pietra di Vicenza, to name a couple.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Mathew Hale - The Welcome Stranger - Galerie Wentrup - Berlin

through March 9th 2012

In my imagination I had pictured a tired traveller arriving at a strange inn by night and receiving a warm welcome; that seemed more appropriate. The baby picture did not make sense to me, so one day I asked my mother about it and I vividly remember her replying, “Because darling, a baby is a welcome stranger.” Of course … it was us!’ - Mathew Hale

Friday, February 10, 2012

telephone - group show - 1857 - Oslo

February 17th through March 18th 2012

148 hours burntime

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Jequ - Dark Horses - Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club - Miami

through March 1st 2012

Five persons are presently gathered around a rather cleverly faked mahogany table. The white metallic blinds of the meeting room are mostly drawn; the overhead lights are warm halogens, and overall you’d think you were in a small drawing room. A table, half moon in shape, sits off to the wall neatly arranged with a water pitcher, ice bucket, precisely five empty glasses, and diet peach iced teas. I suddenly have the feeling this meeting is going to last all morning.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Banks Violette - Blum & Poe - LA

through February 11th 2012

Simultaneously rooted in Minimalist form and contemporary in its use of industrial materials, Violette’s artistic practice freely employs diverse media, such as neon tubing, powder-coated steel, glass, salt, resin, and aluminum. Violette draws inspiration from a variety of subcultural communities, including hardcore punk and drone metal bands like Sunn O))), political conspiracy theorists, both left and right-wing religious fanatics, and most recently NASCAR and the iconography which populates the sport’s predominantly southern fan base. As if arrested in time, Violette’s sculptural objects and installations function as elegant reminders of darker moments past and present.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Gerwald Rockenschaub - Redial - Galerie Mehdi Chouakri - Berlin

through February 25th 2012

Rockenschaub’s subjects mirror the culture of logos, the pictorial symbols of our society. As a visual language they communicate traffic signs, product advertising, commercial identifications, pictograms or optical guidance systems to an overwhelming flood of information. We are continuously subjected to the decodification of its countless meanings, whether we are conscious of this or not. (“Augensex“ or “eye sex“ used to be Rockenschaub’s slogan for his posters for the Vienna Festival.)

Monday, February 6, 2012

ILJA KARILAMPI - h 0 0 dumentary - Wilkinson Gallery - London

through February 26th 2012

The artist works with an alteration of the documentary format; a symbiosis of hood and documentary, an attempt to develop a new genre, the ‘hoodumentary’. Animated logotypes, his own soundtrack and aesthetics that draw inspiration from the world of Hip Hop and R’n’B and also references to contemporary internet culture are all part of the artist’s distinctive output. Ilja Karilampi’s impressions are drawn together in this video piece h00dumentary, a 22 minute essayistic collage of found footage, researched material and animated graphics. A short film made by Karilampi, aged 12 in Studiegången, is also incorporated in h00dumentary’s drifting picture.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hilary Berseth - Eleven Rivington - NYC

last chance: through February 5th 2012

Eleven Rivington is pleased to present the second solo exhibition of Hilary Berseth, on view from December 10, 2011 - February 5, 2012. The exhibition will feature Berseth's graphite drawings. Working with the most elemental of artist's tools and techniques - pencil and paper - Berseth's drawings balance imagery and illusion with the viewer's optical perception. Six intimately scaled works on paper superimpose two drawings over one another, fusing the images together through shading, combining them into a hypothetical space. The artist's studio appears in several drawings as a framing image; another features a scan of the artist’s retina. Using a similar strategy, Berseth combines simple paper constructions with careful shading to create volumetric trompe l’oeil objects — Archimedean spirals, a fractaline segment of a dogwood branch. These objects, like the drawings, hover between the concrete and the ethereal.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Alan Michael - Res Gestae - David Kordansky - LA

last chance: through February 04, 2012

Concerned with a densely cross-referential network of reflection, repetition, and subtly conflicting stylistic choices, Michael's practice represents an investigative, even experimental, approach to the contemporary fascination with reference material and the narratives that accompany images and objects of all kinds. The exhibition will consist of oil paintings and oil and silkscreen works on canvas. Michael's attention to detail, and his deep understanding of the history of the medium, bring the work into conversation with a surprising lineage of photorealist, pop, and appropriation-based forbears.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Painting is a Painting is a Painting - group show - Cul De Sac Gallery - London

through February 26th 2012

Nicolas Deshayes, Oliver Osborne, Oliver Perkins, Roman Liška, Dan Rees, Hugh Scott-Douglas

A CUL DE SAC Gallery London /OpenSource commission. Curated by Rod Barton Gallery.