DREAM IDEA MACHINE | 29 March 2018

Signe Pierce’s new solo exhibition at Annka Kultys Gallery, Metamirrorism, has been listed in Dream Idea Machine’s round up of March shows internationally.

ART NEWS:March 03

Inspired by the impact that previous radical social and political experiments have had on society, especially in the 1960s and 1970s, the exhibition “#whatif” presents a range of contemporary artists who strive to change contemporary political structures and to find new ways of structuring society. There is on presentation a range of contemporary artists and artistic projects that offer critical insight and answers to the hypothetical question ‘what if’ within a range of problematic current political and social issues. Renzo Martens and CATPC redress the capitalist economic inequality between the northern and southern hemispheres. Forensic Architecture pursues investigations that challenge governmental authorities by providing new evidence of crimes against humanity. Lara Baladi explores the action of archiving as a means of resisting political oppression. Marcus Lindeen and Naeem Mohaiemen both unveil new aspects of the rise and fall of two social and political experiments from the 1970s. Tomás Saraceno explores concrete ways to inhabit the world in an epoch of ecological consciousness and ethical collaboration with the environment. Larry Achiampong explores Afrofuturism and reflects on African diasporic identity. Info: Curator: Irene Campolmi, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Nyhavn 2, København, Duration: 17/3-20/5/18, Days & Hours: Tue-Fri 12:00-20:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-17:00, https://kunsthalcharlottenborg.dk

In his solo exhibition “Multiplicities”, Rey Parlá blurs the line between the image and the process, between intuition and surprise. The resulting works reflect the viewer’s psyche and the artist’s subconscious. Parlá’s work is reminiscent of Lucas Samaras’s scratched Polaroids or Stan Brakhage’s hand-painted films, filled with dynamic fluid forms that continually invite and rebuff identification and interpretation. Some subjects are intensely reworked—manually manipulated, re-photographed, or scanned until the original object is subsumed beneath layers of abstraction. An Ellsworth Kelly–inspired grid of 64 exposed 4 x 5 inch negatives entitled “You, inhabits the Project Space”. lines he creates during his process not only scratch the surface of some of his negatives but also digs deep into the history and future of the medium, challenging our notion of what a photograph actually communicates. Info: Benrubi Gallery, 521 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, Duration: 22/3-12/5/18, Days & Hours: Tue-Sat 10:00-18:00, http://benrubigallery.com

A comprehensive presentation to date of Antony Gormley’s polyhedral sculptures is on exhibition under the title “Earth Body”. The series, which began in 2008, replaces an anatomically described body with one made of tightly nested and sharp edged polygonal cells. This sculptural language derives from natural structures: the polycrystalline aggregation of basalt or quartz and the bubble matrices in foams and bone. In describing body posture as “the language before language”, the artist invites the viewer to empathetically project a range of emotional tonalities onto the work. The works are cast in iron; the same material that forms the Earth’s core and their rusting surfaces acknowledge the action of elements on matter and received ideas of how the body can be presented in sculpture while confronting us with our own being in time. Info: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Mirabellplatz 2Salzburg, Duration: 22/3-12/5/18, Days & Hours: Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-14:00, https://ropac.net

“We Have Delivered Ourselves from the Tonal–Of, with, towards, on Julius Eastman”is an exhibition, and a program of performances, concerts and lectures that deliberate around concepts beyond the predominantly Western musicological format of the tonal or harmonic. The project looks at African American composer, musician and performer Julius Eastman’s work beyond the framework of what is today understood as minimalist music, within a larger, always gross and ever-growing understanding of it—i.e. conceptually and geo-contextually. Together with musicians, visual artists, researchers and archivers we aim to explore a non-linear genealogy of Eastman’s practice and his cultural, political and social weight, and situate his work within a broader rhizomatic relation of musical epistemologies and practices. For the project, new substantial artworks and musical pieces have been commissioned and are world-premiered in Berlin. Info: Curators: Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock and Kamila Metwaly, Assistant Curators: Kelly Krugman and Gwen Mitchell, SAVVY Contemporary, Plantagenstraße 31, Berlin, Duration 23/3-6/5/18, Days & Hours: Thu-sun 14:00-19:00, www.savvy-contemporary.com

Peter Vogel presents his new solo exhibition “Creation + Chance”.  As early as the sixties, Peter Vogel tried to depict time and time sequences in his work. He created paintings with dynamic lines which actually were dance notations – movements captured through a system similar to musical notation. For trained eyes, these paintings show choreologies, sequences of motion with a clear beginning and ending. But Peter Vogel quickly realised that this wasn’t the most understandable way to depict the presence of the fourth dimension, time. The next step were his “sound objects”, “sound walls” and “shadow orchestras”, which have become characteristic of his work today. His creations are difficult to categorize, they constantly move between physics and philosophy, between performance, cybernetics and object art. Although the sometimes motionless, technical skeletons demand a counterpart, a human shadow or sound, they do function without any human interaction, solely through their aesthetics and beauty.  Info: DAM Gallery, Seydelstr. 30, Berlin, Duration: 23/3-19/5/18, Days & Hours: Wed-Fri 13:00-18:00, Sat 12:00-16:00, www.dam-gallery.de

The first solo exhibition in Southeast Asia by sound artist and composer Tarek Atoui “The Ground: From the Land to the Sea” is conceived as a musical composition that unfolds in space through its unique sound library and instruments. It is the first work Atoui has created through associations between objects, instruments, and recordings, some borrowed from pre-existing projects, others newly collected and produced. The sounds are from underwater environments, as well as human and industrial activities in the harbours of Athens and Abu Dhabi, recorded for the ongoing project “I/E”. As part of the exhibition, Atoui will record, together with sound artist Eric La Casa, the harbour of Singapore to add to this collection. In his presentation in Singapore, Atoui engages with local and international musicians who are invited to appropriate his composition and intervene in the exhibition space. Info: Curators: Ute Meta Bauer and Khim Ong, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Gillman Barracks, 43 Malan Road, Singapore, Duration: 24/3-24/6/18, Days & Hoyr: Tue-Thu & Sat-Sun 12:00-19:00, Fri 12:00-21:00, http://ntu.ccasingapore.org

“The House of Fame” is an ambitious exhibition conceived by Linder. At the heart of the presentation is a retrospective of the influential British artist and musician’s work, spanning more than 40 years of photomontage, graphics, costume and performance. Emerging from the Manchester punk and post-punk scenes in the 1970s, Linder focuses on questions of gender, commodity and display. This diverse practice is presented alongside almost 200 works by some 30 artists selected by Linder. Stretching from the 1600s to today – and gathering together the worlds of art and architecture, fashion and theatre, music and design,  the exhibition includes works by Inigo Jones, Mike Kelley, Alison and Peter Smithson, Moki Cherry, Ithell Colquhoun and Heidi Bucher, among many others. The exhibition draws upon Linder’s many sources of influence and wideranging collaborations. Info: Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, Duration: 24/3-24/6/18, Days & Hours: Tue-Sat: 10:00-18:00, Sun 11:00-17:00, www.nottinghamcontemporary.org

The first exhibition devoted to the EYE Art & Film Prize features the work of the first three winners. The winner of the fourth EYE Art & Film Prize will be announced on 5/4/18. Hito Steyerl explores the role of the media in a globalized world, and the staggering speed at which images and knowledge circulate thanks to digital technology, a phenomenon that, in one of her essays, she has called ‘circulationism’. She argues that most images no longer just represent reality, but actually intervene in that reality. The work of Ben Riversexplores the intersection of documentary and fiction. He often films people who, in one way or another, have dropped out of society. From this rough film material, Rivers crafts subtle stories about alternative ways of living on the margins of society. Rivers is building up a significant body of work that makes an exceptional contribution to developments at the interface between visual art and film. Wang Bing has a significant body of work that ranges in scope from documentary and feature film to video installation. In his work the changes occurring in Chinese society. Wang’s monumental films, are often composed of strikingly long takes that interweave time and reality. Info: EYE Filmmuseum, IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam, Duration 24/3-27/5/18, Days & Hours: Daily 10:00-19:00, www.eyefilm.nl

“Metamirrorism” is an installation featuring projector paintings by Signe Pierce.  Through the use of instantaneous recording and projection within a space mediated by light sources, mirrors, lenses and dichroic film, Pierce takes the gallery’s visitors as her raw material to create an immersive, reflected, refracted and abstracted universe of the ephemeral.  Over the past years, Pierce has cultivated a highly sought-after visual aesthetic and conceptual identity through her lurid use of colour, lighting and subject matter. The semiotic spectrum of American excess and decay is showcased within the vacant strip mall interiors, lush palm trees and omnipresent surveillance cameras that glaze Pierce’s work like saccharine pink frosting on a donut, leaving a subtle aftertaste of dirty money and artificiality. The artist has come to identify as a “Reality Artist”, a self-imposed description that lends itself to cover the various media, mediums, performances and conceptual paradoxes that her work straddles. Info: Annka Kultys Gallery, 472 Hackney Road, Unit 3, 1st Floor, London, Duration: 28/3-28/4/18, Days & Hours: Wed-Sat 12:00-18:00, www.annkakultys.com

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