Archive for November, 2007

Stephen Powers @ Politiken (Danish News paper)

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007


V1 udstiller Powers power
V1 Gallery udstiller den legendariske, barske og rammende streetartist Stephen Powers’ værker som den sidste, inden galleriet flytter til Kødbyen.

Trine Ross Af Trine Ross

Nu varer det ikke så længe før V1 Gallery flytter til betydeligt større lokaler i Kødbyen, lige ved siden af den nyåbnede café Karriere. Men (formentlig) sidste udstilling i Absalonsgade er en rigtig V1-klassiker, for den præsenterer Stephen Powers (født 1969), der i USA er lidt af en legende, ikke mindst fordi han i begyndelsen af 1990’erne var blandt de første street artister, der gik i dialog med gallerierne.

På gaderne var han kendt som ESPO (Exterior Surface Painting Outreach), men i dag arbejder han med den slags emaljeskilte, der kan få det til at gibbe i enhver nostalgiker. Og det er nok meget godt, hvis der gibbes, for Powers sparker, ved nærmere eftersyn, nostalgien så hårdt, at den taber pusten.

Der, hvor der skulle have været en ganske enkel information, en retningsangivelse eller en letaflæselig reklame, skriver og tegner Powers om livet – set fra den sorte side.

Den dødbringende gentagelse konfronteres i værket ’Wake, Work, Wait, Work, Wank, Work, Want, Wane’ (vågn op, arbejd, vent, arbejd, masturber, arbejd, ønsk, forsvind), mens Powers ligesom træder et skridt til siden, og lader en lille undskyldning krybe ind i et andet værk, hvor han skriver: »Everything is Shit – except you, Love«.

Det er blankpoleret og barskt, meget morsomt og sine steder rammende. Og det er både typisk og tiltrængt, at V1 (igen) kan præsentere danskerne for cremen af street kunsten.

Mario Garcia Torres “Pocket Scratching”

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007



Mario Garcia Torres “Pocket Scratching”
January 19 – March 8, 2008

gallery.sora. is pleased to announce the debut exhibition in Japan of Mexican artist,
Mario Garcia Torres. Garcia Torres presents his works mainly on film, video, photography
and projected photographs as well as in printed interventions. Born in 1975 in Monclova,
he graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2005 and currently lives
in San Diego. Recent solo shows include venues such as the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam,
Kadist Art Foundation,
Paris (where he was a resident) and Jan Mot, Brussels, amongst others.
He has also, participated in the 52 Biennale di Venezia, Venice, “Escultura Social”,
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, “Learn to Read” and “Saturday Live Actions & Interruptions”,
Tate Modern, London and “Elephant Cemetery”, Artist’s Space, New York.
He recently received The Cartier Award 2007.

“So-called Conceptual Art has always interested me. It is difficult for me to explain why,
but I could say that the first thing that intrigued me about it was probably its self-questioning…
there is always a time or location displacement.
Some sort of empty space that allows questioning issues that are different from the ones directly
implied by the piece itself. In that regard, Conceptual Art became for me not just a reference
but also a legacy that I could use and misuse for my work. I think that even if I am very interested
in those kinds of practices my projects are not about them. They only use them to give form to a
larger narrative that has to do with personal and social interests”.

Mario Garcia Torres
Published in the 2006 January issue of Neue Review

For his first solo exhibition with gallery.sora., Garcia Torres will present a new body of work related to
time and unpredictability. He will also be exhibiting a new work entitled, “I Promise Every Time” in

Art Atagnes

WINTERSHOW 07

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007


WINTERSHOW 07
Sigga Bjørg Sigurdardóttir (IS),
Annette Streyl (D), Atla,Lærke Lauta,
Ellen Hyllemose, Eva Steen Christensen,
Signe Jaïs, Anders Moseholm,
Frances Goodman (ZA)

Specta

Graffiti x-mas group show

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007


Plainartartists

LINA BERTUCCI

Monday, November 26th, 2007


LINA BERTUCCI
WOMEN IN THE TATTOO SUBCULTURE
NOVEMBER 28, 2007 – JANUARY 5, 2008

OPENING RECEPTION: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 6-8 PM

New York – (November 19, 2007), Perry Rubenstein Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new photographs by Lina Bertucci. Bertucci’s most recent photographic series explores the fluctuating periphery between exhibitionism and marginalization through the ritualized practice of tattooing.

Bertucci’s portraits reveal psychological tensions between the pursuit of inner conviction and a desire to seek out trend. The collecting of tattoos, although personal in acquisition, in turn becomes a claim for connection and alignment; or perhaps the opposite, a desire for segregation and opposition to the mainstream.

Compelled to examine this contemporary subculture, Bertucci traveled to various tattoo conventions in the United States and abroad, photographing women ages 19 to 59 both in her studio and on location. Here, Bertucci chooses to frame her subjects in simple, timeless poses that both formally accentuate the female figure and poetically delineate their illustrious tattoos. Bertucci’s imagery and execution can be referenced back to classical portrait paintings, yet contradicts the historical view of the ‘anonymous muse’ by including image titles that reveal a name, age and occupation. This incongruity renders a complex window through which the viewer’s perspective of time and era is blurred.

Bertucci lives and works in New York City. Bertucci completed her M.F.A in photography at Pratt Institute in New York and received her B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin. Bertucci in known extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, with exhibitions at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Per l’Arte, Turin, Italy; P.S.1, New York; Hara Museum, Tokyo; and, the Chicago Cultural Center.

Perry Rubenstein