Archive for April, 2008

Out of space

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Jesper Rasmussen new show.
Susanne Ottesen

Seonna Hong "Viscery Loves Company"

Wednesday, April 30th, 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.


5be Gallery

Dan ATTOE Simple Thoughts and Complicated Animals

Tuesday, April 29th, 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.

Peres Projects

Pak huset

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Forreningen Pakhus

Tatiana Trouvé

Monday, April 28th, 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.

Johann Koenig