Jesper Rasmussen new show.
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.
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.
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.
DUNK! is ready with a fabulous new solo show.
DUNK! is proud to present ITEMS OF HIGH STYLE AND PRESTIGE.
ITEMS OF… are drawings, paintings, sculpture, photos, collage and objects.
ITEMS OF… is a total installation full of sharp and visual reflections.
ITEMS OF… is a critical assault on the brutal and narcissistic aspects of present culture.
ITEMS OF… is Daniel Milan’s first solo exhibition in Denmark.
DANIEL MILAN unfolds his work in different mediums with a solid focal point in his elaborations into the fields of drawing which is led by a sensitive and sublime controlled black line on white paper by which he merge different, and often opposed, aspects of reality into poetical disturbing works with a critical and political magnitude laden with a magical narrative strength. With take-of from the themes he develops and elaborates in his works of drawing Daniel Milan take on exiting ventures into other medias of the visual arts such as painting, sculpture, collage and objects and he joins these different means of expression together with his drawings in dynamic and visual thought-provoking installations.
At the opening there will also be a reception for the release of Daniel Milan’s new graphic book HUMAN DINOSAUR SPAM. It is printed on election posters for the Danish Conservative Party and it comes in an exclusive edition of 25 – signed and numbered.
”Unsafe Territories” is the title of the this solo exhibition by Iben Toft Nørgård, which consist of a number of large-scale collages. Within the media of collage the artist explores the field of identity, body and gender in an expression which is at the same time dangerous and seductive.
Iben Toft Nørgård has since her education from DJK – Jutland Academy of Fine Arts in 2005 been working with collage as technique and expression. The materials are a combination of various images from the past that blends with the present, from old books to glittering magazines, along with 3D-medias as broken records and tape, jigsaw puzzles, embroidery and maculated paper, aiming for an expression beyond time.
The motives of the collages are figurative and narrative with a subduction of surrealism and abstraction. In the earlier works, the woman had a central position in the narratives, but the new works are involving the man too to vary the dynamic of the unsafe territories.
WITCH´S TITZ- Drawings 2005-2008
In the”black box” of the gallery, ”WITCH´S TITZ- Drawings 2005-2008”, Zven Balslev has his first soloexhibition in the gallery of 24 selected black and white drawings from 2005-2008.
Zven Balslev is educated from The Royal Danish Art Academi in 2006 and has by his original and controversial expression marked the new positions of drawing in contemporary med art. The style is raw and unpolished and combine the aesthetic of the undergroundcomic with a vital expressionism. A characteristic is also the black humour that is abstract beyond meaning, and whitch is confronting the audience with a visuel noise.
Curated by Sabine Schaschl
With his unpretentious, comic-like, political, humoristic, and ironic drawings on walls and windows, Dan Perjovschi (born in 1961 in Sibiu/Romania, lives in Bucharest) has definitely made a name for himself in the past few years. Perjovschi, who takes a keen interest in world affairs, is known in Romania also for his politically inspired performances as well as for his journalistic work for Magazine 22, a publication that came into being following the fall of the Ceausescu regime in 1987. With his artistically unique and direct language that is reminiscent of children”s drawings and Art Brut, he comments on international and local events, or on that world in which his works manifest themselves-the art scene. Equipped with a permanent marker or chalk, without having done any preliminary drawings, just with a rough idea about the content of his commentary, the artist arrives at the scene of his creative act. Dan Perjovschi takes an approach that is very specific to the venue and space in question. For the exhibition “Fair enough” staged at Kunsthaus Baselland, he has devoted his attention to the rows of windows that are a salient feature of the building. Working with daily newspapers, magazines, and an Internet connection to news agencies, the artist produced new drawings on location, and reuse his existing repertoire of drawings with a view to further developing, reinterpreting, or logically complementing adjacent drawings. Perjovschi”s drawings express vitriolic comments and provide lucid and mordant analyses. They put controversial things in a nutshell, they are polemic and critical at the same time. Most strikingly, they are straightforward, in-your-face, and direct, and they brook no indifference.