April 20, 2011

NEVER FORGET: THE KILLING MACHINE

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, "The Killing machine," Installation (2007)  

April 10, 2011

WATCHLIST: DANIEL RAPLEY




Have you ever thought about reliving history and rewriting a whole bible as they did in the old days when printing and copying was a hard-to-grasp fantasy? Well, I know someone who actually makes a living out of it: With his project "Authorized" Daniel Rapley (*1979), a british artist who currently finishes his MA in Fine Arts at Chelsea College (UAL) in London, literally writes down the King James Version of the Bible by hand. So far he completed nearly 500,000 neatly written words of the Genesis on handwritten A4 sheets of ruled paper. The interesting aspect is not only that his handcraft becomes persistence and somehow questions the whole thing in itself, but also that once the project is displayed no one will be able to feel, or retrace what patience and neatness he had to keep up with. 
See also: danielrapley.co.uk







April 2, 2011

LONDON: IDA APPLEBROOG HAS A THING FOR THE UNCANNY

Marginalia (jesus is coming)


Marginalia (bandaged rabbit)
American artist Ida Appelbroog (*1929) shows a quite convincing retrospective covering 4 series of works from the last 50 years at Hauser&Wirth in London. As you will see in the exhibition views below, it's not only the paintings fragmentation on several different-sized canvases that makes this show unique, but also the curation: Lying on the floor, standing in the middle of the gallery's main space, each painting seems to have dialogue with one another. The gallery's press release highlights the audience's part and claims that Applebroog's fragmented paintings "effectively question the viewer’s active involvement in her works."  When passing "Marginalia" (the painting-installation) and entering the back room, one stands face-to-face with 'Monalisa' - a wooden installation piece, covered with 'Vagina drawings,' hiding the 'Monalisa'-doll-drawing. It's like a giant version of Duchamp's ‘Étant Donnés,’ a cubic, inaccessible house with wholes that turns the viewer into a voyeur. Her newest piece - 'Caleb' - assembles several versions of the same mutant-like face. All in all, the show's coherence seems to be an uncanny aspect: Something is frightening, weird, a little perverted - some images clearly broach issues of violence, abuse or psychosis  - others seem to be mad - and some are simply sexual. Absolutely worth seeing! (And the Dieter Roth exhibit is just next door) Click on the images or the headline to see all infos, more images and a short documentary on Applebroog.