A New Generation of Art from Mexico City
January 15, 2009 - June 7, 2009
This exhibition explores recent developments in contemporary art in Mexico City through the theme of escultura social (social sculpture), a term derived from the German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys, who proposed that sculpture, if made from everyday materials and displayed in a "real world" setting, has the potential to affect society most broadly. The show focuses on works by a generation of young artists who came to maturity in Mexico City in the 1990s. It focuses on four themes: the transformation of everyday materials, social engagement with the public, the role of language and text in contemporary art, and the impact of music, popular media and performance.
Escultura Social includes sculpture, installation, photography and video as well as conceptual works by artists including Maria Alos, Gustavo Artigas, Miguel Calderon, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Daniel Guzman, Damian Ortega and Pedro Reyes. Works by Dr. Lakra (best known as one of Mexico's most famous tattoo artists) and the pop/rock band Los Super Elegantes are also included.
The Nasher Museum of Art
Martedì 7 aprile, alle 18:30, il Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Arcos inaugura la stagione espositiva 2009 con la mostra “I Paesaggi e la Natura dell’Arte”, a cura di Danilo Eccher.
Prosegue nel segno della continuità l’opera del museo sannita che sceglie l’indagine tematica per esplorare le istanze culturali più attuali inserendosi tra i più interessanti spazi espositivi dell’arte contemporanea del panorama internazionale. La mostra mira a ricostruire, in un’unità espositiva, i linguaggi della contemporaneità e ricerca che ruotano intorno al rapporto tra le arti visive e la natura..La Natura viene indagata nelle sue molteplici manifestazioni, con una eterogeneità formale ed espressiva che crea una relazione sinergica tra i linguaggi della creatività attraverso le opere di venticinque artisti. E’ la settima mostra organizzata da Arcos e segna il consolidamento di una struttura che da creatura sperimentale si è in breve tempo dimostrata progetto vincente e importante attrattore per la città di Benevento.
L’evento presentato rientra nel progetto “Natura…Passione del Sannio” promosso dalla Provincia di Benevento e dall’Assessorato al Turismo ed ai Beni Culturali della Regione Campania in collaborazione con l’Art Sannio Campania s.c.p.a, che comprende una vasta gamma di attività turistiche volte a rilanciare l’immagine della Campania.
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Wallpaper sculptures and mixed media installation by Ludovica Gioscia
April 9, 2009 – May 23, 2009
Sara Tecchia Roma New York is proud to present Ludovica Gioscia's debut solo show in New York: Tiger Economy.
Ludovica Gioscia's (b. 1977) wallpaper sculptures and mixed media installations are an encompassing synthesis of elements drawn from centuries of art making/movements, specifically Baroque, Arte Povera, Pop Art, the rave culture of the '80s and the mass-media entertainment culture found in Las Vegas and on MTV. While the artist acknowledges the historical past, the works are a decisive reaction and critique of our historical present.
The main installation, Tiger Economy, is a free standing island, the title of which is a direct reference to the overly aggressive character of the current financial times and to one of the artist's main sources of inspiration: East Asia. The main structure is inspired by the vertical high-rises of Hong Kong and is floating on a thundercloud child-scale island base. The Japanese inspired screens are decorated with silk-screened wallpaper that the artist layers and tears away revealing contrasting patterns, as Gioscia describes: "culled from sources of different periods they trace visual histories of luxury and decadence. Together they formulate a scrambled language of the cacophonic times we live in." The wallpaper motifs are either custom made by Gioscia or found during her travels and are also employed by the artist for her new wall sculptures, Beheaded Monarchs. Named after famous and decadent characters e.g. Madame du Barry, Marie Antoinette, they attach to the wall with the aid of magnets. The shapes echo that of marble heads but Gioscia substitutes the preferred medium of Baroque sculptors and the most permanent of all materials, marble, with paper, the most ephemeral. Thus, although folded in a seductively stylish/playful manner and inspired by Gian Lorenzo Bernini's 17th century folded stone draperies, the cornices of Baroque palaces as well as Walt Disney characters and symbols of club/drug culture, i.e. the smiley face, the Beheaded Monarchs point to the excesses and disposable nature of today's consumer culture.
Ludovica Gioscia was born in Rome but lives and works in London and has shown widely internationally. Recent projects include the Jerwood Foundation, London, UK, the South London Gallery and Tadu Contemporary in Bangkok. Gioscia was also featured in the book "Collage" by Blackdog Publishing Calling and was listed in Flash Art's "The London Artists Dictionary" (October 2008). The artist will exhibit in a solo show at Siobhan Davies Studios, London, UK in September 2009, and will participate in a group exhibition at the Fundaci— Joan Mir—, Barcelona, Spain, in February 2010.
SARA TECCHIA ROMA NEW YORK
"26. April – 21. Juni 2009
Die Ausstellung nähert sich dem Tier in der zeitgenössischen Bildhauerei von verschiedenen Blickwinkeln, die alle auf besondere Weise an die Sinne der Betrachter appellieren und gewohnte Wahrnehmungskonventionen herausfordern. Bei aller Wandlung, der unsere Perspektive auf die Tiere unterworfen ist, bleibt eines der ursprünglichsten Fakten in der Tier-Mensch-Beziehung jedoch unverändert: Wir sehen Tiere an und Tiere blicken zurück. Diese gattungsüberschreitende Blickbeziehung wird auch in den Künsten immer wieder neu reflektiert und dies in besonderer Weise in der Bildhauerei. Aug in Auge mit häufig lebensgroßen und teilweise präparierten Tierfiguren kann der Betrachter seine eigenen Sichtweisen auf das Tier überdenken."