A Berlin Art Link Production
Interview by Monica Salazar
Filming/Editing by Peter Cairns
During Art Basel this past week, two Dubai-based galleries, Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde (participants of last year’s abc in Berlin) and Green Art Gallery were selected to participate in the Art | Statements sector, marking them as the first Gulf region-based galleries in the 43-year history of Art Basel to be invited for the fair.
Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde presented works by Rokni Haerizadeh. In the exhibition, the Iranian-born artist creates drawings and a video piece using clips from CNN and printed media over-layed with drawings. Through this, he transforms the images to reveal his personal perspectives on the messages he felt were being sent to the public during Iran’s Green Revolution in 2009.
Green Art Gallery presented this year a video and sculpture work by recent Columbia graduate, Shadi Habib Allah. The related works serve as a cookie crumb trail of the story surrounding the installation. The artist “commissioned” a black market video camera, which is then taken to a Miami chop shop and recreated into a completely new object, revealing a shiny new chrome exterior and small camera hole, leaving the machine’s functioning in takt. In the video, playing adjacent from the newly reformed camera, you see two men speaking through scripted and unscripted conversations while they rework the outer shell the camera, creating a feeling of ambiguity to the viewer of what is and what is not real about this scenario.
The New York Times reported on the historic entry of the two galleries in which Marc Spiegler, co-director of Art Basel, was quoted saying, “The fact that you have two galleries from the U.A.E. points to the growth of the region in terms of its artists, galleries, institutions and private collectors”. Both art spaces are located in Dubai’s soon-to-be expanded Alserkal Avenue, which has become a hub for the quickly emerging contemporary art scene in the Gulf region and beyond.
Conductor (2011) by Alexander Chen. Video capture. View live at: mta.me
Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA's actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli's 1972 diagram.
THAT’S FUCKING AWESOME,2011
CURATOR: JÉRÔME SANS
Haskoy Yarn Factory
Kırmızı Minare Sok., 7-11, Piri Paşa,
Hasköy Istanbul (just across Koç Museum )
YOU ARE INVITED TO CHECK IN INTO MENTALKLINIK DURING 36 DAYS, EXCEPT MONDAYS, EVERYDAY BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 17TH TO OCTOBER 22ND. VISITS ARE FROM 10AM TO 7PM
A pop up project curated by Jérôme Sans to live the experience of the
:mentalKLINIK at Haskoy Yarn Factory.
:mentalKlinik is an infamous artistic duo from Istanbul composed of Yasemin Baydar(*1972 ,İstanbul) and Birol Demir (*1967, Ankara) known for their reactionary form ofan open laboratory to reinvent process, production, roles, conception and presentation. Starting their collaboration in 2000 the creative team began their creative factory that could walk on ….
This exhibition presents for the first time the
culmination of 10 years of activity, and is an introspective rather than a
retrospective. Like a discoball, this project shows a selection of their multifaceted approach on their universe. Resisting to the limitations of a single vocabulary or style, their world is a playful one full of hedonistic appeal which can be experienced as festive and glamourous but also surprising as one approaches to discover with a closer view an
underlying violence suggestive of a bad trip after party or a creepy begining of the end. Their works shift between emotional and robotic attitudes. Is it fake or true, or could it all be about falsification. Does it have to do with Poker face attitudes or with the alchemy of changing lies into truth or fake into real ? To begin, their game requires several players and thus the KLINIK’s interplay with a minimalist ideology of seriality. Some Works begin by slicing or cutting whereby the artists introduce an element of danger, as a métaphore of art. Other works are emotionally charged with connotations set in direct contrast to other works completely devoid of human characteristics such as the series of robots or slivers.
Like the title of this exhibition, « THAT’S FUCKING AWESOME » :mentalKLINIK often employs oxymorons (figures of speech that combine contradictory terms) in their works with language (He is digustingly handsome/ She is awfully beuatiful) as a reflection on the inevitable paradox of life… or death ?
The current exhibition at Bitforms Gallery in New York presents works by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. The centerpiece is Rafael Lozano-Hemmers artwork Voice Array. Voice Array is a sound and light sculpture that fills the gallery’s far wall and consists of LEDs and a customized intercom system of audio playback and recording. On the occasion of the exhibition’s opening, vocal percussionist Rahzel, aka The Godfather of Noyze has been commissioned to perform a piece, using Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Voice Array. More info: vernissage.tv/blog/2012/09/18/rafael-lozano-hemmer-voice-array-at-bitforms-gallery-new-york/