ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Group Show - Laura Mars Gallery - December 11th, 2014 - December 17th, 2014 Tue, 24 May 2016 11:06:31 +0000 Leslie Thornton - ROCKELMANN & - May 29th - July 16th <p align="left">REAPPEAR</p> <p align="left"><strong>LESLIE THORNTON</strong></p> <p align="left"><strong>OPENING: May 28, 2016, 7 &ndash; 10pm</strong><br />DURATION: May 29 &ndash; July 16, 2016</p> <p align="left">ROCKELMANN &amp; Winkleman Gallery, New York, are proud to present REAPPEAR, a solo exhibition by Leslie Thornton. Widely recognized as an innovative and highly influential filmmaker, Leslie Thornton is perhaps best known for her epic, 25-year serial work Peggy and Fred in Hell, which follows its title characters who, in Thornton&rsquo;s words, are &ldquo;raised by television&ldquo; and live in a &bdquo;post-apocalyptic splendor&hellip;adrift in the detritus of prior cultures.&ldquo; Unknown to her during her own childhood, both Thornton&rsquo;s father and grandfather worked as scientists on the Manhattan Project (which developed first Atomic bomb). She attributes having learned this as an adult to why the atomic bomb and themes of apocalypse appear in some of her works. Indeed, themes running through much of Thornton&rsquo;s work include language, childhood, nuclear war, technology, ethnography, seriality and narrative structure.</p> <p align="left">The main work presented in this exhibition is a three-channel installation titled Luna (2013). On each screen there is an image of the parachute-jump tower at Coney Island. Each image is captured and modified so that the reference to place and object is transformed, and subsumed, only to reappear as another form of spectacle. There are occasional figures, walking by, and there are a great many seagulls punctuating the shifting surfaces of the image. Thornton&rsquo;s project deals with the relationship between chronology, technology, mediation, and with the &ldquo;historical&rdquo; as an artifact of the cinematic/digital image. Luna is an invocation of loss, as well as a tacit critique of nostalgia. How do you address history with something as fragmentary and minute as cinema? What occurs and is at stake in today&rsquo;s digital absorption of the &ldquo;world&rdquo;? By focusing on the presence of the technical image, Luna addresses the trace: an impression, a trace of a voice, a trace of the disappearance of voices, an unflinching engagement with the passing away of place. In Luna, the trace is almost subsumed, it saturates the auditory field, and in this diffusion, it (almost) disappears, leaving but a ghost, an audial echo, riding the repetitive circulation of increasing static/noise: memory&rsquo;s future.</p> <p align="left">Also shown in this exhibition, Leslie Thornton&rsquo;s SNAP: Oil/Air/Water (2013) made its World Premiere at Thornton&rsquo;s solo screening of her work at London&rsquo;s Serpentine Gallery in 2013. Filmed at La Brea Park in Los Angeles, SNAP: Oil/Air/Water is the first in a new series of works by Leslie Thornton that extend the premise of photography into a framework of passing time.</p> <p align="left">Leslie Thornton&rsquo;s works have been exhibited worldwide, with screenings at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Harvard University, and installations/<a href="" rel="nofollow">exhibitions</a>&nbsp;at Museum53, Shanghai, China; Z&uuml;rcher Gallery, New York/Paris; Tate Modern, UK, FluxSpace, Philadelphia, IFFR/Museum of Natural History, Rotterdam, and solo shows at Winkleman Gallery, NYC, and Elizabeth de Brabant Gallery, Shanghai, China. Thornton has won many awards: she is one of the youngest&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">artists</a>&nbsp;to have received the Maya Deren Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Film Institute/Anthology Film Archives; she has also received awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, The Alpert Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts; In 2013 she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Leslie Thornton is currently Professor in the Modern Culture and Media Department at Brown University, and Faculty in Media at the European Graduate School/ Europ&auml;ische Universit&auml;t f&uuml;r Interdisziplinare Studien (EGS/EUFIS).</p> <p align="left">We welcome you to join us for the opening of &lsquo;REAPPEAR&rsquo; on Thursday, MAY 28, from 7 to 10 pm. For more information and or press images please&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">contact</a>&nbsp;Geo at:<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 May 2016 15:23:54 +0000 William Kentridge - Martin-Gropius-Bau - May 12th - August 21st <div class="accordiontext_module"> <div class="intro"> <p>South African William Kentridge is one of the most internationally significant contemporary artists. He is not just a visual artist but also a filmmaker, director and a great raconteur. His comprehensive body of works has spanned several artistic disciplines for more than three decades now. Berliner Festspiele will present his complete interdisciplinary oeuvre for the first time: at the Martin-Gropius-Bau (May 12th to August 21st 2016) and in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele during the Festival&nbsp;<a title="" href="" rel="nofollow">Foreign Affairs</a>&nbsp;(5th to 17th July 2016).</p> <p>At the center of his creative process is his visual work. It is the point of departure for the large-scale show curated by Wulf Herzogenrath in the Martin-Gropius-Bau. The spectrum of works presented here ranges from drawings through the famous animated films dedicated to Georges M&eacute;li&egrave;s (2003) and&nbsp;Drawings for Projection (1989-2011) to the monumental film projection&nbsp;More Sweetly Play the Dance&nbsp;(2015) and the spatial installation&nbsp;The Refusal of Time, which premiered at the Documenta in 2012. The two &ldquo;cabinets of wonders&rdquo; to be seen in the Martin-Gropius-Bau lead into the atmosphere of the studio, the creative locus: Works from Kentridge&rsquo;s collection, including etchings by Goya, D&uuml;rer and Hopper, are his source of inspiration, and correspond to his sketches, collages, and pictures, which proceed through various media in the course of the creative process, growing ever more complex.</p> <p>The title&nbsp;NO IT IS !, evokes the contradiction of the images. It also transcends the boundaries of the museum itself, extending to the lecture performances&nbsp;Six Drawing Lessons(2012), an autobiographical, artistic and political story that gathers the themes of his oeuvre from the earliest days to the present and links the two venues &ndash; the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. In the lectures and the two cabinets of wonders, his work and the processes of its creation are condensed and intensified. In the same way as performance is brought into the museum (to be seen are&nbsp;Paper Music&nbsp;(2014) and&nbsp;A Guided Tour of the Exhibition for Soprano with Handbag&nbsp;(2016)), further works by Kentridge can be experienced at the 11-day Foreign Affairs festival.</p> <p>William Kentridge studied political sciences and African studies before he changed to fine arts. He studied art, drama studies and theater studies in Johannesburg and Paris. &lsquo;Uncertainty&rsquo; is a central concept in his show &not;&ndash; it releases pressure from the artistic practice which cannot be pinned down to a specific medium. It shows pictures &lsquo;along the way,&rsquo; that means in constant transformation and transition. Kentridge chooses pictorial subjects which always address the uncertainty of life. This makes his oeuvre more relevant than ever.</p> </div> </div> <div class="event_details"> <div class="event_organizer"> <p>ORGANIZER&nbsp;Berliner Festspiele / Martin-Gropius-Bau.<br /><br />The exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau<br />is funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.<br />PARTNERS&nbsp;Wall, Alexa, visit Berlin, Yorck-Kinogruppe, Bouvet<br />MEDIA PARTNERS&nbsp;Tagesspiegel , Exberliner, Monopol, VBKI, Kulturradio, Radio Teddy<br /><br />The works by William Kentridge, which are being presented during the Foreign Affairs festival, are funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.</p> </div> </div> Tue, 17 May 2016 10:33:33 +0000