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THE GREAT WHITE WAY GOES BLACK
17 APRIL - 29 MAY
OPENING SATURDAY 16 APRIL\, 6:30 – 8:30 P M.
PERFORMANC E BY TRISHA BAGA 7:30 PM

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Trisha Baga\, Ann Craven \, Michaela Eichwald\, Helena Huneke\, Hannah Sawtell\, Katharina Sieverdin g\, Julia Wachtel

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Vilma Gold are delighted to present an exhibition of work of seven artists\, many of whom - Trisha Baga\, Helena H uneke\, Julia Wachtel and Katharina Sieverding - are shown in London for th e first time. The artists can loosely be linked by an awareness of their su bjectivity\; rather than work back from an existing or even vetted larger o rder\, they look to themselves\, their own system of being\, as an individu al in society\, to build outwards in multiple directions and speak as they go.

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Czech-born\, German artist Katharina Sieverding’s (b.1944\; Prague\, Czechoslovakia) highly influential practice spans n early four decades and includes photography\, film\, and installation. Empl oying the close-up to challenge conceptions of the relationship between photography and cinema\, Sieverding ex plores areas where these interdependent forms of media coincide and diverge . This exhibition focuses on her large-scale self-portraits\, which often a ppropriate the scale of movie screens and billboards and compose a significant portion of her oeuvre. For this exhibition\, Sieverding presents her seminal work IX (1977)\, a monumental four-part photograph\, taken on a New York City rooftop during the notorio us blackout in the summer night of 1977\; this work also lends the exhibiti on its title.

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Julia Wachtel (b.1956\; New York\, USA) is fascinated with the visual language of mass culture. Her paintings enter into a visual language game wherein the appropriated vernacular of ma ss culture is illustrated\, simulated\, replicated\, altered and parodied. The logic of this language is disturbed just enough to provoke a meditation upon the conditions of meaning intrinsic to that vernacular. In her painti ngs\, Wachtel inserts grotesque\, irritating cartoon characters – popular w ith the middle class in the 1960s a nd 1970s when they were seen on greeting cards\, bar supplies and T-shirts – into the “readymade” lexicon of mainstream magazine and newspaper photogr aphic images which document the contemporary socio-political landscape of t he time. For this exhibition\, Wachtel presents her multi-panel work Proces sion\, from 1989.

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Trisha Baga (b.1985\; Venice\, Florida\, USA) is a New York based performance and video artist. Of her pra ctice\, Baga writes of an idea of ‘present-ness’: she sees her process\, an d self\, as like a dot on a line. Unable to impose an end point from the ou tside\, the only thing to do is to look to what can be done now\, to what c an be said\, with the materials and the self to hand and embark upon a trai l. For this exhibition\, the artist will present her performance video work Madonna y El Nino (2010)\, a non-f iction Filipino folk tale\, made primarily from media produced by Madonna t he pop star\, using the El Nino weather phenomenon as a metaphor for change s in the pop landscape brought about by digitization and the internet.

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Ann Craven (b. 1967\; Boston\, USA) uses subject matt er such as flowers\, moons\, birds and dewy-eyed fawns in her multiple wet on wet paintings. She neutralizes her storybook content through continual v ariations and repetitions\, thus removing any sense of preciousness in the work whilst shifting the conversation about her work into a theoretical fra me that considers the body as a whole\, rather than its individual parts. B y reworking\, re-presenting and returning to the same stock subject matter\ , Craven engages questions of consumption\, collection\, authenticity\, val ue and skill. She examines the dura bility of a painted icon in a world that consumes mass imagery at record sp eeds.

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Michaela Eichwald (b.1967\; Cologne\, Germa ny) makes neo-bohemian bricolaged sculptures and paintings\, which suggest life beyond their simple means. In the past\, Eichwald’s layered paintings have included such collaged elements as books steeped in thick spills of en amel or texts by other authors and artists. Details of objects are glimpsed through their surface suspension (in resin or varnish) but nothing is ever explained or clearly shown. As finished product\, Eichwald’s paintings all ow the viewer to feel included in the process of handling material. It has been said that her works function like an index for the connectivity betwee n sensual and intellectual activity in general\, and that in this way it ad vocates subjective practice. For this exhibition Eichwald presents two new large-scale multi media paintings.

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Helena Huneke (b.1967\; Luebeck\, Germany) is a German artist who lives and works in Hamb urg. Her paintings and collages often incorporate sections of found fabrics such as bedsheets and tablecloths\, which are painted\, folded and overlap ped. Sometimes positioned on the floor\, sometimes draped and hung in varie d configurations\, a certain vulnerability permeates the work\, a unique vu lnerability that is fearlessly exposed. Huneke has talked of faces appearin g in the work through the action of folding and unfolding. For this exhibit ion she presents Der Plan (2011)\, a painting/collage work composed of abst ract colour fields painted onto a folded linen sheet and incorporating the silhouettes of two figures cut from newspapers.

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Hannah Saw tell’s (b. 1971\; London\, UK) multi-disciplinary practice scrutin ises the excess of production\, through objects\, image\, text\, video and sound. Her ongoing actions utilize a system of collation and manipulation o f surfaces retrieved from the digital realm\, collonized spaces and simulat ed matter\; she manufactures works that navigate utility\, connecting praxi s and spectacle. This exhibition shows a recent work from her ‘Optic’ serie s. Structures that vascilate between window\, shelf and screen are industri ally manufactured\; hand pasted with images that she creates by using curre nt computer programs. All image capture\, manipulation or slicing is made b y the machine. A floor work from her ‘Mole’/ ‘Egressor’ series will also be shown.

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