Maureen Paley is pleased to announce the first of two screenings at the gallery featuring films by Daria Martin and Erik van Lieshout that will be shown in London for the first time. The second screening will present the work of Morgan Fisher from 4 – 7 April following the solo show at the gallery by Michael Krebber from 16 February – 31 March. The films will be on show during gallery opening hours.
Daria Martin Sensorium Tests, 16mm, 10 mins, 2012
The Wellcome Trust
& Arts Council England
Sensorium Tests is Martin’s most recent film and was shown for the first time as part of her solo exhibition at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, in 2012. In the film Martin (born 1973) questions how sensations might be created and shared between people and objects through the real-life neurological phenomenon of synaesthesia – the joining together of normally separate perceptions such as ‘hearing colors’, ‘smelling words’ and ‘tasting shapes’. The film specifically focuses on Martin’s research into ‘mirror-touch synaesthesia’. Set in a laboratory a woman is tested for her capacity to respond to sensory stimuli while two researchers, hidden behind a one-way mirror, look on.
Previous solo exhibitions include Sensorium Tests, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, 2012; Three M Commission: Minotaur, touring exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, New Museum, New York, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2009-10; Manifesta 7, Trentino – South Tyrol, Italy, 2008; S.M.A.K., Ghent, 2007; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2006, Kunsthalle Zürich, 2005, and the Kunstverein in Hamburg, 2005. Martin’s trilogy of films In the Palace (2000), Birds (2001) and Close Up Gallery (2003) were acquired by the Tate and were on display at Tate Britain in 2008. In 2013 she will have a solo show, One of the Things That Makes Me Doubt at ACCA: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.
Erik van Lieshout Janus, HD video, 51 minutes, 2012
Through a series of monologues filmed in the artist’s studio that are set against an investigation into the life a deceased man called Janus, van Lieshout questions his role as an artist and addresses the reduction of arts grants in his film Janus. Van Lieshout (born 1968) had bought the contents of Janus’ house after his death and interviews family and friends living in the surrounding working-class area of Rotterdam-Zuid. The footage of Janus’ environment is also interlaced with fragments of an interview between van Lieshout and actor Marien Jongewaard where he focuses on his own self-image as an artist against a backdrop of economic crisis.
Previous solo exhibitions include Commission, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, 2012; Erik makes Happy, BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna, 2011; How Can I Help You, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London, 2011; Im Netz, Ludwig Museum, Cologne
, 2009; Homeland Security, Projekt am Museumsplatz, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, 2007 and Guantánamo Baywatch, Hammer Projects, Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, 2007. Recent group exhibitions include Manifesta 9, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Genk, Limburg
, 2012 and Melanchtopia, Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, 2011.
Van Lieshout is the recipient of a Tiger Award for Short Films 2013 for Janus at the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam.
For further information please contact Rory Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org