L'S BELLS—The Busker of the Gray Line

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© Courtesy of The Goethe-Institut - Ludlow 38
L'S BELLS—The Busker of the Gray Line

38 Ludlow St. (between Grand and Hester)
New York, NY 10002
June 21st, 2012 - July 29th, 2012
Opening: June 16th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

east village/lower east side
Thu-Sun 1-6, and by appointment


We would like to invite you to the opening of L'S BELLS-”The Busker of the Gray Line, a new installation by Berlin-based French artist Saâdane Afif. In his work, Afif appropriates strategies of art and music, in order to critique notions of interpretation and repetition. His installations combine lyrics and music, for instance from popular culture, with prefabricated or ready-made objects.

Having lived in New York for the past six months, Afif takes another step into the city for the exhibition at MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38. In recent years, Afif has asked fellow artists, curators, and critics to write descriptive or metaphorical song texts referring to his work. These lyrics are usually presented as wall texts accompanying his art objects. For L’S BELLS— The Busker of the Gray Line, Afif invited Brooklyn-based street musician Mount Moon to compose and perform nine songs using such texts, in his American singer-songwriter style. While the lyrics will be presented at the gallery, the other part of the exhibition will wander through the city with Mount Moon, who will perform the songs in the Bedford Avenue and Lorimer Street subway stations in Brooklyn at various unannounced times throughout the exhibition period.

Saâdane Afif was born in Vendôme, France, in 1970, and lives and works in Berlin. In early 2012 his solo exhibition Anthologie de l'humour noir [Anthology of black humor], which originated at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in 2010, took place at MMK Zollamt, Frankfurt am Main. Other recent solo exhibitions include The Fairytale Recordings at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, in 2011. Afif has also shown his work at OPA, Guadalajara; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and Museum Folkwang, Essen, among others. In 2007 he participated in documenta 12. Afif was the recipient of the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2009.

Mount Moon
is the musical outlet of Wesley Bryon, resident of Bushwick, Brooklyn. His songs retain a folk- and blues-influenced vibe when played live, but recordings showcase more instrumental experimentation. Bryon also produces comic books, art, and meager amounts of writing, and plays bass in the psychedelic blues experience Sagopalm. 

The exhibition is accompanied by an album with all new songs performed by Mount Moon and a publication with texts by Lucy Ives, Clara Meister, and Antje Stahl.

In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy within the framework of the Carte Blanche program.