On the Passage of a Few
Simon Preston Gallery is delighted to present On The Passage of a Few, an exhibition
of works by Alexandre da Cunha, Terence Gower, Luis Molina-Pantin and Lisa Tan.
The exhibition opens on 19 June and runs until 4th August, 2013.
Borrowing its title from Guy Debord's 1959 film, On the Passage of a Few Persons
Through a Rather Brief Unity of Time, the exhibition explores the relationship between
citizen and environment, while it simultaneously critiques and pays homage to
decaying modernist ideologies. Each artist dismantles the structure of modernist
systems by exploiting and transforming the materiality of cultural and architectural
tropes in order to make way for new narratives.
Terence Gower’s installation The Red Wall (El Muro rojo) dominates the gallery
space. An enormous red wall frames a black and white restaged photo of Armando
Salas Portugal's famous 1953 image of Casa Barragán. By reducing Luis Barragán's
exuberant colours to grey tones, the work highlights Barragan’s aesthetical concerns
with emotional experience and architecture. Known for playful appropriation of
everyday objects such as plungers, mops, fans or bottles, Alexandre da Cunha uses
critical wit to topple hierarchical modernist language. With Full Catastrophe (drum
XIV), the simple gesture of liberating a rusted industrial cement mixer from its original
function raises complex questions of trade and labor. Luis Molina-Pantin is an
obsessive chronicler. Whether using photography, books, everyday objects or
postcards, Luis creates inventories of our over-looked cultural landscapes. Non-fiction
reviews, is an installation consisting of sixteen fictional vintage books, each cover
depicting an airplane disaster. Objectifying the book through the lens of the archive,
the series becomes a strategy of representing failed ideologies - the imagery of flight,
a classic modern aspiration displayed as a dystopian failure. Lisa Tan incorporates
personal and collective histories in order to explore her long-standing preoccupation
with the indefinable. In this instance, Alter Nordfriedhof casually documents a
cemetery in Munich on a spring day. Overgrown vines and flowers obscure the
tombstones into abstract shapes. Through the use of repetition and the apparatus of
archival structures, an elegant ontological study transforms into a poetic meditation on
Terence Gower (b. 1965, Canada) lives between New York, France and Mexico. He
has exhibited widely including; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
DC; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; ICA Boston; UCLA Hammer Museum,
LA; Queens Museum, New York; Labor, Mexico City; Galeria HR, Mexico City; The
Power Plant, Toronto; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Artspeak Gallery,
Vancouver; Galerie M+R Fricke, Berlin; Aun Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
Alexandre da Cunha (b. 1969, Brazil) lives and works in London, UK. He has exhibited
extensively and had recent solo exhibitions at CRG Gallery, New York; Centro Cultural
Sao Paolo, Brazil; Camden Arts Centre, London; Thomas Dane Gallery, London;
Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo; Sommer & Kohl, Berlin; CCA Wattis Institute for
Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Witte de With, Rotterdam. He has also been
included in Sao Paulo Biennial, 2012; the San Juan Triennial, San Juan, 2009, Prague
Biennale 2, Prague, 2005; the 50th Venice Biennale, 2003 and the Liverpool Biennial,
2002 among others.
Luis Molina-Pantin (b.1969, Switzerland). Lives and works in Caracas, Venezuela.
Recent solo presentations include; Faria-Fabregas Galeria, Caracas; Lisa Sette
Gallery, Arizona; Valenzuela Klenner Galería, Bogotá; Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas;
Fondazione Villa Bardini, Florence. His work has also been showcased at the 7th
Gwangju Biennial, Korea; The Cisneros Foundation, Miami; The 4th MERCOSUR
Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil; 25th Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil. He is currently included
in ICP Triennial, New York and a solo exhibition will open at Henrique Faria, New York
on 20 June 2013.
Lisa Tan (1973, New York). Lives and works in New York and Stockholm. She has
been included in solo and group exhibitions at institutions and galleries such as Artists
Space, New York; Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo CGAC, Santiago de
Compostela; Arthouse at the Jones Center, Texas; Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm;
Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; Galería Parra & Romero, Madrid; D'Amelio Terras, New
York; LA><ART, Los Angeles; and FRAC Bourgogne (Dijon). She is co-curating an
exhibition with Lisa Oppenheim for Art in General that will open this September.
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