Bosse & Baum is pleased to present Senza Sistema, the second solo exhibition by Caterina Silva at the gallery. The exhibition will be accompanied by a durational performance titled Secret Society of Lovers in collaboration with Marta Montevecchi, Matteo Locci, Johan Kistemann, who will perform a series of actions improvised on the opening night through instructions given by the artist. The exhibition Senza Sistema reflects a world in which the value systems are often ambiguous and the distinction between artistic object and commodity is difficult to discern. This is part a consequence of Silva’s fast and intuitive painting process.
In adherence with the rules of fashion, implying the constant introduction of new objects into the market, Silva proposes elements of the new pictorial collection together with pieces of previous series of works. By playing with the pace of making the work, time becomes a critical factor in the construction of value, through a lens of successive seasonal collections produced by designers and consumed by customers. Silva compulsively produces painting-objects as she is getting ready for the next season but, simultaneously, the artist associates them with older paintings. She is disappointing the expectations of anticipated trends and disrupting the pursuit of “newness”, which guides the fashion industry.
She deconstructs the logic that paintings within the series presented in the exhibition are connected, preventing a coherent reading of the works on show, and demanding participation to make sense of the work displayed. The artist considers her painting practice a struggle with language and its classification systems. She creates open images available to the interpretation and emotional reaction of the viewer, consequence of a process of deconstruction of her own internal structures.
The performance Secret Society of Lovers works as a counterbalance to the proliferation of products-objects-paintings displayed in the gallery. Marta Montevecchi, Matteo Locci and Johan Kisteman will enact a series of descriptive actions instructed by Caterina Silva, to be performed for almost three hours during the exhibition. The actions depicted are those performed by the artist before and during her painting process. During the opening of the exhibition, they will be translated by other bodies, freed from the physicality of the materials, devoid of productive goals. Reduced to a series of verbal instructions, the actions become gestures, elements of an improvised long-duration choreography.
The production of meaning, and therefore value, is left in the hand of the performers that will undertake the emotional responsibility of the situation, the possibility of its developments and the potential interaction of the audience. The artist will be absent during the performance, completing a residency at the Asia Culture Centre in Gwangju, South Korea.
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Tommaso Corvi-Mora is pleased to present new work by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. The exhibition features a new group of paintings, including portraits and figures in landscapes. Her subjects, mostly black, are bold, often confronting the viewer; the works evoke a narrative that is up to the viewer to reconstruct. Speaking of her subjects the artist says: “Although they are not real I think of them as people known to me. They are imbued with a power of their own; they have a resonance – something emphatic and otherworldly. I admire them for their strength, their moral fiber. If they are pathetic, they don’t survive; if I feel sorry for someone, I get rid of them. I don’t like to paint victims”.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was born in 1977 in London, where she still lives. She will be the subject of a solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel in November 2017.
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Candice Lin A Body Reduced to Brilliant Colour
Sep 22 - Dec 11, 2016
Candice Lin presents a new living sculpture for her first UK solo exhibition.
Gasworks presents A Body Reduced to Brilliant Colour, the first UK solo exhibition by American artist Candice Lin.
The exhibition explores how histories of slavery and colonialism have been shaped by human attraction to particular colours, tastes, textures and drugs. Lin presents a new commission, a living sculpture assembled from hacked household objects, which will work constantly to transform historically loaded goods such as tea and sugar into a new substance, a brownish -red fluid which will collect and congeal on the gallery floor throughout the exhibition.
Focusing on how the desire to wear, become enraptured by, or ingest certain plants and substances preceded the will to trade them as commercial goods, the exhibition traces the materialist urges at the root of colonial violence. Living processes, from fermentation to the generation of an electrical current through bacterial digestion, join with objects, organic matter and DIY mechanics to constitute a ritualistic act in which ceaseless movement echoes the histories of trade that entangle them.
Tubing, plastic and glass containers, porcelain filters, hot plates, and other household objects boil, ferment, distil, dye and pump liquid containing colonial trade goods such as cochineal, sugar and tea. The system created by these diverse elements surrounds a large, waterproof basin of Vitruvian proportions. ‘Fed’ two litres of water each day, this work – which the artist describes as a ‘flayed circulatory system’ – constantly produces a brownish-red fluid, which collects in the basin and is gradually siphoned off, congealing in a pool on a marble-effect laminate floor in the adjacent gallery. By transforming prized, historically-loaded goods into a stain reminiscent of murder, faeces or menstrual blood, the work speaks to these fraught histories of conquest, slavery, torture and theft, while at the same time exploring what happens when materials so burdened with history and meaning are situated in – and produce – new systems of relations.
South London Museums
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