January 14 – March 6, 2010
An exhibition of keynote works by Vik Muniz
and new works from Alexandra Mota de Aguiar,
Mattias Ericsson, Wojtek Doroszuk, and Zhou Tao
Curated by Claudia Calirman
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 6-8 PM
DATES: January 14 – March 6, 2010
HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday 12-6 PM
"Life is short but not small" – Chacal
Things aren't always what they seem. Location One is pleased to open the 2010 season with Yes, But... an exhibition of new works by Wojtek Doroszuk, Mattias Ericsson, Alexandra Mota de Aguiar and Zhou Tao, keynoted by works from Vik Muniz. Yes, But..., curated by Claudia Calirman, draws together works that dwell in the borderline between real and fictional, process-based and result-oriented, temporal and permanent, literal and metaphorical, orderly and undisciplined. Within these works are artistic choices that emphasize contradictions and ambiguities, playing games upon the viewer at every turn.
Vik Muniz, a Brazilian artist who works in New York, uses photography to create images from non-traditional materials. Yes, But... offers works from his Pictures of Junk series, in which he re-creates works by Great Masters, undermining the grandiose mythological aspect implied in their historical tableaux with his use of everyday discarded materials.
Swedish artist Mattias Ericsson obsessively photographed scenes from his everyday life over a period of 7 years. He meticulously sorted, catalogued and classified the images and then edited 1630 of them into a video, 1630 Photographs, where each image appears for a split second against a soundtrack of the artist's voice describing the process of creating the work. He is the 2009 winner of the Hasselblad Victor Prize.
Polish artist Wojtek Doroszuk recently won the Public Award from the Deutsche Bank Foundation. He uses dry, sardonic humor and playful timing in his gorgeously shot and edited videos, often to comment on the hypocrisies and contradictions of societal behavior. In Dissection Theatre, he uses acute and dramatic angles to reveal a woman on display on a morgue table. But are we present to witness an autopsy, or another, more innocuous scene?
Alexandra Mota de Aguiar, from the Portuguese island of Madeira, works mainly with drawing in an expressionistic mode that recalls processes explored by Phillip Guston and Francis Bacon. Using oil pastel, charcoal, graphite, and gouache, she creates hybrid organic, mysteriously erotic forms. In fact, pornographic images are the starting point of these gestural, anthropomorphic works, but the ambiguous narratives that develop are utterly their own beasts.
Zhou Tao is a Chinese performance and video artist whose work often documents subtle and playful acts of disobedience in the streets of his native Guangzhou. In Power Here, he turns on a fan, a loudspeaker, and a floor lamp using the city's public electricity energy, exposing the lack of surveillance by official authorities. In Obstacle, he can be seen scaling a lamppost and swimming in a public reflection pool. For the exhibition at Location One, he has created two new public performance/video pieces.
Yes, But... is a kaleidoscopic portrait of a group of five international artists working in dramatically different ways to express the contradictions of contemporary daily life – its fragmented experiences, the desire to transgress the norm, the disappointment with stratified rules–and, ultimately, the bewilderment with the possibility of transformation. After all, Yes, life is short, But... not necessarily small.
Location One is extremely grateful to The New York State Council on the Arts, The Edwards Foundation Arts Fund, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., The Hasselblad Foundation, The Asian Cultural Council, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Ministry of Culture, Poland, and the Polish Cultural Institute, New York for making this exhibition and the residencies of the participating artists possible.
ABOUT LOCATION ONE
Based in the Soho arts district of New York, Location One is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural exchange through exhibitions, residencies, performances, public lectures and workshops. Traditionally focused on technological experimentation and new media, Location One's residencies and programs have favored social and political discourse and dialogue, and acted as a catalyst for collaborations. With a unique environment providing individualized training, support, and guidance to each artist, as well as exposure for their creations and collaborations, Location One continues to nurture the spirit of experimentation that it considers the cornerstone of its mission.