Peles Empire (Katharina Stoever and Barbara Wolff)
with a special screening of works by Trisha Baga, Antoine Catala, Mark Leckey, Helen Marten, Clunie Reid and Jordan Wolfson on 2nd June 2012 at 2pm.
entrance(1) , entrance (2) is an art exhibition focusing on the life of the modern image. Produced in droves, generated as news, presented as profile, extended among networks, exchanged for entertainment, traded as stock and distributed by ‘share', the modern image rarely remains still. While visually it still has the power to captivate or entrance(1) us, culturally it carries more. Images are icons, hosts and sellers, a smooth entrance(2) to new ideas, brands or products. This exhibition proposes the modern image as an entrance way rather than an end unto itself and to reflect that, the gallery itself will become a reconfigured hallway with a range of new art works suggesting alternative entries or ultimate escape.
As part of an ongoing project, Peles Empire’s Katharina Stoever and Barbara Wolff will reconstruct their version of the entrance hallway to a Romanian castle built in 1874 at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, from photographs they have taken there. Around it, a new work by British artist Gabriele Beveridge reveals the imprint that familiar advertisements have on our memory, and through careful rearrangement, she changes them into more perplexing forms. Irish artist Alan Butler reconstructs an animated icon from MTV’s first music video, cladding it with the real agit-prop signage from a more recent revolution. French artist Juliette Bonneviot scrutinises the details of a Russian raver’s branded tracksuit and brings the historical, political and visual nuances of its logo to light in a combination of both painting and sculpture. And British artist Mick Peter presents a new series of drawings where the founders of the ‘Underground Press Syndicate’ have been transposed into more abstract architectural spaces. His characters’ outlines have been sketched, cropped, cut, folded and subsequently redrawn, Peter’s process mimicking the compression and angled dissemination of information through media imagery that has developed since the syndicate’s formation.
Screening: Saturday June 2nd, 2pm.
In a special screening on 2nd June, recent moving image works by a range of artists will expand on the idea of image as entrance. Many of the works have been made in High Definition video or are rendered in CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) using contemporary technology to reflect the special texture of the modern image. Additionally, through careful casting, scripting and editing these works also highlight new aspects of its cultural, political and economic currency. Works by American artist Trisha Baga, French artist Antoine Catala, British artist and Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey, British artists Helen Marten and Clunie Reid and American artist Jordan Wolfson will follow a brief introduction by the curator Isobel Harbison.
Isobel Harbison, born in Dublin, lives and works London and is a writer and curator. Harbison writes regularly for a number of publications and magazines, including ArtReview, frieze, Kaleidoscope and Modern Painters. Between 2008 and 2010 she was Exhibitions Organiser for Hayward Touring, working on exhibitions such as British Art Show 7, The End of the Line and Magic Show. Harbison recently curated ‘The Geneva Window’, The Lab, Dublin (2011); ‘Daily, Action, Poetry’ at the Hayward (2010); ‘Closed Forever’ at Auto-Italia, London and ‘With Words Like Smoke, CHELSEAspace, London (2009). She is currently AHRC doctoral candidate in the Department of Art, Goldsmiths, London.
Alan Butler is from Dublin, Ireland. Butler is an interdisciplinary artist, whose work has featured in solo and group projects/ exhibitions some of which include: The Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore; Hatje Cantz Con prefazione di Angela Vettese, Venice; École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin; Cake Contemporary Arts, Kildare; G126, Galway; The Mermaid, Wicklow; The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; Dublin Contemporary 2011; Solas Nua, Washington, D.C.; Mina Dresden, San Francisco. He currently occupies a membership studio at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios.
Antoine Catala was born in France, and lives in New York. Catala works in installation and video sculptures. His work has been recently shown at 47 Canal and 179 Canal, New York; White Columns, New York; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; Christine Mayer Galerie, Munich; Mountain Fold, New York; Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles; Galeria de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh and PICA, Portland.
Clunie Reid lives and works in London. Her recent solo exhibitions include those at MOT International; Banner Repeater; Studio Voltaire; Tate Britain, London and Focal Point Gallery, Southend as well as a number of group exhibitions including those at the New Museum, New York; ICA and Camden Arts Centre, London; Focal Point, Southend; Bieldelder Kunstverein, Germany; Neue Alte Brucke, Frankfurt; Wilfried Lentz Gallery, Rotterdam and Ellen de Bruijne Gallery, Amsterdam. Reid was awarded the John Jones prize for work on paper at ZOO Art Fair (2008)
Gabriele Beveridge, originally from Hong Kong, lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include a solo presentation at Art Rotterdam, ‘Inside the Whale’, Gallery Fama, Verona (2012); ‘The Rise and Fall of Matter, Collective, supported by David Roberts Arts’, London; ‘Dazed and Confused / Whitechapel gallery emerging artist award’; Supplement Gallery, London (all 2011); ‘ResoVision’, Frieze Art Fair, London; ‘Kunstvlaai’, Amsterdam; ‘TESTBED1’, Battersea, London (all 2010). Beveridge is represented by Rod Barton, London.
Helen Marten lives in London and works predominantly in sculpture and installation; ‘Dust and Piranha’s' (2011) is her first video. Marten has upcoming solo exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Kunsthalle Zürich and Chisenhale, London, and will be included in forthcoming group shows at Museion Bolzano and CCA Wattis, San Francisco. She has had recent solo projects at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion; Johann König, Berlin; T293, Naples and been part of group shows at Sadie Coles HQ, London; Greene Naftali, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Vienna and Lisson Gallery, London. Marten received the Boise Scholarship in 2009, and the Prix Lafayette in 2011.
Jordan Wolfson lives and works in New York. He has a concurrent exhibition at Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis and upcoming exhibitions at S.M.A.K. Gent, and REDCAT, Los Angeles. Other recent exhibitions of his work include those at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Nassauischer Kunstverein, Weisbaden and at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. His work has been included in recent group exhibitons at the CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; the Herzliya Biennial and Haifa Museum of Art, Israel; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal and White Columns and Artists Space, New York. In 2009 Wolfson recieved the Cartier Award at the Frieze Art Fair, London.
Juliette Bonneviot is from Paris, France. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Pink Pink Stink Nice Drink’, at Circus, Berlin and ‘Shanghai Gesture’, at Mark & Kyoko, Berlin. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Rhododendron’ at SPACE, London and W139, Amsterdam; ‘Point of Presence’, Truck, Calgary; ‘Where Language Stops’, Wilkinson Gallery, London and ‘Venus in a Shell’, Fluxia, Milan. Bonneviet is represented by Circus, Berlin.
Mark Leckey lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions at Serpentine Gallery, London; Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany; Le Consortium, Dijon, France; Portikus, Frankfurt; and Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland. Leckey has presented his lecture-performances at the ICA, London; the Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2008 Leckey received the Turner Prize and the Central Art Award, Kölnischer Kunstverein.
Mick Peter is from Berlin, living and working in Glasgow. Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris, and Grimm, Amsterdam (both 2011) as well as 'The Nose: Epilogue' at Cell Projects, London; 'Dr Syntax versus the Paperweights' at The Changing Room; 'Stirling and The Nose' at La Salle de bains, Lyon. His work has been included in group exhibitions including 'The British Art Show 7' at The Hayward Gallery, London among other venues (2010-11), 'Keep Floors and Passages Clear' at White Columns, New York; 'Recent British Sculpture', Grimm Fine Art, Amsterdam and the Prix Ricard; Fondation d’entreprise Ricard (all 2010), and 'N’importe Quoi' at the Museé d’Art Contemporain Lyon (2009). Peter is represented by Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris and Grimm, Amsterdam.
Peles Empire is a collaborative work by Katharina Stoever and Barbara Wolff. The project takes its name from the Romanian castle Peles, built between 1893 and 1913, combining different architectural styles of the past centuries including Art Deco, Orientalism, Renaissance and Rococo. The castle’s original creators were opposed to adopting any one particular architectural trend, presenting instead a stylistic medley of the ‘ideal’ castle. Since 2005, Stoever and Wolff have reproduced ten rooms of the castle in Frankfurt, Los Angeles and London, hosting over 30 exhibitions. Peles Empire now consists of two exhibition spaces in London and Cluj. Stoever and Wolff make 3D interpretations of the 2D reproductions of the castle and 2D transformations of 3D objects of the reproduced imagery.
Trisha Baga lives in New York and works in a range of media including performance, video and installation. Baga has current and upcoming solo exhibitions at Vilma Gold, London; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Kunstverein, Munich and has shown her work at Greene Naftali Gallery, PS1 and Performa 09 in New York. She has also recently at The Housatonic Museum, LAXART and El Centro Cultural, Montehermoso.
Exhibition Launch: Thursday 12 April, 6 -8pm