Tempest
Michele Abeles, Alvaro Barrington, Pavel Büchler, Monster Chetwynd, Sky Hopinka, Oliver Laric
Jan. 18 until Feb. 27, 2021
Presented by Tanya Leighton and Sadie Coles HQ in Berlin

  • Michele Abeles
  • Alvaro Barrington
  • Pavel Büchler
  • Monster Chetwynd
  • Sky Hopinka
  • Oliver Laric

As part of Galleries Curate: RHE, Tanya Leighton and Sadie Coles HQ have combined elements of their programmes.

The exhibition Tempest will be on view at Tanya Leighton from January 18th until February 27th, 2021. The gallery is located at Kurfürstenstraße 25 in Berlin.

Dialogue between our two galleries has resulted in the exhibition Tempest, a group show that reflects on the ability of water to transform into different states and explores transformation as an act, a fluid and physical process, that can present change in appearance or form, and offer an opportunity for renewal.

Each of the artists in this exhibition interpret transformation on a symbolic, material or spiritual level. Oliver Laric’s videos and sculptures analyse the instability and hybridity of objects as a chance for growth, while Monster Chetwynd’s work grapples with notions of ephemerality and metamorphosis through forms of ritual and solidarity.

Sky Hopinka’s dreamlike films traverse indigenous themes of history and myth remembered in the present as a promise for the future, and the assembled imagery of Michele Abeles scrutinize the transformative nature of images and associations from both digital and analogue sources.

The sensual representation of clouds in the work of Alvaro Barrington is inspired by the suggestive state of transience between water and air, and of course by J M W Turner’s tempestuous land- scapes. Water becomes an active medium in Pavel Büchler’s paintings, which undergo a physical transformation as they cycle through a washing machine.

Bringing together works of video, painting, sculpture and installation, Tempest refracts the concept of panta rhei – everything flows – through the lens of the fluid, transient and transformative nature of both culture and water.

Water Aid will receive 10% of sales from the exhibition.

For more information about the works of Pavel Büchler, Oliver Laric, and Sky Hopinka, please contact Tanya Leighton at info@tanyaleighton.com or +49 (0)30 21972220
https://tanyaleighton.com

For more information about the works Michele Abeles, Alvaro Barrington, and Monster Chetwynd, please contact Sadie Coles HQ at info@sadiecoles.com or +44 20 7493 8611.
https://www.sadiecoles.com

Michele Abeles

Michele Abeles, Boa constrictor, 2018
mixed media
42.2 x 52.2 x 7.5 cm | 16 5/8 x 20 1/2 x 3 in
© Michele Abeles, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

 

Michele Abeles, Crocodylus akutas, 2018
mixed media
72.4 x 63.5 x 7.7 cm | 28 1/2 x 25 x 3 1/8 in
© Michele Abeles, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Michele Abeles, Micrurus fulvous, 2018
mixed media
41.9 x 52 x 7.5 cm | 16 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 3 in
© Michele Abeles, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Michele Abeles, Nymphaea alba, 2018
archival pigment print
205 x 156 x 5.7 cm | 80 1/2 x 61 3/8 x 2 1/4 in
© Michele Abeles, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Michele Abeles, Nymphaea tuberosa, 2018
archival pigment print
205 x 156 x 5.7 cm | 80 3/4 x 61 3/8 x 2 1/4 in
© Michele Abeles, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Alvaro Barrington

Alvaro Barrington, Jet Plane 1840-1967 (n), 2020
mixed media on burlap paper in artist frame
29.5 x 36.6 x 4.5 cm | 11 5⁄8 x 14 3⁄8 x 1 3⁄4 in
© Alvaro Barrington, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Alvaro Barrington, Clouds, Shoreditch 1, 2020
signed on verso
mixed media on burlap paper in artist’s frame
28.2 x 37.1 x 4.4 cm | 11 1/8 x 14 5/8 x 1 3/4 in
© Alvaro Barrington, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Alvaro Barrington, Clouds, Shoreditch 2, 2020
signed on verso
mixed media on burlap paper in artist’s frame
28.2 x 37.1 x 4.4 cm | 11 1/8 x 14 5/8 x 1 3/4 in
© Alvaro Barrington, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Alvaro Barrington, Clouds, Shoreditch 3, 2020
signed on verso
mixed media on burlap paper in artist’s frame
28.2 x 37.1 x 4.4 cm | 11 1/8 x 14 5/8 x 1 3/4 in
© Alvaro Barrington, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Alvaro Barrington, Clouds, Shoreditch 4, 2020
signed on verso
mixed media on burlap paper in artist’s frame
28.2 x 37.1 x 4.4 cm | 11 1/8 x 14 5/8 x 1 3/4 in
© Alvaro Barrington, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Alvaro Barrington, Clouds, Shoreditch 5, 2020
signed on verso
mixed media on burlap paper in artist’s frame
28.2 x 37.1 x 4.4 cm | 11 1/8 x 14 5/8 x 1 3/4 in
© Alvaro Barrington, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Alvaro Barrington, Clouds, Shoreditch 6, 2020
signed on verso
mixed media on burlap paper in artist’s frame
28.2 x 37.1 x 4.4 cm | 11 1/8 x 14 5/8 x 1 3/4 in
© Alvaro Barrington, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Alvaro Barrington, Jet Plane 1840-1867 (d), 2020
mixed media on burlap paper in artist’s frame
28.7 x 36.2 x 4.6 cm / 11 1⁄4 x 14 1⁄4 x 1 3⁄4 in
© Alvaro Barrington, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Pavel Büchler

Modern Paintings is the title for a group of works made since 1997 from pictures found in flee markets and cheap auctions, discarded by students or donated by friends.

In the process of its transformation, each painting is cleaned and a layer of acrylic primer is applied to the front surface. All paint is peeled off the canvas before the canvas is washed in a washing machine. The patches of paint are then assembled in the manner of ‘crazy paving’, re-applied to the canvas reversed back to front, and the painting is re-stretched on a stretcher adapted from (or similar to) the original.

Pavel Büchler, The Sky and the Sea, 1996
Reclaimed paint on canvas
52×81 cm | 20½×32 in
Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Pavel Büchler, The Sky and the Sea, 1996
Detail

Pavel Büchler, Modern Paintings no. A26, (green, purple, blue and grey abstract, Manchester, April 1999)
Reclaimed paint on Canvas
126×117 cm | 49½×46¼ in
Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Pavel Büchler, Modern Paintings no. A26, (green, purple, blue and grey abstract, Manchester, April 1999)
Detail

Pavel Büchler, Modern Paintings no. A26, (green, purple, blue and grey abstract, Manchester, April 1999)
Detail

Pavel Büchler, Modern Paintings No. A47 (blue and red abstract, Manchester, August 2007)
Reclaimed paint on canvas
68×76.5 cm | 26¾×30¼ in
Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Pavel Büchler, Modern Paintings No. A47 (blue and red abstract, Manchester, August 2007), Detail

Pavel Büchler, Modern Paintings No. A37 (fragment of grey, blue, orange, red and white geometric abstract “Malaise”, Manchester, July 2000)
Reclaimed paint on canvas
37 x 44 cm | 14 1/2 x 17 1/4 in
Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Pavel Büchler, Modern Paintings No. A25 (orange swirl, Manchester, April 1999), 1997-2007
Reclaimed paint on canvas
117×117 cm | 46¼×46¼ in
Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Pavel Büchler, Modern Paintings no. A31 (Cartoon characters on brown ground, Manchester, April 1999)
Reclaimed paint on canvas
69.5×114 cm | 27¼×45 in
Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Pavel Büchler, Modern Paintings, 1999-2000
Under Destruction, Installation view
Photo: Bettina Matthiessen © 2010 Museum Tinguely, Basel

Monster Chetwynd

Spartacus Chetwynd, Hokusai’s Octapai, 2004
Latex, paint, cardboard, newspaper
100.0 x 200.0 x 150.0 cm | 39 3/8 x 78 3/4 x 59 in
© Monster Chetwynd, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.

Sky Hopinka

Images of friends and landscapes are cut, fragmented, and reassembled on an overhead projector as hands guide their shape and construction in this film stemming from Hollis Frampton’s “Nostalgia”.

The voice tells a story about a not too distant past, a not too distant ruin, with traces of nostalgia articulated in terms of lore; knowledge and memory passed down and shared not from wistful loss, but as a pastiche of rumination, reproduction, and creation.

Sky Hopinka, Lore, 2019
16mm to HD video, stereo, color
10 minutes 16 seconds
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Sky Hopinka, These are days longer than night, 2019
Inkjet print, etching
33×33 cm | 13×13 in
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Sky Hopinka, This is the changer, 2019
Inkjet print, etching
33 x 33 cm | 13 x 13 in
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Sky Hopinka, These are dense countries and empty cities, 2019
Inkjet print, etching
33 x 33 cm | 13 x 13 in
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Sky Hopinka, The light was blue and so were you, 2019
Inkjet print, etching
33 x 33 cm | 13 x 13 in
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Sky Hopinka, The outside being here right now, 2019
Inkjet print, etching
33 x 33 cm | 13 x 13 in
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton

Oliver Laric

Laric's video collects and juxtaposes animated clips of 'morphing' characters, collating footage from over 100 years of animated films and videos – depicting old men becoming babies, robots turning into cars and snakes transforming into belly dancers.

Laric's interest in the malleability of an object or image's meaning when ferried between cultures and time periods is complemented in the video by the illustration of things actually changing form, alluding to the unfixed nature of signification or metamorphosis as an opportunity and form of growth.

Oliver Laric, Untitled, 2014-2015
4K video, colour, sound
5 min 55 sec
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Oliver Laric, Hermanubis, 2020
Stereolithography and selective laser sintering, polyamide, polished epoxy, TuskXC2700T, aluminium base
230×54.5×73.5 cm | 90½×21½×29 in
Courtesy the Artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin