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
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 email@example.com or +49 (0)30 21972220
For more information about the works Michele Abeles, Alvaro Barrington, and Monster Chetwynd, please contact Sadie Coles HQ at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 20 7493 8611.
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.
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.
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.