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Andrea Rosen Gallery presents Miguel 聲gel C嫫denas | Without a Body

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6 Jan 2017 to 4 Feb 2017

Andrea Rosen Gallery
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Miguel 聲gel C嫫denas, Green and yellow lovers, 1964
Panel, PVC, objects, 55 1/2 x 81 x 11 1/2 inches, (141 x 205.7 x 29.2 cm)
Photo by Pierre Le Hors. Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.

Artists in this exhibition: Miguel 聲gel C嫫denas, Ivana Basic, FlucT, Sable Elyse Smith

Miguel Ángel Cárdenas

January 6 - February 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, January 6, 6 - 8pm

Andrea Rosen Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in the United States of Colombian-Dutch artist Miguel Ángel Cárdenas (1934-2015). Born in Colombia, Cárdenas moved to Amsterdam in 1962, where he adopted the name Michel Cardena. While he ambitiously explored a variety of media including painting, assemblage, performance, video, and photography, this exhibition focuses on a group of his wall-bound sculptures, as well as examples of video and drawing. 

Cárdenas's sculptures are recognizable within the context of concurrent post-war movements such as Nouveau Réalisme in France, Pop Art in the United States, and the Nul Group in the Netherlands, while also drawing from his Latin American heritage. Sharing with these groups an interest in utilizing everyday consumer goods as a new artistic material, Cárdenas's work remains distinct with its playful and provocative imaginings of sexuality and eroticism.  

Rejecting repressive cultural traditions (starting with his Catholic upbringing in Colombia), Cárdenas's multi-faceted body of work stems from his embrace of openness and experimentation. Recalling Claes Oldenburg's soft sculptures and Arman's consumer good Accumulations, Cárdenas's assemblages arrange everyday objects, such as packaged food and colorful plastic toys, into suggestive compositions evocative of internal sex organs or genitalia peeking out from behind unzipped pants. In these "tensages" (tensions), as Cárdenas called them, ribbed tubes connect slick geometric forms, and taut vinyl flaps open to reveal a rotary telephone with its receiver exposed, supine, atop a finger dial and a pastel pink goblet.  

A pioneer of video and performance art in the Netherlands, Cárdenas situated the body at the heart of his practice, much like many of his contemporaries working in these media such as Marina Abramović, Vito Acconci, Chris Burden, and Carolee Schneemann. Refuting perceptions of the body as taboo, abject or vulnerable, Cárdenas's work uniquely positions itself as a site for positive sensation and connective potential. Staging happenings and video works under his production company warming up etc. etc. etc. (represented by a logo of an abstracted flower/sex organ), Cárdenas explored the notion of "warmth" in relation to social interactions and sexual arousal. Infusing "warmth" into everyday environments and actions - raising the thermostat, facilitating conversation, melting an ice cube, cooking a meal - Cárdenas's bold works created a friction which he hoped would lead to an increasingly liberated society.  

Miguel Ángel Cárdenas was born in El Espinal, Colombia, in 1934 and died in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2015. He studied architecture at the Universidad Nacional in Bogota (1952-1953) and visual arts at the Academia de Bellas Artes (1955-1957) and the Escuela de Artes Gráficas in Barcelona (1962), before moving to the Netherlands where he lived for the remainder of his life. In 1964 Cárdenas was included in the seminal exhibition "New Realists and Pop Art," which travelled from The Hague to Vienna and Brussels. In 1972 Cárdenas established an artist-run space called the In-Out Center along with a group of Amsterdam-based international artists. The In-Out Center hosted exhibitions of early video and performance art in addition to supporting conceptual and collaborative projects.  Cárdenas's work is in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Moderna Museet, Sweden; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands; and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands, among others.

With thanks to Instituto de Vision, Bogota, Colombia for their support of this exhibition.  


Without a Body
Ivana Basic, FlucT, Sable Elyse Smith

Curated by SIGNAL

January 6 - February 4, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, January 6, 6 - 8pm

Andrea Rosen Gallery is pleased to announce Without A Body, featuring the work of Ivana Basic, Sable Elyse Smith and FlucT (Sigrid Lauren & Monica Mirabile). The exhibition is curated by SIGNAL, and is the first in a series of exhibitions at Gallery 2 that will be curated by artist-run spaces and collectives.  

The body is the boundary point of overt social control - something that can be worked, borrowed against, confined, a unit that can be processed. The artists in this exhibition share a concern with the body as the locus of dispute between the world and the self, in conflicts both physical and psychological, and the ways in which the systems of social control through which our bodies must move work within and without us.  

Serbian-born artist Ivana Basic's sculptures frequently depict ambiguously biological forms, contorted figures of wax and silicone with shiny, bruised skin. These segmented bodies are made the more alien by their incompleteness - legs without feet, arms without hands. Basic's figures appear to be acted upon by forces of enormous violence, and seem to visualize the fragility of the body as an organic carrier for something else.  

Through video, sculpture, photography and text, Sable Elyse Smith probes the trauma of incarceration as it has related to her own family and history, and the ways these same traumas have been writ-large in America as a result of mass incarceration. Here, Smith's sculptures present her short lyrical texts within institutional signage, the changeable letter boards that typically advertise visiting hours or church announcements.  

FlucT is the collaboration between performers Sigrid Lauren and Monica Mirabile, who create highly charged choreographic works exploring social control and power dynamics enacted upon the body. Their "violently intimate" dance practice frequently sees their bodies colliding and entangling, and the two artists locked in confrontation with the audience and each other.  

Ivana Basic (b.1986) completed her M.P.S. at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, in 2012. Recent exhibitions including her work have been held at Annka Kultys Gallery, London; Gallery Diet, Miami; Gillmeier&Rech, Berlin; Martos Gallery, Los Angeles; Rod Barton, London; and 820 Plaza, Montreal, Canada. Basic's work is currently on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art 1905-2016. Basic lives and works in New York.

Sable Elyse Smith (b.1986) has completed studies at Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Parsons the New School for Design, New York, and the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Madison, ME. She has performed at the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, Eyebeam, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA. Her work has also been screened at Birkbeck Cinema in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries, London, Artist Television Access, San Francisco, and MoMA PS1, New York. Her writing has been published in Radical Teacher, Studio Magazine and No Tofu Magazine and she is currently working on her first book. She lives and works in New York and is currently part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design.

Monica Mirabile (b.1988) and Sigrid Lauren (b.1986) have been working in a duo known as FlucT since 2011. FlucT have performed at The Wild Project, New York, MoMA PS1, New York, the Queens Museum, Queens, and Art Basel, Miami Beach. Recent productions by FlucT have been presented at Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn and Penthouse Gallery, Baltimore, and they have collaborated with musicians in performances at Corona Yacht Club, Coachella; The Mezzanine, San Francisco; 285 Kent, Brooklyn; and MoMA PS1, New York. Mirabile and Lauren live and work in New York.

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