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Alison Jacques Gallery: THOMAS ZIPP - WHITE DADA - 17 Oct 2008 to 15 Nov 2008

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17 Oct 2008 to 15 Nov 2008
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Opening Thursday 16 October, 6-8pm
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Artists in this exhibition: Thomas Zipp


THOMAS ZIPP - WHITE DADA

“The pope tells me what to do… Painting kind of touches you, and sucks you in, and opens you up to some new points. That’s what drugs can do as well.” Thomas Zipp, 2007.

Following his critically acclaimed solo exhibition PLANET CARAVAN? IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? a FUTURISTIC WORLD FAIR at the South London Gallery in 2007, Alison Jacques Gallery presents Thomas Zipp’s second exhibition with the gallery. For WHITE DADA the artist will fill the main room with a large arena installation complete with an organ and drums. This installation will also include a stone sculpture of a male torso, a series of new drawings and large-scale paintings. The opening night will feature a musical performance by Thomas Zipp and his band.

Borrowing from the world image histories of science, religion and philosophy, Zipp takes an anarchic pleasure in playing the role of visionary, moralist, poet, and humourist. In his paintings, drawings, and sculptural works, different belief systems are deconstructed through formal investigation and experimentation. Zipp frequently layers found imagery with painterly techniques, thereby engineering a confrontation between the past and present.

Imbued with a gothic spiritualism and an underlying sense of nihilism the artist takes an ambivalent stance on a number of recurring figures from German history including Martin Luther, Otto Hahn (the chemist who discovered nuclear fission), and the 16th Century astronomer Johannes Kepler. Zipp employs humour and irony to reanimate these controversial intellectual geniuses, most of whom he reproduces as distorted or defaced.

Using collage effects, Zipp’s protagonists are tipped into nightmarish realms of insanity and intoxication. His mode of free association and metaphor allows a mushroom cloud form to become a tree and a speech bubble outline to fuse into that of a planet or pill. A Surrealist’s delight for word-play and combinations of script with image provide further means through which to create his unique vision. The fantastic possibilities that Zipp offers confound all logical explanation; a response, perhaps, to what the artist considers being the non-readable nature of our world.

Thomas Zipp (Born in Heppenheim, 1966) lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo museum exhibitions include PLANET CARAVAN? IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? a FUTURISTIC WORLD FAIR, Museum Dhondt - Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2008) South London Gallery, London (2007) and Kunsthalle Mannheim, Museum in der Alten Post, Muehlheim, catalogue published, (2007); Achtung! Vision: Samoa, The Family of Pills & The Return of the Subreals, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, catalogue published (2005). Group museum exhibitions include: Sympathy for the Devil, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2007); André Butzer, Andreas Hofer, Thomas Zipp and more, Rubell Family Collection, Miami /USA; Defamation of Character, PS1, New York (2006); Rings of Saturn, Tate Modern, London (2006); Of Mice and Men, 4th Berlin Biennale (2006). Thomas Zipp’s forthcoming solo exhibition at Sammlung Goetz, Munich will run from 15 June – 10 October, 2009 and will be accompanied by a catalogue.

TUESDAY 21 OCTOBER, 6PM: GALLERY TALK BY KIT HAMMONDS
Kit Hammonds is an independent curator based in London and a tutor on the MA Curating Contemporary Art course at the Royal College of Art. From 2005-2008, he was a curator at the South London Gallery where he worked with Thomas Zipp on his solo exhibition.

Next Exhibition: Graham Little: 20 November – 19 December 2008


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