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Alison Jacques Gallery: BERND RIBBECK
Project Room: LIZ CRAFT
- 3 July 2009 to 1 Aug 2009

Current Exhibition


3 July 2009 to 1 Aug 2009
Hours : tuesday - saturday, 10 - 6
Private View: Thursday 2 July, 6-8pm
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Artists in this exhibition: BERND RIBBECK, LIZ CRAFT


BERND RIBBECK

3 JULY – 1 AUGUST 2009
PRIVATE VIEW: THURSDAY 2 JULY, 6-8 PM

Alison Jacques Gallery announces our first solo exhibition of German artist Bernd Ribbeck. In this show, he will exhibit a new series of small-scale paintings on wood and paper in which saturated, abstract compositions oscillate between metaphysical and material aspirations. Ribbeck works with a timeless language that seems new, yet familiar, and operates outside of any historical specificity. A sense of space is suggested by the arrangement of shapes and forms on the picture plane, without the use of perspective as a device. Ribbeck’s approach to materials and colour is sensitive and intuitive, scoring with a biro, sanding the surface and layering colour. The process remains visible, so we can consider how spiritual concerns may be materialised in art.

Ribbeck draws inspiration from visionary individuals operating on the fringes of art history whose work often orientates towards spiritual ideas. Ribbeck’s references include German church architect Dominikus Böhm (1880-1955), and the organic constructions of American architect Bruce Goff (1904-1982). Their buildings provide concrete models of fusion between rational Modernist ideas and clerical pretensions of spirituality. Another influence is the utopian spirit of Die Gläserne Kette – (Glass Chain, also known as Utopian Correspondence), a process of communication between a group of German Expressionistic architects in the early Twentieth Century. They exchanged adventurous and poetic visions in letters and drawings which resulted in unrealised architectural schemes. Their ‘proposals’ maintain a sense of possibility lost in the built projects of the same practitioners.

This interest in unmaterialised visions extends to the abstraction of Hilma Af Klint, a Swedish painter (1862-1944) whose spiritual paintings were diagrams of her occult beliefs. With her works she purported to communicate with the soul, opening a door to another level of perception. She was an artist who practiced in isolation from the mainstream of her Avant-Garde contemporaries, and there is a sense of potentiality that remains latent in the work’s utopian ideals. Ribbeck expresses interest in the way religious icons function, with no gap between what is represented and the image as an object: during prayer they can perform the same role as the depicted deity itself. The small scale of Ribbeck’s paintings and works on paper functions in a comparable way: inviting the viewer to experience them intimately, reading their pictorial forms whilst leading the gaze into a transcendental realm.

Bernd Ribbeck (born 1974) lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf; Akademie der bilenden Kunste, Munich and Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin. In 2008 Ribbeck participated in Manifesta, Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy. Group shows include Long Dark, International 3, Manchester (forthcoming 2009); Remote Memories, K110 / Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf (2009); Ich und Du, Kunstverein Oldenburg nn (2009); run run, GI Glasgow International Festival (2008); Freunde für immer, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2007); Neuer Konstruktivismus, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld (2007)


PROJECT ROOM:

LIZ CRAFT

3 JULY – 1 AUGUST 2009
PRIVATE VIEW: THURSDAY 2 JULY, 6-8 PM

"With paint and patina, cast bronze can be made to look eerily like an array of things – from wicker caning to flower buds – with almost indexical texture: this is nothing but the starting point of mimesis as a mode of abstraction, which Craft finesses almost to the extreme of nonrepresentation. She removes the “safeties,” risking the presentation of stuff specific, familiar, and yet uncannily off…"
Bruce Hainley, catalogue essay for Liz Craft monograph, Halle für Kunst, published by JPR|Ringier, 2006

Following on from a solo show of new work in 2006, Alison Jacques Gallery announces a project room presentation with Californian based artist Liz Craft. The show will consist of one new sculpture, Baby Carriage, a large bronze and porcelain sculpture based on a miniature object the artist found in a thrift store. It has a strangeness arising from the inflated scale and shift in material from the original wicker trinket – conflating commonplace subject matter with aspects of the monumental grandeur of bronze. The surreal presence of the work is typical of Craft’s sculptures in which she imbues quotidian objects with qualities from dreams, or memory. The sculpture exists between associations: a nest; a carriage; an Easter egg; an embryo of human proportions.

Liz Craft (born LA, 1970) lives and works in LA. She received her MFA from the University of California in 1997. Her work is currently exhibited in WONDERLAND - Through the Looking Glass, KADE Museum, The Netherlands and later this year she will be included in Second Nature: The Valentine-Adelson Collection, at the Hammer Museum, LA. Other group shows include: Comme des bêtes (Like Animals), Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland (2008); Eden’s Edge, Hammer Museum, LA (2007); LA Now, Las Vegas Museum of Art (2008); Cult Fiction, Hayward Gallery, London, touring to The New Art Gallery, Walsall and Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds (2007); the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2004). Solo exhibitions include Halle für Kunst e.V. Luenëburg, Germany, catalogue published (2006); and Centrum fur Gegenwartskunst Oberosterreich, Linz, Austria (2001).



NEXT: RYAN MCGINLEY 'MOONMILK': 11 SEPTEMBER – 8 OCTOBER
ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE 'A SEASON IN HELL': 14 OCTOBER – 21 NOVEMBER
ANDRE BUTZER: 27 NOVEMBER – 9 JANUARY

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