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WEEKLY WRAP UP | OCT. 20-24, 2014

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This week on the blog we went to Castillo; we listened the conversation between Davide Balula and Francesco Stocchi; we passed by the Vincennes Zoo and visited the new show by Neu Gallery at La Douane.

 

A DUMPLING WITH SOUP IN IT BY FRANCESCO STOCCHI AND DAVIDE BALULA

A Dumpling with soup in it is a conversation between artist Davide Balula and Francesco Stocchi, curator of modern and contemporary art at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.
A conversation about an artwork affecting a space and a space affecting an artwork. Even putting a dumpling in your mouth can reveal a new dimension.
Coinciding with FIAC 2014, the talk took place at 4pm during the opening reception of the group exhibition “Le Jardin Décomposé / Decomposed Garden” on October 25th.

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Davide Balula is a French artist living and working in Paris and New York. In his investigations of technological, physical, and biochemical processes, Balula often requires the participation of the viewer. His multifaceted practice involves music, performance, sculpture and painting. This year, Balula’s work has been included in “Rockaway!,” MoMA PS1, Rockaway Beach, New York; “Des choses en moins, des choses en plus,” Palais de Tokyo, Paris; “PLIAGE / FOLD,” Gagosian Paris; and “Shit and Die,” an upcoming exhibition produced by Artissima and organized by Maurizio Cattelan, Myriam Ben Salah and Marta Papini, on view at Palazzo Cavour, Turin from November 6, 2014-January 11, 2015.

Francesco Stocchi is an Italian curator living and working in Rotterdam as curator of modern and contemporary art at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. In addition to organizing exhibitions throughout Europe, Stocchi writes for several periodicals and is a regular contributor to Artforum. He has contributed essays to museum catalogues and monographic publications on artists including Gelitin, Cindy Sherman, Arcangelo Sassolino, and Dan Colen. In 2010 he established the magazine AGMA, which presents visual reviews of current and historical exhibitions. In 2012, Stocchi published Francesca Woodman: Photographs 1977-1981, the first in a series of visual monographs.

RENDEZVOUS@GAGOSIAN, is a monthly series of talks and panel discussions at Gagosian Le Bourget. The first talk was a conversation between John Armleder and Nicolas Trembley “The Ultimate Guide to Travel: Pétrus, Jacques Garcia, and Hotel Richemond” and took place Saturday, July 5.

SQUARE(S) AT FRANCOIS GHEBALY GALLERY, LOS ANGELES

Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Dance of the Earth, 2013, variable dimensions

Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Dance of the Earth, 2013, variable dimensions

The exhibition Square(s) opened this past weekend at Francois Ghebaly Gallery, and is on view until July 12th. Square(s) is exceptional in it’s political subject matter, especially for a summer group exhibition at a commercial gallery in Los Angeles. This is an important exhibition with stellar work, not be missed.

Next weekend, on Saturday June 28th, interventions by Davide Balula and Tom Dane, a talk, with, among others, architect Edwin Chan & Semiotext(e) founder Sylvere Lotringer, video screenings, and a launch of the new political party “thepeople71” will take place at the gallery.

Ivan Grubanov, Dead Flags, 2013, acrylic on canvas, dimensions variable

Ivan Grubanov, Dead Flags, 2013, acrylic on canvas, dimensions variable

In Turkey last June, hundreds of thousands of citizens went to Taksim Square to protest against their government’s plan to remove this beloved public park and build a shopping center instead. The protesters named their movement “Occupy Gezi” in reference to the Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS), which spread around US cities in 2011. The OWS movement itself was inspired by the Arab Spring that happened the same year, when every day people from Tunisia to Egypt, from Lebanon to Syria, went to the street against their repressive regimes. It appears that these cycles of struggles [1] have inspired one another, going back to all major social uprisings of our collective memory since the 1960s.

Davide Balula, One Fire Extinguisher = One Artist, 2014, fire extinguishers, 53x66"

Davide Balula, One Fire Extinguisher = One Artist, 2014, fire extinguishers, 53×66″

Demonstrations throughout the 20th century were traditionally organized along an avenue, a straight line with a beginning and an end. But these recent movements have been sedentary, and tend to use a strategy of encampment or occupation. In the past 3 years, in Egypt (Tahrir), Turkey (Taksim), Ukraine (Maidan), the United States (Wall Street), Venezuela (Altamira), and many others countries, people have expressed their anger by taking over iconic public squares and plaza, and naming their movement after this symbolic act.

Nikita Kaden, Procedure Room, 2009-2010, hot print on porcelain, 8 plates, 3 x 11" each

Nikita Kaden, Procedure Room, 2009-2010, hot print on porcelain, 8 plates, 3 x 11″ each

Nikita Kaden, Procedure Room, 2009-2010, hot print on porcelain, 8 plates, 3 x 11"

Nikita Kaden, Procedure Room, 2009-2010, hot print on porcelain, 8 plates, 3 x 11″

“Square(s)” will put together an international group of artists whom, using various practices and aesthetics, share a common awareness of these ongoing events. While this exhibition is not about partisan politics, it is an attempt to recreate a few different active public squares within a gallery space in Los Angeles, a city where the concept of public space is virtually non-existent. In this context, the works exhibited will simply function as the dissident voices of an occupied space.

Thomas Hirschorn, String-Tyre, 2014, tyre and climbing rope, 27" each

Thomas Hirschorn, String-Tyre, 2014, tyre and climbing rope, 27″ each

Neil Beloufa, Vintage Series: Whistles, 2014, MDF, steel, electrical outlet, switch, 63 x 47"

Neil Beloufa, Vintage Series: Whistles, 2014, MDF, steel, electrical outlet, switch, 63 x 47″

Lisa Anne Auerbach, Hate Blanket, 2010, 66 x 42.5"

Lisa Anne Auerbach, Hate Blanket, 2010, 66 x 42.5″

Andra Ursuta, Pepper Spray, 2009, wood urethane, leather, salt, 26 x 15 x 10"

Andra Ursuta, Pepper Spray, 2009, wood urethane, leather, salt, 26 x 15 x 10″

Neil Beloufa, Untitled, 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable

Neil Beloufa, Untitled, 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable

 With works and contributions by: Lisa Anne Auerbach (USA), Davide Balula (France), Dan Bayles (USA), Neïl Beloufa (Algeria & France), Edwin Chan (Hong Kong), Tom Dane (Denmark), Cem Dinlenmiş (Turkey), Nilbar Güreş (Turkey), Hatice Güleryüz (Turkey), Ivan Grubanov (Serbia), Michael Hardt (USA), Thomas Hirschhorn (Switzerland), Nikita Kadan (Ukraine), Joel Kyack (USA), Sylvère Lotringer (foreign agent), Pode Bal (Czech Republic), Ariel Schlesinger (Israel), Slavs and Tatars (various), Extrastruggle (Turkey), thepeople71 (various), Sergio Torres-Torres (Mexico/USA), Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor (Romania & Switzerland), Andra Ursuta (Romania).