with Khadim Ali (Australia), Daniel Boyd (Australia), Marina Cruz (Philippines), Mikala Dwyer (Australia), Uji “Hahan” Handoko Eko Saputro (Indonesia), Jeppe Hein (Denmark), Thomas Hirschhorn (Switzerland), Alicja Kwade (Germany), Danie Mellor (Australia), Julian Rosefeldt (Germany), Gareth Sansom (Australia), Nedko Solakov (Bulgaria), Rodel Tapaya (Philippines), Danh Vo (Vietnam), Jorinde Voigt (Germany)
As part of the official program of Melbourne Art Week, Arndt Art Agency is delighted to present AU, a group show of leading contemporary artists from Europe, Asia and Australia.
Curated by Australian Director, Luisa Bosci, Au, focuses on the materiality of gold, while also exploring its layered associations. Gold is strongly connected to ideas of currency, value systems, and wealth, but is also underpinned by notions of alchemy, divinity and avarice. Assembling both existing and newly commissioned works by 15 Australian and international artists, Au will present Melbourne audiences with some of the leading contemporary art practitioners as they delve into all things auriferous in nature.
AU will be exhibited at STATION, Melbourne as the first part of an exchange with Arndt Art Agency Berlin. STATION will be exhibiting a curated exhibition of gallery artists at Arndt Art Agency in Berlin on Fasanenstrasse, 28 – one of the oldest art precincts in Berlin – during the internationally celebrated Gallery Weekend Berlin in May 2019.
Luisa Bosci Luisa Bosci is the Director of the Michael Buxton Collection, one of the most significant collections of Australian Contemporary Art. Her role encompasses both curatorial work, as well as the recent delivery of Buxton Contemporary, a new purpose-built museum to house the Michael Buxton Collection through a philanthropic donation in excess of $30 million. Bosci was also Director of SPRING1883, a hotel-based, boutique art fair from its inauguration in 2014 to 2016. She has a Masters of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne and is part of the Buxton Contemporary Committee of Management. Recent exhibitions include ‘Hiding in Plain Sight – A Selection of Works from the Michael Buxton Collection’, Bendigo Art Gallery, 18 July– 27 September 2015 and ‘History Problem’, The Australian Club, 1 February – 29 April 2016.
Arndt Art Agency (A3) Au will be the fourth group exhibition of international contemporary art by international art expert, Matthias Arndt in Australia. The presentation follows the successes of the Migration series group exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne in 2012 that showcased museum quality works by European and North American contemporary masters to Australian audiences. Arndt Art Agency based in Berlin, Germany, works across a broad range of curated exhibitions in collaboration with international museums, galleries, private collections and artists. A3 also provides private and institutional advisory worldwide in addition to the management of a select group of artists.
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David Nolan Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Jorinde Voigt that will be on view from May 4 through June 22. In this exhibition, the artist’s fourth solo presentation with the gallery, Voigt will debut a brand new series of works, collectively titled Immersion. Exploring new techniques and materials, these drawings touch on notions of perception as well as the artist’s deeply personal philosophy of the self. Alongside these, the exhibition will feature a suite of highly polished cast bronze sculptures, which introduce a markedly material dimension to Voigt’s unique conceptualisation of forms and ideas.
The eight sculptures that are presented follow the artist’s longstanding interest in the visual language of mathematics and geometry. In creating these polyhedron forms – which are articulated with two distinct points – Voigt established a generative sequence in which an additional reflective surface was added to each successive object. The final work in the series breaks the cycle to become an entirely rounded shape, suggesting an infinite loop.
The sculptures function as a conceptual starting point for the works on paper displayed in the lower galleries; the imaginary environments portrayed in these drawings are the artist’s representation of the notional space inside the bronze objects. As such, the sculptures become portals via which we may experience the fictive realm of the drawings. Each Immersion drawing is annotated with a vertical line, running as an axis down the length of the sheet. Serving as compass points, these lines orient and connect the illusory sphere of the drawings to the physical points of the sculptures.
A recurrent motif in the Immersion series is the image of a torus, rendered three-dimensionally. For the artist, this form is the ideal metaphor for perception and self-understanding: inside and outside are equivalent, existing in continual dialogue. In keeping with Voigt’s introspective stance, the torus acknowledges at once our perception of ourselves and, in parallel, the ways in which we are perceived. The performative actions and complex techniques involved in making these works also mirror the artist’s multi-levelled thinking: successive layers of ink, pastel, colored pencil, and gold leaf are intricately inlaid and conspire to invoke Voigt’s invented worlds.
Voigt’s work has been the subject of a number of recent solo museum exhibitions that include Kunsthalle Nürnberg (2017); Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2017); Kunstraum Innsbruck (2016); and Kunsthalle Krems (2016). Work by the artist is represented in prominent public collections internationally, including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München, Munich; Kunsthaus Zürich; The British Museum, London; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and UBS Art Collection, New York. In 2012, she received the prestigious Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Drawing Prize, and since 2014, has held the position of Professor for Conceptual Drawing and Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. Voigt was born in Frankfurt am Main and lives and works in Berlin.
Galeria Pelaires takes great pleasure in presenting Wahlverwandschaften (Elective Affinities). This is the first joint exhibition by Jorinde Voigt and Christian Jankowski. Over 40 works of art have been selected, including samples of Voigt and Jankowski’s most significant work from the last decade.
This event, which is being held in Palma, is the realisation of an idea which they had been considering for quite some time. The joint venture has not come about merely by chance, or as an exercise of conceptual, or formal, rapprochement between two individuals, but rather as an expression of emotional fusion, far from exempt from tension, and also a reflection of their personal relationship and their collective approach to art, creativity, and thought processes.
The title, “ Wahlverwandtschaften” which translates as “Elective Affinities” (Afinidades Electivas in Spanish), refers to the book of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. For Germans, this word suggests the idea of belonging to a family, home, or group. Mallorca is appropriately chosen as a venue due to the fact that it is considered by many Germans as their “home” away from home.
Over the course of 10 years, as their relationship developed and they exchanged their artistic know-how, they eventually decided to establish an open and honest dialogue, understanding each other as an intellectual, creative, and even physical, extension of the other. They have been mutually supportive of one another’s art in the past.
Separately, their work would function in their own manner, given an individual context. However, here at Pelaires it has been brought together and “blended” – at times even in contact with the other, becoming a single piece to the viewer. Their similarities, common concepts, and themes are clearly appreciated, as well as the birth of a “new” connection, as a result of this fusion.
Perhaps this connection is mostly appreciated in some of Voigt’s drawings where the vigorous, dynamic movements correlate to Jankowski’s “fighters”. Furthermore, there are obvious allusions to Voigt’s work in Jankowski’s “Night Lamps”, which focuses on music, literature and philosophy – all of which are common denominators to both artists.