Save the date: 13 September, 6–9pm. Latitudes-curated exhibition ‘Cream cheese and pretty ribbons!’, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna
|Sean Lynch, Still from “A Blow by Blow Account of Stonecarving in Oxford” (2013–14). Slide projection with voiceover (19’), stone carving, rubble, photographs, museum artefacts, printed matter. Courtesy of the artist.|
Kraus thought that what he saw as the specifically Viennese development of dressing up Germanic culture with decorative elements imported from Romance culture was a bullshit ornamentation of the utilitarian.
|Eulàlia Rovira and Adrian Schindler, ‘The Feet Fixed to the Ground Betray No Impatience’ (Els peus fixats al terra delatant cap impaciència) (2016), installation view at Fireplace, Barcelona. Courtesy the artists.|
Opening on September 13, 6–9pm, at Galerie Martin Janda in Vienna (and on view until October 14), the exhibition ‘Cream cheese and pretty ribbons!’ curated by Latitudes brings together works by David Bestué, Sean Lynch, Eulàlia Rovira & Adrian Schindler, and Batia Suter to reflect on the apparent dichotomy between the utilitarian versus the functional, and the artful, refined, decorative, adorned, of good taste. The artworks in the exhibition have managed to find a way to escape this apparent dichotomy in how they treat form and content, using wit and storytelling, and engaging with seemingly mundane things in a magical way.
Given that Kraus conjures up a world of robust public debate, whether on the pages of newspapers or in the cafés, the exhibition space has been devised as a kind of uncanny street scene.
|Façade of Galerie Martin Janda. Photo by Anna Konrath.|
- David Bestué's installation "Luces" at Cosme Toda Factory, part of the Barcelona Gallery Weekend site-specific commissions programme Composiciones 2015 curated by Latitudes.
- Sean Lynch as Guest Faculty of Latitudes-led month-long seminar ‘Geologic Time’ at the Banff Centre, Canada.
- ‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes & des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne’, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium, 25 February–16 April 2011.
- ‘Provenances: Erick Beltrán, Simon Fujiwara and Jordi Mitjà’, Umberto di Marino Arte Contemporaneo, Naples, Italy, 14 May–14 September 2009.
- ‘The Garden of Forking Paths’, Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain, 28 May–31 July 2009.
- ‘Extraordinary Rendition’, NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona, Spain, 22 March–19 May 2007.