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On September 14, Eulàlia Rovira and Adrian Schindler presented the performance ‘One motif says to the other: I can’t take my eyes off you’ in the context of the exhibition ‘Cream Cheese and Pretty Ribbons!’, curated by Latitudes at Galerie Martin Janda in Vienna.
The new performance comprised a series of sartorial compositions, music clips, and readings from memory that were inspired by the belts, buckles, chains, harnesses, and tassels that appear on luxury silk scarf designs by brands such as Hermès, as well as the vogue for tattoos appropriating tribal patterns. A companion series of five photographic prints are derived from the intertwining designs of the latter textiles.
Rovira and Schindler also present another work in the exhibition. "The Feet Fixed to the Ground Betray no Impatience" (2016) features a camera-phone film based around a Barcelona park bench, as well as its sculptural reproduction. This model of street furniture is known as the ‘Romantic double’, and it inspires a narrative and a sequence of gestures that evoke the masterplans that opened up cramped European cities in the 19th-Century as well as ongoing impulses to organise public space and orchestrate the gaze.
Eulàlia Rovira & Adrian Schindler, born 1985 & 1989, live in Barcelona.
The exhibition ‘Cream cheese and pretty ribbons!’ 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.
‘Cream cheese and pretty ribbons!’ is part of the curated_by Vienna gallery festival inviting international curators. In 2018 the festival examines Vienna's systems and contradictions, life between the baroque and present times.
- Save the date: 13 September, 6–9pm. Latitudes-curated exhibition ‘Cream cheese and pretty ribbons!’, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna 21 June 2018
- 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.