7 September – 19 October 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Preview: 6 September, 7-9 pm
Tanya Leighton is pleased to present ‘Fabula Rasa’ — a group exhibition that investigates the literary form of the fable from six artistic positions. Recognising the blend of animate and inanimate objects that lays at the core of fables, ‘Fabula Rasa’ focuses on the potential of this interplay to critically reflect the human condition.
The exhibition title is a word play on the concept of the clean slate or ‘tabula rasa’. Life begins without knowledge and lived experience grows our understanding of the world. As much as fables relay shared memories and moral values, they also offer a way to recalibrate ourselves. The works in the exhibition propose perspectives from which to do so.
Sam Anderson’s interest in the dramaturgical narratives of everyday life often leads her to the recast characters that traditionally play set roles. In this case, the tragic-comic figure of the clown, a figure who both entertains and critiques society, is her subject. Both an outsider and an integral part of a community, the classic humorist tells fables of everyday life to question the ways we live together. This ‘clown’, however, is a fabulous and somewhat menacing caricature of itself — a replica dolphin scull, masked with a teardrop, a red nose, and a row of teeth so long it is hard to discern a smile or a grimace.
Antonio Ballester Moreno’s pictographic paintings are distillations of the fundamental ways in which humanity defines itself in relation to the larger world — knowledge, morality and the nature of being. Ballester Moreno’s geometric forms and palette of primary colours speak to an archaic image-memory, exploring what it actually means to be humane. Trees, mountains, moons and suns constitute a universal lexicon while echoing the building blocks of the ancient fable.
The hand-painted animation by Matt Copson introduces archetypal figures from European mythologies into a dystopian limbo. Here, a headless fox circles a maniacally self-obsessed woodpecker whose monologue details a compulsion to define the object of its love. As an allegory for the artist at work or sociopathic manoeuvring, Copson’s parable delivers an unsettling moral about how we relate to the world around us.
Notions of physical malady recur in the work of Jesse Darling. A winding crutch and a bent walking stick emerge like charmed snakes from an altar-like pedestal that floats above the ground. Part of Darling’s larger project, ‘The Ballad of Saint Jerome’, this sculpture retools the eponymous fable to examine the contemporary relationship between healer and healed.
Michael Dean’s sculptures begin in the realm of language – as a means of expressing love, anger, or grasping for understanding. In their translation from text to thing, Dean’s objects and icons become stand-ins for larger narratives. Considering what it means to create a physical extension of oneself, Dean’s concrete and rebar sculptures are human-scaled, bear traces of their making, and introduce new anthropomorphous characters into the exhibition space.
Staring into space through hollow eyes, the vacant, thinking and feeling figure by Austrian artist Heinz Frank is a residue of a body in distress. Part tree, part box, part mask and part spine, its anatomy consists of natural and artificial components that deconstruct the impressive mythical figure of the lion to an assemblage of objects — some quotidian, some bizarre.
17 – 20 October 2019
Preview: 16 October
'Christine Roland & Ruby Barber'
Hiroka Yamashita Kurfürstenstraße 156
Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis, curated by Professor Daniel Sturgis
Camberwell Space, Camberwell College of Arts (forthcoming)
16 September – 9 November 2019
David Diao, 2018
Delmonico books — Prestel
With contributions from Philip Tinari, Michael Corris, Pi Li, Sarah K. Rich, Felicia Chen, Kerry Doran
Recipient of the 2019 Arnaldo Pomodoro Sculpture Prize
Solo exhibition at Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Milan
11 November 2019 – 5 January 2020
Phaidon Contemporary Artist Series
Text by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jeannine Tang, and Lanka Tattersall
Beethoven – World.Citizen.Music Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
17 December 2019 – 26 April 2020
...and other such stories
Chicago Architecture Biennial
19 September 2019 – 5 January 2020
Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s. Works from the VERBUND COLLECTION, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain
19 July – 1 December 2019
Maskulinitäten Bonner Kunstverein, Kölnischer Kunstverein und Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
1 September – 24 November 2019
Tanya Leighton is delighted to announce that the Museum of Modern Art, New York has acquired Marianne Wex's Let's Take Back Our Space: 'Female' and 'Male' Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures, 1977
Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, established in 2008, is dedicated to developing a cross-disciplinary, trans-generational gallery programme with off-site projects, in collaboration with artists, filmmakers, critics, art historians, and curators. Its international exhibition programme reflects a variety of opinions and practices as well as Leighton’s associations with American and British experimental cinema, artist’s film and video, performance, minimal and conceptual art.
Director: Simon Gowing
Director: Patrick Armstrong
Project Manager: Marie Egger
Gallery Manager: Melanie Isabel García
Registrar: Henry Babbage
Finance Manager: Stefan Schuster
Tanya Leighton GmbH
Kurfürstenstraße 156 & 24/25
Open Tuesday – Saturday
11am – 6pm and by appointment
22 June – 26 August 2017, PEER, London
Jimmy Robert’s restrained yet expanded use of photography, movement, text and subtle architectural intervention discreetly interrogates ideas of inclusion and exclusion, belonging and identity, intimacy and distance. For PEER, Robert presents a new performance work and gallery installation in response to issues that have emerged from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Robert’s new commission, European Portraits, is timed to mark the first anniversary of the Brexit vote, and obliquely probes some of the complexities and consequences of this result – both personal and political – that have emerged in the past year.
Robert’s project begins with three consecutive evenings of performance in the gallery space, the focal point of which is the substantial doorway and entry/exit point that conjoins the two rooms. Both vertical sides of the opening have been clad in mirrors creating a mise-en-abyme – or literally, ‘to place into abyss’. The audience is split between the two spaces, enabling a multiplicity of viewing angles and positions. Robert moves within and through this constricted space of both transience and infinity while handling the drapes and folds of a large-scale fabric-printed image from a 16th century Bronzino portrait. Both divided groups view the performance from different perspectives – not visible to one another yet witnessing the same event. On the walls of the two galleries are a series of short text works, written by the artist over a number of years as intimate portraits of eight individuals.
These elements are brought together with a sound work, composed by artist Ain Bailey, with whom Robert has previously collaborated. Her composition will be structured around voice recordings of the wall texts, but focusing on the moments of breathing between the words, ‘giving materiality to absence’. This recorded element will be layered by Robert’s ‘live’ breathing, as a kind of call-and-response arrangement often used in the French West-Indian tradition of dancer and drummer in dialogue, and culminating in just the artist’s breath manifest in the space. Following the performances, the audio and visual elements of European Portraits will be presented as a gallery installation, while a film of the live event is available to view on PEER’s website from early July.
This exhibition is a product of Robert’s multidisciplinary practice that combines a range of lens-based media with other elements such as drawing, choreography and text. Robert breaks down divisions between two and three dimensions, as well as image and object through the manipulation of material. Robert will also show a work that has evolved from found photographs that have been torn, collaged and then scanned before presented as a work that oscillates between image and object.
Key to this specific presentation at PEER is Robert’s interest in exploring the potential to present public-facing projects via the large glass façade onto the high street. The economic, social and cultural diversity of the local area is in many ways representative of the kind of society that Brexit is determined to eliminate. And it is with those incidental passers-by, as well as with gallery visitors, that Robert’s project aims to communicate.