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
Hiroka Yamashita Kurfürstenstraße 156
Christine Roland & Ruby Barber
Gerasimos Floratos Kurfürstenstraße 24/25 Preview: Friday 25 October 2019, 7-9pm
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.
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FOCAL VOCABULARY INDEX: INAUGURATIVE PARTICIPATION OVERTURE
27 November 2018 – 19 January 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
INAUGURATIVE PARTICIPATION OVERTURE
BERLIN — Tanya Leighton announces the
INAUGURATIVE PARTICIPATION OVERTURE
of 6,985 Lexical Items from the Focal Vocabulary Index of Studio for Propositional Cinema.
The Focal Vocabulary Index is an inventory of all Lexical items — words, compound words, punctuation, etc. — that have been used as material in the construction of works publicly disseminated by Studio for Propositional Cinema since their inauguration in Düsseldorf in 2013.
"As intangible concepts (like laws, emotions, words, value) become material through their enactment," offers The Broker, "the Focal Vocabulary Index unfurls as an absurd play of intellectual property rights, economic inter-relations, and the poetics of bureaucracy. Set against the backdrop of a violent systematic disemboweling of language and its meaning, its stage is a schematic diagram demonstrating potential permutations of how its individual components may function within the logic of its construction and of their distribution therein.”
The exhibition, which will begin 24 November, 2018, will present 15 exemplary exhibits of Lexical Items and Lexical Structures selected and constructed in various manners, including four new Lexical Structures constructed by Studio for Propositional Cinema. It will include another Lexical Structure constructed by Irena Haiduk, as well as various Lexical Items selected variously by the brokering party, data analysis (e.g. frequency of use), for expressive function, and through aleatoric processes.
Each Lexical Item is categorised as Concrete, Conditional, or Connective. All Concrete and Conditional Items are subject to a co-licensing agreement between Studio for Propositional Cinema and a second party licensee, permitting the license holder to use and display the Item in exchange for a mutually determined one-time unit of exchange.
Tanya Leighton will act as the brokering party of this offering, as the public representatives of Studio for Propositional Cinema. A detailed legal agreement describing the terms of the release and dissemination of Lexical Items, along with a list of all henceforth available Items pertaining to the period between 2013 and 2018, has been registered in the catalogue Focal Vocabulary Index: Lexical Items 2013–2018:, published by onestar press, Paris.
All future use by the Licensor of acquired Concrete and/or Conditional Lexical Items shall credit the Licensee, in perpetuity. Connective Items are subject to a non-exclusive open license and only available for acquisition within Lexical Structures containing Concrete and/or Conditional Items. Lexical Structures are works consisting of multiple Lexical Items constructed by or with Studio for Propositional Cinema.
Further information about the conditions and acquisition of available Lexical Items and/or Lexical Structures may be obtained from Tanya Leighton GmbH, Kurfürstenstraße 156, 10785 Berlin, Tel. +49 (0) 30 21972220, email@example.com.
NOTES: The exhibition FOCAL VOCABULARY INDEX: INAUGURATIVE PARTICIPATION OVERTURE: will be presented at the gallery of Tanya Leighton, Berlin, from 24 November, 2018 through 19 January, 2019. The opening bell rings at 6 p.m. on Saturday, 24 November, with reception to follow.
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