'Shadow Fux' is the first exhibition of the collaborative work of the artist Rita Ackermann and the director Harmony Korine. Taking the recent film Trash Humpers as its point of departure, the show features large scale works in which Ackermann and Korine have collaged, painted, and drawn over stills of the film's beguiling young bodies with old faces. 'The Dor' is an ever-growing digital archive of out of print artists' books. The project is founded upon the idea of accessibility and free information.
Curated by Gianni Jetzer
Swiss Institute is proud to present the first exhibition of the collaborative work of New York artist Rita Ackermann and Nashville based director Harmony Korine. The show consists of large-scale paintings on vinyl and canvas, several drawings as well as two films, creating a grand presentation with dissonant overtones.
Renowned for seminal works in the respective mediums of film and painting, Harmony Korine and Rita Ackermann meet and overlap with their shared interest in unorthodox and mischievous beauty. Central to the praxis of both is the creation of psychologically jarring figures, whose presence is further enhanced by fragmented narratives.
Shadow Fux, the artists’ first collaborative presentation aims to create a veritable alien, who stalks the viewer from the fringe of the exhibition space. Taking the recent film Trash Humpers (2009) as its point of departure, the exhibition features large scale works in which Ackermann and Korine have collaged, painted, and drawn over stills of the film’s beguiling young bodies with old faces. Produced in a call and response method, the collaboration illustrates the importance of cutting to both artists’ works. Editing and splicing, Ackermann and Korine insert absurdist moments into narrative tropes, subverting plotlines and ultimately defying our expectations towards story telling. Bmxhex (2010), a towering collage, is composed of two scenes––a redheaded half-figure standing on an abandoned mattress, and, grafted onto it, a quarreler sitting on a BMX, ready to take off. The composition is a phantom for the split personality, which runs throughout the show.
The eerie paintings and their filmic complements are an unyielding monument to the freak, the hysteric, the rake, and the eccentric. In the painting, sekret clubs(2010), a family of coquettish elders emerges from a thick coat of paint, which has been scraped down, reworked, and built up again. This rising ruin finds similarity in an adjacent film,POTS AND PANS(2010), a never before screened work of Korine that documents a deaf Cuban family as they bang on pots in a boozy scene. The lunatic beats ricochet throughout the gallery, while remaining unheard by the players themselves.
With kind support of LUMA Foundation
Curated by Piper Marshall
THE DOR is an ever-growing digital archive of out of print artists’ books. Spearheaded by Swiss artists Fabian Marti, Emanuel Rossetti and Italian artist Piero Golia, the project is founded upon the idea of accessibility and free information. Eventually, it will culminate in an online database of hard to find artists’ books, which users may page through and print on demand.
Currently, it finds form as a temporary office, where titles on loan are scanned, documented, reprinted, and can be purchased at cost. Visitors may also contribute to this ever-growing library of titles.
This project is made possible thanks to the collaboration of Shelley Fox Aarons and Phil Aarons, Printed Matter, and the generous support of Atiz.
Image: Rita Ackermann Harmony Korine, me versus the light, 2010. Image courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY
For additional information or image material please contact Monika Condrea, firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening: Tuesday 23rd november, 6-8 PM
Swiss Institute SI
495 Broadway 3rd Floor New York NY 10012
Tuesday through Saturday: 12 - 6 pm