'The action of appearing'. This exhibition explores the multiple implications of the word 'apparition', from religious epiphany, to the way we present ourselves, to the emergence of a work of art. It brings together drawings, videos and photo-pieces by artists from Europe, North America, China and South Africa.
THE ACTION OF APPEARING
Cai Guo-Qiang, Charles Crumb, Marlene Dumas, Susan Hiller, William Kentridge, Paul McCarthy, Elizabeth Manchester, Daniela Steinfeld, Jon Thompson
an exhibition curated by Roger Malbert, with Lucy Steeds
and organised by Arnolfini, Bristol
This exhibition explores the multiple implications of the word 'apparition', from religious epiphany, to the way we present ourselves, to the emergence of a work of art. It brings together drawings, videos and photo-pieces by artists from Europe, North America, China and South Africa.
In Marlene Dumas's series of drawings 'Jesus Suffering' the traditional image of Christ's face is subverted by her use of contemporary source material, magazine images and photographs of bearded friends.
William Kentridge uses the magic, suggestive power of shadow puppetry in his animated film 'Shadow Procession'. Picking up on the social and political situation in South Africa and aspects of the artist's own life, its mood switches from the mournful to the carnivalesque with the appearance of Alfred Jarry's PÃ¨re Ubu.
Most recently seen at Tate Modern with a spectacular fire piece crossing the river, Cai Guo-Qiang contributes 'Money Net', a gunpowder drawing, created literally in a flash as a prelude to an earlier event at The Royal Academy which can also be seen on DVD.
In 'All My Dresses with All My Shoes' Elizabeth Manchester changes her appearance through every permutation her wardrobe will allow, while the German artist Daniela Steinfeld envelopes her own body in furniture stuffing, as if she were turning inside out.
Equally grotesque is Paul McCarthy's video-performance 'Painter' which presents an outrageous parody of the self-obsessed Abstract Expressionist painter in the frustration of terminal decline.
The exhibition also includes works by Charles Crumb, Jon Thompson and Susan Hiller and is accompanied by a hard-backed, illustrated catalogue with essays by Lucy Steeds and Roger Malbert.
There will be a private view on 8 March 6-8pm.
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