"Other Side" includes one of Chiharu Shiota's large-scale window installations, made entirely of found window frames from East Berlin and some smaller "boxed" thread works, made by encapsulating personal found objects in webs of black thread. "Project Room" features new works by Marlene Moquet, including four paintings and two ceramic works.
Haunch of Venison is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota.
The exhibition will include one of Shiota’s large-scale window installations, made entirely of found window frames from East Berlin. Also on view will be some of Shiota’s smaller “boxed” thread works, encapsulating personal found objects in webs of black thread. Shiota’s exhibition will run concurrently at the gallery with Project Room by Marlène Mocquet.
The new window installation, a series being shown in New York for the first time, continues a theme that the artist has been exploring for several years. Though Shiota’s heritage is Japanese, Berlin has become her creative home, and it is unquestionably an inextricable part of her process. In her series of installations made entirely from window frames found in East Berlin, stacked to form various architectural structures, Shiota investigates physical and spatial perception while harking back to a very different reality in the city’s history. The windows, salvaged from demolition sites, deserted buildings etc. are layered and combined to create hollow structures lit from within. These windows are ingrained with the memories of those who used to look through them, and are heavy with meaning of what came before. The structure at Haunch of Venison will have an entrance, inviting the viewer to enter the structure to experience it from all perspectives.
Chiharu Shiota’s is best known for her monumental yet delicate installations, which evoke an eerie, melancholic feeling of both stillness and ritual. The intricacy of her thread work paired with the macabre nostalgia inherent in the found, used personal objects—from windows to shoes to burnt out pianos—recall what the artist has defined as the essence of her practice: “presence in the midst of absence.” Themes of remembrance and oblivion, childhood and memory, and emotional instability and anxiety resonate throughout Shiota’s work.
Chiharu Shiota (b.1972) was born in Osaka, Japan. She received her artistic education in Japan, Australia and Germany. Upon completion of her studies at the Universität der Künste, she stayed to live and work in Berlin. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Hayward Gallery, London (2009), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (2009), Moscow Biennale (2009), National Museum of Art, Osaka (2008), 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2008 and 2009) and Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2006). Shiota is also working as a Stage Designer. Her work is included in the collections of Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, KIASMA, Helsinki, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, and The National Museum of Art, Osaka.
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Haunch of Venison is pleased to present a Project Room by Marlène Mocquet, featuring new work by the artist, including four paintings and two ceramic works.
Mocquet’s paintings depict a fantastical world of animated and anthropomorphic creatures inhabiting a universe filled with hallucinogenic splashes of color. At first glance the works appear to portray a vision of whimsical fantasy, but upon further observation reveals a much darker more sinister existence. The beautiful realms Mocquet introduces are filled with menacing characters and macabre undertones set in a most beautifully tactile and opulent universe.
Mocquet’s paintings are an overflowing lush world inhabited by otherworldly beasts, manga and cartoon characters, and prehistoric imagery. However, it is not the characters that dictate Mocquet’s paintings but her instinctive and passionate use of material. As stated by Roberta Smith (New York Times, August 10, 2007) “…she exploits paint’s possibilities with flair, working thick, then thin, dripping, pouring and staining.” It is from these thick impasto-like layers of paint, alongside billowing clouds of glitter and lengthy drips of enamel that Mocquet’s imagery is born.
One of the highlights of the exhibition, Le Barrissement de la Peinture (The Trumpeting of the Paint), is a modest nine inches high and features a diaphanous figure gathering apples in a candy-colored landscape. Strange creatures surround the figure, one spewing paint into another’s throat through a long elephant-like trunk. The paint then gushes off the canvas. Wax, enamel, glitter and layer upon layer of paint enable Mocquet to achieve a highly tactile surface in which her figures take on a nearly sculptural quality. Her work, is both playful and grotesque, sharp and subtle, and warrants great inspection.
Marlene Mocquet (b. 1979) was born in Maison Alfort, France, and currently lives and works in Paris. Mocquet graduated from Paris’ Ecole Normale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in 2006. She has had recent solo exhibitions at the Musee d’Art Contemporain, Lyon (2009), Musee de L’Abbaye de Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d’Olonne (2012); Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris (2010), Viennafair, Vienna, Austria (2010) and Feast Projects gallery, Hong Kong (2012).
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