Berlinde De Bruyckere
Ann Veronica Janssens
Jan Van Woensel
Works by 8 Belgian artists and by 8 American artists. Referencing the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the exhibition focuses on the position of women in global and local sociopolitical contexts. The artwork in the show critically addresses topics such as religion, sex, identity, trauma and war. Contemporary: Imaginalis, interactive installations, multi-media, painting and print work by a European artists' collective.
Vanessa Albury, Claire Beckett, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Jen DeNike, Kathleen Hanna & Becca Albee, Karin Hanssen, Kati Heck, Ann Veronica Janssens, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Marlene McCarty, Sofie Muller, Adrian Piper, Adie Russell, Leah Singer, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, and Cindy Wright
Curator: Jan Van Woensel
Assistant Curator: Vanessa Albury
The Chelsea Art Museum, home of the Miotte Foundation, is pleased to present the group exhibition UN-SCR-1325, which brings works by eight Belgian artists together with works by eight American artists. Referencing the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the exhibition focuses on the position of women in global and local sociopolitical contexts. The artwork in the show critically addresses topics such as religion, sex, identity, trauma and war.
UN-SCR-1325, adopted in 2000, is the first resolution passed by the Security Council that comprehensively addresses the impact of war and conflict on women and women's contributions to conflict prevention as well as conflict resolution and sustainable peace efforts. The exhibition acknowledges the great importance and value of this resolution. Instead of being illustrations of a political declaration, the individual works examine critical moments of social and psychological defect and disruption. Rather than portraying women as victims, the artists of the exhibition present works that expose the resilient reactions of women to negligence, discrimination and intolerance. Present and past occasions explored in this exhibition include the California Gold Rush, 9/11, the Iraq War, racial issues, domestic violence and sexism.
Many of the works presented in the exhibition find their inspiration in concrete time and place. From the staged repetition of a random action in the work of Joëlle Tuerlinckx, to the notions of space and isolation in the work of Sofie Muller, to the relational complexity between "you" and "me" in Vanessa Albury's work and to the survival objects of collaborators Kathleen Hanna and Becca Albee: these works reveal how the artists reflect upon the here and now. The exhibition confronts the viewer with physicality, femininity, transgression and action. "If women suffer the impact of conflict disproportionately, they are also the key to the solution of conflict", said former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2002. The exhibition UN-SCR-1325 demonstrates how women can be an important force for change in a situation of conflict. Through this exhibition we are invited to think consciously about how change can be suggested, accepted and successfully integrated in our societi es. [JVW]
The exhibition UN-SCR-1325 is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium and supported by The Armory Show, Capitalatwork, Yasmine Geukens and Marie-Paule De Vil, and Office Jan Van Woensel.
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March 5 – April 4, 2009
Artists: Jeremy Gardiner, Anthony Head, Nick Lambert, Jan Rafdal
Presented by the Project Room for New Media at the Chelsea Art Museum
Imaginalis is an exciting collaborative exhibition by a European artists’ collective Imaginalis. Bringing together interactive installations alongside multi-media, painting and print work firmly routed in the rich tradition of modern landscape artists, the exhibition is the culmination of a close collaborative partnership between the four artists.
The Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO world heritage site in Dorset, England, is the inspiration for evocative paintings and prints that blur the line between representation and abstraction. Viewing the coast from the land, sea and air layers of color convey sensations, changes in the weather and seasons. The working method behind the pictures, scouring, building accretions of paint, collaging, and sanding down, echo the history of the ninety miles of ancient coastal landscape we see today. Like the geological spectrum of the coast, these images are stratified, creating distinct bands of paint and color in complex layers built up over eons.
Jurassic Light Years further explores the coastline in the context of a dynamic and time-based virtual environment. The installation uses hybrid techniques that combine painting, drawing, satellite data and ambient sound with immersive virtual reality through computer programming. This work features natural systems, such as changing weather, sea and geological erosion, over time. The dynamic qualities of this interactive installation best convey the succession of changing climates and landforms during its 250 million year old history.
By contrast Oculus is an installation that focuses on the human desire to measure and quantify the passing of time to make sense of the eras of change. Taking its form from the rose windows of European medieval cathedrals the jewel colors of the stained glass are projected to create an ethereal animated installation. Oculus subtly captures movement over time, its circular form echoes that of many ancient calendars and clocks. Embedded in the roundels of the window are the signs of the Zodiac, the plan of Stonehenge, the Nebra star-disc, the Aztec calendar, Copernicus's view of the solar system, and at the centre, the great clock at Hampton Court, the royal palace of King Henry the Eighth. The piece connects the beliefs, discoveries and world-view of the cultures that sought to capture time and place and frame it.
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Opening reception: Thursday, March 5, 2009 from 6 to 9 pm
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