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Death is not a Deterrent (Mental Properties: European Autumn - HLP), 2012
Petr Davydtchenko (born 1986 in St. Petersburg, Russia) studied in Stockholm and at the RCA in London. He currently lives and works in London, UK and Stockholm, Sweden. “Mental Properties: European Properties” was his first solo exhibition and presented a variety of works with a cohesive and relevant post future historical context.
About “Mental Properties:” The bank has nothing to do with your mental property. Or do they? “Mental Properties” acknowledges that with no authority left to believe, in the words of German Philosopher Wolfgang Schirmacher, what we have to build a better future is ourselves: “thinking power, intellectual honesty and intuitive understanding.” The first solo exhibition by Petr Davydtchenko involved site-specific installation, sculpture, video and photographic works, which dealt with the civility of aesthetics as we entered what he rightly called European Autumn.
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Ten Years (Billboard Project - Philadelphia Museum of Art), 2012
Zoe Strauss is an autodidactic artist who describes herself as a lesbian anarchist from Philadelphia and is widely recognized as one of the most respected street photographers in the world. Her project is the production of images within the structure of an epic poem that can be read in both directions. It begins and ends at home, moving from the specific to the universal and back again. It begins and ends with determination and a ten year work plan that transformed an unused local space into an illegal exhibition that offered an honest portrait of human failures, triumphs and joy in an epic narrative, which forcefully brings forward the struggles and beauty of everyday life.
For 10 consecutive years, Strauss’s photographic work culminated in a yearly “Under I-95” show, which took place beneath the Interstate highway in South Philadelphia where she displayed her photographs on concrete pillars under the highway in an abandoned space that she and her wife (and later an increasing group of volunteers) scrubbed clean to welcome guests.
Isaac Cordal (Spain, 1974) studied Fine Art at the University of Vigo and earned an MA in Digital Arts at the Camberwell University of Arts in London.
Isaac currently lives and works in Brussels. In 2012 his work was exhibited across Belgium as well as in Latvia, Croatia, Austria, Italy, Spain and the United States, most of which featured his ongoing project: Cement Eclipses.
Referencing the real estate boom and subsequent economic collapse, Cordal works with cement as a political material, creating site-specific installations that question scale, speculative reasoning and global social phenomenon. This work has been presented at the Beaufort Triennale, The Festival of Liberty, and at Harlan Levey Projects, receiving a large amount of national and international media exposure.
Inside Job (Group Exhibition - Museum Boijmans van Beuningen), 2009
Born in Bendorf, Germany, from 1981 – 1990, Stefan worked from apprentice to practitioner to master in the manufacture of stained glass. Following this he studied at the Saarbruecken Art Academy before moving to Rotterdam where he has been the recipient of several residencies and awards, maintaining a studio at Kunst & Complex. His work involves three dimensional oil painting, kinetic sculpture and narrative through figurative and abstract, formal and experimental languages.
Stefan is the recipient of the AEG Art prize, the Kunstverein Drawing Prize and the Frits Philips Art Prize. He has been awarded funding for his ‘art you can hit’ project with Stella Boess (Love, Hate, Punch) by the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. His work has been exhibited in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium.
Make me proud (Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, NL), 2010
Willehad of Bremen Eilers (1981, Peine Ger.) goes by the name Wayne Horse and many many others. With his videos, animations, paintings, drawings, performances and installations related to graffiti and comic-culture, he gives an often mocking, ironic commentary on society. He works tirelessly and presents a rapidly expanding body of work that arose from the need to tell stories, developing characters and new worlds. Besides a caustic, sharp humor, his work also contains a childlike playfulness. Eilers began his career in the German graffiti scene. During his studies at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2001-2005) he broadened his horizons and began to experiment with other media such as video and animation. A clip from his graduation project, a short film called Elefantos earned award at the One Minute Awards in 2005, as Eilers managed to produce a full short film based on the main character, a sad, sensitive boy, growing up with an elephant’s head.
When Eilers presented his work at the national academy in the end of 2009, it mainly consisted of sharp social criticism where drawings simultaneously evoked associations with the sensational nature of bad B movies. His handwriting is described as a “graffiti style developed by: hard, sharp lines and aggressive themes that sometimes nice spinning out. Disturbing, violent depictions of Ku Klux Klan among others-like figures, sado masochism, torture, and a fitness obsessive culture came together in this presentation.
The Clown (To all tomorrow's Parties:Tent, Rotterdam, NL), 2011
Abner Preis was born in Hadera (Israel, 1975) and raised in Philadelphia, where he earned a BFA at Tyler School of Fine Arts and is presently working on an MFA at the Dutch Art Institute Arnhem, NL. The artist is known for his interactive public performances and mixed-media work, with the concept of traditional story-telling as the central aspect. Appropriation, the element of surprise, participation, playfulness and political and social engagement are elements that appear throughout Preis’ work, whether performance, drawing, video, installation or photography.
Preis has exhibited his work and performed in important institutions such as Showroom Mama, Art Amsterdam, Museum Jan Cunen, De Kunsthal, Dordrechts Museum, IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Preis has been the recipient of several artist residencies in Amsterdam, Rome, Vienna and Berlin, and was nominated for the Illy Prize at Art Rotterdam in 2010. He regularly performs in international art and public spaces, independently or in collaboration with his collective, The Dogs of Shame. Preis lives and works in Rotterdam.
City Jewels (Permanent collection / Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL)
Born in 1968 in the Netherlands, Jeroen Jongeleen lives and works in Paris and Rotterdam. Jongeleen’s work evolves out of an on-going engagement with the public space and activist practices. It primarily takes the form of subtle interventions within the urban fabric targeting advertisements, architectural structures and signs, which regulate public behavior. Utilizing means and visual forms associated with guerilla protest – graffiti, stickers and placard cut-outs – his interventions draw attention to a particular form of militant activism while questioning the nature, value and transformative potential of artistic production. Jongeleen labors under the alias “influenza”, which connotes his repeated attacks on the well-oiled social body, while qualifying the development of his artistic practice as a self-reflexive exercise engaged in feeding its own momentum. Jongeleen also produces text pieces that critically address the economic underpinnings of contemporary art, framing the latter as a complex system of patronage that forges its own exclusive habitus.
Jeroen Jongeleen has recently presented solo exhibitions such as “Influenza / SNEEZE! (great details)” at Galeria Stereo, Poznan (2009) and Upstream Gallery (2008). His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, notably “Crop rotation” at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2008), “Umbau” at Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland (2007), “SCAPE 06”, the Biennial of Art in Public Space, Christchurch, New Zealand (2006), “That was then, this is now” at De Appel, Amsterdam (2006), “Project Rotterdam” at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2005), Pague Biennale 1 (2003) and “Hardcore” at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003).