Sunday, 28 September 2008
Terence Koh and Agustin Perez Rubio entering the exhibition
The Whole Family
Terence's temple-labyrinth-dark room of dark columns
Terence's Tomb Stone
Joan Morey and Manuel Segade contemplating Terence Koh's work
The Temple of Golde Piss
The End of My Life as a Rabbit in Love
Topacio Fresh, Terence Koh, Pablo de la Barra
The Whole Family: Koh's parents, Mr. de la Barra and Topacio Fresh
Garrick Gott and Jeppe Laursen
Tolo Cañelas djing
Javier Peres and Brandon Herman
Micheal Ashton and Hugh Bigham, Guillermo Espinosa in the background
MUSAC's hot staff
Terence resting after exhibition
5am afterparty at Deluxe
Love for eternity
On September 27 MUSAC is to unveil Love for eternity, a foray into the unique creative universe of Chinese-Canadian artist Terence Koh (Beijing, China, 1980), where cultures and identities blend with influences from post-minimalism and 1970s body art to create a personal cosmos governed by decadence and deliberate excess, providing the onlooker moments of fragile beauty. This is Koh’s first solo exhibition in Spain, having shown previously in Europe at the Wiener Secession, Kunsthalle Zurich or Frankfurt Schirn Museum; and after his major individual exhibition at the Whitney Museum in New York. Love for eternity will allow the public to revisit the artist’s creative career from his early works signed under the alias asianpunkboy, to the present, with an ad hoc installation created for MUSAC and two performances on the opening night.
Koh’s work is the result of an assemblage of the cultures and identities deeply engrained in this heir of Joseph Beuys’ post-conceptualism, where art and life go hand in hand and where mysticism and religion take on a crucial importance when it comes to appraising varying beliefs within a globalised mesh. Koh is not reluctant to intermixing the broad range of his baggage: on the one hand Asian and transcendental, captured in Chinese opera, ideograms and expressions of an ancestral past; with the newest forms of expression such as music, design and subversive identity games on the other. His work, rich in queer references, acquires a degree of abstraction between two poles where it is not always straightforward to determine whether he is talking about the past or the future, sex or gender, mysticism or hedonism. All of this in an execution defined by secrecy and mystery, masquerade and even numerology.
Koh’s clear references to other artists from the world of performance, such as Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys, Bruce Nauman or Rober Gober place him line with a specific discourse, though he is also influenced by the 1990s exploration of male identity, the so-called Male Trouble, as a poetic revisitation of those forms of expression where the artist stands as an instrument between action and object.
On Love for eternity
Love for Eternity is a vast exhibition, coving over 1200 m2, devoted to a review of Koh’s main works, from those signed as asianpunkboy, up to the present. The viewer will be enticed to plunge into a succession of rooms holding installations whose objects, lighting and composition generate a sense of fragility and whiteness; or their opposites, such as the Baroque black of certain pieces endowed with a compelling visual force. The installations will provide an essentially sensorial experience, where mysticism meets the underground.
On entering the exhibition, opposite the poster designed for the occasion by the artist, the viewer will walk down a corridor leading to Koh’s first installation, The Whole Family (2003). A number of objects, figures and images set around an all-white room bear witness to the artist’s spatial, subversive and sensorial inquiry.
The next room is the exact opposite – entirely black. It holds an installation of new and existing pieces that share the colour black. Bronzes, black hair drums, lamps made out of secret materials, dark vitrines with music that cannot be heard or is “only for butterflies”, a scorched Pinocchio... In addition, the artist will use this room to house an installation of 28 vitrine towers in dark glass which, alongside the black and brunt-out pieces, will symbolise the destruction caused by the 28 bombs dropped on the city of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Here, all Koh’s poetics will revolve around war and destruction, through individual pieces, each with their own identity, that together take on the form of an installation with a whole new meaning.
In the adjoining room, a golden light will fill the entire space, swathing a number of black pieces (GOD, 2007 and MI + T, July 1, 2007, 2007) arranged as a still life where the light and the works conjure the mysticism of religion and human beings’ fleeting existence.
The fourth room will hold a new piece created specifically for the exhibition. A large vitrine, made up of over 300 horizontal units, will fill a large section of the room from wall to wall. The vitrine will be empty for the most part, though some of the sections will contain some white sculptures such as bull’s horns and bullfighter’s spears painted white, representing the essence of Spain’s culture of death and festive spirit. Looking through these vitrines, the public will catch a glimpse of the installation The end of my life as a rabbit in love (2007) where, by way of a funeral celebration in white (bearing in mind that for many cultures white is the colour of mourning), a set of sculpted spheres reference the idea of yin and yang, a play on positives and negatives, the body and its disappearance, or the state of partnership and love.
Finally, in MUSAC’s largest hall, the artist will display a subtle installation, produced specifically for this space, where darkness and silence play a leading role in a piece that combines the essences of fire, encounters and the ephemeral.
Love for eternity will be rounded off with two of Koh’s existing performances, scheduled for the opening night, Mein Tod Mein Tod (2007) and The end of my life as a rabbit in love (2007).
These five major installations full of forms and objects in black, white and gold will cast a thread covering a number of episodes in Koh’s life and work, where he makes a permanent display of his multifaceted indentity:Asian-Canadian-Catholic-Buddhist-gay futuristic-ancestral, young or mature... All in all, a blend of mixtures that provides all the references required to address the decadence and fragility of human kind, our fears and our triumphs, joy and pain all at once. Love for eternity is the passage into a personal universe crammed with Koh’s wide ranging and diverse cultural references.
Saturday, 27 September 2008
Santiago Cirugeda, video, newspaper clippings, model, on the problem of gipsy housing in Spain
Andreas Angelidakis 'Cloud House'
PLB 'In Search of Jose Ivanildo', Bourollec brothers 'Emergency Housing'
Carolina Caycedo 'Live Local Love', Maria Papadimitriou's Tama House photos
Yona Friedman structure in ceiling, Hans Walter Muller video Slide show, Maria Papadimitriou's Tama House photos on background
Yona Friedman structure in ceiling, instructions in walls
Yona Friedman, box structure
home cinema, showing 'In Search of Jose Ivanildo' by PLB
Maria Angelica Medina and Maria Ines Rodriguez
Santiago Cirugeda pulling Maria Ines Rodriguez around the exhibition space after she fractured her ankle
Maria Ines Rodriguez and Pablo Leon de la Barra
maria ines kissing the architect of her dreams!
SUEÑO DE CASA PROPIA
An exhibition about houses, people and dreams! with: andreas angelidakis, alexander apostol, maria papadimitriou, maria angélica medina, carolina caycedo, yona friedman, tercerunquinto, hans-walter muller,mapa teatro, pia ronicke, santiago cirugeda, raul cárdenas toroLab, r&e bouroullec, jimmie durham.
at VIMCORSA, Angel de Saavedra 9, Cordoba Spain
Friday, 26 September 2008
'CASE STUDY HOUSES' SPECIAL ISSUE OF PABLO INTERNACIONAL MAGAZINE FOR THE EXHIBITION 'SUEÑO DE CASA PROPIA'
Jose Ivanildo / Casa Propia in Brasilia
Maria Papadimitriou / Tama House
Marjetica Potrc / Lucy House Tornado Shelter
Fritz Haeg / Sundown Gardens & Residence
Carolina Caycedo / Live Local Love
Dominique Gonzalez Foerester / Sitio Experimental Tropical
Andreas Angelidakis / Cloud House
case study houses/casas casos de estudio
a special edition of pablo internacional magazine
una edición especial de pablo internacional magazine
£5GBP, €5EUR, $5USD, $50MXN, $15BRL
in search of jose ivanildo / buscando a josé ivanildo
pablo leon de la barra 4
tama house / casa tama
maria papadimitriou 16
the lucy house torando shelter / la casa y refugio de tornados lucy
marjetica potrc 22
sundown gardens & residence / residencia y jardín sundown
fritz haeg 28
live local love / live local love
carolina caycedo 38
sitio experimental tropical / sitio experimental tropical
dominique gonzalez-foerster 48
cloud house / casa nube
andreas angelidakis 54
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Carla Zaccagnini, Procedures Performed: Auto-Pilot, 2008. Video-taped performance with flight attendants: Tito Chinchilla, Genevieve Lang, Tanya Montiti, Andrée Julie Tardif, Meagan Vacheresse. Choreographed by Sky Fairchild-Waller, in-flight safety procedure voice recordings by Tito Chinchilla, Genevieve Lang, Tanya Montiti, Michelle Oko, Meagan Vacheresse and Carla Zaccagnini, sound editing by Michael Maranda, videography by Monica Gutierrez. 16 minutes. Produced by Emelie Chhangur for the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto.