until 17.06. | #1199ARTatBerlin | ChertLüdde shows from 28th April 2017 the exhibition “Double Standards” by the artist Kasia Fudakowski.
ChertLüdde is pleased to present Kasia Fudakowski’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. Employing Fudakowski’s characteristic sideways humor, Double Standards sees a further development of her increasingly performative sculptural practice and attraction to ideas related to Concrete Comedy.
By equating the Artist’s role to that of the Jester; a person formerly kept in royal courts to both amuse and critique the ruler, Fudakowski points to the unique position an artist personifies in their responsibility to be critical of the very system that they rely on for support. More generally, the notion of double standards pertains to a set of principles that applies differently and usually more rigorously to one group of people or circumstances than to another.
In this exhibition, Fudakowski explores her take on Double Standards by focusing on both her admiration as well as deeply conflicted relationship to the work of two established artists: Lee Lozano and Andy Kaufman. Lozano (1930-1999) was a painter, pun-master and conceptual artist working in New York in the 60’s -70’s, ending her career with two important works: ‘Boycott Women Piece’, (which she allegedly kept working on till the end of her life) and ‘Dropout Piece’, in which she stopped working and radically broke ties with the art world. Kaufman (1949-1984), from Great Neck NY, was the self-proclaimed ‘inter-gender wrestling champion’ and ‘Song and Dance man’, who challenged audiences to varying degrees of confusion, and discomfort, through his radically innovative and at times confrontational performative style.
Fudakowski reveals her continuing fascination with these artists, and their influence on her own work. Looking both at their provocative approach to thinning the membrains between art and life as well as truth and fiction, Fudakowski also points at her own precocious as well as precarious position in interpreting their work. By taking certain liberties, Double Standards takes a focused look at both the faithfulness and the liberties that an artist must take.
The exhibition will be accompanied by ‘Info-Fuction, Second Swipe’, a fan-fiction publication where Fudakowski intertwines factual details from both Lozano and Kaufman’s work and biographies with her own warped fiction.
Fudakowski, born in London in 1985 studied at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University before moving to Berlin where she has lived and worked for ten years. Recent exhibitions include her ‘Fraustellung’ series; ‘Enthusiastinnen’, Bethanien, Berlin, ‘Stoikerinnen’, Harburger Bahnhof Kunstverein, ‘Pessimistinnen’, ABC Berlin and ‘Sexistinnen’ at Art Basel Statements. In 2016 she received the Fürstenberg Contemporary residency grant and in 2017 the Villa Romana Award, Florence. This year Fudakowski will participate in ‘Produktion! Made in Germany’, Sprengel Museum Hannover and ‘Bring Art into Life!’, Museum Ludwig, Cologne.
Vernissage: Friday, 28th April 2017, 12:00 – 06:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Friday, 28th April – Friday, 16th June 2017Zu ChertLüdde
Image caption: ‘Letter I’, 2016, Pencil on Salt dough/Bleistift auf Salzteig 13 x 11.5 x 2cm, Courtesy of the artist and ChertLüdde
Exhibition Berlin Galleries: Kasia Fudakowski – Double Standards – ChertLüdde | ART at Berlin