until 08.09. | #2109ARTatBerlin | 68projects of GALERIE KORNFELD presents from 2nd August 2018 the Group Exhibition Cat Scan by the artists Jillian Mayer, Rodrigue Mouchez and Michael Sailstorfer, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud.
The artists in Cat Scan, all multidisciplinary in practice, will present an array of sculptural works that are conceptually layered and formally engaging. Mechanically and technically speaking a Cat Scan is a computer-processed combination of x-ray measurements taken from many different an- gles to produce cross-sectional images, in effect, a Cat Scan is a way to get inside of something without cutting it open.
This is an approach that each of the artists in Cat Scan uses, they engage familiar contemporary cultural references to make their works accessible to their viewers; they give a visual, conceptual or physical hook for the viewer to get into their works from many different angles.
Evoking and embracing the performative yet absent body, each artist approaches making objects as a way to awaken and trouble binaries between technology & our evironment, physical objects & mental objects and absence & presence. Each of these artists approach their work as a way to share with viewers new ways to interpret think and look closely.
Jillian Mayer’s work engages the viewer by inviting them to interact with her sculptures by sitting in them and placing the body in a position that adapts to the use of new technologies. Her works function to create a social space to facilitate the use of new technologies, her sculptures blur the lines between the functional and the non functional.
Michael Sailstorfer’s interest in Non-Western and Pagan practices serves as a reference to the most basic elements in human experience. His work looks at how ritualistic practices of masking inform how we can recognize the presence of a body and reflect on the desire to adjust and trans- form symbols and images in a changing world.
And further, Rodrigue Mouchez’s works closely study cyclical patterns of nature and incoorporate ephemeral materials to address environmental issues and think about how to unlearn and undo our deeply rooted anthropocentrism.
Sailstorfer’s masks, Mayer’s sculptures and Rodrigue’s installations are all connected to the hu- man body. Sailsdorfer’s work fits the face, Mayer’s work holds the body and Mouchez’s work is ac- tivated by the hand. Through the use of the body as the beginning point for each of these artists this show cuts into the body and examines it differently through each of these artist’s works. Through the approach of dissolving binaries and looking at a subject from many angels each of the artists in Cat Scan get inside of questions of the absent and present body in technological, symbol- ogical and environmental contexts.
Omar López-Chahoud has been the Artistic Director and Curator of UNTITLED. since its founding in 2012 and will lead the curatorial team of the 2015 edition of UNTITLED. As an independent cura- tor, López-Chahoud has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions in the United States and in- ternationally. Most recently, he curated the Nicaraguan Biennial in March 2014. López-Chahoud has participated in curatorial panel discussions at Artists’ Space, Art in General, MoMA PS1, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. López-Chahoud earned MFAs from Yale University School of Art, and the Royal Academy of Art in London.
Jillian Mayer is an artist and filmmaker living in Miami, Florida. Through videos, sculptures, online experiences, photography,performances, and installations, she explores how technology affects our lives, bodies, and identities. Mayer investigates the points of tension between our online and physicals worlds and makes work that attempts to inhabit the increasingly porous boundary between the two. Solo exhibitions include Tufts University, Boston, MA(2018);Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY(2018);Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL (2016); LAXART, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Utah Museum of Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT(2014); and David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL (2011 & 2016). She has exhibited and performed at MoMA PS1 (2017); MoMA (2013); the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL (2013); the Bass Museum of Art, North Miami, FL(2012); the Guggenheim Museum (2010); and the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Québec as a part of the Montréal Biennial (2014).
Graduating with a MFA and a BFA from L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon in 2012 Rodrigue Mouchez participated in the same year at the research Masters program in chore- ography ‘Ex.e.r.ce’ in the Centre Chorégraphique National of Montpellier. Rodrigue Mouchez’s practice is diverse, working in both curation and in arts practice – his artwork takes roots in vari- ous mediums ranging from sculpture to drawing, performance to installation. In the past few years he has deployed a body of work that puts human presence and perception at the center of his at- tention. Grounded in his research on the concepts of cycle, alteration or entropy, the artist ques- tions our ability to fully grasp reality and questions our deeply rooted anthropocentrism.
Michael Sailstorfer was born in 1979 in Velden / Vils; he lives and works in Berlin. Since his studies at the Akademie der Bildenden Ku nste (1999-2005), Munich, and at Goldsmiths College, London (2003-2004), Sailstorfer’s sculptural practice has been drawing upon the kinetic, minimalist and pop tradition of the 1960s and 1970s, re-actualized through inspirations taken from everyday or industrial materials, which the artist de-contextualizes and re-configures, triggering radical shifts in meaning. The artistic transformation of objects and spaces, not least through light, sound or smell challenges physical boundaries and engenders original images often bearing a poetical dimension. Furthermore, much of his work engages with natural forces and the way we perceive them through form and physical space. At the same time, there is frequently a hint of whimsy in Sailstorfer’s art, evoking a sense of visual wit. His artworks are always precise responses to the attributes of the site they are conceived for – be it the gallery, or public indoor or outdoor spaces. Through international residencies such as Villa Aurora Residency, Los Angeles (2005) or the International Studio Program, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo (2006), as well as through a great number of solo and group shows, and public art projects, Sailstorfer’s work has gained worldwide attention and recognition and he has shown in such dynamic spaces as: Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minn. (USA); Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; CAC Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York City; S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent;Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München.
Vernissage: Thursday, 2nd August 2018, 18 pm – 21 pm– Opening with Summerfest
Exhibition period: Thursday, 2nd August – Saturday, 8th September 2018Zu 68projects
Image caption: Jillian Mayer, Slumpie 64 – Cat Scan, 2018, Fiberglas, Kunstharz, Holz, Eisenwaren, Lackfarbe und Acryl,189 x 102 x 130 cm
Exhibition Jillian Mayer, Rodrigue Mouchez + Michael Sailstorfer – Cat Scan – 68projects | Contemporary Art – Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin – ART at Berlin