Monday, May 28, 2007

Francois Chaignaud until 09.06 Yukiko Kawase, Paris

Francois Chaignaud (b. 1983, lives and works in Paris France. He began at 7 dance classes at the Conservatoire National de Région in Rennes, continued at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse (CNSM) in Paris, from which he graduated in 2002 with honors "outstanding". He started collaborating with various choreographers such as Boris Chamatz, Emmanuelle Huynh and Gilles Jobin... Since 2004 he has performed on different stages at Fondation Cartier, La Générale, or private apartments. He is currently (2006-2007) working with Cécilia Bengola on the project PAQUERETTE. In addition, he studies for an Master in contemporary art history at Paris X. You can further reach him on his blog:

Thursday, May 17, 2007

KILLING TIME: An exhibition of Cuban artists from the 1980s to the present

Killing Time, curated by Elvis Fuentes, Yuneikys Villalonga, and Glexis Novoa, focuses on the work of over seventy contemporary Cuban artists that have approached the subject of time. “The Revolution has been a symbolic intervention on Cuban Time. In return, time has shaped discourses of and on the Cuban Revolution,” said curators. Time patterns: Rewriting History, Productive Journey vs. Free Time: From Diversion to Subversion, and Aging and Decaying: An Archaeology of Utopia, are some of many subjects explored in different media, including performances, installations, photographs, videos, drawings, paintings, sculpture, murals, prints and ephemera. This exhibition spans from late 1970s to the present, and provides a timely context for Cuban artists whose work has had little or no exposure in the United States. Many of these artists have metaphorically recorded some of the tensions in the cultural, social and political landscape of the past three decades, and have often been dismissed by the official discourse on the Island or stereotyped by narrow conceptions of identity. A special section of the exhibition features the origins of Performance and Conceptual art in Cuba, through original works and documentation materials never before shown in the United States. In addition to the exhibition, this show will include extensive public programming and a catalogue.


Francis Acea, Pavel Acosta, Jairo Alfonso, All Stars Team, José Luis Alonso Mateo, Alexandre Arrechea, Arte Calle, Magdiel Aspillaga, Juan Pablo Ballester, James Bonachea, Ricardo Brey, Saidel Brito, Tania Bruguera, La Campana Group, María Magdalena Campos Pons, Iván Capote, Yoan Capote, Consuelo Castañeda, Nilo Castillo, Sandra Ceballos & Espacio Aglutinador, Raúl Cordero, Arturo Cuenca, Ángel Delgado, Felipe Dulzaides, El Soca & Fabian, Enema Collective, Henry Eric, Antonio Eligio Fernández “Tonel”, José A. Figueroa, Coco Fusco, Carlos Garaicoa, Fernando García, Pavel Giroud, Alejandro González, María Elena González, Juan-si González, Abdel Hernández, Hexágono Group, Tony Labat, Francisco Lastra, Glenda León, Alejandro López, Rafael López Ramos, Janler Méndez, Manuel Mendive, Beverly Mojena, Maritza Molina, Glexis Novoa, Antonio Núñez, Ernesto Oroza, Cristina Padura, Alain Pino, Humberto Planas, Segundo Planes, Provisional Group, Aldo Damián Menéndez, Ernesto Pujol, Rigoberto Quintana, Ritual Art-De Group, Rubert Quintana, Fernando Rodríguez & Francisco de la Cal, René Francisco Rodríguez, Carlos Rodríguez Cárdenas, Joel Rojas, Yali Romagoza, Lázaro Saavedra, Leandro Soto, Ezequiel Suárez, T&T, José Ángel Toirac, César Trasobares, Hárold Vazquez, Aaron Vega Granados, Liudmila Velasco & Nelson Ramírez de Arellano, José Ángel Vincench, Ramón Williams.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Martin Creed until 29.07 Hauser & Wirth, London

A major solo exhibition by MARTIN CREED. The show will feature an extensive selection of new work, including monumental wood and metal sculptures, film, paintings and a composition for chamber orchestra which will premiere on the opening night. MARTIN CREED's work is known for its elemental directness, economy of means and friendly, deadpan absurdity. ‘My world is a soup of thoughts, feelings and things all mixed up together. Working is a way of trying to cope, to separate the soup and escape; to get from the inside out.’ Creed forms pared-down exaggerations, expressionistic gestures distilled and refined to an extreme point. Rigorous geometry and rhythmic structures create frameworks within which things can move freely and change. Work No. 329, in which half the volume of the exhibition space is filled with balloons, is a kind of ultimate sculpture, constantly in flux, which takes the shape of the space it is in and the people interacting with it. Exhilarating and unpredictable, it is typical of Creed's hard-edged, soft-hearted minimalism. For MARTIN CREED art is ‘always a background to people; colours and shapes brought alive in their use by people’. Creed was born in Wakefield, England in 1968, and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. He lives and works in London and Alicudi, Italy. He has exhibited extensively worldwide, and in 2001 won the Tate's Turner Prize for ‘The lights going on and off’. This last year has seen him touring with his ‘Variety Show’, a theatrical production which combines words, music and dance — most recently showing in New York with the Public Art Fund. His first film, ‘Sick Film’, was premiered last October in London. He is currently working on an architectural project for the London Library. Following Coppermill Creed has a solo survey show at the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College in New York, opening Saturday 7 July, and a solo show at Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin beginning 5 October. In addition, Creed is working on an extensive publication that will present a survey of his oeuvre. Reproducing every one of his works, and with comprehensive essays by Germaine Greer and Massimiliano Gioni, MARTIN CREED COMPLETE WORKS 1986—2007 will be published by STEIDL Hauser & Wirth this winter. Creed performs regularly with his band, and they can next be seen at Goldsmiths College Student Union, London, on 11 May. MARTIN CREED is the last of three exhibitions held at Coppermill, Hauser & Wirth’s East End space. The exhibition follows from Christoph Büchel’s Simply Botiful, October 11 2006 – March 18 2007, and Dieter Roth / Martin Kippenberger, May 26 – August 27 2006.