Loyal Gallery inaugurates the new space at Odengatan 3 in Stockholm with two exhibitions on September 20, 2018, Mario Ayala’s AUT Of Body solo and group show BODY, CURTAIN, ADVANCE.
Group show BODY, CURTAIN, ADVANCE presents the works of Los Angeles, New York and Stockholm artists Alake Shilling, Alex Gardner, Bunny Rogers, Carsten Höller, Henry Gunderson, Ivana Basic, Jordan Kasey and Marisa Takal. The paintings, installations and video works focus on identity beyond the figure through metaphorical imagery, while also indirectly treating the complex idea of existing within the boundaries of physique. The artworks will be installed throughout the eminent building on Odengatan 3, exploring and utilizing its architectural body.
Bunny Rogers, Diary 2012-2014, included in group show BODY, CURTAIN, ADVANCE consists of a sequence of 10 short videos. Shot up close in web camera format, Rogers speaks to the camera in a lulling, monotone voice. The few details in the stripped-down backgrounds consistently indicate isolated, domestic environments, creating a sort of shared seclusion. The words she delivers, culled from her ‘Cunny Poems’ from the years 2012–2014, are dark yet humorous, dynamically symbolic and straightforward, flickering between mild and explicit language. Being drawn to immediate communication, the artist originally posted them on her Tumblr, http://cunny4.tumblr.com. Rogers uses herself as a medium to articulate existential anguish in a both playful and pragmatic way. The narrative blurs the personal with the universal, memory with presence. At the centre of Rogers’ practice lie complex ideas about societal value systems, performativity, sexualization and the gaze as well as an interest in relief and trauma processing through collectivity and connection. Bunny Rogers had a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art during fall 2017, and is currently on view at Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles.
The use of division is reoccurring in Carsten Höller’s work, here challenging logic and perception through a well calculated appearance of infinity in the form of a disciplined pattern. In Divisions Square (Egyptian Violet Surface) hues of purple recede in halves, following a scheme which controls both color intensity and proportion. The individual parts of the work become an entity, complete due to the fixed dialogue between them. Höller has premeditated a formula which steers the process in an almost deterministic fashion, rather than it being dependent on creative decisions to progress.
Ivana Basic’s mixed media installation in group show BODY, CURTAIN, ADVANCE consists of three separate works that together form an indication of humanity and its imminent as well as complex relationship to mortality and fragility. ”Disintegration in the direction of something other than death #2”, from an ongoing series of suspended sculptures, is an enigmatic mass with a pale, translucent skin-like surface housing violet and blue micro vessels. The fleshy, sensitive wax material is intricately detailed, heavy with information. The weight capsulated inside enhances the contradictions of denseness, durability and frailty, vulnerability. Resting in a silk cloth which hangs from the ceiling by elastic straps, reminiscent of a sling, it is ambiguous on approach. On the very verge between exuding beauty and monstrosity its appearance is both intriguing and repelling. Installed beside it, two light-as-air, hand-blown glass sculptures ascend the wall. “Breath seeps through her tightly closed mouth #16” and ”— #17”, represent respiration. The inhale is inflated, vigorous in a flushed pink tone, while the exhale is deflated and achromatic. Together the works articulate the duality of both material and subject matter present throughout Basic’s practice; the self being both dependent and confined by the human form, the eternal force of life reproducing itself and the inescapable expiration of energy. Ultimately Basic constructs something beyond impermanence, by converting the symbol of the perishable corporeal into something more enduring. Recently having two works acquired by the Whitney Museum of American art, we want to congratulate Ivana Basic on being included in their permanent collection.
Marisa Takal relies on vulnerability and intuition in her practice, with an aim to paint without inhibitions. Her works mix different modes of representation and rebel against the traditional rules of color and design. Takal’s ”Open Processing 1” is a vibrant but completely blank agenda. An open field of rough, geometric pattern and strong color, her calendar paintings deal with the monotony of day to day life, and the anxiety of trying to make plans with an already packed schedule. The calendar is surreal and humorous in its emptiness, entrusting the comicality in that being free from either work, emotional labour, school, appointments or chores is such a rare state, basically abnormal and non-existent.
Central to Alake Shilling’s practice, including both ceramics and painting, is the use of animal analogy. The works become loud renderings of the inner self, with exuberant color and humor to portray an entire spectrum of emotion. Alake Shilling is a self-taught artist based in Los Angeles. Shilling had been participating in the open ceramic studios at 356 Mission in Los Angeles, the art space and gallery run by artist Laura Owens where Shilling also presented a solo exhibition in spring 2018.
Photo documentation Fredrik Andersson Andersson