30 May - 2 July 2009
Preview Friday 29 May 6 - 8pm
Museum 52 is delighted to present Let the Golden Age Begin, John Isaacs’ fifth solo
exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition presents a series of new works in which Isaacs
touches upon preoccupations with hope and loss, that which is fleetingly gained, and at
what cost. He highlights a kind of cyclical phase of optimism and cynicism, through which
both cultures and individuals pass, though never with any synchronized sense or drive.
Pool of Narcissus Weeping sits central to the installed works and offers a way into the
eclectic and temporal collection of works. Referencing the early modernist language of
Rauschenberg and Flavin, and yet pathetically empty of iconic status, it illuminates the
framed drawing hanging on the wall beside it. The empty chair waits for the viewer, if not in
body then in mind, also bearing the secret of collected butterflies glued with chewing gum
to its underside, as though Isaacs wishes to re-humanise an already passed moment in time.
What Lies Before What Lies Behind, a circular framed relief of two hands shaking is charged
with the iconic power of its duplicitous use in the representation of both comradeship (in
the communist era), and capitalistic power play, but beyond that for Isaacs the
representation of two disembodied hands represents something far from an equal
agreement, and something far from our own place and time. He presents an unrequested
contract written in greed and inequality.
In the back viewing space, Isaacs screens a new film Let the Golden Age Begin, cut
together from found wildlife documentary footage. The video, in its reuse of both image
and sound, its blatant unoriginality, speaks against the avant-garde quest for the new and
meditatively pulls the viewer back to a place which for many of us is by now a long lost
fantasy of the natural and its disappearing status. The soundtrack lends the footage a new
romanticised rhythm, and it is with a degree of shame, of longing and love, that the
awareness that we ourselves are the abusers of something so innocent, traps us within the
lullaby. With these pieces, as with much of Isaacs’ work, there is a strong sense of the
universal connection that underlies our apparent isolation from one another. Combining a
sense of appealing optimism with abject pessimism, Isaacs examines our historically and
culturally determined conventions, with an often humorously brutish reality.
Wednesday-Saturday 11am - 6pm
For more information call +44 (0) 20 7366 5571
Let the Golden Age Begin, 2009, 6 min looped DVD, Film Projector, Soundtrack, Copyright the artist, Courtesy Museum 52, London
Let the Golden Age Begin, 2009, Installation View, Copyright the artist, Courtesy Museum 52, London
Pool of Narcissus Weeping, 2009, Chair, Neon, Tape, Table Light, Butterflies, Chewing Gum, Copyright the artist, Courtesy Museum 52, London
To see Eduardo's works sold through Other Criteria, click here.
There Will Be Better Days
Deeply fascinated by the exploration of Mexican current popular culture, Eduardo Sarabia has focused this new project on the collision between urban and natural environments. Needless to say, in Mexico, one of the main links that connect these two separate worlds is violence: drug-related hit men running free on the streets, committing bloody public executions, almost all of which find regular coverage by some of the many yellow journalism magazines specialized in the subject. While charred, mutilated, riddled bodies have become everyday usual images on newsstands, Mexican "spectacle-lization" of blood and crime has grown to unprecedented degrees. Once celebrated by the people, these new extremes have opened new and contradictory perspectives.
In an article for The Guardian, Fiona Banner discusses the aims and motivations for her unusual channel of art; words. In her atmospheric acts in front of a live audience, Banner invites an inexperienced nude model to pose whilst she depicts the individual with words on a canvas. She describes her unique voyeuristic performances as ‘a bit of theatre. It’s dead serious, but tongue in cheek as well.’
To read the full article in the Guardian, click here.
Other Criteria will be publishing 'Performance Nude' by Fiona Banner in Autumn 2009. Click here to keep up to date with Other Criteria latest news or click RSS in the right hand navigation menu to get alerted of new activity on the Other Criteria site.
Okido is an art and science magazine for children, promoting teaching through a stimulating and contemporary form; in Okido's own words, their magazines are aimed to "fire the imagination, stir curiosity and inspire inventiveness".
PLEASE COME ALONG AND SEE OKIDO in a magical installation at the Tate Modern entitled: THE HOUSE OF FAIRY TALES, "a surreal celebration of all that is handmade, playful, passionate and interactive," this FREE event will take place over the bank holiday weekend - Friday 22nd- Monday 25th May.
At the Okido stall you can send postcards to the MOON, make badges and be an Okido special news reporter..!
And as well as Okido, the installation will include: live music, animation and film from the BFI, a gingerbread house, chess laboratory, doll factory, a shaddow puppets theatre and a giant grandmother's bed to listen to stories on, as well as all sorts of other exciting stuff to watch, touch, taste and wonder at!
Bring children, friends and family for a fantastic celebration!!
Hume's current show in New York presents thirteen new paintings showcasing pieces from his signature glossy look and striking colour scheme to works exploring new techniques. The subject matters of barn doors and blackbirds evokes Gary Hume's studio environment, an old barn in upstate New York. Mentioned on Art Forum here.
For more information on the exhibition, click here.
Other Criteria are publishing a book with Gary Hume in Autumn 2009. To see his current work for sale through on our website, click here.
Gary Hume: Yardwork
Matthew Marks Gallery
522 W 22 Street
8th May - 27th June 2009
To coincide with our launch of Josh Cheuse's Rockers Galore edition and t-shirt (images below), Evileast's Adam has kindly given us access to his video on Josh's series, and as a close friend, captures the intimacies and anecdotes lodged in his work: