Ellen de Bruijne Projects at Fiac 2011, 20-23 October

Falke Pisano
Lara Almarcegui
gerlach en koop
Fiac 2011, Booth 1.H03
20-23 October
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Ellen de Bruijne Projects presents new work by both Falke Pisano and gerlach en koop, as well as recent work by Lara Almarcegui.

Falke Pisano
Falke Pisano has pent the past five yeas working on her cycle of works, ‘Figures of Speech’. Now she is introducing a new series of propositions and inquiries that deal with ‘ The Body in Crisis’. It is her intention to articulate the body in a state of crisis as an on-going event and to question the role that representation can play in this attempt that takes place in both the context and the representational space contemporary visual arts.

At Fiac 2011, Pisano shows the latest stage of this on-going event, parallel to this exhibition in the gallery at Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam. With the basic and all over connecting video as springboard to the new paper(board) sculptures ad the three new delicate didactical prints, it gives a blanced inside view on her way of (re)presentation.

Falke Pisano (NL, 1978) lives and works in Berlin. Solo exhibitions include Extra City, Antwerp; Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; Hollybush Gardens, London; Blaice Hertling, Paris and Grazer Kunstverein (with Benoit Maire). Graz. She was represented in Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), ‘Modernologies’ at Macba, Barcelona (2009), Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2008), Word Event, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2008) and Manifesta 7, Trentino (2008).

Upcoming: In 2012, Falke Pisano is invited for the group show “Abstract Possible” curated by Maria Lind at Tensta Konsthall, and a solo show by Lorenzo Benedetti at de Vleeshal, Middelburg. For 2013, Pisano is invited by the new director Søren Grammel to create a solo in the Kölnischer Kunstverein.

gerlach en koop
gerlach en koop is a colelctive of two artists from the Netherlands who gave up the habit of writing their proper name with a capital letter in order to be able to merge into a collective artist. Their work is often described as minimal, but this minimalism is not achieved through a process of successive removal, it’s just that they tend not to add very much. 

For fiac 2011 gerlach en koop picked up on a note about a scene – actually just a few seconds – from a famous film by Robert Bresson called Pickpocket. In this film doors, streetcorners, banisters and doorknobs and hooks are just as important as the actual characters, and treated with the same care. This specific scene shows the main character practicing the difficult skill of unbuckling a watch unnoticed, with the help of a table leg that has a handkerchief wrapped around it to represent the flesh and bones of a human wrist. It is however not so much nimble-fingeredness that determines the success or failure of a pickpocket, it’s the ability to lead the eyes (of a possible victim) away from the action. Like a magician.

gerlach en koop live and work in The Hague and Brussels, Belgium. They have had solo exhibitions such as ‘Kunstboeken (naast de kunst)’, the library of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2004), ‘En gerlach en koop’, 1646, The Hague (2010) and ‘Niet niet precies. Not not precise. Pas pas précis.’, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam (2010). They curated ‘plankjes, tak’ at Atelier als Supermedium in The Hague in 2007.

Currently they are featuring in ‘Found in Translation, Chapter L’, at Casino, Luxembourg, a show that will run until January 2012, ‘Over de lach’ additions to ‘The Company of Humour’, at Lokaal 01, Breda, The Netherlands, and ‘Ruler’, at Ruler Space, Helsinki, Finland. Upcoming shows include ‘Anonymously yours’ at Maison Gregoire, Brussels, later this year, as well as ‘New Existentialism’ at the Altefabrik, Rappersil-Jona, Switzerland in 2012.

Lara Almarcegui
Lara Almarcegui renders visible what we otherwise fail to regard, see, or notice. She deconstructs in order to uncover – including a view of the utopia of the future. Her projects and interventions question the present state of the world of development and construction, and are designed to instigate a dialogue on the different elements that make up the ever-changing physical form of our urban landscapes. The project shown at Fiac 2011 is one she made at Secession in Vienna: Removal of the Wooden Floor’.

This poetic work uncovers a quiet process that is concealed from the public; A;marcegui performs the ‘removal of the wooden floor’ and then proceeds to reconstruct it. “The questions was not so much: what can I do to improve a certain place?, but rather: what can I learn from this place?”, says the artist. What occurs is the documentation of a process with an almost invisible outcome. Although it has already come to a conclusion and is no longer accessible, nonetheless it remains present.

Lara Almarcegui (Zaragoza, 1972) lives and works n Rotterdam. She had solo exhibitions at INDEX, Stockholm (2004), FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon (2004), Centro Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga (2007), La Box, Bourges (2008), Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2008), Ludlow 38. New York (2010) and Secession, Vienna (2010). She presented projects at the Liverpool Biennial (2004), the Frieze Art Fair Special Projects (2006), the São Paulo Biennial (2006) , the Sharjah Biennial 8, United Arabic Emirates (2007), the 7th Gwanju Biennial at La Galerie, Noissy-le-Sec (2007) and the Taipei Art Biennial (2008).

Upcoming shows include CAAC, Sevilla (2011), Stedelijk Museum, Den Bosch (2011), Fondatione Pastifizio Cerere, Rome (2011), Kunstlerhaus, Bremen (2011), MUSAC, Léon (2012), CA2M, Madrid (2012) and CREDAC, Ivry-sur-Seine (2012).
Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Rozengracht 207 A, 1016 LZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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