Liste 17: June 12 – 17, 2012
At LISTE17 Ellen de Bruijne Projects will present a preview of Polis, the newest film by Erkka Nissinen. Due to his intricate imagination, his works are characterized by absurdity, humor, parody and intentional clumsiness.
Polis is a video where an assortment of absurdist characters inhabit a utopian city development designed by Le Corbusier and Albert Speer, who jokingly called it Polis. The city creates a space for a series of incoherent comic developments. The cast ranges from a plumber and a bear to porn actors and even politicians. They possess grotesque names like “Stupid Cunt”, “Pig Shit Tit Ass Sailor” and “Boring Fuck”.
All inhabitants are in some way confronted with their ethical and moral position in the social construction which makes up Polis. They have to make choices about methods of interaction with other inhabitants, and decide if they want to communicate with them at all. How are groups formed, who will be excluded, and for what reason? Other inhabitants philosophize about completely different matters, like the connection between platonic solids and human characteristics, living in the now, the question about being, and the paralyzing power of the presence of unlimited possibilities.
Though absurd to the point of nonsense and often obscene, Nissinens work is far from being meaningless. Rather, it discloses a critical take on the difficulties of social interaction, on philosophy, and on the language of media -such as children’s television, educational programs, or porn, often all mashed up into one. In Polis al these come together, using parody and slapstick comedy to create awareness about current political trends, social interaction and social issues.
Erkka Nissinen was born in 1975 in Finland and currently lives and works in Helsinki, Hong Kong and Amsterdam. He has studied in The Slade School of Fine Art in London and gained an MFA degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland in 2001. In 2007 he went to Rijksakademie art residency in Amsterdam. His works have been exhibited internationally, for example in Ellen de Bruijne Project Space in Amsterdam, Smart Projects Space in Amsterdam, Helsinki City Art Museum’s Kluuvin Gallery.
Liste 17: June 12 – 17, 2012
At LISTE17 Ellen de Bruijne Projects will present the work of Falke Pisano.
Inspired primarily by the act of thinking and the possibilities of constructing and solving problems in the field of language, Pisano uncovers structures, dismantling her subjects to their core construction.
In the two exhibited series Pisano has expanded her interests to the field of humor with its unique characteristics. Not only does it provide language with a range of new meanings; humor is also capable of addressing things that are usually not spoken about out loud. With cartoons as her material, Pisano analyses the phenomenon in her own ingenious manner, laying bare its possibilities and imperfections.
In the Untitled book collages (Communication,Body,Text, Escape) Pisano removes the humorous association of the comics, bringing them back into the field of language construction by arranging them on top of her own writings. The cartoons may give the heavy text a comical and frivolous note, but at the same time they have lost most of their hilarity. The question raises what humor exactly is and how it operates.
In the four collages of Repetition and Dispersion: 4 jokes becoming 5 jokes humor is again taken out of its context by literally cutting out the cartoons and phrasing the joke in prose. In the sculpture of the same series, the cartoons are brought together but mixed up differently; Pisano has created a new joke.
Through repetition, (de)contextualization and (re)assembling, Pisano reveals the underlying structure of humor, just like she does in her earlier series Figures of Speech and in her most recent work The Body in Crisis. While in former work she only applied her way of thinking and analyzing to the abstract, she has now shifted her attention to the present world. The shown cartoons have a common ground in their topic of sustenance, former series deal with economics or the body. With this whole new domain to dissect, Pisano is able to stay innovative, presenting us her truly unique way of thinking.
Falke Pisano (Amsterdam, 1978) attended the Art Academy Utrecht and the postgraduate program at the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht. Currently she lives and works in Berlin, Germany. This year she won the Heineken-CA2M award with her latest work The Body in Crisis (Distance, Repetition, and Representation). Recent solo exhibitions include The Body in Crisis, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL (2012), A Sculpture Turning into a Conversation and other works. Picture This, Bristol, GB (2011), The body in crisis (Distance, Repetition, and Representation), Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, NL (2011). Among her group exhibitions are Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, SE (2012) Schenkingen van Maurice van Valen, Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam, NL (2012) For the Blind Man…, ICA London, UK / Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, US/ De Appel, Amsterdam, NL (2010) Rehabilitation, WIELS, Brussels, BE (2010) Modernologies, MACBA, Barcelona, ES (2009). In 2013 Pisano will exhibit in the Kölnischer Kunstverein.
Untitled (Body), 2011
From Untitled book collages (Communication, Body, Text, Escape)