At LISTE 18 Basel, Ellen de Bruijne Projects will present three works of the series Construction Materials by Lara Almarcegui. From a concrete context, Lara Almarcegui questions the present state of the world, of the urban development and construction, mediating between art and reality. Her work explores neglected and overlooked sites, carefully, cataloguing and highlighting each location’s tendency towards entropy. From this idea, hidden in the fundaments that surround our urban context, emerged the works Matériaux de Construction Dijon Centre Historique (Dijon 2005), Materiales de Construccion Burgos Centro Historico (Burgos 2005) and Konstruktionsmaterial Lunds Centrum (Lund 2005).
Almarcegui deconstructs the cities, and puts all these raw materials – stone, cement, wood, concrete, brick, asphalt, etcetera – onto a cosmic scale to find that its leftovers are millions to billion tons of weight. Almarcegui shows the urban environment as a not-yet into being and as a has-been, instead of an accumulation of already established infrastructures, institutions and real estates.
Lara Almarcegui is born in Zaragoza, Spain in 1972 and currently lives and works in Rotterdam. Her solo exhibitions include: het Stedelijk Museum, Den Bosch (2012); Künstlerhaus, Bremen (2012); Tent, Rotterdam (2011); Secession, Vienna (2010); Art Statements, Art Basel (2010); Gallery Ellen de Bruijne, Amsterdam (2008); Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2008); CGAC, Santiago di Compostela (2007); Frieze Art Fair, London (2006); FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon (2004) and a selection of group exhibitions at: Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2011); Beirut Art Centre, Beirut (2011); Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (2010); Kunstverein, Wolfsburg (2010); Dutch Culture Centre, Shanghai (2010); Akbank Art Centre, Istanbul (2010); Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona (2009) and the 3rd Biennale van Moscow (2009). Her work is represented in the public collections of: FRAC Piemonte, Turin; Kroller-Müller Museum, Arnhem; Fries Museum, Leeuwarden; Les Abattoir, Toulouse; FRAC, Bourgogne; MUSAC, Leon; Marcelino Botin Foundation and Santander; Centro de Arte La Pandera, Lerida.
Lara Almarcegui representS the Spanish Pavilion at the Biennale of Venice 2013.
Ellen de Bruijne Projects proudly presents Charming for the Revolution (2009) by Renate Lorenz and Pauline Boudry. This video installation recreates the housewife as an ambiguous figure with an open future. The film stars an androgen housewife with a leather jacket and a rebellious attitude. This character reads to the beholder a speech on how “we housewives have to work for free”. The mannish housewife shares her stage with a dandy, who walks his turtle on a leash and becomes a birdlike creature between the pelicans in the zoo.
This video installation of Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz winks at Jack Smith, the New York underground performer and filmmaker from the 60’s to the 80’s, as well as to the history of queer and feminist calls such as “wages for housework!”. Additional references extend from Deleuze-Guattari’s becoming-animal, to Pasolini’s ironic-capitalism critical film The Hawks and the Sparrows. Performance by Werner Hirsch, set in the Berlin Zoo. The video installation contains the 16 mm HD film and 6 photographs.
Pauline Boudry (Switzerland, 1972) and Renate Lorenz (Germany, 1963) currently live and work in Berlin. Pauline Boudry studied at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Geneva, and worked with Renate Lorenz at the Shedhalle/Rote Fabrik in Zurich. Renate Lorenz also works as a curator and is an academic author in the fields of queer theory and art theory.They have collaborated since 1998 and their work has been exhibited internationally. Last year’s solo shows are: A Toxic Play in Two Acts, South London Gallery, London, GB; Toxic, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, NL; Toxic, Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, as part of the Triennale Paris, FR. Group shows include: Masquerade, Coreana museum of Art, Seoul, KR; Reality Manifestos, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, AT; Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR; Buy My Bananas, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, US. In 2011 they showed in the Swiss Pavillion of the Venice Biennale, IT. In 2013 Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz will have solo shows in the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, DE; and in CAPC, Bordeaux, FR.
At LISTE 18 Basel, Ellen de Bruijne Projects will present a new series of small format paintings by Anne-Lise Coste. Language has consistently been an important element in the oeuvre of Anne-Lise Coste. Her use of language is dada-influenced, and more than once she uses repetition to make a statement. Anne-Lise Coste creates seemingly decorative compositions of words and images that actually offer us a catalogue of contemporary anxieties.
When beholding her paintings, graffiti is a term that comes to mind. Her work surely has the same immediacy and, above all, volatility as graffiti. Spray painting allows Anne-Lise Coste to express subjective moods mixed with literary sentences and political criticism. In this new series of paintings, for instance, she directly criticizes the existence of Guantanamo Bay. In addition, the technique of spray painting fulfills the desire of Anne-Lise Coste to “touch the canvas less” (Coste in the interview In the studio with Serena Qiu). The series of new paintings is strictly in black and white.
Anne-Lise Coste was born in 1973 in Marseille, France. She studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Marseille, and then attended the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Zürich. She now lives and works in New York. Her work has been exhibited extensively internationally, both in solo shows and group shows. Recent solo exhibitions have been: Gare de l´Est, Esslinger Kunstverein e.V., Esslingen, DE; m, l, e, Toomer Labaza Gallery, New York, US; noir noir noir, Museo de Bellas Artes de Santander, Santander, ES. Her work has recently been shown in group shows like Gare de L’Est, Esslinger Kunstverein, Esslingen, DE; and Critical Episodes (1957-2011). Macba Collection, Macba, Barcelona, ES. Anne-Lise Coste has two upcoming solo shows: in Eleven Rivington, New York, US; and in Galerie Halsey-Mckay, East Hampton, US.
ARchiTECHturE will be available in the fall of 2013. It’s the fourth monograph of Anne-Lise Coste with Patrick Frey Editions. Art Direction and Graphic Design by Marie Lusa.
Ellen de Bruijne Projects presents two new sculptures of Falke Pisano at LISTE 18 Basel. In this new work Falke Pisano investigates the field of humor with cartoons as her material. Through repetition, she lets the jokes in her sculptures fall apart. They are stripped from their original context, and only the underlying structure of humor remains. Revealing structures through repetition is an important aspect of the oeuvre of Falke Pisano.
Humor is a field which Falke Pisano has examined before, for instance in Repetition and Dispersion/4 jokes become 5 jokes (economy), 2011. She is interested in language as a phenomenon and humor is a very peculiar form of language. It is straightforward and the opposite of that, all at the same time. Falke Pisano exposes this ambiguity of humor by decontextualizing and reassembling the jokes and cartoons in her work. Furthermore, she touches upon biopolitical themes in the sense that her cartoons all relate to sustenance, economy, etc.
Falke Pisano was born in Amsterdam in 1978 and currently lives and works in Berlin. She attended the Art Academy Utrecht and the postgraduate program at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. In 2012 she won the Heineken-CA2M award with her work The Body in Crisis (Distance, Repetition, and Representation). She is selected for the shortlist of the Prix de Rome 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include The Body in Crisis, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL (2012); Trabajo, Poder Y Control, Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona – MACBA, Barcelona, ES (2012); A Sculpture Turning into a Conversation and other works, Picture This, Bristol, GB (2011). Among her group exhibitions are: the 9th Shanghai Biennale, CN (2012); Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, SE (2012); Beyond Imagination, Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam, NL (2012). Pisano produced the publication Figures of Speech (designed and co-edited by Will Holder, published by JRP-Ringier, Christoph Keller Editions, 2010). This year Pisano has the solo Falke Pisano: The Body in Crisis in The Showroom, London, GB (1 May – 15 June).
Ellen de Bruijne Projects is proud to present a selection of the latest paintings by Evi Vingerling. The paintings might seem abstract, but they actually refer to the world around us. Vingerling beholds the world in a rather unusual way. To her the world manifests itself continuously as a beautiful chaotic mix in motion. She is fascinated by things that others may take for granted or think of as trivial. By unravelling what she sees, stripping the context and painting it as it is, she discloses the hidden beauty of the ‘ordinary’.
The phenomena she chooses to paint can be anything that catches her attention, from a plant she sees somewhere in the background to floating mountain ridges looked upon from above. Evi Vingerling is interested in the underlying structures and patterns of these things that meet the eye. In a long working process, she makes sketches and photographs and studies the chosen object well. This way she is able to reveal the entity in its minimal state. In her own words, she rids the object of its symbolic and historical meaning. The result looks almost effortless, and above all very pure. Vingerling works with gouache or oil on canvas, with minimal brushstrokes or gestures.
Evi Vingerling was born in 1979 in Gouda and currently lives and works in Eindhoven and Amsterdam. She attended the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague where she earned her BFA in 2002. Three years later she was a resident at the Rijksacademie Amsterdam. In 2006 she received the Buning Brongersprize for painting and she was nominated for the Wolvecampprize in 2008 and the Thieme Award in 2010.In 2012 she received the Royal Prize for Painting. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, amongst others: What’s Up! – De Jongste Schilderkunst in Nederland in the Dordrechts Museum, NL (2012); I Promise to Love You in the Kunsthal Rotterdam, NL (2011); Riposte in the Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch, NL (2011). This year Evi Vingerling has several solo shows: Unisono 26: Evi Vingerling, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL, 27 April – 1 September; New Paintings in the Project Room Wiels, Brussels, BE, 5 – 26 September; in Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, NL, 13 April – 18 Mai.
The new catalogue of Evi Vingerling is now available at Ellen de Bruijne Projects for €20,- (excl. 6% BTW). Text contributions by Steven ten Thije and Marijn van Kreij, photography by Kristien Daems and Wytske van Keulen, design by Adriaan Mellegers, printed by Lecturis. The catalogue of 84 pages is bilingual: English/Dutch.