Thursday 15 November 2012

DANIEL JOHNSTON at Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne

"I've Seen It All On TV"
at Galerie Susanne zander, Cologne
9. November 2012 - 19. January 2013

Daniel Johnston, the youngest of five children, is born on January 22nd, 1961 in Sacramento, California. From early on he reveals an extraordinary artistic talent, which others around him often find disconcerting. He records his thoughts and impressions in the privacy of his room on a $59 Sanyo Boombox. He shoots homemade films that reflect his recurring fears and desires, often impersonating his mother and mimicking her expressions and gestures. His parents soon realize that their son is different. He begins to draws dozens of comics. His mother believes there are satanic messages in his pictures and drawings and disapproves of his artistry.

Johnston spends time as a student in art college and as a hot dog vendor in a traveling circus. He records music with the Butthole Surfers and experiences a sudden surge of popularity in 1992 when Kurt Cobain attends the MTV award show wearing a T-shirt with the cover image of his "Hi How Are You" LP. A number of concerts and a steadily growing fan base follow. But his manic-depressive predisposition and drug experiments gone haywire repeatedly interrupt a promising career. Daniel Johnston increasingly shies away from the limelight.

In 2005 filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig completes his documentary "The Devil and Daniel Johnston", a deeply touching tribute the enigmatic figure of Johnston. The musician and all-round-talent still currently enjoys a high reputation in the independent music scene with celebrity admirers such as David Bowie, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo or Matt Groening. He currently lives in Waller, Texas.

After the exhibition "Recordings Rejected: Outsiders in Music" Galerie Susanne Zander now dedicates the first one-man-show to Daniel Johnston.

"ONE ON ONE" at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Massimo Bartolini, Nina Beier, Joe Coleman, Trisha Donnelly, Geoffrey Farmer, Hans-Peter Feldmann, FORT, MARGRET / Günter K., Annika Kahrs, Robert Kusmirowski, Alicja Kwade, Renata Lucas, Yoko Ono, Blinky Palermo, Anri Sala, Jeremy Shaw, Tobias Zielony

18.11.2012 – 20.01.2013
Opening: 17.11.2012, 12  – 10 pm

Alone in the space with the art, one-on-one with a work that was made for the single individual, in a direct and inescapable interaction—intimate and confrontational.

The exhibition ONE ON ONE enables the artists to directly address the singular viewer. Individual, self-contained spaces that are specially conceived for the new works and only accessible for one visitor at a time occupy the whole exhibition space of KW. Be it a space for action or contemplation, a cabinet or a non-space, be it performative, installation-based or conceptual, material or immaterial—other than the spatial restrictions, no limitations have been placed on the artistic creation of individual microcosms.

Thereby KW transforms into a place where art can be experienced directly and without disturbances, providing viewers with new ways of perceiving time and space while creating new forms of showing, exhibiting, and seeing.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
D-10117 Berlin

Tuesday 13 November 2012

CHRIS HIPKISS ~ ‘L.i.E.S.' at Ancient & Modern in London

 Chris Hipkiss, "L.I.E. 1" (2011), mixed media on paper, 112 x 182 cm
Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne

15 November ~ 22 December 2012
Preview Wednesday 14 November (18:00 ~ 20:00)

ANCIENT & MODERN presents ‘L.I.E.S.’ (‘London in Europe’), expansive pencil drawings by artist Chris Hipkiss, a pseudonym of Alpha and Chris Mason who for thirty years have developed their own intertwined vision of the world through her writings and his intricate drawings. Based initially in Kent, since 2001 they have lived in the southern French countryside. Accumulations of text and image rendered upon huge rolls of paper draw upon wide-ranging classifications of objects and interests, from politics and physics, fashion and ornithology. Wry, humourous and poetic, extraordinary landscapes often seen from a birds-eye perspective are populated by strange plants, mysterious figures and imaginary but somehow familiar buildings, and recall the detailed visions and observations of Bosch, Brueghel, Hogarth and Lowry.

This exhibition is the first in London since 2001 and coincides with a large scale presentation at BBB in Toulouse. Works by Chris Hipkiss (b.1964) have been shown at Tate Britain; New Museum, New York; The American Museum of Visionary Art, Baltimore and The Museum and Galleries
of Birmingham (UK); represented in Collection Antoine de Galbert (Paris); Cindy Sherman Collection (New York); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam) and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI).

Ancient & Modern thanks Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne.

Ancient & Modern
201 Whitecross Street
London EC1Y 8QP
+44 (0)20 7253 4550