Two Artist Shows, Who did it best?
Tis the season..for dual artist exhibitions. At the end of this...let me know what you think? Who did it best?
The shows are the following
I've been meaning to see this show at Eva Presenhuber for ages..and when I was wondering the streets of East Village in 30 degree weather I almost gave up. BUT, I'm so glad I didn't.
The exhibition starts with a film by Adam Pendleton in a pitch black room. The moody soundtrack as well as the black and white cinematography is absolutely captivating.
After watching the film I ventured in to the second room where I was in awe of the scale of the black and white graphic artworks.
I'm operating in the gap between the trajectory of modernity and the trajectory of modernism. So what people think is design is not design, it's my attempt to engage with the trajectory of modernity. - Liam Gillick for Interview Magazine
Before I did any homework on this exhibition I actually had no idea the room (below) was two artists. I kind of assumed that the film pieces were by one artists and the graphic pieces were by another.
I think that's what makes this such a powerful two artist exhibition is that it doesn't feel like one. The works each artist produces are so complementary it's almost impossible to distinguish between the two (even when the room is split in half).
Works by Adam Pendleton hang on top of a graffiti printed wall - offering an explosion of textures for the viewer to visually explore.
I’m always thinking about the conditions of making a mark. Making a mark or a gesture that matters. Fortunately, and perhaps paradoxically, failure offers numerous opportunities for success. It’s a matter of perspective. - Adam Pendleton for BOMB Magazine
The exhibition closes out with a video by Liam Gillick in the basement, with an equally meditative soundtrack as the first film by Pendleton.
So far the only public connection between the two artists I could find was that they're both represented by Eva Presenhuber's Zurich location. Regardless these two created some magic together and I was very lucky to experience it.
Jessie Makinson and Stuart Lorimer at Lyles & King Gallery
Unlike the Eva Presenhuber show these two artists have very clear and distinguishable styles that are none the less, still complementary.
Both artists represent the UK - Lorimor from Scotland and Makinson from England.
One thing is for certain is that both artist's use of color is brilliant.
While Lorimer's paintings are certainly more realistic, both artists do an amazing job of transporting the viewer into their world (whether it be fictional or realistic).
Genesis Belanger and Emily Mae Smith at Perrotin Gallery
Next up we have a two artist show of paintings and complimentary sculptures at Perrotin Gallery. Kind of weird how all of these are in the East Village or LES?
This exhibition is pure fun. It throws the viewer into a surrealism playground that I personally, didn't want to escape.
As you can see - cigarettes are a re-occuring piece of iconography in Belanger's work and there's a reason for that.
“I made a series of these cigarette marquees after learning that in the late 1920s a woman smoking a cigarette was a (male-orchestrated) feminist act of resistance,” she explains. “I find this to be a great historical example of how what we choose to consume can be used to express our values, and how our habits of consumption are manipulated by external forces such as the advertising industry.” - Genesis Belanger for It's Nice That
Consumer products (such as cigarettes) aren't the only things that Genesis Belanger wants to bring attention to. She often puts feminine stereotypes under the microscope (eg. fingers in flowers, makeup, ring fingers)
“I wanted to build narratives that dealt with some of the ways that women are complex,” she says. - Belanger for the New York Times
“I’m not an academic; I’m not a preacher. So humour is, for me, a much better way to start a conversation.” - Emily Mae Smith for Elephant Magazine
"I want to undo all these dominant narratives that compartmentalize and streamline art history." - Emily Mae Smith for Elephant Magazine
Emily Mae Smith, a painter from Texas (now based in Brooklyn) also takes on a humorous view of typically gender assigned objects such as a broom and chaise lounge.
She also echos the iconography of fruit that Belanger shows off in her sculptures.
"Placing her quirky signature characters in a traditional landscape setting, she creates a surreal atmosphere which envelops a complex narrative that regularly integrates feminist theories." - Juxtapoz Magazine on Smith's work
So what gallery do you think had the best duo show? Email me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on my Instagram post.