The centerpiece of the Thomas Demand's first one-person exhibition at the gallery is a new film, Pacific Sun, based on a video of a cruise ship caught in a storm between the Republic of Vanuatu and Auckland, New Zealand which the artist found on Youtube: it follows the full narrative arc of the ship's violent encounter in the Tasman Sea. 'Gary Hume: Anxiety and the Horse' consists of a series of seven brightly colored abstract paintings made in Hume's signature enamel on aluminum panels.
Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Thomas Demand, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. This will be the artist’s first one-person exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery.
The centerpiece of the exhibition will be a new film, Pacific Sun (2012). Based on a video of a cruise ship caught in a storm between the Republic of Vanuatu and Auckland, New Zealand which the artist found on Youtube, Pacific Sun follows the full narrative arc of the ship’s violent encounter in the Tasman Sea. Seen from the point of view of a security camera in the boat’s café, the film begins with the subtle movement of small items and escalates to a full emergency.
Pacific Sun was filmed over fifteen months, and is the most ambitious undertaking of the artist’s career. The film was made on a full scale set and, like Demand’s models for his photographs, was completely constructed of paper and then destroyed. It comprises a total of 2,400 frames, filmed one at a time, as animators meticulously retraced the movements of each item in the room, shifting the paper models of plates, lemons, pendant lamps, chairs, an upright piano, and a refrigerator by several millimeters at a time.
In addition to the film, Demand will exhibit a group of new photographs that include Control Room (2011), an image of the interior of the Fukushima Daichi power plant after last year’s Tsunami forced its workers to evacuate. This uncanny image shows ceiling panels hanging from rafters and a general state of disorder in a space that would be meticulously kept under normal circumstances. Demand has said of the photograph that it serves as way to recognize the bravery of the individuals who risked their personal safety in order to save others.
Thomas Demand’s work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2005), and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2009). He has represented Germany at the Venice Biennale and the Bienal de São Paolo (2004), and recently curated the critically acclaimed exhibition La Carte d’Après Nature, which premiered at the National Museum of Monaco and traveled to the Matthew Marks Gallery last summer.
Anxiety and the Horse
Matthew Marks is pleased to announce Gary Hume: Anxiety and the Horse, an exhibition of new paintings at his gallery at 523 West 24th Street.
The exhibition consists of a series of seven brightly colored abstract paintings made in Hume’s signature enamel on aluminum panels. Painted last year in his studio in upstate New York, Hume recently spoke about these works:
“I painted them as history paintings, the killing of Osama Bin Laden. That moment, that one second, in American history. One is of Obama. Another is of Angela Merkel; another one of George Bush, but they don’t look like them at all; another one is of a ‘Z’ that looks like a bit of a barn door. One day I’m in the studio looking at them thinking, you’re absolutely kidding me. This just looks like a bunch of balloons going across a field. When I was painting them I was thinking of Rembrandt and Franz Hals, and the paintings have got nothing in them of Rembrandt or Hals. I’d finished with the painting of the horse. I’m looking at the seven paintings thinking I like them but they’re all rubbish, because I’ve set out to make this vast history painting suite and it just looks like anxiety, and a horse. Anxiety and the horse. That’s exactly what they are. That’s all right. Then the paintings could live.”
Gary Hume (b. 1962) lives and works in London and Accord, New York. This will be his ninth one-person exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery since 1991. Hume represented Britain at the São Paulo Biennale in 1996 and at the Venice Biennale in 1999. The artist¹s work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, Kestnergesellschaft in Hannover, Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria. This year, Hume has one-person exhibitions at the Pinchuk Art Center in Kiev, Ukraine and at the Leeds Art Gallery in England, which travels to other venues in the UK. Tate Britain will present a major exhibition of the artist’s work in 2013.
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Opening: Friday, May 4, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
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