Condo, the brainchild of London art dealer Vanessa Carlos, co-founder of Carlos/Ishikawa gallery in Whitechapel, launched in January 2016. For the 2019 London edition, which runs until 9 February, 18 London galleries are working together to host over 30 out-of-towners, from cities as widespread as Cairo, Guatemala City, and Tokyo. The proposal offers an intelligent solution for galleries keen to platform their artists to a wider public, when the costs of participating in art fairs are immense and sales remain erratic. The idea involves local galleries lending their spaces for a month to foreign dealers to stage collaborative exhibitions, showcasing artists from both rosters. Something Curated highlights six of this year’s most exciting joint exhibits presented in London.
Maureen Paley, hosting Felix Gaudlitz, Vienna & Queer Thoughts, New York | Chelsea Culprit
Chelsea Culprit expands upon her exploration of the classed, gendered body into an elemental understanding of bodies mediated, colonised, disﬁgured and transformed by the ﬂows of global capital, and in particular, its signs. In these works Culprit elides narrative, emphasising a formal deconstruction of the linguistic and visual codes that lend intelligibility and meaning to form, colour, and the body. Culprit’s works study the colours that code contemporary life, along with the material histories, industrial processes and mechanical apparatuses that proliferate them.
Mother’s Tankstation, hosting Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles | Kang Seung Lee & Patrick Staff
South Korean-born, Los Angeles-based artist Kang Seung Lee presents new graphite works, offering homage to Chinese ballet dancer Goh Cho San, who died of an Aids-related illness in 1987. In his work, Lee is interested in the lives lost, injured, and communities destroyed during multi-ethnic race conflicts. Though visually drastically dissimilar, Patrick Staff’s Weed Killer (2017), a video installation that’s a partial adaptation of artist-writer Catherine Lord’s cancer memoir The Summer of Her Baldness (2004), also sensitively broaches the subject of illness.
Modern Art, hosting Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin | Nicolas Deshayes & Charlotte Posenenske
Swans, Nicolas Deshayes’ exhibition at Modern Art, is comprised of new sculptures made from glazed earthenware, fabricated using a slip-casting process in Veneto, Italy. Deshayes’s new works are reminiscent of traditional domestic washbasins in their forms and colouring, but they are also variably abstract and painterly, each with their own composition. On display upstairs are works by German minimalist artist Charlotte Posenenske, presented in association with Galerie Mehdi Chouakri.
Emalin, hosting Emanuel Layr, Vienna & Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin | Megan Plunkett
Megan Plunkett’s image-based practice is situated between installation, sculpture, and photography. In her work, the artist investigates the conditions of photography and assumptions around visuality through a conscious dislocation and undoing of recognizable images. Carefully constructed photographs are shot, reshot and ultimately torn apart using a range of cameras, projections, and ad hoc lighting systems to cultivate a sense of distance within the image. This sense of estrangement is further enacted by the central role of repetition and reproduction.
Arcadia Missa, hosting Company, New York | Cajsa Von Zeipel
Cajsa Von Zeipel’s second solo exhibition at Arcadia Missa, The Gossips, takes its name from a small, often repeated sculpture by the French artist Camille Claudel. Von Zeipel’s sculptures in this exhibition present additional readings of Claudel’s piece as well as the action of gossiping itself. As with Claudel’s multiples of The Gossips, each sculpture in this exhibition – they are titled Why, What,Where, When – is a repeat of itself, a figure in a state of transformation. The repetitions act as versions, versions act as rumours, a rumour as a version of a truth.
The Sunday Painter, hosting Gypsum, Cairo & PPOW, New York | Erin M. Riley
Brooklyn-based artist Erin M. Riley’s work focuses on women, primarily manifesting in hand-woven and dyed wool tapestries. Intertwining porn stills, used condoms, crashed cars and menstruation blood in striking tapestries, Riley brings distinctly intimate moments to the realm of art. Based on social media images as well as autobiographical experiences, Riley’s work offers a visual dialogue that aims to reconsider the values of contemporary women, their social spheres and stratification, as well as their attitudes towards sex and sexuality through keyhole-like glimpses into their lives.
See below for the full list of participants in Condo London 2019:
PROJECT NATIVE INFORMANT
Cork Street Galleries, 22–24 Cork St | Wed–Sat 12–6pm
hosting SANDY BROWN Berlin
and SOCIÉTÉ Berlin
and KOW Berlin
and GALERIE MAX MAYER Düsseldorf
and COMMONWEALTH & COUNCIL Los Angeles
Words by Keshav Anand | Feature image: Cajsa von Zeipel, Arcadia Missa (via Arcadia Missa)