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Infinite Games 2
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Capitain Petzel is pleased to present its Showcase, a new series of exhibitions which will be viewable from outside of the gallery. Debuting the series is the artist Ximena Garrido-Lecca (b. 1980 in Lima, Peru, lives and works in Lima and Mexico City), with her monumental piece Gasa – entrelazado I.
This work from the series Aleaciones con memoria de forma explores the memory of artisanal tradition and the abandonment of rural spaces as an after effect of the processes of modernization. The series continues the investigation the artist initiated in 2013, through sculptures produced in metal (copper and bronze), intertwining the rawness of the metal with the warmth of Andean design patterns. The conjunction of both elements insinuates a permanent tension between the inheritance of vernacular culture and the new demands of industrialization. Through these works, the artist points to the processes of violence contained in an accelerated transnational economic model in which the protection of the environment, sovereignty, and the respect for different community lifestyles is constantly brought into confrontation.
Gasa – entrelazado I, 2020 refers to the artefacts of the Chancay culture, a pre-Columbian civilization who lived on the central coast region of Peru. The Chancay are particularly noted for the vast quantity and superb quality of their textiles, especially for the range of techniques and imaginative decorative patterns.
In 2021 Ximena Garrido-Lecca will take part in group presentations at the Museo Madre, Naples, the Museo Jumex, Mexico City, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and the 34th Bienal de São Paulo. Other solo and group exhibitions include the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Lima (2019); Orange County Museum of Art, OCMA Expand, Santa Ana (2019); Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (2017); Kunstmuseum Bonn (2020); CRAC Alsace, (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, (2015); Saatchi Gallery, London (2010), among many others.
Infinite Games... 2
Jadé Fadojutimi, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Stefanie Heinze, Jacqueline Humphries, Rodney McMillian, Sarah Morris, Seth Price, Pieter Schoolwerth, Amy Sillman, Monika Sosnowska, Wim Wenders
Capitain Petzel is pleased to present the second iteration of Infinite Games, extending the concept of the group show initiated at the gallery late last year, which reflected on the role that deviancy, the ambiguous and the disjointed play in art and society. After the second lockdown, we are looking forward to presenting to the public a newly adapted exhibition encompassing 11 artists and including new works made especially for this occasion, which similarly address these ever-relevant themes in a reconfigured context.
London-based artist, Jadé Fadojutimi’s new painting Debris is welcome in this stream of thought is a true testament to her unique painting practice in which her endlessly colorful, haphazard brush strokes replace language to become a visual reflection of their own fragility. Fadojutimi’s recent use of oil stick encourages speed and spontaneity, enabling her strokes to race up and down the canvas thereby allowing subtle figuration to surface.
Ximena Garrido-Lecca engages with the turbulent history of her native Peru through sculpture and film, examining how neocolonial standards are continuously enforced by globalization. Her project Destilaciones (Distillations) began as an investigation into the Peruvian town of Lobitos, in which the petrol industry asserted immense power. The two-channel video Aceite de Piedra depicts the realities of the socio-economic life of Lobitos. Similarly, her sculptures, composed of stainless steel and ceramic, present a powerful juxtaposition of the ever-present oil purifier machines and local artisanal practices.
From disembodied body parts, to everyday objects, to animal-like figures, Stefanie Heinze’s subjects melt into colorful, fantastical forms. Her playful figurations create vivid visual worlds, whilst simultaneously alluding to vulnerability, failure and fragility. Her new painting Night Notes was initially shown in the exhibition Studio Berlin at Berghain, a large presentation of works by Berlin-based artists, conceived during Corona-times and in support of the famous club.
Jacqueline Humphries’ Protest Signs are cast in resin from found cardboard and pieces of wood. Part sculpture and part painting, Humphries incorporates pigment into the resin itself before making the casts, later applying additional painted marks. Contemplating her position as an artist that uses self-appropriative methods, with these signs Humphries questions the agency of painting, and art more generally. Protest signs depend upon clear and pointed expression of opinions. What statement can painting make? And how does it communicate?
Rodney McMillian explores the complicated relationship between history and contemporary culture, not only as it is expressed in American politics, but also as it manifests in modernist art traditions such as landscape painting. His paintings on knitted blankets, sometimes with clear representation of a landscape, reflect on the systems of exchange that domestic objects can exist in, and their relation to the histories they evoke, whether personal, national or art historical.
Sarah Morris’ Sound Graph painting utilizes the language of American abstraction, minimalism and pop, while its forms are derived from the artist’s sound files, using the speech from audio recordings as a starting point for the composition. Deviancy is the Essence of Culture takes its title from James P. Carse’s cult novel Finite and Infinite Games, from which Morris had crafted a film script, which functions as both philosophical thesis and warning. By encoding sound in her signature visual language, Morris demonstrates the constructedness of language — a notion particularly relevant to our post-truth age.
Seth Price experiments with materiality through a range of media. His connection to the body recurs throughout his work, whether through media images, casts, or clothing. His work in the exhibition, 90s Style Teeth, which belongs to his so-called Photo Paintings, creates a compelling contrast between the material and immaterial, as bodily elements are digitally configured and printed on canvas.
Pieter Schoolwerth takes the mediation of life through technology as a central theme of his work. His interest lies in how these “forces of abstraction” affect the interpersonal communication and atomized social relations of contemporary society. In his new series Shifted Sims, Schoolwerth makes use of the imagery of the popular life-simulation computer game Sims to explore the reality of “once- removed” existence; a life split between material substance and virtual space. The composition is slightly shifted and distorted, deviating from a simple scene of avatars to one that depicts the increasingly relevant condition.
Amy Sillman’s XL45 emphasizes the figurative aspects of Sillman’s typical visual language. Her dynamic gestures of paint, ink and oil crayon reflect layered and complex themes such as physicality, language and interrelativity, in this case also with a humorous and cartoonish effect. Sillman considers drawing to be the point of departure for all her work, assigning it a key role in her artistic approach across media.
Monika Sosnsowka’s site-specific installation Handrail is a re-interpretation of a 1970s plastic-covered steel banister that playfully curves and loops on the wall, divorced from its functionality and initial purpose. Sosnowska’s sculptures often allude to existing structures, which removed from their original context subvert the notion of the utility that once was. The artists’ distinct and autonomous sculptural language is one of distortion and transformation, that alludes to the material changes of her native Poland after the collapse of the Soviet Union, which rapidly transformed the political and architectural landscape.
Wim Wenders’ began taking Polaroid photos in the 1960s, and this stayed his preferred photographic medium for many years. The two Polaroids on view in Infinite Games…2, entitled Abstract Painting 1 and 2 are reprinted from the 1980s. Drawn to the ephemeral and instantaneous nature of the medium, Wenders used the camera as a “visual notebook” to capture the world around him.
Wenders’ experimentation with photography complements his film practice, which he then became primarily dedicated to. On view in the lower exhibition space is Wenders’ film Same Player Shoots Again, shot during his student years, which follows a figure played by the famed German actor Hanns Zischler, bearing a gun, stumbling along a war-torn street in a seemingly Sisyphean manner. Originally shot in black and white, the footage was colorized, resulting in five sequences. In Wim Wenders’ own
Capitain Petzel is pleased to announce a new exhibition by Isabella Ducrot in the Studio space of the gallery. The exhibition will be centered around the artist’s sensual drawings, which she refers to as Erotici. The threads that bind these works are the notions of touching and feeling, which resonate particularly in these times where physical contact has become to many an almost distant memory.
Ducrot has been depicting erotic scenes since the late nineties, though has seldom shown them in public. Her gestural works both large and small share a tenderness and sensuality which contribute to a narrative of sexual duality as a key to interpreting the world. The majority of the presented works are drawings on Chinese paper. The artist claims that this material was the starting point for their creation, finding iconographic reference in the venerable erotic drawings of the Oriental World. Eros, the largest of the works on paper calls on the other hand to the eponymous ancient Greek philosophical term, referring to sensual or passionate love, from which the very term erotic is derived. The concept of Eros has also been used in philosophy and psychology in a wider sense to describe something of a “life energy” — a conception very much in line with Ducrot’s engagement with the subject. Among the works on show is also a work on textile; a tribute in this exhibition to the artist’s preferred medium.
Isabella Ducrot’s recent solo shows include Galerie Mezzanin, Geneva (2020); Capitain Petzel, Berlin (2019); Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne (2019); and Spazio Parlato, Palermo (2018). In 2014 she had a major exhibition at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome. In 1993 and 2011 she showed her work at the Venice Biennale. Isabella Ducrot is also the author of numerous publications, including Women’s Life, 2021; Eros, 2020; La stoffa a quadri (also translated and published in English as The Checkered Cloth), 2019; Suonno. Il sonno e il sogno nella canzone napoletana, 2012;Fallaste Corazón, 2012;Pensiero religioso ed elettricità, 2011; La Matassa Primordale, 2008; and Bianca di Pelle, 1995