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Joey Wolf: Weekends, and Theo Triantafyllidis, tiny tsunami

 

DEPART FOUNDATION IN MALIBU VILLAGE
3822 Cross Creek Rd, Suite 3844, Malibu, CA 90265

May 26 – June 29, 2018
Opening Reception May 26
6 – 9 pm


DEPART FOUNDATION is pleased to announce two new exhibitions opening on Saturday, May 26. On view in the main gallery, Weekends features paintings by Los Angeles based artist Joey Wolf. tiny tsunami, featuring video works by artist and architect Theo Triantafyllidis, will be presented in the project room. In addition to these exhibitions, the Depart Foundation shop will debut a new collaboration with Artflash, Curatorial Hub, and Lapis Press.

Weekends at Depart Foundation marks Joey Wolf’s first solo exhibition. Working with oil on canvas and watercolor on paper, Wolf presents familiar scenes that capture southern California living while also presenting a very personal snapshot into the artist’s life and circle of friends. The vignettes–a guy’s weekend in Palm Springs, a day at the beach, camping trips, and more intimate scenes from his painting studio–are often pieced together from multiple photographs taken by Wolf that he mentally ‘Photoshops’
to form the final composition. The large and life-like works on canvas are energized by a vibrant palette and dense application of paint that sometimes hangs beyond the frame of the canvas. In contrast are the smaller watercolor works on paper that have a delicate quality and often depict more serene memories.

Joey Wolf (Born. 1987, Newport Beach, CA) currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Wolf received his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles in 2010. His recent group exhibitions include Look at Us at GNYP Gallery, Berlin, and his work is also included in several private collections as well as the collection at International Creative Management.

On view in the project room, Theo Triantafyllidis (b. 1988) is an artist and architect from Greece. He received his Master of Fine Arts from UCLA in Design | Media Arts under scholarships by UCLA and the Onassis Foundation, presenting for his thesis a guide called “how to everything”. Previously, he received his Diploma of Architecture from the National Technical University of Athens. Humor, lush visuals and gaming tropes provide an entry point to his work. Computer simulations, improvisations and failures, awkward interactions and precarious physics are employed to produce visual gags. By manipulating emerging technologies, he is searching for their potential emotional impact and the designated limits of their use, often trying to break them. Webpages, virtual and augmented reality, games and interactive installations are his mediums of choice for this. At the point of their climax, his pieces often becoming overwhelming, exaggerated or outrageous, trying to expose the audience to the underlying themes that inform his practice. These are strongly related to internet culture and include isolation, sexuality, violence, addiction and fear of missing out. Together with a general overflow of information and its nonsensical natures, this is the part of the internet that he considers the context for his work.

Triantafyllidis has shown at the Hammer Museum in LA and NRW Forum in Dusseldorf, DE and various galleries such as Meredith Rosen Gallery, the Breeder, Sargent’s Daughters, Young Projects, New Wright and Intelligentsia Gallery in North America, Europe and Asia. He was part of Hyper Pavilion in the 2017 Venice Biennale.

Triantafyllidis currently has work on view in “Still Human” at the Rubell Family Collection Miami, FL through August 25, 2018 and will be included in “Nature of Justice: A Visual Arts Response to the Birds” organized by the Onassis Foundation, USA curated by Mari Spirito at St. Anne’s Warehouse, Brooklyn NY from May 2-13, 2018

Now in the Depart Foundation Shop
The shop at Depart Foundation features a curated selection of limited edition artwork, hand-crafted home goods, locally made surf gear, art books, jewelry, and much more. Shop sales benefit Depart Foundation’s exhibitions and public programs. A new collaboration debuting on Saturday, May 26 will feature a curated selection of limited edition works from Artflash, Curatorial Hub, and Lapis Press.

Works By:

Artflash mines the archives of prestigious non-profit arts organizations in Europe and brings back to life (online) limited editions from modern and contemporary artists, including renowned figures such as Marina Abramović, John Cage, Francesco Clemente, Jenny Holzer, Mary Heilmann, Raymond Pettibon as well as emerging artists. With an outpost in Berlin, Germany, artflash is able to provide works both from Europe and the U.S., some art editions will be presented on the West Coast for the first time. Editions by Jenny Holzer, Marina Abramovic, Elizabeth Peyton, Mary Heilmann and Raymond Pettibon will be available on Saturday, May 26. All works are priced $350–$1,500. More info at artflash.net

Curatorial Hub is an online gallery featuring affordable and diverse work by well-known and emerging artists from Los Angeles and beyond. The concept for Curatorial Hub was created by artist Bettina Hubby who generously devotes part of her practice to collaboration and connection, both of which are central to this new initiative. Hubby’s collaborator, Saskia Wilson-Brown, is the founder of The Institute of Art and Olfaction, a non-profit devoted to experimentation and access in perfumery and experimental scent. Teaming up, they form a partnership in this new arts-venture that draws on their combined strengths of curating, collaborating and poetic outreach. More info at curatorialhub.com

The Lapis Press is committed to collaborating with contemporary visual artists throughout the world who possess a unique and uncompromising vision. Lapis provides a dynamic and enriching environment that enables artists to articulate work in any medium. Lapis is dedicated to achieving the level of trust necessary to realize successful editions. The quality and relevance of the work produced is a direct result of the enduring relationships Lapis cultivates with its artists. More info at lapispress.com

DEPART Foundation
DEPART FOUNDATION provides an alternative platform for creative experimentation and exploration, set within a global context, that thrives outside of conventional, cultural structures. The impact of its work can best be understood as the charting of new artistic destinations with every project and program it undertakes.

Since its founding in 2008, DEPART Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. DEPART Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of space and resources conducive to research, production and exhibition of new work, and to the presentation of educational and public programs.

Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by DEPART Foundation. They include Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck and Frances Stark.

Since 2014, DEPART Foundation Los Angeles has presented solo exhibitions for Gabriele de Santis, Kour Pour, Grear Patterson, Petra Cortright, Mark Horowitz, Giorgio Andreotta Calo, Cameron Platter, Edward S. Curtis, Ulay, and Michael Pybus, Chase Hall and the group show Seasick in Paradise curated by Amy Yao.


On view in the gallery:

JOEY WOLF

Swimming at The Saguaro, 2016

Frozen strawberry drink, 2016

balcony view, 2016

Ava in the Studio, 2017

Beers on the river, 2017

Hawaii 06, 2017

Hawaii 13, 2017

Theo Triantafyllidis

Mountain (Ceramic), 2016

Still Life with Yumyums, 2016

From left to right: Mountain (Ceramic), Mountain (Screenpiece), Prometheus, Pin Pon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Art from Africa

DEPART FOUNDATION IN MALIBU VILLAGE
3822 Cross Creek Rd, Suite 3844, Malibu, CA 90265

January 27 - February 28, 2018

CURATED BY KISITO ASSANGNI

 

On view in the main gallery:

 

 

Halida Boughriet (Algeria)
Pandore, 2014, 8'27"

 

 

 

Abdoul-Ganiou Dermani (Togo)
Afrikabu, 2017, 2’15’’

 

 

 

Kokou Ekouagou (Togo)
Life goes on, 2016, 1’24’’

 

 

Said Rais (Morocco)
Parasitisme, 2015, 7’04’’

 

 

Mohamed Thara (Morocco)
As Long As I Can Hold My Breath, 2016, 9’39’’

 

 

Betelhem Makonnen (Ethiopia)
(W)here is here, 2014, 2’35’’

 

 

Enoh Lienemann (Nigeria)
In My Head, 2016, 6’30’’

 

 

Tabita Rezaire (South Africa)
Premium Connect, 2017, 13’04’’

 

 

LucFosther Diop (Cameroon)
From the Shadow Ship To The Sky Ship, 2013, 4’41’’

About the curator
Kisito Assangni is a Togolese-French curator, consultant and producer who studied museology. Currently living between London and Paris, his research focuses primarily on psycho-geography and the cultural impact of globalisation. He investigates the modes of cultural production that combine theory and practice. Assangni is heavily involved in video, performance and experimental sound. His projects have been shown internationally, including the ZKM Museum, Karlsruhe (Germany); Whitechapel Gallery, London; Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; Es Baluard Museum, Palma, Spain; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul among others. He has participated in symposia, talks and events at numerous international universities and festivals. Kisito is the founder/curator of TIME is Love Screening (International video art program) and [SFIP] project - Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy (Platform for critical thinking, researching and presenting Video art from Africa).

Riley O’Neill: Relax Shadeans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPART FOUNDATION IN MALIBU VILLAGE
3822 Cross Creek Rd, Suite 3844, Malibu, CA 90265

January 27 – February 28, 2018

A PROJECT ROOM INSTALLATION


DEPART FOUNDATION presents RELAX SHADEANS, an exhibition of new works by Riley O’Neill in the project room. The LA based, self-taught artist combines found objects, mementos, and mixed media to create sculptures and collages that set the scene for his misunderstood narratives. Connotations of “the West” are sprinkled throughout the work, which may reflect O’Neill’s “internal struggle with edited histories of settler colonization, attachment to place, and masculinity.”

Motifs that resemble cowboy boots, covered wagons, maps, and road signs invite viewers to entertain and justify the mimicry that runs throughout the exhibition.

In Relax Shadeans, the stage is set, the lights are lit, and the band plays, but where have all the characters gone?

 

RILEY O’NEILL
Born 1992 in Malibu, CA, Riley O’Neill lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He attended the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University and studied Activist Design Strategies.  He has exhibited works at Club Pro (Los Angeles, CA), MAK Center for Art and Architecture (Los Angeles, CA), Depart Foundation (Malibu, CA), Kimberly-Klark (Queens, NY), Steve Turner Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), and 9800 Sepulveda (Los Angeles, CA), amongst others.

 

DEPART Foundation
DEPART FOUNDATION provides an alternative platform for creative experimentation and exploration, set within a global context, that thrives outside of conventional, cultural structures. The impact of its work can best be understood as the charting of new artistic destinations with every project and program it undertakes.

Since its founding in 2008, DEPART Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. DEPART Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of space and resources conducive to research, production and exhibition of new work, and to the presentation of educational and public programs.

Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by DEPART Foundation. They include Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck and Frances Stark.

Since 2014, DEPART Foundation Los Angeles has presented solo exhibitions for Gabriele de Santis, Kour Pour, Grear Patterson, Petra Cortright, Mark Horowitz, Giorgio Andreotta Calo, Cameron Platter, Edward S. Curtis, Ulay, and Michael Pybus, Chase Hall and the group show Seasick in Paradise curated by Amy Yao.

Right at the Equator

Troy Makaza, Dislocation of Content, Part 1, 2017

Moffat Takadiwa, Hello- Hello- paRadio, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPART FOUNDATION IN MALIBU VILLAGE
3822 Cross Creek Rd, Suite 3844, Malibu, CA 90265

January 27 – February 28, 2018

A GROUP EXHIBITION FEATURING 22 CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ARTISTS

Curated by Valerie Kabov and Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie

IGSHAAN ADAMS, TAKUNDA REGIS BILLIAT, SERGE ATTUKWEI CLOTTEY, PAA JOE, TURIYA MAGADLELA, TROY MAKAZA, WALLEN MAPONDERA, MOSTAFF MUCHAWAYA, WYCLIFFE MUNDOPA, TENDAI MUPITA, MONGEZI NCAPHAYI, SIMPHIWE NDZUBE, OPTION NYAHUNZVI, GARETH NYANDORO, GRESHAM TAPIWA NYAUDE, LYDIA OURAHMANE, YAW OWUSU, CAMERON PLATTER, JULIO RIZHI, NICOLA ROOS, LADY SKOLLIE, AND MOFFAT TAKADIWA


Lady Skollie, The Apollo and Daphne Tale: Sisters Burning Funeral Wreaths for Catharsis, 2017

Beginning with artists from Southern African and edging North and West, Right at the Equator opens the door to the remarkable talent emerging from Africa and aims to expose a new audience to work by artists who equally challenge both the way things are and the way they appear to be.

A globalized art world makes it relatively easy to discover works from the farthest corners of the world, simply through the touch of a screen. As a result, it is easy to not question or to seek to understand the context in which art is made and what makes it possible. And yet, when works come from outside a familiar cultural and geographic domain, understanding the life and socio-cultural context of an artist is imperative to understanding the content and the possibilities of that artwork.

Right at the Equator is an exhibition that is built upon a commitment to understand and support emerging artists across Africa; artists living in places where ordinary rules of infrastructure, services, and other accommodations that artists in the West take for granted do not apply. While recognizing the artists’ living realities, this presentation side-steps parochial concerns and paternalism, situating all of the artists first and foremost as important contemporary practitioners who merit recognition among their international peers.

These artists have a uniquely advantageous relationship with art history writ large.

“As contemporary and predominantly ‘born-free’ Africans they have an easy familiarity with the dominant [Western] canon. Unlike their Western peers who feel frequently burdened by the weight of history, these artists often do not need to break with, rebel against, compete with, nor defend any bastion of tradition. They are comfortable with their multiple locations in global space and share a fluid ability to move with unselfconscious awareness and to borrow from plural artistic, cultural, and historic traditions,” said Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie exhibition curator and Professor of Art History and Visual Cultures of Global Africa at UC Santa Barbara.

 

About the curators

Valerie Kabov is an art critic, curator, and educator with a focus on emerging art practices, audience engagement, and intercultural dialogue. Valerie is Editor-at-Large of Art Africa Magazine and Co-founder and Director of Education/International Projects at First Floor Gallery Harare, Zimbabwe’s leading contemporary art gallery and educational platform for supporting emerging art in Zimbabwe and beyond.

Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie (Ph.D. Northwestern University) is Professor of Art History and Visual Cultures of Global Africa at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is the founder and Editor of Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture, and Director of Aachron Knowledge Systems. His research focuses on modern and contemporary art African art, cultural informatics, and the arts and cultural patrimony of Africa and the African Diaspora in the age of globalization.

 

The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of David Altman and Jamestown, L.P.

David Altman
David Altman is a South African born social entrepreneur, with education initiatives focused on skills and human development in the public sector in Southern Africa. For two decades, he was the Executive Director of the US Export Council working with Nelson Mandela’s first government and facilitating trade and investment between the US and Southern Africa. David is an avid supporter, patron, and collector of African Contemporary Art from across the continent.

Jamestown, L.P.
Jamestown, L.P. was established in 1983 as an investment and management company focused on income-producing real estate in the United States. Over the last 35 years, Jamestown has expanded into a national, vertically integrated real estate operator. Jamestown’s capabilities include: acquisitions, capital markets, property management, asset management, retail leasing, design, sustainability and risk management.

 

DEPART Foundation
Depart Foundation provides an alternative platform for creative experimentation and exploration, set within a global context, that thrives outside of conventional, cultural structures. The impact of its work can best be understood as the charting of new artistic destinations with every project and program it undertakes.

Since its founding in 2008, DEPART Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. DEPART Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of space and resources conducive to research, production and exhibition of new work, and to the presentation of educational and public programs.

Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by DEPART Foundation. They include Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck and Frances Stark.

Since 2014, DEPART Foundation Los Angeles has presented solo exhibitions for Gabriele de Santis, Kour Pour, Grear Patterson, Petra Cortright, Mark Horowitz, Giorgio Andreotta Calo, Cameron Platter, Edward S. Curtis, Ulay, and Michael Pybus, Chase Hall and the group show Seasick in Paradise curated by Amy Yao.

 

 

SATURDAY-MORNINGS

chase_hall_openingDEPART FOUNDATION IN MALIBU VILLAGE
3822 Cross Creek Rd, Suite 3844, Malibu, CA 90265

November 17 – January 15, 2018

FIRST WEST COAST SOLO EXHIBITION OF NEW WORKS
BY CHASE HALL
ENGAGES THE VISUAL HISTORY OF RACIAL BIGOTRY IN THE UNITED STATES


DEPART Foundation presents new works by New York-based artist Chase Hall in Saturday-Mornings. A self-taught photographer, painter, and mixed-media artist, Hall uses his artwork as a platform through which to critically engage the visual history of racial bigotry in the United States. Looking to the imagery that has validated racism through the negative typification of African Americans, Hall reveals the persistence of its readily ingestible types and caricatures. Though often presented playfully in the media, these images, in the absence of positive or heroic alternatives, impress a diminished and negating range of available representations.
By revealing the role of images in the insistent misrepresentation of race, Hall confronts its visual archetypes from sources such as cartoons, film, children’s books, and advertising to stress the perpetuity of disinformation these images inculcate. Saturday-Mornings is presented in a new dedicated project space at Depart Foundation Malibu Village, marking Hall’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles and the artist’s return to Malibu, the beach community where he spent part of his adolescence.

chase_hall_opening_1chase_hall_opening_2Hall was raised throughout the U.S and lived in Malibu as a teenager via Minnesota, Chicago, Las Vegas, Colorado, and Dubai. Now based in New York’s East Village, he works across a variety of media to articulate the reductive depictions of race and African American communities, looking to produce positive alternatives and optimistic engagements with this history. Striving to encourage a level of visual and racial literacy capable of understanding the painful inheritances of racism, Hall explores cultural narratives about “otherness” and identity that have long been disseminated uncritically through our visual culture.
The ubiquity of this imagery, and the facility with which it’s delivered through seemingly innocuous sources like children’s cartoons, commercial products, and entertainment media, is the focal point of Hall’s inquiry. A “Trojan Horse of racism,” in Hall’s words, these visual types are delivered comically, peripherally, and entertainingly, diffusing the segregating intent and effect of these portrayals. Looking at the history of these representations through the images that have reified them, Hall hopes to confront their negative effects through acknowledgment rather than disavowal.
The artist is best known for his poignant portraiture series. These photographs present candid and empathic representations of individual identity on the streets of New York, offering positive, iconoclastic, and countercultural depictions of the underdog. In contrast to these photographic works, in Saturday-Mornings Hall appropriates existing imagery, re-sensitizing his audience to the negative portrayal of African American identity in the media. Widely naturalized through historical reiteration, and absorbed from infancy by children, these portrayals function as cultural mechanisms to encourage segregation and perpetuate racial divides.
Saturday-Mornings presents a series of new paintings alongside a video work by Hall exploring
existing caricatural representations of African American identity from the present through the past. By looking to character types like the “mammy,” the “Uncle Remus,” the mistral, the jester, the addict, the puppet, or the fool, revealing just how widespread and available these ‘types’ have been in the visual landscape, Hall addresses the culturally impoverishing effect these impersonations have had on communities from within and without. Seldom depicted as hero or protagonist, the narratives available in the depiction of race are few.
By unpacking and re-appropriating some of the imagery that has perpetuated these sub-human
representations of African Americans, ultimately as visual justifications for prolonged racial inequity, Hall hopes to address the individual erasure and collective denial these images have enacted. By acknowledging the cultural legacy of misrepresentation, one that continues to infiltrate the media, Hall’s gesture of reclamation is a hopeful call for increased cultural cognizance and reparation.
Saturday-Mornings is on view at DEPART Foundation Malibu Village, concurrently with Sea Sick in Paradise, a group exhibition exploring diverse expressions of identity at the intersection of art and surf culture.
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CHASE HALL
Born in 1993 and raised across Minnesota, Chicago, Las Vegas, Colorado, Dubai and Malibu, Chase lives and works out of his studio in the East Village of New York. He has been included in exhibitions with: IMMA Project Space in Ireland, Cob Gallery in London, Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, Moms favorite in Los Angeles, Sheridan in the Bronx, Edward Minskoff Project Space in NYC, among others. He has released the publications: Gaucho, Come, Irie Jesus, Mug, Milk and Honey, Milk and Honey II. His work was awarded “The Best VICE Photos of 2016” and his artwork has been featured in: Vice, Vogue, LOVE, Munchies, Arteviste, Patter, COEVAL and Dazed.

DEPART Foundation
DEPART Foundation provides an alternative platform for creative experimentation and exploration, set within a global context, that thrives outside of conventional, cultural structures. The impact of its work can best be understood as the charting of new artistic destinations with every project and program it undertakes.
Since its founding in 2008, DEPART Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world.

DEPART Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of space and resources conducive to research, production and exhibition of new work, and to the presentation of educational and public programs.
Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by DEPART Foundation. They include Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck and Frances Stark. Since 2014, DEPART Foundation Los Angeles has presented solo exhibitions for Gabriele de Santis, Kour Pour, Grear Patterson, Petra Cortright, Mark Horowitz, Giorgio Andreotta Calo, Cameron Platter, Edward S. Curtis, Ulay, and Michael Pybus.

 

Sea Sick in Paradise

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DEPART FOUNDATION IN MALIBU VILLAGE
3822 Cross Creek Rd, Suite 3844, Malibu, CA 90265

July 8 – September 30, 2017

SUMMER GROUP EXHIBITION BY 46 ARTISTS WHOSE WORK LIES AT THE
INTERSECTION OF ART AND SURFING

Curated by Amy Yao

CHRIS BALLREICH, BASE BARAJAS, JENNIFER BARTLETT, BILLY AL BENGSTON, CRISTINE BLANCO, JAMIE BRISICK, BROWN GIRL SURF, CATHERINE BYUN, ALEXANDRA CASSANITI, SAMANTHA JANE CLARK, DAVID DONAHUE/ROBIN KEGEL, DANICA ELBERTSE, ROE ETHRIDGE, PETER FEND, EVE FOWLER/ MARIAH GARNETT, DANNY FULLER, ZOE GHERTNER, NOLAN HALL, JEFF HO,HOFFMAN FABRICS, STANYA KAHN, MARGARET KILGALLEN, ALEX KNOST, ROB KULISEK, MARGARET LEE, MATTHEW LUTZ KINOY, BARRY MCGEE, SARAH MCMENIMEN,DANIELLA FERNANDEZ MURPHY, ZAK NOYLE, TIN OJEDA, RILEY O’NEILL, KEVIN O’SULLIVAN, PETER SCHROFF, PACIFIC SPECIFIC, JEAN PAINLEVE, PRERNA SAMPAT WITH MELISSA IP AND RAMDASHA BICEEM, MIKA TAJIMA, GEORGE TRIMM/COLIN WHITBREAD, JENNIFER WEST AND PHILLIP ZACH


DEPART Foundation’s Sea Sick in Paradise is presented by Karma Automotive in collaboration with the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies at UCLA (LENS) and Surfrider Foundation.

Lead sponsorship is provided by The Agency.

The exhibition is hosted by Malibu Village and DEAN & DELUCA.

In-kind media support is provided by KCET.

Generous support is provided by Anna Getty & Scott Oster, Sydney Holland, founder of the Sydney D. Holland Foundation, SIXTY Hotels and Theodore & Heather Karatz.

Depart Foundation thanks the City of Malibu, Malibu Cultural Arts Commission and members of the Malibu City Council for their support.

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Sarah McMenimen

2016, Rembrandt, 40 x 30, A-C Kopie

Billy Al Bengston

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MICHAEL PYBUS: PEAK HUMAN

APRIL 13 – JUNE 3, 2017

 

PUBLIC OPENING
THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017, 6-9PM
DEPART Foundation, 9105 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Los Angeles, CA., – DEPART Foundation will present Michael Pybus: PEAK HUMAN, its first exhibition of works by the London-based mixed-media artist. A satirical blurring of boundaries and hierarchical relationships, PEAK HUMAN is a playful admixture of high and low. Hijacking the visual language of commercial consumption, Hollywood stargazing, and popular entertainment franchises, Pybus irreverently dissolves the graded divisions between the little known and the branded, the world of design and that of mass consumption, with the rarified vernaculars of fine art.

PEAK HUMAN will include a series of large-scale, collage paintings in which Pybus appropriates imagery from iconic sources. Recognizable are references to artworks by the likes of Warhol and Hokusai, Nintendo video game characters, Pokémon, and graphics from commercial design. Pybus creates amalgams of readily familiar brands in a commentary on the indiscriminate power of branding, while also referring to his cooptation of this fame. The freedom with which Pybus borrows objects, images, and references, captures varying forms of desire, whether it be the covetous satisfaction of consuming through retail, aspirational fantasies, or the familiar din of popular culture.

The exhibition will also include an installation component in the form of an IKEA living room showroom set up which will provide the viewing environment for his new video piece Growing Vegetables.

Pybus will also be premiering a series of reinterpreted red-carpet couture dresses, recalling three celebrities – Elizabeth Taylor, Jodie Foster and Jennifer Lawrence – at the height of their fame as Academy Award winners. Made in collaboration with his fashion designer sister Joanna Pybus, these garments replicate the design and proportions of the originals but are refashioned in loud, bombastic collage prints featuring many of the characters and artworks he samples in his paintings. Through this annexed gesture, Pybus stakes his claim on the generative myths of status and celebrity, past, and present.

PEAK HUMAN follows Michael Pybus’s exhibition A Hollywood Garden at The Cabin LA for which he completed a month-long residency in Los Angeles. Upcoming North American exhibitions include HIVE MIND opening at Jonathan Hopson Gallery in Houston on April 23 and a solo presentation at Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York City in June 2017.

In-kind media support is provided by KCET.

MICHAEL PYBUS
Michael Pybus hijacks capitalist brands and icons as a means to create an instant ‘relationship’ with the audience. They may not know his work, but everyone knows and has a relationship with brands and icons such as IKEA and Pikachu (love/hate or indifference). Pybus processes this iconography through collage and painting to allow his source material to deviate into new readings and narratives. Through doing so, Michael lays claim to mass market iconography linking it to his own brand as an artist, transforming the globally generic into the customised and autobiographical.

Image credits: Left: Peak Human, courtesy of the artist. Right: Kick! 2017 Acrylic and UV blacklight paint on canvas 78″ x106″, courtesy the artist.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGES
Livia Mandoul, +1 407 919 93924, livia@lynwinter.com

 

ULAY: THE ANIMIST

JANUARY 28–APRIL 1, 2017

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PUBLIC OPENING
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2016, 6-9PM
DEPART Foundation, 9105 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Exhibition curated by Maria Rus Bojan

Los Angeles, CA–DEPART Foundation announced today that it will present Ulay: The Animist, its first solo exhibition and the first West Coast presentation for German artist Frank Uwe Laysiepen, known by his pseudonym – Ulay (b.1943).

This landmark exhibition highlights key features of his oeuvre, unfolding the main trajectories that draw on his performances and photographic works. A pioneer of body art, performance art and Polaroid photography, Ulay is well known for Relation Works – his collaborative period with Marina Abramović, between the years 1976 and 1988. Recently, Ulay’s individual work achieved newfound attention, culminating with the 2016 retrospective exhibitions at Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Nederlandse Fotomuseum, Rotterdam and GNYP Gallery Berlin.

The Animist unfolds Ulay’s individual oeuvre by exploring the hidden connections between seemingly disparate aspects of his work and his passionate life. The exhibition traces the genealogy of Ulay’s self-performative Polaroid photography from the early 1970s to the life size experiments he conducted with large format Polaroid technique in the 1990s. This presentation also includes photographic documentations of his travels throughout China and Australia, bringing together a body of works that truly reflects the artist’s underlying preoccupation with the expression of reality in its most immediate and intense form.

The show takes its title The Animist from a 1995 performance of the same name, in which Ulay tests the boundaries of perception and public participation through a subversive combination of sounds and ritual gestures. Considering the metaphor of “the animist” as the most appropriate expression of the core of Ulay’s work – a figure that joins together and reconfigures the relation between the spiritual and material world – the exhibition invites viewers to discover the artist’s intense experiences and insights into what constitutes Reality.

Ulay’s commitment to showing life in its most basic, raw, and truthful form poses an existential and ethical dimension, where the Polaroid is the preferred medium to embody his take on reality by capturing the image’s process of becoming. At a retrospective glance, these images stand out through a personal aesthetic purged of emotion and stylistic artifices. They go beyond the crust of conventional thought in order to penetrate at the heart of what constitutes subjective reality, thus encouraging us to fundamentally reconsider our relationship with ourselves and with the world.

ULAY
Ulay is the pseudonym of Frank Uwe Laysiepen. He was born in 1943 in Solingen, Germany. Ulay was formally trained as a photographer, and between 1968 and 1971, he worked extensively as a consultant for Polaroid. In the early period of his artistic activity (1968–1976) he explored identity and the body through a series of Polaroid photographs, aphorisms, and intimate performances. At that time, Ulay’s photographic approach was becoming increasingly performative and resulted in performative photography (FOTOTOT, 1976). From 1976 to 1988, he collaborated with Marina Abramović on numerous performances; their work focused on questioning perceived masculine and feminine traits and pushing the physical limits of the body (Relation Works). After the break with Marina, Ulay focused on photography, addressing the position of the marginalized individual in contemporary society and re-examining the problem of nationalism and its symbols (Berlin Afterimages, 1994–1995). Nevertheless, although he was working primarily in photography, he remained connected to the question of the ‘performative’, which resulted in his constant ‘provocation’ of audiences through numerous performances, workshops and lecture-performances. In recent years, Ulay is mostly engaged in projects and artistic initiatives that raise awareness, enhance understanding and appreciation of, and respect for, water (Earth Water Catalogue, 2012). Ulay’s work, as well as his collaborative work with Marina Abramović, is featured in many collections of major art institutions around the world such as Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Centre Pompidou Paris; Museum of Modern Art New York.

MARIA RUS BOJAN
Maria Rus Bojan is an international curator based in Amsterdam. Rus Bojan works closely with the German performance artist Ulay, writing, curating, and producing materials for several international exhibitions such as Ulay’s first major retrospective, GEN.E.T.RATION ULTIMA RATIO, (2005), at Centro Parraga, Murcia, Spain, Ich bin Ich, (2013), Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, and Body of Pain, Body of Love, Body of Wisdom, (2016) at GNYP Gallery Berlin, while contributing to his recent retrospectives at Nederlandse Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, (2016). In 2014, she published Ulay’s first monograph: Whispers, Ulay on Ulay, at Valiz Amsterdam, awarded the Special Prize for Publications of the Dutch Section at the International Association of Art Critics in 2015. She has been a curator of Performing History, the Romanian Pavillon for the 54th edition of the International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia (2011). Rus Bojan publishes extensively on contemporary art and is a regular contributor to Sinteza Magazine.

DEPART Foundation
DEPART Foundation provides an alternative platform for creative experimentation and exploration, set within a global context, that thrives outside of conventional, cultural structures. The impact of its work can best be understood as the charting of new artistic destinations with every project and program it undertakes.

Since its founding in 2008, DEPART Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. Like multiple outposts in Europe and U.S., DEPART Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of spaces and resources conducive to the research, production and exhibition of new work, and to the presentation of educational and public programs.
Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by DEPART Foundation. They include Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck and Frances Stark.
Depart Foundation in Los Angeles has presented solo exhibitions of work by Gabriele de Santis, Kour Pour, Grear Patterson, Petra Cortright, Mark Horowitz, Giorgio Andreotta Calo, Cameron Platter and Edward S. Curtis.

Image credit: Ulay, The Animist, 1995, color print, documentation of the performance with the same title from Theater aan der Werf, Utrecht, courtesy the artist, Gnyp Gallery Berlin and MB Art Agency Amsterdam. Photo: Peter Boersma.

PRESS OFFICE FOR THE EXHIBITION
Lyn Winter, +1 213 446 0788, lyn@lynwinter.com
Livia Mandoul, +1 407 919 93924, livia@lynwinter.com

DEPART FOUNDATION
Lorena Stamo, roma@departfoundation.org

REDISCOVERING GENIUS: THE WORKS OF EDWARD S. CURTIS

DEPART Foundation presents

REDISCOVERING GENIUS: THE WORKS OF EDWARD S. CURTIS
CURATED BY BRUCE KAPSON
Premier Showing of Curtis’s Masterwork Copper Photogravure Printing Plates
NOVEMBER 18, 2016 – JANUARY 14, 2017

PUBLIC OPENING: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016, 6-9PM

DEPART Foundation, 9105 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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Los Angeles, CA., – Depart Foundation announced today that it will present a comprehensive exhibition of rare and important historical works by one of the most influential photographers of the American West, Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952). Curated by Bruce Kapson, Rediscovering Genius: The Works Of Edward S. Curtis will mark the premier institutional showing of Curtis’s masterwork body of Copper Photogravure Printing Plates used in the production of his epic publishing venture The North American Indian , and will include examples from every photographic medium in which the artist worked.

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Image credits top to bottom:

– Edward S. Curtis, Pulini and Koyame – Walpi, Volume 12, 1921, Copper Photogravure Printing  Plate, 9 x 6 inches. Courtesy Bruce Kapson Gallery.

– Edward S. Curtis, The Rush Gatherer – Kutenai, Plate 255, 1910, Copper Photogravure Printing  Plate, 13 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches. Courtesy Bruce Kapson Gallery.

– Edward S. Curtis, Chief Joseph – Nez Perce, Copper Photogravure Printing Plate, Portfolio 8, Plate 256, 1903. 18 x 12 5/8 inches. Courtesy Bruce Kapson Gallery.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Lyn Winter, +1 213 446 0788, lyn@lynwinter.com
Livia Mandoul, +1 407 919 93924, livia@lynwinter.com

Giorgio Andreotta Calò: 5122.65 Miles

DEPART Foundation Presents

GIORGIO ANDREOTTA CALÒ: 5122.65 MILES
MARCH 10-MAY 7, 2016

First exhibition in the United States, links Venice, Italy to Venice, California

PUBLIC OPENING:
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016 FROM 6-9PM
DEPART Foundation, 9105 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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Los Angeles, CA – Depart Foundation is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition of works by Italian artist Giorgio Andreotta Calò, on view March 10 to May 7, 2016. 5122.65 Miles, curated by Luca Lo Pinto, refers to the numeric distance between Italy’s Venice, where the artist was born, and California’s own Venice, linking the two cities from distant continents both literally and figuratively. The exhibition is Calò’s first in the United States, and will feature photographs, sculptures, and film drawn from the artist’s ephemeral and performative practice. Interested in the intersection of architecture, time, and object-based art, Calò creates spatial and experiential interventions, preserving the residual remnants and artifacts as photographic records, or transforming them into sculpture.

In 5122.65 Miles, the artist will present a series of photographic images drawn from an extensive archive documenting his projects and interventions into various urban and rural centers. Like sensory notations or visual notes, the photographic ephemera from these explorations capture fleeting moments and impressions of time and place. Among Calò’s past projects are a series of walks taken over 1,600 miles through France, Portugal, and Spain, and the site-specific transformation of an abandoned parliament building in Sarajevo, which Calò semi-permanently lit from morning until night with artificial light. Calò has also captured images of Los Angeles with an improvised pinhole camera created in the trunk of a car. In this series, the artist captured images of the LA landscape from the confines of a trunk, physically enacting the visual restriction of cinema in which the periphery is always obfuscated. The images are direct exposures onto photographic paper, unmediated by additional time or processing.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Calò will be releasing a photography book published by NERO featuring the entire series of car trunk photographs taken in Los Angeles in 2010.

Time and perception are recurrent themes in Calò’s work. He persistently explores what he calls the “active residues” of materials or objects. His sculptures and images always recall living things, linked, as they are, to intervention, interaction, and the specificity of time and place. Charged with the valence of origin and narrative, Calò will formalize found materials or components extracted from the landscapes and structures he has visited. He has transformed, for instance, the found eroded wood pillars used for centuries to moor boats in Venice, Italy into vertical bronze monoliths, and core samples of earth taken from coal mines into formal sculptural compositions. An undeniable element of alchemy and transformation informs his sculpture, as the artist converts geologic specimens, the leavings of industry, and structural ruins into formal, totemic symbols. These objects, though derived from contextually specific materials, invoke broader associations of impermanence, mortality, and decay.

In addition to the photographic notations, the exhibition will include a selection of these sculptural works by Calò, and a film shot in the south of Sardinia, 400 meters below ground in the obscure depths of a mine. The exhibition will create a dialogue among these varied examples of his explorative work, demonstrating the connection and continuity between his impressions, images, and objects. The works seem disparate and unrelated, but as one travels through the installation, the interconnectedness of the photographs, sculptures, and film will reveal the holistic nature of the artist’s process-driven practice.

ABOUT GIORGIO ANDREOTTA CALÒ
Giorgio Andreotta Calò was born in 1979 in Venice, Italy. He lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His solo exhibitions include: La sculpture langue morte, Institut Culturel Italien de Paris, Paris (2014); La scultura lingua morta, WilfriedLentz, Rotterdam (2014); level, Peep-Hole@Fonderia Battaglia, Milan (2014); 08.09.2012- 21.10.2012, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam (2012); 22 luglio 1911 / 22 luglio 2011, Premio Lum per l’arte contemporanea, Teatro Margherita, Bari (2011). Group shows include: Ritratto dell’artista da giovane, Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli (2014);The Volkskrant Art Prize 2014, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam (2014); Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea 2012, MAXXI, Rome (2012); ILLUMInazioni / ILLUMInations, 54. Venice Biennale, Venice (2011); SI – Sindrome Italiana, la jeune création artistique italienne, Magasin-Centre National d’Art contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble (2010).

ABOUT LUCA LO PINTO
Luca Lo Pinto (born 1981) works between Vienna and Rome. He is currently a curator at Kunsthalle Wien and is the founder of the magazine and publishing house NERO. His recent exhibitions include Charlemagne Palestine, Kunsthalle Wien/Witte de With (2016); Individual Stories, Kunsthalle Wien (2015); Le Regole del Gioco, Achille Castiglioni Studio-Museum (2015); Pierre Bismuth, Kunsthalle Wien (2015); Trapped in the closet, Carnegie Library/FRAC Champagne Ardenne (2013); Antigrazioso, Palais de Toyko (2013); Luigi Ontani-AnderSennoSogno, H.C. Andersen Museum (2012/2013); D’après Giorgio, Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Foundation (2012); and When In Rome, IIC, Hammer Museum, LAXART, Los Angeles (2011).

Lo Pinto has edited artist books by Olaf Nicolai, Luigi Ontani, Emilio Prini, Alexandre Singh and Mario Garcia Torres. In 2014 he published a time capsule publication titled 2014. He serves on the advisory board of Depart Foundation.

ABOUT DEPART FOUNDATION
DEPART Foundation is an emerging arts organization predicated on the discussion, exhibition and production of art and is dedicated to the development and support of contemporary artists whose work and careers are departing from their previous endeavors or predecessors.

Since its founding in 2008, DEPART Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. Like multiple outposts in Europe and U.S., DEPART Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of spaces and resources conducive to the research, production and exhibition of new work, and to the presentation of educational and public programs.

Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by DEPART Foundation. They include Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck and Frances Stark.

Image credit: Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Los Angeles September 22, 2010, 2010. Polaroid, stenopeic hole 10 x 9.5 cm. Courtesy the artist.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

PRESS OFFICE FOR THE EXHIBITION
Lyn Winter, +1 213 446 0788, lyn@lynwinter.com
Jessica McCormack, +1 323 497 9308, jessica@lynwinter.com

DEPART FOUNDATION
Damiana Leoni and Lorena Stamo, roma@departfoundation.org

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Opening of the new permanent project space in Miami Beach with ‘WONDERWHEEL’ curated by CURA.



DEPART FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES

NEW PERMANENT PROJECT SPACE IN MIAMI BEACH
OPENING DECEMBER 2015 WITH WONDERWHEEL
CURATED BY CURA.

FIRST INSTALLATION IN A SERIES OF ANNUAL CURATED PROJECTS

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NAUTILUS, A SIXTY HOTEL

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Los Angeles – Depart Foundation announced today the launch of a new, permanent project space in Miami Beach. The new space will open in December 2015 with the presentation of WONDERWHEEL, curated by Italian curatorial and editorial platform CURA., as the first in a series of annual guest-curated exhibitions. The project space located within Nautilus, the newlyopened 250-room South Beach oceanfront property, has been established in partnership with Depart Foundation advisory board member and owner and co-founder of SIXTY Hotels, Jason Pomeranc to further the ongoing efforts of the Foundation to foster an active, international dialogue and engagement with contemporary art, and adds to the Foundation’s itinerant program and existing presence in Rome and Los Angeles.

Conceived by the Italian curatorial and editorial platform CURA. and its founders Andrea Baccin and Ilaria Marotta, WONDERWHEEL will be a site-specific exhibition featuring videos, paintings, sculptures and installation works by international artists, some of whom have been presented recently by the Depart Foundation including Petra Cortright, Marc Horowitz, Grear Patterson and Gabriele De Santis, as well as Zachary Armstrong, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Oliver Laric, Helen Marten, Takeshi Murata, Oliver Osborne, Marco Palmieri, Eddie Peake, Cameron Platter, Jon Rafman, Slavs and Tartars, and special projects by Ryan Gander, Francesco Simeti and Martin Soto Climent.

Depart Foundation’s Founder Pierpaolo Barzan says of the project, “The Depart Foundation strives to connect artists with new opportunities and places, and to create opportunities for critical dialogue and reciprocity. The new Miami project space at Nautilus will further this goal, providing the Foundation and its artists with an exciting and dynamic new context to explore. We are very grateful to Jason Pomeranc for his vision and enthusiasm in furthering our footprint internationally.”

Jason Pomeranc, owner and co-founder of SIXTY Hotels, says of the collaboration: “Contemporary visual culture is a vital part of today’s travel experience. We have always embraced art as an integral element of our hospitality offering, and we’re delighted to partner with the Depart Foundation to house their permanent project space in Miami.”

WONDERWHEEL will occupy the length of Nautilus’s lobby perimeter wall, punctuating the space with unexpected visual interjections of neo-pop, graphic imagery, playful visual texts, popcultural impressions and fantasy frameworks. The installation will explore the aesthetic, symbolic and expressive territory of a new generation of young contemporary artists who are revisiting childhood imagery in their work. These artists, in varying and individual ways, channel intentionally naive impressions to convey the complexity and ambivalence of adult experience.

EXHIBITION DATES AND LOCATION
Depart Foundation’s WONDERWHEEL curated by CURA. will be on view from December 3, 2015–September 30, 2016 at Nautilus, 1825 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.

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Holding her Hand in the Air in the Shape of a Gun 8, 2012, paint on canvas; Takeshi Murata, I,
Popeye, 2010, single channel video, 6′ sound by Devin Flynn and Ross Goldstein.

ABOUT DEPART FOUNDATION
DEPART Foundation is an emerging arts organization predicated on the discussion, exhibition and production of art, and is dedicated to the development and support of contemporary artists whose work and careers represent a departure from their previous endeavors or predecessors.

Since its founding in 2008, DEPART Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. Like multiple outposts in Europe and the US, DEPART Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and through the provision of spaces and resources conducive to the research, production and exhibition of new work, and to the presentation of educational and public programs.

Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by DEPART Foundation. They include, among others, Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck and Frances Stark.

Depart Foundation is currently exhibiting works by Los Angeles artist Marc Horowitz in Interior, Day (A Door Opens), on view October 8 to December 19; its fifth exhibition in Los Angeles, since September 2015, following presentations by artists Gabriele de Santis, Kour Pour, Grear Patterson and Petra Cortright.

ABOUT CURA.
CURA. is a curatorial/editorial platform, founded by Ilaria Marotta and Andrea Baccin in 2009, and consists of a magazine, a publishing house, and an exhibition program that works internationally in collaboration with museums, foundations, galleries, institutions and independents. Curatorial research and critical activity developed by CURA. is focused on both the investigation of new contemporary languages and on the development and implementation of new exhibition formats. BASEMENT ROMA, conceived and powered by CURA., is envisioned as a self-sustainable project space, devoted to experimentation, discussion and the promotion of artists’ practices.

Recent collaborations include: American Academy in Rome, Rome; Fondazione Giuliani, Rome; #kunsthallelissabon, Lisbon; Valentin, Paris; MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome; FIAC/YCI program, Paris; d.c.a / PIANO, France; Frieze Reading Room, London; Frutta, Rome; Printed Matter, New York; Motto, Berlin; DRAF, London; Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; London Metropolitan University, London.

ABOUT NAUTILUS, A SIXTY HOTEL
Originally built as the Nautilus Hotel, our luxury boutique hotel on Collins Ave is located in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco district. Designed by famed architect Morris Lapidus in the 1950s, Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, has been renovated with homage to its original spirit. Revealing an extensive evolution of what the property once was and stood for, Nautilus will feature a comfortable design that emulates a luxury beach house with public spaces, rooms and suites that will have an international and residential feel.

Located at 1825 Collins Ave, Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, is a 250-room oceanfront property featuring 51 suites – two signature SIXTY Suites, and one two-bedroom Penthouse. The property, originally named the Nautilus Hotel, was designed in the 1950’s by famed architect Morris Lapidus. The hotel stretches from Collins Avenue to the Beach, and stands eight stories high with an entrance that leads guests from the arrival area to the lobby lounge with the sunken bar area, featuring the restored “stairway to nowhere”. The Signature restaurant by China Grill features a Celebrity Chef and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The salt-water pool and bar is surrounded by cabanas; and a playful lawn setting with Bohemian hammocks overlooks the beach, with beach chairs and private beach service.

ABOUT SIXTY HOTELS
SIXTY Hotels is part of SIXTY Collective, a new company established by Brothers Jason Pomeranc, Michael Pomeranc, Lawrence Pomeranc, and long-time collaborator Stephen Brandman, committed to creating a 360-degree cultural experience in hospitality environments.

SIXTY Hotels is a collective of singularly iconoclastic luxury lodgings based in New York City and Los Angeles with Nautilus – a SIXTY Hotel opening in Miami in 2015. Opting to draw inspiration from our unique urban backdrops, to establish distinct rhythms in service and experience, SIXTY Hotels’ directive is quite simply to inspire and comfort our guests. No longer is a hotel just a bed, a bath, and a mini-bar. It is a way of life, emblematic of guests’ personal tastes. Our guests are true “artists-in-residence,” at home to make their experience their own canvas. In our carefully curated inns, lodgers-in-residence can expect a distinguished palette, artful service and comfort in every way. The result is a hospitality group that assures a stay in a SIXTY Hotel will remain with guests long after they’ve checked out.

CONTACT

DEPART FOUNDATION PRESS OFFICE FOR THE EXHIBITION
Lyn Winter, +1 213 446 0788, lyn@lynwinter.com
Jessica McCormack, +1 323 497 9308, jessica@lynwinter.com

DEPART FOUNDATION
Natalie Perrault, np@departfoundation.org
Damiana Leoni and Lorena Stamo, roma@departfoundation.org

 

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Depart Foundation presents: WONDERWHEEL by Cura. at Nautilus Hotel

Depart Foundation presents: WONDERWHEEL by Cura. at Nautilus Hotel

Depart Foundation presents: WONDERWHEEL by Cura. at Nautilus Hotel

Depart Foundation presents: WONDERWHEEL by Cura. at Nautilus Hotel

Depart Foundation presents: WONDERWHEEL by Cura. at Nautilus Hotel

Depart Foundation presents: WONDERWHEEL by Cura. at Nautilus Hotel

Marc Horowitz in conversation with Charlie White

Depart Foundation invites you to an art talk with Marc Horowitz andUSC Roski School of Art and Design Professor Charlie White on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 6-8pm

Depart Foundation
9105 W. Sunset Blvd, LA, CA 90069

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In conjunction with his first major solo exhibition in the U.S., Los Angeles based artist Marc Horowitz joins USC Roski School of Art and Design Professor Charlie White for a conversation about Interior, Day (A Door Opens).  On view at Depart Foundation through January 30, 2016, the exhibition presents encounters between the high and low and the old and new, conflating art historical references and typologies in a mash-up of thrift store chintz and idiosyncratic commentary. Please download the press release below for more information about the exhibition.

RSVP rsvp@departfoundation.org attend the event on Saturday, November 21 from 6-8pm, the conversation will begin at 6:30pm.

ABOUT MARC HOROWITZ
Marc Horowitz (b. 1976) is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography, painting, sculpture, performance, video, and social practice. Horowitz holds a master’s degree in art from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees in art and marketing from San Francisco Art Institute and Indiana University Kelley School of Business. In a practice that combines traditional drawing, commercial photography, and new media, Horowitz turns American culture on its head to explore the idiosyncrasies of entertainment, class, commerce, failure, success, and personal meaning. Using visual puns, large-scale participatory projects, and viral social pranks, Horowitz creates environments of high energy that lift the most mundane to the status of grand event in complex interplays between subject, viewer, and participant.

Horowitz has exhibited both nationally and internationally; notable solo exhibitions include: Moving, Aran Cravey, Los Angeles (2013), The Advice of Strangers, funded by Creative Time, curated by Nato Thompson, web-based (2011), The Me & You Show, The Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2007), The Center for Improved Living, Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, CH (2007), More Better, AMT Gallery, Lake Como IT (2007), TCFIL, Galerie Nuke, Paris FR (2007). His work has been featured extensively on local and national television including ABC News, NPR Weekend Edition, CBS Inside Edition CBS, CNN American Morning, and on NBC’s The Today Show. He has taught at the University of Southern California and lectured at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California Institute of the Arts, Stanford University, and Yale University. Horowitz teaches a course in new media art at Otis College with his partner, Petra Cortright. www.marchorowitzarchive.com

ABOUT CHARLIE WHITE
Charlie White is a photographer and filmmaker whose work has been exhibited internationally since 1999. White holds the position of Professor of Fine Art at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design.

White was a fellow at the Yale Norfolk Summer Program in 1994, received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1995, and his MFA in 1998 from Art Center College of Design.

White has had solo gallery exhibitions at the Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; FA Projects, London; Loock Gallery, Berlin; Brandstrom Gallery, Stockholm; and LAXART, Los Angeles. Solo institutional exhibitions include the Los Angeles County Museum; Domus Artium in Salamanca, Spain; Oslo Kunstforening in Oslo, Norway; and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, in Ridgefield, CT.

White has been included in numerous group exhibitions such as Spectator Sports, curated by Allison Grant at the Museum for Contemporary Photography, Chicago, 2013; the 2011 Singapore Biennial; Nine Lives, curated by Ali Subotnik at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, 2009; The Puppet Show, curated by Ingrid Schafnner and Carin Kuoni for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, 2008; Art in America Now, organized by the Guggenheim Museum for the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art in China, 2007; and Sympathy For The Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, curated by Dominic Molon for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2007. White’s film, American Minor, 2008, was selected to screen at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

White’s work has been discussed and reviewed in periodicals and journals such as The New York Times, Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art, Modern Painters, The New Yorker, Wired, Lacanian ink, and EXIT Image and Culture. In addition, his works have been included in two Thames and Hudson surveys, The Photograph As Contemporary Art, by Charlotte Cotton, and The Body in Contemporary Art, by Sally O’Reilly, amongst other surveys on contemporary photography and art.

White’s most recent monographs include Such Appetite, Little Brown Mushroom, 2013, and American Minor, JPR | Ringier, 2009. His most recent project, Music For Sleeping Children, is an experimental pop album focusing on the lives of adolescent girls.

Charlie White lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Cameron Platter: U-SAVED-ME

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DEPART Foundation Presents

CAMERON PLATTER
U-SAVED-ME

JUNE 23 – OCTOBER 9, 2016

PUBLIC OPENING: THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016 FROM 6-9PM
DEPART Foundation, 9105 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90069


Los Angeles, CA – Depart Foundation is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition of works by South African-Italian artist Cameron Platter. Curated by Camilla Querin, U-SAVED-ME is on view from June 23 to September 24, 2016.

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– Text by Tim Leibbrandt

U-SAVED-ME is Cameron Platter’s first solo exhibition in the United States, featuring work made over a two-year period. Comprising video, sound, sculpture, tapestry, and drawings, the works in the exhibition cohere to form an immersive installation that captures the artist’s eclectic and multi-disciplinary approach to research and art making.

Blurring the distinction between high and low, Platter’s work appropriates, references, and filters, in a highly personal and idiosyncratic way, the enormous amounts of information available to us today. U-SAVED-ME draws on sources as disparate as R. Kelly, fast food, Constantin Brâncuși, historical South African artists and Arts and Crafts movements, LSD, landscape, Deepak Chopra, poetry, interracial pornography, cheese curls, advertising, therapy, psycho-collage, and consumerism.

NERO will publish a book that combines images, text, and poetry to accompany the exhibition.

CAMERON PLATTER

Platter was born in 1978 in Johannesburg, and currently lives and works in Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Recent exhibitions include Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, SF- MOMA, San Francisco; Imaginary Fact, Contemporary South African Art and the Archive, 55th Venice Bi- ennale; De Leur Temps, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes; Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo (2014) and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Biennale de Dakar 2010, Dakar, Senegal; and Absent Heroes, Iziko South African Na- tional Gallery. His work appears in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York, and he has been featured in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Vice Magazine, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Ut- flukt, L’Officiel Art, Art South Africa, Protocollum, and Artforum.

CAMILLA QUERIN

Querin is an independent curator based in Los Angeles. She has worked with the curatorial teams of the International Center of Photography (ICP) and El Museo del Barrio in New York, and she has collaborated on the preparation of the photographer Tseng Kwong Chi’s major solo exhibition (NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, NY). She co-curated the photographic exhibition Stories of El Salvador: The Civil War and Its

Aftermath (NYU’s Stovall Gallery, NY) and curated the exhibition Exile: The Land of Non-Belonging (2017). Camilla holds an MA in Museum Studies from New York University and will begin her PhD in Art History at University of California at Riverside in the fall of 2016.

DEPART FOUNDATION

DEPART Foundation is an emerging arts organisation predicated on the discussion, exhibition and production of art and is dedicated to the development and support of contemporary artists whose work and careers are departing from their previous endeavours or predecessors.

Since its founding in 2008, DEPART Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. Like multiple outposts in Europe and U.S., DEPART Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of spaces and resources conducive to the research, production and exhibition of new work, and to the presentation of educational and public programs.

Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by DEPART Foundation. They include Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck and Frances Stark.

 

Image credit: Cameron Platter, U-SAVED-ME (still), 2016, color video, sound, 15min., courtesy of the artist.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

PRESS OFFICE FOR THE EXHIBITION
Lyn Winter, +1 213 446 0788, lyn@lynwinter.com
Livia Mandoul, +1 407 919 93924, livia@lynwinter.com

DEPART FOUNDATION
Damiana Leoni and Lorena Stamo, roma@departfoundation.org

 

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Marc Horowitz:
Interior, Day (A Door Opens)

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Marc Horowitz “Silence.. then a powerful low organ NOTE resounds in the cavernous space”. Oil, charcoal, pastel, acrylic spray paint on canvas,72″ x 84″, 2015.

OCTOBER 8-JANUARY 30, 2016

PUBLIC OPENING
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2015 FROM 6-9PM
DEPART Foundation, 9105 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Los Angeles – Depart Foundation is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition of works by Los Angeles based artist Marc Horowitz. Curated by Nicola Ricciardi, Interior, Day (A Door Opens), on view October 8 – January 30, 2016, will feature new paintings and sculpture. With a prescient instinct for the untapped cultural potential of populist mediums, notably Internet culture, commercial advertising and the entertainment industry, Horowitz looks to establish a social connection and reciprocity between viewer and artist.

In this new body of work, Horowitz stages encounters between the high and low, and the old and new, conflating art historical references and typologies in a mash-up of thrift store chintz and idiosyncratic commentary. Often funny, irreverently bawdy and even scatological, Horowitz’s sculptures start with formal references to Classical statuary which are then playfully corrupted with the inclusion of junky every day objects; everything from plastic cups to ceramic budgies and clown figurines.

Horowitz’s paintings are executed on canvas with a combination of oil, charcoal, pastel and acrylic spray paint. Combining abstract expressionist markmaking, vibrant color, and cartoonish shorthand, his works feel haphazard and precise, combining the best aspects of spontaneous notation and deliberate composition. Concerned with conjuring an experiential context beyond the immediate frame of the art object, his aesthetic never veers too far away from a cinematic proposition. The title Interior, Day (A Door Opens) conjures a mise en scène, encouraging the viewer to insert themselves into the narratives offered by this irreverent storyteller. The titles of the artworks themselves are drawn from screenplays for The Matrix and Tarkovsky’s Solaris, and are intended to reinforce the willfully awkward and wonderfully playful displacements that Horowitz encourages through his works.

Horowitz has lived by popular vote–crowdsourcing an entire month of his life–traveled the country dining with strangers, taken a virtual cross-country road trip using Google maps, handed out blank sheets of paper as free ideas, and run errands in San Francisco on a mule – all in service of his experimental social practice. Using social media platforms like YouTube and Twitter, his video projects, webisodes and social interventions have gone viral, making him an Internet celebrity. Horowitz stages the situational, experimenting with the relegation of control and allowing his projects to evolve on their own terms in the social arena. Constantly interested in the dissimulating mechanisms of commercial consumerism and the unabated acceleration of virtual culture, he offers us clever one-liners that invariably evolve into deeper explorations of consumption, ideology and culture.

An artist book entitled Phillips Auction Catalog published by NERO will be released in conjunction with the exhibition.

ABOUT MARC HOROWITZ
Marc Horowitz (b. 1976) is a Los Angeles-based artist working in photography, painting, performance, video, sculpture and social practice. Horowitz holds a master’s degree in art from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degrees in art and marketing from San Francisco Art Institute, and Indiana University Kelley School of Business. In a practice that combines traditional drawing, commercial photography, and new media, Horowitz turns American culture on its head to explore the idiosyncrasies of entertainment, class, commerce, failure, success, and personal meaning. Using visual puns, large-scale participatory projects, and viral social pranks, Horowitz creates environments of high energy that lift the most mundane to the status of grand event in complex interplays between subject, viewer, and participant.

Horowitz has exhibited both nationally and internationally; notable solo exhibitions include: Moving, Aran Cravey, Los Angeles (2013), The Advice of Strangers, funded by Creative Time, curated by Nato Thompson, web-based (2011), The Me & You Show, The Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2007), The Center for Improved Living, Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, CH (2007), More Better, AMT Gallery, Lake Como IT (2007), TCFIL, Galerie Nuke, Paris FR (2007). His work has been featured extensively on local and national television including ABC News, NPR Weekend Edition, CBS Inside Edition CBS, CNN American Morning, and on NBC’s The Today Show. He has taught at the University of Southern California and lectured at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California Institute of the Arts, Stanford University, and Yale University. Horowitz teaches a course in new media art at Otis College with his partner, Petra Cortright.
www.marchorowitzarchive.com

ABOUT NICOLA RICCIARDI
Nicola Ricciardi (b. 1985) is an art critic and curator. He received an M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) in New York in 2014 and he currently lives in Milan, Italy. His writings have been featured in several art magazines including Frieze, The Brooklyn Rail, Mousse Magazine, DIS, Lampoon, and NERO, and he’s editor-in-chief at Carnet de miart, the official digital publication of Milan’s International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair . In 2015 Nicola curated “Samsara” by Kour Pour at Depart Foundation in Los Angeles, California; “DYNASTY” by Patrick Tuttofuoco at Dispari & Dispary Project in Milan/Reggio Emilia; and he’s currently working as Curator Assistant for an exhibition on the work of Betty Woodman at Museo Marini (Florence, September 2015) and a group show on contemporary Italian art at La Triennale di Milano (Milan, November 2015).

ABOUT DEPART FOUNDATION
DEPART Foundation is an emerging arts organization predicated on the discussion, exhibition and production of art and is dedicated to the development and support of contemporary artists whose work and careers are departing from their previous endeavors or predecessors.

Since its founding in 2008, DEPART Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. Like multiple outposts in Europe and U.S., DEPART Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of spaces and resources conducive to the research, production and exhibition of new work, and to the presentation of educational and public programs.

Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by DEPART Foundation. They include, among others, Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck and Frances Stark.

Marc Horowitz’s Interior, Day (A Door Opens) is Depart Foundation’s fifth exhibition in Los Angeles since September 2015 following presentations by artists Gabriele de Santis, Kour Pour, Grear Patterson and Petra Cortright, now on view through September 12, 2015

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Petra Cortright:
Niki, Lucy, Lola, Viola

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JULY 9-SEPTEMBER 12, 2015

PUBLIC OPENING
THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015 FROM 6-9PM
DEPART Foundation, 9105 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Los Angeles – Depart Foundation announced today its first solo exhibition of works by Los Angeles based artist Petra Cortright. Curated by Paul Young, NIKI, LUCY, LOLA, VIOLA, on view July 9 – September 12, 2015, will present an immersive viewing experience that features large-scale Flash animations, new video works and animated digital paintings. Cortright’s internet-inspired artworks play with the vernacular of viral internet culture by appropriating some of its most common forms and transforming them into singular, carefully orchestrated, hybrid works that fall somewhere between ironic distantiation and the sincere—its generic forms and content from online.

NIKI, LUCY, LOLA, VIOLA will feature a series of new video works and animations by Cortright, compiled from open-source, screensaver software, and purchased virtual strippers. “Niki”, “Lucy”, “Lola” and “Viola”, are the virtual erotic dancers purchased by Cortright, from readily available online software, to populate her own synthetic and painterly landscapes and green screen voids. Presented within an immersive installation environment, which will include atmospheric audio components, these works self-consciously offer an infinite virtual redundancy in their repetition and absence of real-time.

Alongside these works, Cortright will also be presenting a series of animated digital paintings complied from hundreds of digital layers. These paintings are a combination of abstract gestures, made with customized computer-based paintbrush software, and representational fragments, consisting of sampled clip art and imagery found online. The mesmerizing animation of these dense layers will subtly convey the artist’s meditative process of “painting,” revealing the slow accretion of the work’s ambient surfaces.

Cortright is most well known for her webcam videos; “selfie” inspired digital portraits that are equal parts performance and documentary. No longer than two-minutes each, in keeping with the cultural attention deficit its context suggests, these videos tend to be diaristic in tone, beautifully irreverent and intimately poignant in their intentional fallibility. These, and her current works, embody the peripatetic anxiety of a culture raised with virtual modalities of self-expression, while also humanizing the impoverishment of these digital ruins with intelligence and play. Cortright straddles an ambivalent position as both an avid participant in the banality of this culture, born and raised in the age of technocracy, and as a vehicle for its dismantling and critical fracture.

A catalog entitled CHARLI, DAISY, BLANCA, BIANCA will be released in conjunction with the exhibition, published by NERO. An additional experimental book project, NIKI, LUCY, LOLA, VIOLA, created with designer Mathew Timmons, will also accompany the exhibition.

PETRA CORTRIGHT

Petra Cortright has exhibited extensively internationally. Her recent exhibitions include: Petra Cortright, Foxy Production, New York, NY (2015), Petra Cortright, Société, Berlin, Germany (2014), Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (2014), Petra Cortright, Carl Kostyal, Stockholm, Sweden (2014), ASMR, MAMA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2014), ✖✗✘ BLank BLANk bLANk, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA (2013), VICKY DEEP IN SPRING VALLEY, Club Midnight, Berlin, Germany (2012) and SO WET, Preteen Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico (2011). Cortright was featured in the Biennale de Lyon, in 2013, and in the Venice Biennale, in 2009. Notable commissions include, Tags for Likes, Comissioned by MOCAtv, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA (2014), Bridal Shower, Commissioned by Frieze Film 2013 and EMPAC, London, UK (2013). Cortright was an honoree at this year’s Rhizome Future-Proof benefit, and is currently collaborating with British fashion designer Stella McCartney, creating video works for the designer’s eponymous clothing line.

 PAUL YOUNG

 Paul Young is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles. Specialized in curating exhibitions dealing with moving image art forms, he has organized video programs and new media exhibitions worldwide. Recent curatorial projects include: Silicon Valley Contemporary (2013); Supertemporal at the Kulturhuset Museum in Stockholm (2012); Portugal Arte, Lisbon’s fist biennial; CinemaLoop at the 2010 edition of Arco in Madrid, and Remote Viewing, a large scale exhibition of international video art at the ASM in Barcelona (2010). Young has lectured widely on the subject of video art at such venues as the CCCB in Barcelona, the LOOP fair in Barcelona, the Fresh Paint Fair in Tel Aviv, Art Forum Berlin. His writing has been published widely, with articles appearing in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Variety, Artnews, Art LTD, and Art & Auction and he was formerly an art columnist for the Los Angeles Times for three years and Angeleno magazine for five years. Young is also the author of Art Cinema (Taschen), a comprehensive overview of how art practices have converged with the cinematic practices. Previous to that he worked as a filmmaker and won numerous awards for his short films and documentaries, and later became an editor at Daily Variety. Young is also the founder and director of Young Projects Gallery in Los Angeles, which is a contemporary art space devoted to moving image art forms. There he has presented the work of Roman Signer, Wood & Harrison, Gary Hill, Michael Snow, Christoph Draeger and many more.

DEPART FOUNDATION

DEPART Foundation is an emerging arts organization predicated on the discussion, exhibition and production of art and is dedicated to the development and support of contemporary artists whose work and careers are departing from their previous endeavors or predecessors.

Since its founding in 2008, DEPART Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. Like multiple outposts in Europe and U.S., DEPART Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of spaces and resources conducive to the research, production and exhibition of new work, and to the presentation of educational and public programs.

Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by DEPART Foundation. They include Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck, Frances Stark.

Image credit: Petra Cortright, Video Still, Niki_Lucy_Lola_Viola, 2015

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Petra Cortright, Niky, Lucy, Lola, Viola, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane )

Petra Cortright, Niky, Lucy, Lola, Viola, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane)

Petra Cortright, Niky, Lucy, Lola, Viola, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane )

Petra Cortright, Niky, Lucy, Lola, Viola, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane)

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Petra Cortright, Niky, Lucy, Lola, Viola, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane)

Petra Cortright, Niky, Lucy, Lola, Viola, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane)

Petra Cortright, Niky, Lucy, Lola, Viola, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane)

Kour Pour,
Samsara

Kour Pour, The Holy Mountain, 2014, Acrylic on canvas over panel, 96” x 72”

Kour Pour, The Holy Mountain, 2014, Acrylic on canvas over panel, 96” x 72”

KOUR POUR – SAMSARA
January 30-March 7, 2015
Curated by Nicola Ricciardi
Public opening: Friday, January 30, 2015, 6pm-9pm
Depart Foundation, 9105 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

 

Los Angeles, CA., –Depart Foundation will present Samsara, Kour Pour’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, curated by Nicola Ricciardi. The exhibition will coincide with Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2015.

Samsara by Los Angeles-based Kour Pour will include new paintings and related installation works that continue the artist’s recent carpet painting series. In the first iteration of the series, historic examples of carpets were directly appropriated from auction and museum catalogues; in the new works the artist has created original compositions that juxtapose sets of imagery that are stripped from their own temporal context by the use of today’s technologies —Google Images, clip art CD-ROMS Photoshop—and then re-contextualized on canvas through months of painstaking labor—generating a scenario that brings to mind a “networked bazaar of history and futurity.”
Just as the Sanskrit word, Samsara, has slightly different meanings in different belief systems; Pour’s work is purposely open to interpretation depending on the cultural entry point of the viewer. By sourcing material from different locations, traditions and time periods, the large canvasses, with their warp and wefts, act as nets gathering information without an apparent hierarchy. These flat surfaces contain images of hunters and gatherers, religious icons and mystical creatures, merchants, lovers and warriors. Annexing both the past and the future into the present, the paintings on display bend and blend different temporal planes and enhance non-linear narratives, highlighting Pour’s interest in the cyclic life of the material world.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a forthcoming publication, in collaboration with Nero Publishing and featuring an essay by Nicola Ricciardi.

ABOUT KOUR POUR

Kour Pour (b. 1987) is a British born, part-Iranian artist. He graduated from Otis College of Art and Design and lives and works in Los Angeles. Pour’s first solo exhibition was presented at UNT/TLED Gallery, New York in 2014 and he was the youngest artist featured in the 2014 Artists to Watch exhibition in Miami. In October 2014, Pour’s exhibition Ozymandias was presented at Ellis King, Dublin. His works have also been included in group exhibitions at Roberts & Tilton and Steve Turner Gallery in Los Angeles.

ABOUT NICOLA RICCIARDI

Nicola Ricciardi (b. 1985) is an art critic and curator. He received a M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) in New York in 2014 and he currently lives in Milan, Italy. He contributes regularly to several art magazines and he is Editor-in-chief at “Carnet de miart”, the official digital publication of Milan’s International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair. Nicola is curator at Brera Design District, Milan and starting April 2015 he is Director at Stackwood’s, a residency program in Milan dedicated to art and literary criticism whose goal is to promote slower forms of knowledge production and circulation.

DEPART FOUNDATION

Depart Foundation is an emerging arts organization predicated on the discussion, exhibition and production of art and is dedicated to the development and support of contemporary artists whose work and careers are departing from their previous endeavors or predecessors.
Since its founding in 2008, Depart Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. Like multiple outposts in Europe and U.S., Depart Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of spaces and resources conducive to the research, production and exhibition of new work and to the presentation of educational and public programs. Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by Depart Foundation. They include Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck, Frances Stark.

Depart Foundation is a cultural partner of Art Los Angeles Contemporary.

FOR FURTHER MEDIA INFORMATION, IMAGES AND TO REQUEST A PREVIEW OF THE EXHIBITION, PLEASE CONTACT JESSICA@LYNWINTER.COM

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

Kour Pour, Samsara, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jeff McLane).

 

 

 

Grear Patterson,
Seek and Destroy

Grear Patterson, Seek and Destroy, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by ).

Grear Patterson, Seek and Destroy, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)

DEPART Foundation in collaboration with the American Academy in Rome presents

GREAR PATTERSON – SEEK AND DESTROY
curated by Peter Benson Miller
Andrew Heiskell Arts Director, American Academy in Rome
Public Opening: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 6PM–9PM
On view: April 21–May 30, 2015
DEPART Foundation, 9105 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Los Angeles–Depart Foundation announced today that it will collaborate with the American Academy in Rome to present Grear Patterson: Seek and Destroy, the artist’s first Los Angeles solo exhibition and the Los Angeles sequel to Patterson’s exhibition Forest Theater presented at the American Academy in Rome in 2014, A precocious former member of The Still House Group, New York-based American artist and photographer Grear Patterson, working in a variety of media, creates expressive works suffused with romantic nostalgia for lost innocence and childhood rituals. Summoning many of his most significant formative experiences, he plumbs the pleasures and traumas of adolescence, evoking both personal and collective rites of passage. His work, alternating between disclosure and reticence, explores not only the immediacy of reckless experience, violent impulses and erotic yearning, but also the halting emotional and linguistic shorthand used to express those furtive memories and desires.

Drawing upon a collection of random snapshots, collected images and personal effects, Seek and Destroy, summons in various, often indirect ways, formative moments in the artist’s life. Embodied by, among other things, treehouses, baseball cards, summer camp, cult movies seen over and over, and fireworks on the Fourth of July, these moments might be construed as typical of an American childhood and the turbulent passages of adolescence – Sturm und Drang leavened by the cool sensibility of Ed Ruscha, with a nod to the dark undercurrent in William Eggleston’s photographs of back yards and suburban clutter. Part Hardy Boy and part Holden Caulfield, Patterson presents his recollections in the form of photographs, interactive installations and private relics, tapping into a broader consciousness. His works are remarkably mature ruminations upon memory, nostalgia and the hormone-fueled transition from childhood to adulthood. Like Harold with his purple crayon, Patterson creates a rich personal world that melds the real and the imaginary.

Patterson’s exhibition Forest Theater, which this exhibition follows, was presented at the American Academy in Rome from October 9–December 5, 2014.

A catalogue with a text by Peter Benson Miller and published by NERO accompanies the exhibition.

Organized by the American Academy in Rome in collaboration with DEPART Foundation.

Grear Patterson, Seek and Destroy, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by ).

Grear Patterson, Seek and Destroy, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)

Grear Patterson, Seek and Destroy, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by ).

Grear Patterson, Seek and Destroy, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)

Grear Patterson, Seek and Destroy, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by ).

Grear Patterson, Seek and Destroy, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)

Grear Patterson, Seek and Destroy, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by ).

Grear Patterson, Seek and Destroy, 2015, installation view, Depart Foundation Project room Los Angeles (photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

 

Depart Foundation and the American Academy in Rome present

GREAR PATTERSON – FOREST THEATER
curated by Peter Benson Miller
Andrew Heiskell Arts Director, American Academy in Rome
Opening: Wednesday, October 8 2014, from 6pm to 9pm
On view: until November 30, 2014
The American Academy in Rome, Via Angelo Masina 5, Rome

A precocious former member of The Still House Group, New York-based American artist and photographer Grear Patterson distills language and its visual shorthand – a nowadays dictionary of winking and frowning emoticons – and reshuffles them into ambiguous ciphers. In so doing, he pinpoints a fundamental paradox in contemporary media culture: Even as communication networks have multiplied, modes of digital expression have boiled the vernacular down to a limited repertory of staccato signs. As if to underscore this chasm, his hieroglyphs are countered by images and videos almost overflowing with nostalgia for lost innocence and childhood rituals.

In a show named for the site of many of his most significant formative experiences, he plumbs the pleasures and anxieties of adolescence. Photographs, videos, paintings, and installations evoke both personal and collective rites of passage comprising a distinctly American experience embodied by, among other things, baseball cards, treehouses and summer camp. Evoking playgrounds and pranks, his work, alternating between disclosure and reticence, explores not only the immediacy of reckless experience, violent impulses and erotic yearning, but the halting emotional lexicon insufficient to express those furtive memories and desires.

A catalogue published by NERO will accompany the exhibition.

GREAR PATTERSON

Grear Patterson (b. 1988) attended Duke University and the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work has been exhibited in several group shows across the United States, the United Kingdom and France. He was included in the 9th Shanghai Biennale in 2012, and in the Los Angeles group shows Ain’t at Frank Pictures, curated by Louis Eisner and Nick Darmstaedter (2011), and Mondofornia at 9 Dudley Ave, organized by David Quadrini, in Venice Beach (2013). His first-time solo show, Nowhere Fast, was presented at Gloria Naftali, New York, in 2012; other solo shows were presented at Ellis King, Dublin, and Bill Brady KC, Kansas City. Upcoming shows in 2015 will be held at Marlborough Gallery, New York; Depart Foundation, Los Angeles; Carl Kostyál, Stockholm.

THE AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME

The American Academy in Rome supports innovative artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community. Founded in 1894, the Academy emerged in 1914 in its present form as a hybrid center for the arts and humanities. It remains the premier American overseas center for independent study and advanced research. A not-for-profit, privately supported institution, the Academy annually offers the Rome Prize to approximately 30 individuals, following a national competition in which independent juries select candidates across disciplines, which include Literature, Music Composition, Visual Arts, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design, and Historic Preservation and Conservation, as well as Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern, and Modern Italian Studies. The application deadline for the 2015 Rome Prize is 1 November. The Academy community also includes a curated group of Residents, Affiliated Fellows, and Visiting Artists and Scholars. This exceptional group of artists and scholars live and work at the Academy campus located in the Janiculum, one of the highest points in the city of Rome. To learn more about the American Academy in Rome, please visit: www.aarome.org.

DEPART Foundation

Like many outposts in Europe and U.S., DEPART Foundation, since its founding in 2008, has activated cultural communities through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of spaces and resources conducive to the production and exhibition of art and to the presentation of educational and public programs. It serves as a catalyst for the Italian art community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. DEPART Foundation has supported the local art scene, presented local artists in cities as far as New York and Los Angeles and collaborated with important art institutions (among others, the Macro and MAXXI museums in Rome, the American Academy in Rome, the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles). DEPART Foundation has just opened a new 3.200-square-foot project space on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Los Angeles to provide a platform fostering current art and the presentation of work from Europe and the United States. It will offer opportunities for international artists to show their work in the vibrant city of Los Angeles, enriching the local community.

 

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Grear Patterson, Forest Theater, 2014, installation view, American Academy in Rome (photo by R. Apa)

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles

GABRIELE DE SANTIS
THE DANCE STEP OF A WATERMELON WHILE MEETING A PARROT FOR THE FIRST TIME
September 18–November 16, 2014
Opening Preview: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 6PM–9PM
Depart Foundation, 9105 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Depart Foundation is delighted to inaugurate its new space 9105 Sunset Boulevard with an exhibition by Roman-born and based artist Gabriele De Santis, curated by Adam Carr.

Premised on a cross-cultural dialogue between Europe and the U.S. – a continuation of Depart Foundation’s activities in Rome – this exhibition follows the foundation’s objective of supporting and presenting the most exciting practices emerging globally.

De Santis’ exhibition features entirely new work and covers sculpture, painting, installation, video and photography. #newnewwork. Its title, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, condenses perfectly his work’s seemingly desperate and unconnected subjects, which are tied together through an interest in, and the use of, language and (dis)placement. #shifting

While De Santis’ works in this exhibition suggest movement, they remain static and still. #flyingincement A number of works reference skate culture, using skateboarding motifs. Wheels adorn the backs of canvases or ‘update’ a museum standard, a plinth, making them appear fast and fluid rather than stationary and inert, as they have been over the course of art history. Movement, as well as the antiquity and language of art making, is also implied elsewhere. Six iPads display footage of Michael Jordan, slowed down to a time frame of 24hrs, referencing, in part, Douglas Gordon’s iconic work 24hr Psycho. #airjordanviaglasgow This work is flanked by newly designed wallpaper by the artist, which functions both as a display device and a work in its own right that reveals other content, much in the same way as the full sized skateboard ramp that occupies the center of the exhibition. Here, De Santis draws parallel with the idea of flight and the determination of the Roman Empire, and Michael Jordan’s own gravity defying achievements and efforts.  The parrot, which runs throughout the exhibition as a reoccurring element including the wallpaper, alludes to Rome’s mysterious population of parrots and the myths that surround their growth in number and initial habitation in the city. #trueorfalse

History and the present, and performativity – or rather the idea of moving while standing still – is also compounded elsewhere. #movinginreverse His series of marble works capture the hashtagging of social media and its fluidity of use and pace, contrasted by the slow-changing nature of marble and its classicism as a material. #fastvsslow A new series of works in this exhibition seem to almost parody De Santis’ now well-known series of marble pieces. The new works are produced by using different colors of paint which are pressed up against the glass of a frame, giving them the appearance of marble but in fact come across as a cheap copy, an idea reinforced by the series’ use of Ikea frames, which limits the series to the dimensions with which they are mass produced by the company. #originalfake Doubling and mimicking also plays out in a photograph showing a man with a parrot. For those who know De Santis, you would be mistaken into thinking it is him in the picture. #lookalike

Perhaps the rest of this text should be left in his own words:

23, air, banana rail, cactus, collision, corinthian, doric, emoji, future, futuristic, garden, halfpipe, hashtag, iconic, ionic, joy, keyhole, LA life, led, love, marble, marco aurelio, neon, order, parrots in Rome, past, picnic, present, qigong, roller skate, roman imper, seeds, smiling face with sunglasses and hearts, trevi fountain, truth mouth, umbrella, verde alpi, wallpaper, watermelon, weed, wheels, xylotomous, youth, z like zorro

(Adam Carr)

GABRIELE DE SANTIS 

Gabriele De Santis (b. 1983) has been included in group exhibitions in Europe, the U.S., UK, and Australia. Since 2012 solo exhibitions of work by the artist have been presented at Frutta, Rome; Galerie Diana Stitger Backspace, Amsterdam; CURA and Limoncello, London and Galerie Valentin, Paris. De Santis received the 2010 Moroso Award for Contemporary Art and in 2013 he curated AB, a book-turned-multi-artist exhibition at the Nomas Foundation, Rome. Upcoming solo exhibitions and projects in 2014 – 2015 will be presented at MOSTYN, Wales, Depart Foundation at 9105 Sunset Boulevard and ICI in Los Angeles, ICI in London (in collaboration with Artuner), Limoncello, London, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin.

ADAM CARR

Adam Carr (b. 1981) is curator and writer based in the UK. Since 2013 he has been curator of MOSTYN, Wales’ (UK) largest and most leading institution for contemporary visual arts. He has been a guest curator for Castello di Rivoli, Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin; ICA, London; and Kadist Art Foundation, Paris. He has also curated shows for t293, Naples; Yvon Lambert, Paris; Johann Konig, Berlin; Andreas Huber, Vienna; among numerous others. He is a regular writer for Mousse magazine and Cura. and has authored a number of texts for publications and catalogues worldwide.

DEPART Foundation

Depart Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 public charity predicated on the discussion, exhibition and production of art and is dedicated to the development and support of contemporary emerging artists whose work and careers are departing from their previous endeavors or predecessors.

Since its founding in 2008, Depart Foundation has served as a catalyst for the Italian art and cultural community, strengthening the dialogue between Italy and the international art world. Like multiple outposts in Europe and U.S., Depart Foundation has actively encouraged artistic production through sponsorship of young and established artists and the provision of spaces and resources conducive to the research, production and exhibition of new work and to the presentation of educational and public programs.

Some of the most interesting and dynamic artists of our time, from around the world, have been presented for the first time in Rome by Depart Foundation. They include Cory Arcangel, Joe Bradley, Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Tauba Auerbach, Darren Bader, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, Brendan Lynch, Oscar Murillo, Sarah Braman, Seth Price, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck, Frances Stark, Oscar Tuazon, Cao Fei, Mario Garcia Torres and many others.

The Depart Foundation has supported the Italian art community, presented local artists in cities as far as New York and Los Angeles and collaborated with important art institutions in Italy and beyond including, among others, the Macro and MAXXI museums in Rome, the American Academy in Rome, the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

 

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles

Gabriele De Santis, The dance step of a watermelon while meeting a parrot for the first time, 2014, installation view, DEPART Foundation, 9105 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles

Anamericana

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

 ANAMERICANA
Curated by Vincenzo de Bellis
American Academy in Rome
Exhibition: October 3, 2013 – November 14, 2013
Opening: October 3, 2013, 6-9pm

In collaboration with American Academy in Rome

The exhibition features more than forty works created by thirty-two artists who live and work in the United States and who use different media, such as painting, photography, graphics, sculpture, installation and video. The exhibition reinterprets the meaning of the word “Americana”, playing with the ideas of patriotism and positivism, concepts that have always been associated with its definition, while offering a more ambiguous and complex meaning.

All of the pieces in the exhibition come from the DEPART Foundation collection and most of them are recent acquisitions. The show will bring together the work of artists from different generations who pursue various poetic and stylistic expressions: Uri Aran, Darren Bader, Aaron Bobrow, Joe Bradley, Nick Darmstaedter, Tom Burr, Louis Eisner, Roe Ethridge, Sam Falls, Mark Flood, Elias Hansen, John Henderson, Mike Kelley, Brendan Lynch, Takeshi Murata, Carter Mull, Oscar Murillo, Mitzi Pederson, Trevor Paglen, Seth Price, Rob Pruitt, Jon Rafman, Stephen G. Rhodes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Sterling Ruby, Edward Ruscha, Lucien Smith, Valerie Snobeck, Frances Stark, Mateo Tannatt and Oscar Tuazon.

The term “Americana” refers to manufactured objects, or a set of artifacts, that belong or relate to the cultural heritage, history, geography and folklore of the United States. Many types of materials fall under the definition of “Americana”: paintings, prints and drawings, license plates or entire vehicles, household items, utensils and weapons, statues, and so on. Patriotism and nostalgia are predominant themes. Often the term is used to describe the subject of a museum or collection, or property for sale.
“The title of the exhibition itself presents a twofold interpretation; on the one hand ‘An’ could be read grammatically as the indefinite article that in this sense represents a non-specific typology of the noun “Americana”, or, read as a privative prefix, the sense of the word would change to become a negation of itself” – Vincenzo de Bellis explains – “The works on display, reveal a tendency of contemporary artists to relate their works to history as well as to artistic and social traditions of the United States, indicating a more complex interpretation as well as a kind of distancing that underlines the critical and controversial aspects of a diverse and extraordinary country”.

The exhibition is displayed throughout the American Academy in Rome and the pieces are arranged according to their formal and conceptual similarities.
A catalogue published by NERO will accompany the exhibition. The publication includes a text by Vincenzo de Bellis, Peter Benson Miller, Fionn Meade, Jordan Wolfson, and photographs of the exhibited work.

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

Anamericana, 2013, installation view, American Academy in Rome, (photo R. Provinciali)

 

 

Sterling Ruby, Soft Work

Sterling Ruby, Soft Work, 2013, Installation view, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, (photo Martin Argyrolglo)

Sterling Ruby, Soft Work, 2013, Installation view, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, (photo Martin Argyrolglo)

STERLING RUBY – SOFT WORK
Curated by Maria Alicata with the general organization of Damiana Leoni
May 22, 2013 – September 15, 2013
Opening: 
May 21 7pm
 MACRO Testaccio
Artist talk: 
May 22 6pm
 MACRO Auditorium Via Nizza 138

SOFT WORK is the Sterling Ruby’s first solo show in Rome. 
Los Angeles based artist, Sterling Ruby has gained international recognition for his diverse creative practice; his research combines sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, and video.

SOFT WORK, which has already been shown at the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva (February – April 2012), the Frac Champagne-Ardenne in Reims (May – August 2012) and at Stockholm’s Bonniers Konsthalle (December 2012 – March 2013), will come to Rome for its final leg in Europe, including new and site specific pieces created for the installation at MACRO Testaccio. With the contribution of DEPART Foundation and SINV.

Sterling Ruby, Soft Work, 2013, installation view, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, (photo Martin Argyrolglo)

Sterling Ruby, Soft Work, 2013, installation view, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, (photo Martin Argyrolglo)

Sterling Ruby, Soft Work, 2013, installation view

Sterling Ruby, Soft Work, 2013, installation view

Sterling Ruby, Soft Work, 2013, (photo Robert Wedemyer)

Sterling Ruby, Soft Work, 2013, (photo Robert Wedemyer)

Sterling Ruby, Soft Work, 2013, Installation view,

Sterling Ruby, Soft Work, 2013, Installation view,

 

Una Storia

Invito_UNA STORIA

 

UNA STORIA – Five artists tell a personal history of art
MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art Rome
via Nizza 138, Rome – Italy
From April to December 2012
Curated by Luca Lo Pinto

From April to December 2012, MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art Rome and >DEPART FOUNDATION are pleased to present “Una storia”: a cycle of five talks that rethink the classical artist talk format by internationally renown artists from different generations.
“Una Storia” seeks to identify unusual interpretations and alternative routes to discussing widely recognized and established “classics” of the history of Italian and international art. To this effect five protagonists of the contemporary art scene have been invited and their narratives offer not only contemplations on the history of art, but more importantly interests and points of reference for the protagonists of art today.
Using words, images, sound and video these fascinating and surprising narrations will be conveyed by each artist as five quick trips through history and time; five “histories of art”, balancing between an intimate and personal dimension and a more collective and familiar one.

Events Calendar 2012:

April 20: MARCELLO MALOBERTI
Born in Codogno (Italy) in 1966, lives and works in Milan.

June 22: OLAF NICOLAI
Born in Halle/Saale (Germany) in 1962, lives and works in Berlin.

October 26: MARIO GARCIA TORRES
Born in Monclavo (Mexico) in 1975, lives and works in Mexico City.

November 23: AMALIA PICA
Born in Neuquén Capital (Argentina) in 1978, lives and works in London.

December 14: JOHN STEZAKER
Born in Worcester (England) in 1949, lives and works in London.

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Trespass Parade

Trepass Parade

Trepass Parade

TRESSPASS PARADE
Broadway Theatre District
Downtown Los Angeles
2 October (parade) – 3 October (party), 2011
Start: 2 October 2011, 3 p.m.
Curated by Emi Fontana

The historic Broadway Theater District in Downtown Los Angeles will erupt with Trespass, a parade where artists and residents will rally together to engage in art, music, dancing, floats, community activism, and performance. The parade is part of a collaborative project between Arto Lindsay, Rirkit Tiravanija, and West of Rome with the support of Pacific Standard Time, DEPART Foundation and others.

Please visit www.trespassparade.org for more information and details on how to participate.

Less oil more courage, t-shirt by Rirkrit Tiravanija

Less oil more courage, t-shirt by Rirkrit Tiravanija

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, (photo altrospazio)

SARAH BRAMAN – LAY ME DOWN
Curated by Elena Forin
4 May – 12 June 2011
Opening: 3 May, 7 p.m.
MACRO – Via Nizza 138, Rome – Italy

MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma – and DEPART Foundation present “Lay Me Down” American artist Sarah Braman’s first solo show in Italy. Four sculptures, one of which was specially created for MACRO during her stay in Rome, use light, colour, and matter to investigate and reveal the hidden and surprising desires of our world. “Lay Me down” is made possibile thanks to a joint venture between MACRO and the Fondazione DEPART.

Braman’s sculptures are often made using an assemblage of furniture, scrap metal and sometimes abandoned car parts – the work specially produced for MACRO will be made of steel, plexiglas, found objects, and paint.
For the artist, these works’ strong tangible presence represents monuments to the people I love, to the joy and confusion I feel in being alive. Her scupltures act as a porthole to another dimension yet also appear as things among things and indeed, they do not exist as [mere] references, allusions, representations, or metaphors [but] remain in our world as themeselves, real as a table or a tree.
Through her creative action, Sarah Braman gives concrete form to states of mind and fleeting sensations, personal and collective memories, physical and poetic visions that come together somewhere between past and present, between reality and imagination. Trying to free the scupltures from a need for representation, Braman achieves a balance which while appearing precarious, turns out to be both spontaneous and stable under her ever-watchful, adaptable vision.
An instinctive, ecstatic approach to the world and to art can be seen in the artist’s own words: More love songs because I don’t know anything. Draw in the dirt. Build a shack. Build a monument! Sex me! I don’t understand the physicality of our planet. How is it possible? Color is a miracle. How do we “be free” here? Death is coming, always.
The exhibition’s title, “Lay Me Down”, appears as a sign of abandonment before the inevitability of loss. An awareness that is very much present in Braman’s work, which captures the fullness of the moment just as it is being transformed. Light and colour, the quintessential elements of sculpture, embody this desire for change, which acquires concrete poetic form in her works.
“Lay me down” is promoted by Roma Capitale, Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e Centro Storico – Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali
Produced and supported by the DEPART Foundation, in collaboration with MACRO
Further support generously provided by Altay Scientific SpA
Sarah Braman was born in Tonawanda (New York, USA) in 1970. She currently lives and works in Amherst (Massachusetts, USA). After graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1999, she joined CANADA together with Phil Grauer, Wallace Withney, and Suzanne Butler. It was in this alternative exhibition space on the Lower East Side, Manhattan, that in 2000 she put on “Crystal Show”, her first solo display. After several exhibitions in the United States and Canada, in 2006 Braman first showed her works in Europe, in group exhibitions at the Galleri Christina Wilson in Copenhagen (Denmark) and at the Counter Gallery in London (United Kingdom). One of the most interesting emerging US artists, Sarah Braman has taken part in exhibitions of international prominence, such as the Armory Fair in New York (2009) and the Biennale in Lisbon (2010). Her works are also in important public and private collections, such as the De La Cruz Collection in Miami (USA). Her most recent exhibitions (2010) include the “Indian Summer” and “April Trip” solo shows at the Le Confort Moderne institute in Poitiers (France) and at the Museum 52 gallery in New York (USA) respectively, as well as the two-artist “Sarah Braman & Peter Alexander” exhibition at the Franklin Parrasch Gallery in New York (USA). In the same year she also took part in “The Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture” at the London’s Saatchi Gallery (United Kingdom).
DEPART Foundation is an emerging arts organization dedicated to the development and support of contemporary artists whose work and careers are departing from their previous endeavors or predecessors.
DEPART Foundation actively supports the fields of research, artistic production, education, and acquisition, encouraging the growth of the artists through the promotion of a residency program, laboratories, symposia, and grants for research; it plays an active role in the field of urban development through architectural planning and design and cultural development through programs and initiatives aimed at the community.

Sarah Braman, April Adventure, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, installation view, Courtesy Museum 52 New York e Depart Foundation (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, April Adventure, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, installation view, Courtesy Museum 52 New York e Depart Foundation (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, installation view, (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, installation view, (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, installation view, (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, installation view, (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, installation view, (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, installation view, (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome, (photo altrospazio)

Sarah Braman, June 10, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome

Sarah Braman, June 10, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome

Sarah Braman, Door, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome

Sarah Braman, Door, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome

Sarah Braman, Your House, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome

Sarah Braman, Your House, Lay Me Down, MACRO, Rome

 

When in Rome

Luigi Ontani, Cristoforo Colombo, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Luigi Ontani, Cristoforo Colombo, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

WHEN IN ROME
April 20 – May 21, 2011
Los Angeles
Curated by Luca Lo Pinto
In collaboration with Valerio Mannucci

After New York Minute – 60 Artists on the New York Scene, DEPART Foundation, with the support of the Provincia di Roma, presents When in Rome in Los Angeles.
The exhibition, which will take place in the spaces of the Italian Cultural Institute, with the participation of the Hammer Museum and LA><ART, precedes a large exhibition on young art in Los Angeles that DEPART will bring to Rome.

When in Rome presents for the first time in a group show the work of some of the most interesting artists associated with the city of Rome and its environs. Through painting, installation, conceptual art, pop culture, performance, cinema and music, the project aims to read the works in their own individuality, in a strongly suggestive display. The works will, in fact, be exhibited within a stage, a real-life environment.

The show, curated by Luca Lo Pinto in collaboration with Valerio Mannucci, presents the work of a new generation of artists who—although distributed across different age groups—animate the artistic life of Rome and its environs today. To widen the cultural frame of reference, the exhibit also presents works by some artists from preceding generations. Historic artists such as Alighiero Boetti, Gino De Dominicis, Francesco Lo Savio, Fabio Mauri, Luigi Ontani and Emilio Prini constitute an essential key to reading the exhibit, producing a second interpretive level.

In the words of the President of the Provincia di Roma, Nicola Zingaretti: “The show represents an extraordinary opportunity to introduce the young artists and the creative experiences that make up the most relevant and vivid cultural fabric of the Capital and its territory. The most interesting and stimulating challenge of this project, therefore, is that of capturing a generation of artists in its complexity as well as the daily life of our metropolis.”

 

 

Elisabetta Benassi, All I remember, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Elisabetta Benassi, All I remember, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Manfredi Beninati, Fabulla (Bambina nel verde), When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Manfredi Beninati, Fabulla (Bambina nel verde), When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Alighiero Boetti, Diptych - Tra sé e sé,  When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Alighiero Boetti, Diptych – Tra sé e sé, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Carola Bonfili, Millenium Combo#3, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Carola Bonfili, Millenium Combo#3, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Stanislao Di Giugno, A sense of Displacement, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Stanislao Di Giugno, A sense of Displacement, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Ra di Martino, No More Stars (Morocco), When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Ra di Martino, No More Stars (Morocco), When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Francesco Lo Savio, Frontal Vision of Project for a 3x1m, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Francesco Lo Savio, Frontal Vision of Project for a 3x1m, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Emiliano Maggi, Dies Irae, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Emiliano Maggi, Dies Irae, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Michele Manfellotto, Time Warp, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Michele Manfellotto, Time Warp, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Fabio Mauri, Schermo verde, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Fabio Mauri, Schermo verde, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Matteo Nasini, Piango rosa, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Matteo Nasini, Piango rosa, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Caterina Nelli, Diptych Euro-Funn-II, Forgetmenot, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Caterina Nelli, Diptych Euro-Funn-II, Forgetmenot, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Nicola Pecoraro, Indochina. When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Nicola Pecoraro, Indochina. When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Alessandro Piangiamore, Prototype for a Witness (Mistral), When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Alessandro Piangiamore, Prototype for a Witness (Mistral), When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Giuseppe Pietroniro, Billboard (photo S. Cupoli), When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Giuseppe Pietroniro, Billboard (photo S. Cupoli), When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Emilio Prini, Omaggio a Man Ray, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Emilio Prini, Omaggio a Man Ray, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Marco Raparelli, Il futuro non è più quello di una volta, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Marco Raparelli, Il futuro non è più quello di una volta, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Pietro Ruffo, De Maistre, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Pietro Ruffo, De Maistre, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Andrea Salvino, Histoire(s) du Cinéma, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Andrea Salvino, Histoire(s) du Cinéma, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Corrado Sassi, Family, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

Corrado Sassi, Family, When in Rome, IIC Los Angeles

 

What Ever Happened to Italian Architecture

Joseph Grima, Reto Geiser, Henri de Riedmatten, Mark Lee, Pier Paolo Tamburella, Photo Cecilia Fiorenza

Joseph Grima, Reto Geiser, Henri de Riedmatten, Mark Lee, Pier Paolo Tamburella, Photo Cecilia Fiorenza

The DEPART Foundation and the Istituto Svizzero di Roma (ISR) present

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO ITALIAN ARCHITECTURE?
Critical Positions on the Past, the Present, and the Future
curated by Reto Geiser
A symposium at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma
October 15–16, 2010

The first installment in a series of planned biennial symposia that aim to explore the productive intersections and overlaps between art, architecture, and design, this two-day symposium will bring together emerging and established voices to discuss the current state of Italian architecture.
In the second half of the twentieth century, such singular figures as Aldo Rossi, Vittorio Gregotti, or Manfredo Tafuri, and collaborative practices such as Archizoom or Superstudio, not only shaped the architectural culture within Italy, but also took a prominent position on the stage of international discourse. Italian architecture gradually disappeared from the limelight as commercially driven forms of building replaced politically motivated manifestos and bold architectural visions in the advent of postmodernism. How has Italian architecture since developed? What does Italian architecture mean today? What is the background against which architecture is currently produced in Italy?
An inherent part of every society, architecture works as an indicator of political, economic, and cultural conditions, as well as their transformations over time. It is consequently a goal of the symposium to consider the architectural production in Italy and the role of the architect with respect to a larger socio-cultural context.
Architects, architectural historians, and critics from both Italy and abroad, will come together at the Swiss Institute in Rome (ISR) to present and debate their intellectual positions and practical approaches to Italian architecture from the past to the present.
Alberto Alessi, Sandy Attia, Pippo Ciorra, Fabrizio Gallanti, Francesco Garofalo, Filip Geerts, Joseph Grima, Mark Lee, Elli Mosayebi, Matteo Scagnol, Paolo Scrivano, Martino Stierli, Pier Paolo Tamburelli, and Mark Wasiuta will look at the last sixty years of Italian architecture, considering contemporary developments and positions in order to debate future potentials.
The first part of the symposium will be dedicated to exceptional initiatives, institutions, and projects that evolved from the early to the late twentieth century. The second part will offer a platform to discuss the work of emerging voices in Italian architecture. In a concluding roundtable discussion, participants will consider the interrelations between design and policy, specifically focusing on the future role of the architect. Participants will frame their discussion within a larger historical and international context, comparing current Italian architectural production to developments worldwide. From tracing socio-political and cultural characteristics of contemporary Italian architecture to uncovering the political realities that serve as the backdrop of the country’s cultural production, it is the goal of this two-day symposium to foster critical discourse and enable open exchange about contemporary Italian architectural culture.

The symposium will be held at:
Istituto Svizzero di Roma
Via Ludovisi 48
00187 Roma

This symposium is made possible by the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and developRE.

 

What Ever Happened to Italian Architecture? A symposium at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, photo Cecilia Fiorenza

What Ever Happened to Italian Architecture? A symposium at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, photo Cecilia Fiorenza

What Ever Happened to Italian Architecture? A symposium at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, photo Cecilia Fiorenza

What Ever Happened to Italian Architecture? A symposium at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, photo Cecilia Fiorenza

Francesco Garofalo, Matteo Scagnol, photo Cecilia Fiorenza

Francesco Garofalo, Matteo Scagnol, photo Cecilia Fiorenza

What Ever Happened to Italian Architecture? A symposium at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, photo Diana Mellon

What Ever Happened to Italian Architecture? A symposium at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma, photo Diana Mellon

Mark Lee, Pier Paolo Tamburella, photo Cecilia Fiorenza

Mark Lee, Pier Paolo Tamburella, photo Cecilia Fiorenza

Mark Wasiuta, photo Cecilia Fiorenza

Mark Wasiuta, photo Cecilia Fiorenza

Paolo Scrivano, photo Diana Mellon

Paolo Scrivano, photo Diana Mellon

Dr. Christoph Riedweg, photo Diana Mellon

Dr. Christoph Riedweg, photo Diana Mellon

Hungry for Death

Jim Shaw, Ron Asheton, Mike Kelley at Second Chances in Ann Arbor (Cary Loren (c) 1975/2010)

Jim Shaw, Ron Asheton, Mike Kelley at Second Chances in Ann Arbor (Cary Loren (c) 1975/2010)

HUNGRY FOR DEATH
Curated by James Hoff and Cary Loren
May 13, 2010 – June 10, 2010
Opening: May 13, 2010
The American Academy in Rome, Via Angelo Masina, 5 – Roma

 

Hungry for Death, an exhibition of ephemera culled from the archive of Destroy All Monsters (DAM), an influential Michigan artist collective/band that included Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara, and Jim Shaw, and others will be presented by the DEPART Foundation and NERO Magazine at the American Academy in Rome.

DAM created unorthodox music inspired by The Stooges, Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, the Velvet Underground and Sci-Fi B movies. The exhibition celebrates DAM’s vision and outsider beliefs and conveys the influences that drove DAM’s artistic expression by presenting posters, flyers, photographs, blueprints, drawings, banners, magazines, and records produced in the 1970s and additional material produced for their reunion in 1996. Hungry for Death is curated by James Hoff and Cary Loren.

In the spring of 2011 in Rome, the DEPART Foundation will present California Dreaming, an exhibition about the contemporary Californian art scene curated by Michael Ned Holte and Aram Moshayed. Hungry for Death is a prelude to this upcoming exhibition because it features two of the most prominent representatives of the contemporary Californian art scene – Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw.

About Destroy All Monsters
Formed at a house party in 1973, Destroy All Monsters played their first gig at a comic book convention—where they were asked to leave after ten minutes—using prepared guitars, a drum machine, tape loops, and various other instruments. Operating in this capacity through 1976, the band’s music was accompanied by performances and films as well as a magazine of the same name (which Cary Loren edited through 1979), consisting mostly of collages and prints inspired by sci-fi movies, underground music, political subcultures, and iconic elements of 60s counterculture as it had filtered through to the collective’s hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. After the departure of Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw in 1976, Ron Asheton (The Stooges) and Michael Davis (MC5) joined the band and Destroy All Monsters entered a second, punk phase that met with popular success with singles such as Bored/You’re Gonna Die. In 1995, the original members staged a reunion tour, and since then have appeared in various exhibitions and music festivals. Among the exhibitions in which Destroy All Monsters have been included are: “Theater Without Theater”, MOCBA, Barcelona, Spain, (2007); “Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967”, MCA Chicago (2007); “Exhibition and archives” at the Magasin Center for Contemporary Art in Grenoble, France, (2006); and “Art>Music (rock, pop, techno)” at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia (2001). At the invitation of Ben Schot and Ronald Corneilson for the “I Rip You, You Rip Me” festival and seminar at the Boijman’s Museum in Rotterdam, DAM began work on the installation and film known as “Strange Früt: Rock Apochrypha an investigation of Detroit culture”. This exhibition was shown and completed in 2000 at COCA (Center on Contemporary Art) in Seattle, WA., and in 2001 at the DAM Collective: Artists Take On Detroit at the Detroit Institute of Arts. This work was also selected for inclusion in the 2002 Whitney Biennial of Art in NYC. In 2006, the “Strange Früt” exhibition and the bands archives traveled to the Magasin Center for Contemporary Art in Grenoble, France.

Destroy All Monsters performed at the “All Tomorrow’s Parties” festivals in Los Angeles as guest artists of Sonic Youth, and in London, UK as guest artists selected by Jake and Dinos Chapman.

Organization: DEPART Foundation – NERO Magazine

 

Cary Loren and Niagara, Ann Arbor 1974. (Cary Loren (c) 1975/2010)

Cary Loren and Niagara, Ann Arbor 1974. (Cary Loren (c) 1975/2010)

Alice Coltrane Om (credit Cary Loren)

Alice Coltrane Om (credit Cary Loren)

Black Sheep (credit Cary Loren)

Black Sheep (credit Cary Loren)

Niagara, Cellar Death, on film set (Cary Loren (c) 1974/2010)

Niagara, Cellar Death, on film set (Cary Loren (c) 1974/2010)

Jim Shaw as Spaceman, God's Oasis (Cary Loren (c) 1975/2010)

Jim Shaw as Spaceman, God’s Oasis (Cary Loren (c) 1975/2010)

Captain Future: (Jim Shaw, Matta Painting, Niagara and Leo on film set). (Cary Loren (c) 1975/2010)

Captain Future: (Jim Shaw, Matta Painting, Niagara and Leo on film set). (Cary Loren (c) 1975/2010)

 

Later Layer

Johnston Marklee Architects and Artist Walead Beshty, project for the IIC, Los Angeles

Johnston Marklee Architects and Artist Walead Beshty, project for the IIC, Los Angeles

 

LATER LAYER
Site-Specific Installation by
Johnston Marklee Architects and Artist Walead Beshty
at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles
January 15 – February 28, 2010

 

LATER LAYER, a site-specific installation, designed by architects Johnston Marklee in collaboration with artist Walead Beshty, will be on view at the Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) in Los Angeles from January 15-February 28, 2010. The installation, sponsored by DEVELOP RE and presented by the DEPART Foundation and the IIC, will feature models and drawings of design work that Johnston Marklee is doing for DEVELOP RE and the DEPART Foundation in Italy and photographs and sculpture by Beshty from the DEPART Foundation Collection. There will be an opening reception on January 15 at 7:00 pm at the IIC, located at 1023 Hilgard Avenue.

LATER LAYER, the title of the installation, refers to the serial aspect present in the strategies deployed by both architect and artist. The word ‘Later,’ which means ‘brick’ in Latin, alludes to Adolf Loos’ definition of an architect as ‘a bricklayer who had studied Latin;’ while also referring to the unit module and the serial repetition in Johnston Marklee’s and Walead Beshty’s work respectively.

Johnston Marklee’s combined work for the DEPART Foundation is conceived as an alphabet of elemental building blocks for art exhibition, artists-in-residence studios, exhibition pavilions, creative offices, and residences. The new buildings act as catalysts for urban rejuvenation and development for their surrounding contexts. Typically dispersed among existing buildings, these elemental building blocks are isolated, clustered, hinged or stacked, to form small and medium scaled islands of activities. As such, the new building landscape defines an identity for the foundation while integrated within the surrounding fabric to form an urban theater with dispersed stages for art, landscape and outdoor recreation.

Walead Beshty uses photography to as a tool to explore the social and political conditions of our material culture with a focus on the social and political dimension of transitional spaces.  His work in the DEPART Foundation Collection includes abstract photograms which question the principals of photography and visual culture; as well as geometric glass sculptures dimensioned to fit inside FedEx containers –where the cracks and fissures accrued from their own transportation become intrinsic content of the work.

 

Johnston Marklee Architects and Artist Walead Beshty, installation at the IIC, Los Angeles

Johnston Marklee Architects and Artist Walead Beshty, installation at the IIC, Los Angeles

Johnston Marklee Architects and Artist Walead Beshty, installation at the IIC, Los Angeles

Johnston Marklee Architects and Artist Walead Beshty, installation at the IIC, Los Angeles

Cao Fei Project

Project for Second Life and performance at the Astra Theater in Turin

Project for Second Life and performance at the Astra Theater in Turin

CAO FEI PROJECT
for Second Life and Performance at the Astra Theater in Turin
A project co-curated by Davide Quadrio & Defne Ayas
Produced by DEPART Foundation
November 2009

As part of Artissima 16 Theatre Project “Blinding the Ears” the new program
 curated for November 2009, Arthub and DEPART Foundation have invited the artist Cao Fei to create a special live performance based on her RMB City project- an 
experimental city and community in the internet-based virtual world of
 Second Life, and continue her investigation between digital fantastyscapes 
and the physical world. For this new live work to be presented in a prestigious theatre in Turin, Cao Fei embarks on the challenge of not only creating new
 chapter of RMB City but also working with two avatar-actors and various
 staging elements to create a new drama based on the “model dramas” (Yang Ban
Xi= politically-approved performance form during the Cultural Revolution 
period as traditional opera was banned).

Director: Cao Fei (SL: China Tracy)
Script: Cao Fei (with contribution from Hu Fang)
Performers: He Yufan, Jiang Jun
Commissioned by: Artissima 16, Turin, Italy
Curated by: Davide Quadrio & Defne Ayas
Produced by: RMB City, DEPART and Far East Far West LTD.
Producer: Zhang Wei (SL: Freeway Mayo)
RMB City project is developed by Cao Fei and Vitamin Creative Space

 

Project for Second Life and performance at the Astra Theater in Turin

Project for Second Life and performance at the Astra Theater in Turin

Project for Second Life and performance at the Astra Theater in Turin

Project for Second Life and performance at the Astra Theater in Turin

Project for Second Life and performance at the Astra Theater in Turin

Project for Second Life and performance at the Astra Theater in Turin

Project for Second Life and performance at the Astra Theater in Turin

Project for Second Life and performance at the Astra Theater in Turin

Project for Second Life and performance at the Astra Theater in Turin

Project for Second Life and performance at the Astra Theater in Turin

New York Minute

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

NEW YORK MINUTE
Sixty Artists on the New York Scene
Curated by Kathy Grayson
Initiated and supported by DEPART Foundation
Presented by Stefan Simchowitz
MACRO Future, Rome
September – November 2009

New York Minute features sixty artists in and around New York City who capture the drama, danger, speed and savvy of the vibrant and diverse art activities happening in the city today. This exhibition brings together for the first time ever a complete survey of the multiple exciting new tendencies coming out of New York City and its extended networks. Capturing the best practitioners in each diverse area of exploration and bringing them together in a logical and collaborative way, this exhibition will have more bang for it’s buck than any recent survey of new American art. New York is exploding with new talent and though not every single one of these artists live in the city, every single artwork nonetheless contains the immediacy and energy packed into a New York Minute.

The expression “a New York Minute” refers to the speed that New Yorkers react to stimuli, with a bit of hurriedness or impatience and a bit of ingenuity and savviness thrown in. Johnny Carson once described a New York Minute as being the time it takes “From the lights to turn green, till the guy behind you starts honking his horn”. During the late 1980s crime wave, David Letterman defined a New York Minute as the length of time it took to be mugged in New York City. Or to quote The Eagles: “In a New York Minute/Everything can change/In a New York Minute/Things can get pretty strange.”

With that in mind, these sixty artists show a rapid and resourceful response to current cultural events and issues specific to their generation. Mostly emerging artists and young artists living in downtown New York, this exhibition surveys some of the leading tendencies in new art making such as: updating action painting and abstraction with the toughness of the streets, synthesizing low pop culture into handmade heartfelt hybrids, taking conceptualism to new and absurd ends, organizing into collectives and bands and taking all your interdisciplinary art on tour, and bringing downtown punk attitude to assemblage, collage and sculpture.

One faction of this group uses the dark energy of the streets to make frank, confrontational punky poppy projects whether collage, performance, music or sculpture. They love the danger and lawlessness of the city and make gritty shitty artworks that capture the condition of being young in the brightest, baddest city in the world. Artists working in this mode include: Dash Snow, Kembra Pfahler, Dan Colen, Terence Koh, Nate Lowman, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Ben Cho, Lizzy Bougatsos, Aurel Schmidt and others.

One more colourfull but related camp favour prismatic pigment explosions and sincere humane synthesis over the dark side of the room. Coming from Providence, RI energy and San Francisco energy that privelege handmade, homemade and found materials over the slick and sly, their works radiate an interconnectivity and communal attitude mimicked in how they often organize into collectives and bands. They use graphic and comic influences along with low-brow pop power to breed new beings and radiant animals. Artists working in this mode include: Chris Johanson, Jim Drain, AVAF, Paper Rad, Takeshi Murata, Misaki Kawai, Jules de Balincourt and others.
The sheer variety of this new energetic art making defies pressing and releasing so the best conceptualization of this show is that all the included artists are indeed in lived reality a tighly-knit group of interconnected and collaborating artists. All these people have exhibited together, partied together, dated, studied together, or painted together at the very most at two levels of removal from each other.
This exhibition will feature large-scale collaborative installations, site-specific murals, specially designed sculptural components, integrated lighting projects, and it will all share a stage where the work will be activated. Different performances bringing a live version of this slice of New York City life will bring to life and to heart the projects in the room. More is contained in a New York Minute than in an hour of conventional life, and more will be packed into this exhibition than a conventional museum or kunsthalle could contain!

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome

New York Minute, Installation view, Macro Future, Rome